Ride wild and free far up north. It's not only the islands that have it good in this part of the world. Ant Hadleigh runs Australian Kite Surfari and will pick you up in Cairns where the adventure really begins...
The four day / three night surfari will take you to an isolated beach at Cape Flattery, about 90 minutes north of Cooktown. The consistent trade winds and remote pristine beaches of this part of the world make a recipe for an amazing kitesurfing holiday, as long as you've got four wheel drive, which Ant has! Then just getting to the kitesurfing locations is half the fun! Departing Cairns early to watch the sun rise
over the Coral Sea, you'll head north. Driving through Daintree World Heritage National Park you'll see some the world's oldest surviving old growth rainforest. From there you lock in the four wheel drive for the river crossings and mountain range climbs of the famous Bloomfield track. Wave goodbye to tourists, shops and fuel stations at the historic coastal town of Cooktown; you're about to go feral!
Entering the traditional Aboriginal land and heading into the unknown you'll start to sense the remoteness of far north Queensland. No cars in your rear-view mirrors, just bull dust billowing off your wheels. After more creek crossings, mud bogs and sand traps you will eventually catch the first glimpses of the ocean. Driving along the beach timing is essential as the beach camps can only be accessed at low tide.
As the tide comes in and you get cut off from the rest of the world, all your worries and responsibilities are left a million miles away. North or south, there's only spectacular scenery. Beautifully remote with just miles and miles of white sandy beaches and clear warm tropical water.
The days are filled with big downwind runs, hitting bay after bay filled with warm, flat tropical water and cranking winds. But why tack back to camp when the eight wheel drive all-terrain amphibious vehicle is following you? Loaded with icy cold drinks and a mixture of snacks, this unstoppable machine is about the only vehicle that can drive these areas without disappearing into the sand and provides a complimentary service back to camp. Too easy!
The trade winds add the final element to your kiting picture postcard scene and they lash this section of coast between April and November.
At some point you realise what is involved in making a world class adventure become a reality. The unsinkable rescue boat, eight-wheel drive all-terrain amphibious vehicle... the list goes on. But none of that is for you to worry about! The night sky gets lit by millions of stars and the sparks dance from the bonfire as you enjoy meals cooked over coals in a true Bushman style. There are no other campers about and no other kiters. This is paradise and only available to the select few, as only groups of up to eight are taken at any one time.
It may be a remote beach camp but every need has been catered for. From the sand spear that pumps 30 litres per minute of fresh water from the sand to a bush-crafted hot water system so you can enjoy a hot shower after a hard day's kiting. You will enjoy a great night's sleep in quality tents and camp stretchers will guarantee you wake up fresh and ready to go again.
While you are enjoying the wind, the team set-up camp with everything, including: eskies, bush fridge, cook pots, fishing rods, barbeques, bonfire equipment, plus sand surfing boards, elevated tents and even a toilet tent.
Maybe try your hand at catching a fish for lunch? Meet traditional Aboriginal land owners who still fish using the traditional method of spear and woomera to hunt and make genuine artefacts. Awesome nature is another big part of the trip, with ancient trees, lush tree ferns and climbing wait-a-while palms. You might see the giant Southern Cassowary - Australia's heaviest, flightless bird - an endangered species. Also encounter kangaroos, dingos, lizards, butterflies and many hundreds of species of birds - coastal and rainforest. Make sure you bring your camera!
Fly to Cairns (CNS). Trips depart from Cairns northern beaches, Port Douglas or Mossman, between April and November
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