The stunning waterfalls of Cape York are your reward for 4-wheel-driving the often unpaved roads required to get to them. We’ll start you off easy though with the Endeavour Falls, which are just 32kms from Cooktown and accessible via Endeavour Falls Tourist Park. No swimming allowed here (if you want to avoid crocodiles) but it’s a relaxing spot for a picnic.
If swimming is a must then continue a little further along past the Endeavour Falls Tourist Park towards Hope Vale and on to Battlecamp Road. This will take you to Isabella Falls, a magical water hole and safe spot to take a dip.
Feeling warmed up and ambitious? Good. Jump into your 4-wheel-drive and tackle the iconic Old Telegraph Track from Bramwell Junction to Bamaga Road. About 4 water crossings into the 70km vehicle endurance test you’ll come across Sam Creek. Step out of the car and walk east of the Telegraph Track intersection until you discover the small but oh so picturesque beauty of Hidden Falls. Enjoy.
Cape York is not a place for nervous drivers, but if finding out how much your Hilux can handle gets you hot under the collar then this is definitely the place for you.
The Overland Telegraph Track is famous for its reputation for claiming more than a few overly ambitious vehicles that try to navigate her famous water crossings early in the year. Up for the challenge? Then start your adventure from Bramwell Junction towards Palm Creek. The general rule of thumb is if your vehicle can make it through the first obstacle of crossing Palm Creek then you can generally make it the rest of the way. Generally…
Art & Culture
If it’s ancient aboriginal culture you’re after then Cape York well caters, offering a multitude of opportunities to connect with Australia’s ancient history. Lockhart River Arts is home to works by the world-famous Lockhart River Art Gang, who have had their works shown in galleries across the United States in New York, Houston and Santa Fe.
You’ll also find works by artists from the Aurukun region at the Wik and Kugu Arts Centre, such as brightly coloured milkwood structures and totemic animals such as dogs, sharks and echidnas.
Looking to find the next Clifford Tjapaltjarri then be sure to visit the Cooktown School of Art Society, which fosters the talents of some of the regions newest and brightest young art stars.