New beach huts are just one of the reasons we’re planning a trip to Cape York…
1. Cape York Camping
Now this – this! – is its own kind of luxury. No high-end hotels, no molecular gastronomy, no expensive flat-screens… just you, your beachfront cabin and an afternoon Corona, reclining on the sand as you watch the sun set over the tip of Australia (and what a beautiful tip it is, hey?). This recently-opened getaway, called Cape York Camping (which offers beach huts like the one pictured left, as well as campsites) is a stone’s throw from the tip, right on the beach (also pictured left), and feels every bit as remote as it should do – that is, aside from the great little bar and surprisingly good wood-fired pizzas. Come for a night, and you’ll stay for a week. capeyorkcamping.com.au
2. Haggerstone Island
Robinson Crusoe lives here … Well, almost. Deep in Cape York country, wilderness retreat Haggerstone Island is so remote that even Tom Hanks would feel like a castaway here. Except for the crystal glassware and exquisite cuisine, that is. From $750 a night.
3. SeaSwift cruise from Cairns
Quirky adventures await Enterprising shipping business SeaSwift is now offering average Joes the chance to come on board their supply route from Cairns up to the Torres Strait Islands. An amazing – and amazingly scenic – experience. From roughly $1000 per person, round trip.
4. Five-star deep sea fishing
Sport comes with style Deep sea fishing in five-star luxury (now that’s a phrase that has something for everyone) – a brand new tour operator has just launched luxe fishing tours around Cairns, Cooktown and the remote reaches of Cape York on board three-storey, 68-ft vessel Blue Martini. Prices on application; farnorthsportsfishing.com