A trip to 'The Tip'

Exploring the Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands.

A trip to ‘The Tip’ of Cape York is a must for travellers who live for adventure.

The unspoiled wilderness of far north Queensland offers remote camping, fishing, four-wheel-driving and access to the Torres Strait Islands.

This is the perfect region for a self-drive holiday or 4WD coach tour as the coastal route from Cairns to Cape York passes iconic towns and tourist attractions including Palm Cove, Port Douglas, the Mossman Gorge, Daintree Rainforest and Daintree Discovery Centre, an award- winning ecotourism facility.

It also passes Cape Tribulation, the notorious Bloomfield Track and Cooktown, the Capital of the Cape York region. Here you will learn about Captain James Cook’s first encounter with the Indigenous people after his ship was crippled on a nearby reef. This moment in history is celebrated every year at the Cooktown Discovery Festival.

The history of this region extends much further than the mainland. Catch a ferry to Thursday, Friday or Horn Islands to experience the history of the Torres Strait.

Thursday Island

Thursday Island, also knowns as TI, is probably the best-known island in the Torres Strait as it’s the main commercial, transport and administrative hub for local communities. Historical records indicate that the Kaurareg Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of the island and refer to it as ‘Waibene’.

There’s plenty of activities for visitors including the Green Hill Fort, the Torres Strait Historical Museum and Gab Titui Cultural Centre. The Green Hill Fort is only a 15-minute walk from town and is best seen at sunset as it has spectacular views of Horn, Prince of Wales and Friday Islands.

Visit the community markets or pick up a souvenir from the local shops. Seafood lovers should visit the crayfish factory and witness the Torres Strait’s largest export industries in action.

Horn Island

Horn island is home to the only airport in the Torres Strait and is renowned for its rich World War II history. Visitors can take a historical tour to see some of the World War II sites.

Be adventurous and try fishing, helicopter tours, four-wheel driving and learn about pearl farming. Visit the Torres Strait Heritage Museum and local art gallery in the small town of Wasaga. If you are planning to stay a night or two you can camp or stay at one of the local hotels.

Friday Island

Friday Island is home to one of the last pearl farms in Queensland. Visit Kazu Pearls for a live demonstration of pearl shell seeding. Visitors can buy pearl shells for loved ones at home.

Friday Island is one of the more secluded islands making it the perfect place for a holiday filled with peace and quiet.

RACQ Travel can help you plan your trip to Australia’s most northerly frontier. Contact one of our travel consultants on 1300 096 166 or visit RACQ Travel.