Dinah Island crossing, Cape York
Cape York Peninsula is a large remote peninsula located in Far North Queensland at the tip of the state of Queensland, Australia, the largest unspoiled wilderness in northern Australia and one of the last remaining wilderness areas on Earth. Although the land is mostly flat and about half of the area is used for grazing cattle, and wildlife is threatened by introduced species and weeds, the relatively undisturbed eucalyptus wooded savannahstropical rainforests and other types of habitat are now recognized for their global environmental significance.

The wild and remote lands of The Cape are home to some of Australia’s best known wildlife such as the barramundi and crocodile. It is also home to rare and endangered wildlife like the Black Palm Cockatoo and the Green Turtle. There are still many unknown and untouched waterways throughout Cape York Peninsula which make it a gateway for naturalists and tourists alike. We hope you will visit us one day to experience the Cape York way of life.

Cape York is also home to many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clan groups and has one of the highest ATSI populations in Australia. The region is largely undeveloped and unspoilt. It has many natural resources that are now the focus of economic development activities in ATSI communities.

Community infrastructure has been set up and is managed by Councils to support the individual populations of each community. Prescribed Body Corporates exist in each community to manage revenue from mining or leases for the sole use of land and natural resource management.

Artwork: Saltwater I by Lisa Michl Ko-manggén
Traditionally clan groups throughout Cape York believed that ancestral beings created story places which mapped out traditional homelands and the boundaries of individual clan groups. Family groups had association with story places. Right across Australia it was the responsibility of each clan group to maintain and protect their story places. Story places also provide the names for many of the totem names that are given to family members and handed down from one generation to the next. This naming connects people to a place and ensures their connection to that country is known.