Enjoy the incredible beauty of Cape York
with Off Road Adventure Safaris
Off Road Adventure Safaris welcomes you to Cape York ...... one of the World's last great wilderness regions, which extends 1000 kilometres north of Cairns, Queensland. There's a magic here, spun by its vastness and amazing variety.
With Off Road Advenutre Safaris you are able to visit the remarkable and world-renowned icons that Cape York is famous for, as well as many 'off the beaten track' destinations only our vehicles can access. We can show you the heartbeat of the region, and make this magnificent landscape even more vibrant with experiences that will remain with you long after you return home.
You'll meet the animals and plants of the Australian bush in a habitat of crystal clear, spring fed creeks and waterfalls. You will see huge termite mounds and carnivorous plants and learn about the indigenous cultures and more recent histories of the region. You will also, no doubt, feel the emotion and pride when you stand at the very 'top' of Australia!
Cape York is a region of diverse landscapes and true wilderness it is an adventure and 4WD recreational Mecca for many Australian and international travellers who visit the Cape each 'dry season' (May to December).
Many of Cape York's 20,000 inhabitants of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians rely on the annual migration of tourists to supplement the Peninsula's mining, fishing and pastoral industries which are the basis of its relatively small economy.
Ecologically, the Cape York region is very important, supporting a diverse range of environments from tropical rainforest, open forest, savannah grassland, heath communities and an abundance of wildlife - all in a region that remains relatively unaffected by our industrialised society. Many National Parks protect these natural assets, the most notable being Lakefield and Jardine National Parks along with the famous world heritage listed Wet Tropics including the Daintree - just a short distance from Cairns.
The region's indigenous history is a combination of the rich cultures of the Australian Aborigine and Torres Strait Islander. The ancient rock art near Laura is a highlight of Cape York. Known as 'Quinkan' rock art, there are literally hundreds of galleries hidden in the sandstone escarpment of the Great Dividing Range. The collection is held to be one of the largest bodies of primitive art in the world which depict the activities and culture of the Australian Aborigines in bygone years.
In more recent history, significant European influences began with Kennedy's 1848 expedition to be followed by the Jardine Family who established the outpost of Somerset in the 1860s. However it was the discovery of gold at the Palmer River that brought significant population and the establishment, in 1873, of Cooktown (named after Captain Cook - who in 1770 repaired his ship 'Endeavour' where the city now stands). In the years that followed, the Cape York Telegraph, pastoralism, World War II, bauxite mining at Weipa and the emerging tourism industry have all added their intriguing stories to the region.
Off Road Adventure Safaris offers so much more than simply a 4WD tour. We believe in continuous improvement and regularly fine tune our itineraries and operations to further maximise your experience, relaxation and comfort. Our highly professional, nationally qualified Interpretive Guides and Operations staff will ensure your journey of discovery is not just a ride to an outback icon, but an emotional, educational and fun experience.
So ... come with us to see, to touch, to smell and to learn ... come with us on a ride to adventure ... on a journey of discovery. Come with us to capture the emotion and romance, the tragedies and triumphs of Australia's amazing North!
Great Trip - 2 Larrikins, 1 Film-maker & a very Patient Margaret
Red Dirt & Termite Mounds - Get used to It!
I can't Believe you Brought me a Peroni!