Cape York Peninsula
Towards the northernmost point of the Australian continent is the unwavering beauty of the Cape York Peninsula. Further ahead of this northern most part of Australia lies Cape York that boasts of a very fair and tropical weather since it is located within 10 degrees south of the Earth's equator. Cape Town's expansive terrain is primarily composed of dirt roads and a main developmental road that bisects steady flowing creeks and rivers. Its annexing tracks from the main road serve as an avenue to pioneer gold fields, to camp sites shrouded with thick foliage and to massive cattle stations.
Cape York also features some extremely low level hills concentrated on the eastern area that contains obscure tropical rainforests. These rainforests are inhabited by diverse and numerous species such as the Eclectus Parrot and the Southern Common Cuscus that can also be found in New Guinea. On the opposite side of these low level hills and rainforests is the western side that is mainly composed of serpentine rivers that eventually lead to the Gulf of Carpentaria. These subtle rivers also merge with the Staaten, Mitchell, and Gilbert-Einasleigh Rivers. With its rugged terrain, unpredictable turns and a perpetual overhaul of scenery, Cape York is an ideal destination for hardcore adventure and thrill seekers.
Cape York, considered the northernmost tip of the Cape York Peninsula, also prides itself in having significant historical accounts about the continent of Australia. Recorded orally, these ancient Aboriginal stories, rituals, and customs hold various accounts about Australia's ancient past. These oral accounts, if analyzed closely, talk about numerous natural disasters such as droughts, cyclones, wild fires and unpredictable rising sea levels.
Europeans established missions in Cape York in 1897, however, the earliest recorded contact between European explorers and Aboriginal people of Cape York transpired in 1606. This contact was established upon the arrival of William Janz to the Cape York Peninsula when visited the Wiki natives of Cape Keer-weer. This island was later on named accordingly in 1770 by Lt. James Cook.
These Christian missions carried out by Europe provided the Aboriginal people with educational and health services. These Christian missions coupled with the constant use of Aboriginal lands for pastoral and mining ventures eventually drove most of the Aboriginal people away from their lands. This allowed Europe to establish a solid mining industry during the early 1960's. The constant increase of production by the mining industry brought about by the European expeditions helped Cape York to sustain approximately 2,000 members of its population. Europe's established hold on the Cape York Peninsula opened its vibrant beauty to the rest of the world. Since then, Cape York enjoys visits from an average of 20,000 tourists annually.
Cape York's bountiful annual number of visitors speaks so much of the splendor and thrilling adventure that awaits tourists as this place offers a wide array of activities for its guests. With its marvelous and unspoiled natural landscapes and its complex pathways, Cape York offers one thrilling road expedition that will surely satisfy your craving for adventure. Most of Cape York's dirt roads tend to be unpredictable and arduous depending on climatic conditions, therefore it is recommended that you employ the help of established tour guides that are pretty much familiar with the changing terrain. If ever you opt to bring your own transportation in exploring the lush wilderness of Cape York, it is highly recommended that you use a 4-wheel drive, for it is the most conventional mode of transportation that can withstand its harsh and perilous terrain. In fact, one car manufacturer even used the massive landscape of Cape York to exhibit its line of 4-wheel drive vehicles' strength and durability.
Dotted with larger than life rocks and low level hills, Cape York is definitely suitable for avid hikers and rock climbers who want to expand their strength and skills. Guests can also easily access various scenic spots from the Cape York. Situated near the Barrier Reef, various coral reef, and thick mangrove forests, guests get the privilege of either fishing for tropical sport fishes, diving for crayfish, or snorkeling within crystal clear waters to discover colorful and vibrant marine life. With its position, Cape York allows guest to conveniently access the amazing Torres Strait that lies in its North while towards the West, tourists can visit the exotic Gulf of Carpentaria.