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Cape York Atlas & Guide


Hema Maps’ Cape York Atlas & Guide helps you make the most of your visit to this remarkable part of Australia.

With detailed coverage of The Tip, the coast from Cairns to Cooktown, Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, the Peninsula Developmental Road, Old Telegraph Track, Torres Strait and the Savannah Way, it ensures you won’t miss the ‘must-see’ attractions, but it also describes some of the lesser known areas favoured by the experts. Whether you just want to make it to The Tip or are looking for a serious 4WD adventure, this informative book is an indispensable companion.

The book features 15 4WD trips, explored and revised by travel journalist Ian Glover, with photography by Matt Williams. Each trip has a detailed map, plus all the information you need to plan the trip including trip grading, longest distance without fuel, permits and contact details.

This brand new edition of Hema’s best-selling outdoor guidebook for discovering Cape York now features 22 atlas pages in a stunning new cartographic style and also incorporates content from the popular Cape York Travel & Adventure Guide by Ron and Viv Moon as well.

Key features

  • Featuring the top 15 4WD trips, including The Old Telegraph Track
  • Detailed inset maps for every track
  • Best campsites
  • Trip planning tips
  • Contains a detailed Road Atlas for Cape York, including detailed mapping for The Tip
  • Maps show fuel, camping areas and rest areas
  • New cartographic style with latest mapping, points of interest and facilities
  • Mapping field-checked by the Hema Map Patrol.

What’s included in this atlas and guide:

CHAPTER 1: About the Cape

The Peninsula
Geology and Landforms

CHAPTER 2: Making Your Trip Happen

Travel Info
Visitor Centres
Government Offices
Indigenous Councils
Info Sources
Planning Essentials
When to Go
Visiting Aboriginal Land
National Park Permits
Vehicle Prep
Before You Go
Daily Maintenance

CHAPTER 3: Things To Do

Wildlife Watching
Diving & Snorkelling
Motorbike Riding
Adrenalin Junkies
Family Friendly

CHAPTER 4: Cairns to Cooktown

Around Cairns
Atherton Tableland
Northern Beaches
Port Douglas
Cairns to Cooktown (Coastal Route)
The Daintree
The Bloomfield Track
Mulligan Highway to Cooktown
North of Cooktown

CHAPTER 5: PDR – Lakeland to Musgrave Roadhouse

Split Rock
Laura to Musgrave Roadhouse

CHAPTER 6: Rinyirru and Cape Melville

Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park
Cape Melville National Park

CHAPTER 7: PDR – Musgrave Roadhouse to Weipa

Musgrave Roadhouse to Archer River Roadhouse
Silver Plains
Port Stewart
Oyala Thumotang National Park
Archer River Roadhouse to Weipa
Portland Road
Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park
Lockhart River
Telegraph Road Junction
Merluna Station
North of Weipa

CHAPTER 8: Telegraph Track & Bypass Roads

To Moreton Telegraph Station
North to Bramwell Junction
The Old Telegraph Track – Southern Section
The Old Telegraph Track – Northern Section
The Bypass Roads
Captain Billy Landing
Jardine National Park

CHAPTER 9: Northern Peninsula Area & Torres Strait

Northern Peninsula Area
Jardine River Ferry
Jardine River Ferry to Bamaga
The Tip of the Top End
Punsand Bay
Torres Strait
Thursday Island
Horn Island
Other Islands

CHAPTER 10: The Gulf Savannah

The Savannah Way
Innot Hot Springs
Forty Mile Scrub National Park
Undara Volanic National Park
Mount Surprise
Burke Developmental Road
West of Chillagoe

Top 15 4WD Trips

Track 1: CREB Track
Track 2: Palmer River Goldfields
Track 3: Starcke Coast
Track 4: Cape Melville National Park
Track 5: Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park
Track 6: Oyala Thumotang National Park
Track 7: Frenchmans Track
Track 8: Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park
Track 9: North of Weipa
Track 10: Old Telegraph Track – South
Track 11: Old Telegraph Track – North
Track 12: WWII Relic Track
Track 13: Ussher Point
Track 14: The Tip – East Coast
Track 15: The Tip – West Coast