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Cape York Peninsula
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Cape York Peninsula

Cape York Peninsula is a large peninsula located in the far north of Queensland, Australia. It is bordered by the Gulf of Carpentaria to the west and the Coral Sea to the east. It is the largest unspoiled wilderness area in northern Australia and is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the region.

The peninsula is about 1000 km long and is made up of a variety of landscapes, from tropical rainforests and savannah grasslands to saltwater marshes and mangrove swamps. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the endangered cassowary, and is a popular destination for tourists and wildlife enthusiasts.

The peninsula has a rich and varied history. It was first explored by Dutch navigator Willem Jansz in 1606 and was later visited by British explorer James Cook in 1770. It was settled by the British in the late 19th century and was declared a national park in 1975.

In more recent times, Cape York Peninsula has become an important site for indigenous Australians. It is the traditional home of the Yalanji, Kuku Yalanji, Kuuku Ya'u and other Aboriginal peoples, and is home to some of the oldest and most significant Aboriginal sites in the country.

Cape York Peninsula is a unique and beautiful part of Australia, and is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes and wildlife in the country. It is an important part of Australia's history and culture, and is a must-see destination for anyone visiting the region.

Excursion tips for a day in Cape York Peninsula

As a tourist in Cape York Peninsula in Australia, there are a variety of amazing activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top attractions and experiences to explore:

1. Visit the Cape York Peninsula National Park, which is home to a variety of unique wildlife and stunning landscapes.

2. Take a 4WD tour to explore the rugged terrain and discover hidden gems.

3. Visit the Jardine River National Park for a day of swimming, fishing, and birdwatching.

4. Go on a guided fishing tour and catch some of the area’s famous barramundi.

5. Take a scenic drive to Cooktown and explore its historical sites.

6. Visit the picturesque Bloomfield Falls and take a dip in its crystal clear waters.

7. Take a boat tour to explore the stunning coastline and its many islands.

8. Visit Weipa to experience its unique Aboriginal culture and history.

9. Take a tour of the Iron Range National Park and its spectacular rainforest.

10. Take a guided tour of the Quinkan Rock Art sites, which are some of the oldest and most impressive Aboriginal art sites in Australia.

Experience Cape York Peninsula with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Cape York Peninsula. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Cape York Peninsula

Cape York Peninsula in Australia has a tropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild, dry winters. Summers are usually hot and humid with temperatures reaching up to 33°C and higher. The wet season is from November to March, with heavy monsoonal rain, thunderstorms and cyclones. During winter, temperatures drop to around 20°C and there is less humidity and rainfall. Spring and autumn are mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 20-30°C and occasional light rainfall.

Cruise weather for Cape York Peninsula

Our weather forecast for Cape York Peninsula helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 26.0 °C
min: 22 °C
36.7 m/s
41.0 m/s
64.2 %
17.6 m
74.1 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 24.7 °C
min: 23.6 °C
38.9 m/s
48.6 m/s
85.4 %
24.1 m
79.9 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 25.0 °C
min: 23.7 °C
42.5 m/s
49.3 m/s
35.6 %
24.1 m
81.5 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 25.3 °C
min: 24.2 °C
38.9 m/s
52.9 m/s
87.5 %
24.1 m
84.2 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 25.5 °C
min: 24.3 °C
38.2 m/s
53.3 m/s
34.1 %
24.1 m
86.1 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 25.4 °C
min: 24.3 °C
41.8 m/s
51.6 m/s
74.2 %
24.1 m
82.4 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 25.0 °C
min: 24 °C
36.7 m/s
47.2 m/s
55.4 %
24.1 m
77.4 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 25.2 °C
min: 24 °C
34.6 m/s
44.3 m/s
8.9 %
24.1 m
79.1 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 25.0 °C
min: 24 °C
35.9 m/s
45.1 m/s
28.6 %
24.1 m
77.9 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 24.7 °C
min: 23.9 °C
42.8 m/s
52.2 m/s
39.8 %
24.1 m
79.3 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 24.6 °C
min: 23.8 °C
42.8 m/s
51.5 m/s
28.5 %
24.1 m
77.8 %
1,015 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 25.0 °C
min: 23.9 °C
38.8 m/s
46.4 m/s
40.8 %
24.1 m
79.1 %
1,014 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 24.8 °C
min: 23.8 °C
38.9 m/s
48.6 m/s
63.9 %
24.1 m
82.0 %
1,013 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 24.9 °C
min: 23.8 °C
38.9 m/s
49.0 m/s
19.9 %
24.1 m
79.8 %
1,013 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 25.2 °C
min: 23.9 °C
38.2 m/s
47.0 m/s
45.2 %
24.1 m
79.3 %
1,013 hPa

Cruises to Cape York Peninsula

Would you like to travel to Cape York Peninsula on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Cape York Peninsula.

Scheduled ship calls in Cape York Peninsula, Australia
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Nov. 12th 2024 Tuesday, 12th of Nov. 2024 LE LAPEROUSE 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 20th 2025 Thursday, 20th of Mar. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jun. 6th 2025 Friday, 6th of Jun. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 02:30 pm 05:30 pm
Jul. 29th 2025 Tuesday, 29th of Jul. 2025 LE BOREAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Oct. 18th 2025 Saturday, 18th of Oct. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am

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