Cooktown & Cape York Peninsula

‘Queensland’s final frontier’ is not for the faint of heart. During some months, it can be brutally hot. In other months, some of the most remote roads can be flooded out. However, if you’re an ‘outdoorsy type’ seeking an epic adventure amongst rugged terrain and untamed rainforests, Cape York Peninsula will be a highly-rewarding encounter.


What you’ll love most about Cooktown & the Cape York Peninsula

  • The sense of adventure you’ll experience as you navigate such a remote region by 4WD is awesome
  • Jardine National Park’s Twin Falls, the extensive wetlands of the vast Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park and the lowland rainforests of Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park are the best of the region’s 10 wonderful parks
  • The Wenlock River has the richest diversity of freshwater fish in Australia – so an incredible place for fishing
  • Snorkel some of the most isolated reefs on the furthest north of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Taking a dip at one of the regions many waterfalls is such a refreshing experience

Where to Book

  • Coconut Island, Torres Strait Islands of Queensland - Tourism and Events Queensland

  • Cape Flattery's McIvor River in Cape York Peninsula - Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree

  • Lizard Island, Cape York - Tourism Tropical North Queensland

  • Trevathan Falls, Cape York - Tourism Tropical North Queensland

  • Jarramali Rock Art Tours drive - Tourism Tropical North Queensland

  • Thursday Island, Cape York Queensland - Tourism Australia

  • Guurrbi Tours - Tourism Australia/James Fisher

  • Kalkajaka National Park, Cape York - Tourism Tropical North Queensland

  • Enjoying the views on a Jarramali Rock Art Tour - Tourism North Queensland

  • Twin Falls, Cape York Queensland - Tourism Australia

  • Crossing Isabella Creek, Cape York - Tourism Tropical North Queensland

  • Camping in Cape York Queensland - Tourism Australia

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 32℃
  • 31℃
  • 30℃
  • 29℃
  • 28℃
  • 26℃
  • 26℃
  • 26℃
  • 28℃
  • 29℃
  • 31℃
  • 32℃
  • 14
  • 17
  • 16
  • 14
  • 9
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 5
  • 9

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.













Our Ratings

  • Most Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Highly Recommended
  • Not Recommended


Top Holiday Offers

We’ve hand-picked a range of enticing offers to incredible destinations. If you want value for money on your next trip, start by reviewing our dedicated Top Holiday Offers page.

Top Offers