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Caledonian Sky, one of APT's fleet of small ships, anchored off Thje Tip, the most northerly point in mainland Australia.
Caledonian Sky, one of APT’s fleet of small ships, anchored off The Tip of Cape York,  the most northerly point in mainland Australia.

Most recently it was to explore Cape York in Australia’s Far North Queensland before the wet season set in and dry creek beds turned to raging torrents.

To explore one of the world’s last wilderness areas, we took a custom-built 4WD coach with the Australian headquartered tour company APT which has explored remote Cape York for many years.

With 16 other travellers, it was the easy option for travelling north from the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest to the rusty-red dirt tracks of the true outback. Along the way we saw rare wildlife and birds only found there, as well as the endangered cassowary which is a flightless prehistoric bird.

Our destination was The Tip, the most northerly point of mainland Australia, that often features on travellers’ bucket lists.

On the last leg, APT’s tour guide Steve Grainger took us on the more challenging path to reach The Tip. We climbed up and over large irregular boulders that made it all the more rewarding when we reached our destination. Naturally we hung around for “selfies” beside the small notice that confirmed that we really were at The Tip.

There was little traffic on the drive along a dusty track to The Tip, but when we got there it was crowded. Below zodiacs on the beach confirmed that the extras were off a small ship anchored further out to sea.

It was even more surprising to discover that the ship was the Caledonian Sky which is part of APT’s fleet of small ships, aptouring.com.au