A visit to Cape York and Far North Queensland often resembles the curiosity for adventure and new experiences. For some, it may be as simple as having their feet up relaxed on the beach, for some it may be walking a trail at a national park, and for others it’s all about getting the adrenaline rushing with mind bending activities that aren’t for the faint of heart.
Feel that rush of adrenaline as you take on these daring challenges that will push yourself to the test and perhaps overcome some fears - listed in no particular order.
Gunshot Creek Crossing
Renowned for being the Old Telegraph Track’s most famous crossing, Gunshot creek crossing is not for the faint of heart with many finding the adventure the highlight of their trip to Cape York.
When visiting Far North Queensland, you’ll often find memorabilia hung in trees as travellers find an attachment to a certain place. With that said, there aren’t many other places like Gunshot creek crossing that displays high excitement levels with memorabilia and personal items hung on a tree on the other side of the crossing.
Firstly, you probably won’t have the luxury of having the creek to yourself given how popular it is so don’t be surprised if you see someone waiting around to cheer on their mates and snap some pictures when they’ve crossed the creek too.
When done right, Gunshot creek crossing will have your adrenaline levels sky high thanks to the steep drops, with the right hand track from the top being the most favoured route.
The beauty about the creek is that the dark mud drop is ever changing, depending on weather events that impact it over time.
For those who want an easier crossing that isn’t so steep, you can take on the Slingshot which requires you to drive left along the creek until you come across the easiest slope to take on the crossing.
It’s important that you walk down and have a look to understand the challenge ahead and whether you can stomach it. You need to know yourself and your vehicle before taking on Gunshot creek crossing, as once you start the drop, there’s no way of turning back.
Having someone to guide you to make sure your wheels are right will come in handy, especially since being up high doesn’t give you any perception on what’s happening at ground level.
Successful attempts are often celebrated with memorabilia placed at the northern bank of the creek, although what you see is only from the current year given how most gets washed away during the wet season.
Western Cape Eco Tours
Get up close and personal to some of Queensland’s most magnificent creatures – the crocodiles that roam the region.
Leaving the town of Weipa, the Western Cape Eco Tours features one of the most adrenaline pumping tours in Australia. Your tour guides have extensive knowledge on the flora and fauna in the area, and know pretty much all there is to know about the crocodiles. Immerse yourself in their stories about the local area, its history, and the magnificent facts about the wildlife in the area.
Beyond crocs you’ll also have the opportunity to see the diverse wildlife and bird species that roam the waterways and natural surroundings.
Tours run daily with the option of going for a sunset cruise that includes a cold drink and canapés as you enjoy the sunset views while learning about the area and spotting some crocs and other wildlife.
Heli Fishing with Weipa Sports Fishing
If you’d like to try something different that will get your adrenaline rushing, it’s time to delve into the world of helicopter fishing.
Weipa is renowned to be the fishing destination featuring some of Australia’s finest fish, offering the perfect fishing experiences for novice and experienced anglers. That said, add in a helicopter to the mix and you’ll have yourself an extreme fishing experience that will maximise your fishing opportunities in Cape York.
Promising spectacular scenery from a bird’s eye view, you’ll gain a unique perspective of the Great Barrier Reef and of Cape York. The landscape is unbeatable, with ever changing habitats that make the area feel so alive. Helicopter fishing also means that you’ll get to the best spots to snap a big one in a nick of time. From beach fishing to the riverbank, you’ll be able to fish it all within the day. And the best part? Your wish is your pilot’s command.
Book a heli fishing experience with Weipa Sports Fishing to make the most of an adrenaline adventure in Cape York.
For those who have been lucky enough to catch a fish during your heli fishing adventure, be sure to pop by the Albatross Bay Resort for a Catch & Cook experience. With professional chefs to cook your catch to perfection served with a side of hot chips and fresh garden salad, it’ll be a meal you won’t forget.
If you don’t have a fish to bring to the table, a dine in at the Deck Restaurant & Bar offers some of the freshest seafood in the country alongside other classic delights including premium grilled steaks, pasta and other international twists.
Make a reservation at the Albatross Bay Resort by calling (07) 4090 6666 to avoid disappointment.
(Image Credit: Weipa Sports Fishing)