Cape York Adventure Tour

Your Cape York Adventure tour is a unique experience with stunning scenery and natural environments, fascinating history, and experiencing Aboriginal and Islander cultures.

Exploring the vast wilderness of Cape York Peninsula is a life-enhancing experience.

Begin your eight-day Cape York Camping tour with a flight over the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns to Horn Island followed by a scenic tour of Horn Island.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you are transferred to Thursday Island the next morning.

Mid-afternoon on day 2 is the start of your overland four-wheel-drive adventure.

Explore Cape York and all it has to offer. Your eight-day Cape York accommodated – Fly/Drive offers a unique experience in a short time frame.

Visit the beautiful Daintree rainforest, Historic Cooktown, Lakeland National Park, Moreton Station, Weipa, The Jardine River, Horn and Thursday Island and of Course the Tip of Australia.

This comprehensive wilderness safari allows you to take in the breathtaking scenery, marvel at the abundant bird and animal life.

Absorb the timeless atmosphere of Aboriginal art, travel across flat flowing rivers and creeks and swim in crystal clear streams.

Relax every evening around an open campfire; enjoy good wholesome food and new companions.

Sleep under the stars each night in your high profile dome tent with sewn-in floor and high-density foam mattresses.  Toilet and shower facilities are available.

 

Highlights

  • Flight Cairns to Horn Island
  • Horn Island (overnight)
  • Thursday Island
  • Torres Straits
  • Punsand Bay (2 nights)
  • Cape York “The Tip”
  • Moreton Station
  • Weipa (overnight)
  • Musgrave (overnight)
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Cooktown (overnight)
  • The Bloomfield Track
  • Daintree/Cape Tribulation


Itinerary

  • DAY 1(LD) – Cairns, Horn Island. Morning transfer from your accommodation to Cairns airport for your flight to Horn Island. Met at Horn Island airport by your Gateway Torres Strait Resort hosts for transfer to the Resort. Horn Island bus tour, entry to Torres Strait Heritage Museum and lunch included. Join the locals fishing off Horn Island wharf equipment supplied. Accommodation (ensuite facilities)
  • DAY 2 (BD) – Thursday Island, Red Island Point, Punsand Bay. Morning Transfer by ferry to Thursday Island. Ample time for sightseeing, souvenir shopping and a conducted bus tour of historic “T.I.” included. (Lunch is own cost today). Mid-afternoon ferry cruise to the mainland. Accommodation at Punsand Bay Private Reserve. Permanent Tent (ensuite facilities) for two nights.
  • DAY 3 (BLD) – Cape York, Somerset. An unforgettable day of achievement and interest. We stand at the very tip of our continent. Visit the ruins of Somerset (road conditions permitting), with pristine beaches and rocky headlands.
  • DAY 4 (BLD) – Jardine River, Fruitbat Falls, Moreton Station. We cross the Jardine River to Fruitbat Falls, Enjoy a refreshing swim and lunch before we continue to Moreton Telegraph Station, on the banks of the Wenlock River. Overnight accommodation: Cabin Tent – shared facilities
  • DAY 5 (BLD) – Weipa. Travel south then west to the Gulf of Carpentaria through huge cattle runs and Aboriginal lands to the bauxite mining town of Weipa. This afternoon an optional Weipa Mine Tour (own cost) is available. Overnight accommodation: Albatross Bay Resort-ensuite facilities
  • DAY 6 (BLD) – Archer River, Coen, Musgrave. Across rolling Piccaninny Plains, refreshment stop at the Archer River and then via historic Coen to reach Musgrave pioneer telegraph station, which is over 100 years old. Accommodation: Musgrave – (share facilities)
  • DAY 7 – Lakefield National Park, Cooktown. We head east towards Princess Charlotte Bay and enter the massive bird and animal sanctuary of Lakefield National Park. Travel over the legendary Battle Camp Range to historical Cooktown. Overnight accommodation: Seaview Motel – ensuite facilities.
  • DAY 8 (BL) – Bloomfield Track, Cape Tribulation. We cross the Bloomfield River, through the famous World Heritage rainforest across the Daintree River. Then travel via the scenic coastal road to Cairns and journeys end.
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What to bring

Casual gear is a must.

We suggest you will most likely need 4 or 5 changes of clothing: T/Shirts, jeans, shorts, bathers, bath and hand towel, a pair of rubber-soled shoes (for walking in creeks and for showering) or joggers, a warm jumper or jacket, hat, torch, sleeping bag, pillow, insect repellent and toiletries. A tracksuit or similar is most useful too. Please avoid articles of white or light clothing as the dust may stain

Luggage: One small bag (must be soft with no wheels or hard corners) which should not exceed 10-12 kilograms as space is limited. One piece of hand luggage (the size of an airline bag) is advisable for everyday use. Don’t forget your camera. Washing can be done daily on overland safaris


Important Information

Careful planning ensures fresh, sourced meals, and we favour traditional open fire and camp oven cooking. Continental breakfast consists of cereals, toast and tea or coffee. Lunch, bush picnic style, usually a salad or sandwiches and fruit and tea, coffee or cordial. Dinner consists of the main course, dessert and tea or coffee.

All fares include meals as per itinerary code – (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner. Please check itineraries.

Smoking: As per Government Regulations, no smoking in the vehicles. Ample stops provide time for “smoking breaks” en route.

Please advise upon book weight of individual passengers for the flight to Horn Island.

Alcohol Restrictions: Alcohol restrictions are currently in place in some indigenous communities that you will visit. These restrictions may only affect a part of your tour, depending on which tour you are doing. In 2004 the Queensland Parliament passed a Bill which improves enforcement of liquor laws in restricted areas but also minimised its potential impact on the tourism industry. Strict conditions apply for any permits granted to tour operations by the Liquor Licensing Division. Such permits specify the dates, type and amount of alcohol allowed in a tour vehicle which in the restricted area.

Why? The aim of alcohol bans and restrictions in Cape York Aboriginal Communities is to reduce alcohol-related harm, especially to children, women and other vulnerable community members. Alcohol restrictions, improved services and partnerships between government and community, including support for positive community actions achieve this goal.


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