Getting to the Cape

Norine isn’t letting her age stop her from visiting the one place she’s always wanted to go: Cape York, but she does need some advice on how best to get there.

Q. Norine

I’ve wanted to go to the Cape for years – any ideas of how to get there? I had thought of flying from Sydney to Cairns then getting a four-wheel drive tour to the Cape and maybe flying or coming back to Cairns by boat, but I don’t know how to go about it.

I will be 78 in August when I want to go, but am fit and would enjoy a camping holiday.

A. Well done you for finally getting around to doing something you’ve always wanted to do. Travelling to Cape York is restricted to the dry season, so you will have to check if the areas you wish to travel are accessible in August.

You can fly to Cairns and collect a hire car, camper van or join a guided tour from there. Or, depending on your timescales and budget, Hinterland Aviation flies to Cooktown, a good base to start exploring the Cape, three times a day except Sunday. There is also a bus between Cairns and Cooktown if you prefer to stay on the road. And if you would like to travel by sea, Seaswift Cargo offers a passenger service from Cairns to Seisia.

If you wish to travel further than Cooktown, Qantas Link, Regional Airlines and Skytrans offer flights from Cairns.

I hope this has given you some idea of where to start your planning. There are many options as you have no doubt found, and I would recommend the following website to get further information:

I wish you well on your journey and would love to hear all about it on your return.