Cape York Luxury 9 Day Tour

If you are looking for a small group of like-minded people for the journey of a lifetime. Stepping aboard this Cape York Luxury 9 day 4WD Cape York Safari will be unforgettable.

This luxury wilderness safari from Cairns to Cape York allows you to enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the Cape York region. The tropical landscapes are among the most stunning in the world.

You will marvel at the remoteness and untamed wilderness of this part of Australia. Captivating everyone with its richness in Aboriginal Culture and Australian Pioneering history, amazing wildlife, and adventure.

Explore the extensive wetlands which are among the largest, richest and most diverse in Australia. Travel across flat flowing rivers and creeks, swim in crystal clear streams and spend time at secluded beaches.

Take in the Torres Strait culture and history on your guided tour around Thursday Island. Be part of the trek to the most northerly tip of Australia.

The Climate on Cape York is Tropical and Monsoonal with a heavy monsoon season from November to April. Therefore, Cape York Luxury Tours are operated during the Dry season from May to October.

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Highlights

  • Queensland’s Great Ocean Road
  • Daintree National Park and Ferry Crossing
  • Cape Tribulation and its sandy beaches
  • Mardja boardwalk
  • Bloomfield Track & Falls
  • Cedar Bay National Park
  • Lion’s Den Pub
  • Black Mountain
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Batavia Downs
  • Wenlock River
  • Elliot Falls
  • Fruit Bat Falls
  • Jardine River
  • Seisia
  • Thursday island
  • Horn Island


Itinerary

Day 1- CAIRNS TO COOKTOWN VIA THE DAINTREE

Lunch and Dinner Provided – Overnight: Daintree. Leaving Cairns we head north along the Great Barrier Reef Drive towards Daintree. We will join the Daintree River Cruise for an hour of exploring the wilderness where crocodiles are often found. While we cross the Daintree River by cable ferry, we make our way towards Cape Tribulation, exploring coastal headlands and long sandy beaches. Stopping for lunch, we journey through the World Heritage Rainforest.

Day 2 DAINTREE TO COOKTOWN

Lunch and Dinner Provided – Overnight: Cooktown. After breakfast, we head off towards Cooktown. Weather permitting, we travel along the Bloomfield Track. Stopping at beautiful places along the way. Take in the scenery of Bloomfield Falls and Cedar Bay National Park. We pull in to the famous Lions Den Pub – a true Aussie icon. We explore the mysterious Black Mountain before entering the historic township of Cooktown.

Day 3 COOKTOWN TO COEN/MUSGRAVE

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Provided – Overnight: Coen or Musgrave. The day begins with a trip to Grassy Hill Lookout. Don’t forget your camera – the views are incredible. Then we head to the James Cook Museum, Botanical Gardens and Powerhouse Museum. Leaving Cooktown, we journey inland to Battle Camp, before continuing on towards Lakefield National Park. After visiting “Old Laura” homestead we keep going through stunning river valleys. Marvel as we pass by the giant termite mounds before arriving in either Coen or Musgrave for our overnight accommodation.

Day 4 – COEN/MUSGRAVE TO LOCKHART

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Provided – Overnight: Lockhart River. The adventure continues as we visit one of Australia’s most remote areas, the Sir William Thompson Range. Crossing the Pascoe River, we move on to Iron Range National Park. Gaze upon the spectacular Mount Tozer at the peak of the table range. We then descend down into Lockhart River. A unique aboriginal community located next to the ocean at Lloyd Bay. Heading further north, we will explore the many wonders of the Iron Range National park whilst enjoying a dense tropical rainforest. The largest remaining area of lowland rainforest in Australia. We arrive in Lockhart River for our overnight stay.

Day 5 – LOCKHART TO WEIPA

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Provided – Overnight: Weipa. Now it’s time to head inland through the National Park through more savannah landscapes, country of the Cape before heading north. This afternoon we continue westward towards the West Coast and the famous town of Weipa, arriving in the late afternoon. The Heritage resort offers warm hospitality and friendly service.

Day 6 – WEIPA TO BRAMWELL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Provided – Overnight: Bramwell Station. Located in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Weipa is the largest town of Cape York. The main industries are mining and cattle exports. We will take a walk through the stunning Jardine National Park. Moving on to the Western Cape Cultural Centre, you will be impressed with the beautiful authentic aboriginal artwork. Learn all about their culture. We jump aboard a Weipa Eco Cruise tour before travelling onto Bramwell where we stay for the night.

Day 7- BRAMWELL TO CAPE YORK

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Provided – Overnight: Loyalty Beach. Today as we depart Bramwell, we visit one of the largest cattle stations on the Cape, Batavia Downs. Moving onto the Morton Telegraph station, learn some history about this important link in communication to the Far North. Now we start one of the tour highlights, joining one of the original telegraph Tracks (weather permitting). Heading further north, we stop at the beautiful Elliot Falls and Fruit Bat Falls. We cross the famous Jardine River – looking out for crocodiles along the way. We then arrive at Loyalty Beach, where we stay for the next two nights.

Day 8 – CAPE YORK TO THE TIP

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Provided – Overnight: Loyalty Beach. Today we will visit Somerset. Established by the Jardine Family as a Government outpost and Cattle Station. Spending time on secluded beaches, you can look out for dugongs and sea turtles. This is a particularly beautiful part of the Cape. We then visit Australia’s most northerly point, Cape York. There are lots of great views along the way. Once we arrive, we grab a drink and enjoy the afternoon looking out over the Torres Strait.

Day 8 – THURSDAY ISLAND AND CAPE YORK 

Breakfast, Lunch and Flight from Horn Island. Our last day begins with a boat cruise across the Torres Strait to Thursday Island. Located between Cape York and our closest neighbouring country, New Guinea. We jump on a ferry over to Horn Island and enjoy a tour of the island. We make our way to the horn Island Airport for our flight back to Cairns, arriving at around 5 pm.


Included

  • Modern 4WD vehicle and experienced driver-guide Small group of 6 passengers
  • All accommodation costs
  • All breakfasts & dinners and light lunches as per the itinerary
  • Morning / Afternoon teas
  • All National Park entry fees
  • All ferries and barges
  • Cruise to Thursday Island and a tour of the island
  • Tour of Horn Island
  • Flight from Cairns to Horn Island with Qantas
  • Experienced Local Naturalist / Accredited Tour Guides


What to bring

  • 1 bag per person(80cm x 30cm x 30cm) plus small day pack weighing no more than 4kg
  • Photo ID
  • Small torch
  • Small personal water bottle
  • Clothing and footwear should be casual, comfortable and suited to tropical conditions.
  • Clothing shorts,
  • Trousers, shirts, swimwear, hat, sunglasses, a jacket and a change of warm clothes in case of inclement weather are advisable.
  • Footwear – some form of fast-drying Wet shoe would prove useful.
  • Personal sun protection, insect repellent, medications, toiletries, (overseas travellers need to bring a suitable adaptor).
  • Don’t forget to bring your video or camera along with plenty of film & spare batteries (Recharge facilities are available).
  • Also money and/or credit card for personal expenses such as drinks, souvenirs and optional extras.


Important Information

  • 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, therefore, minimising 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. This is being achieved through alcohol restrictions, improved services and partnerships between government and community, including support for positive community actions.
  • Single Travellers on the Cape York Luxury Tour must purchase the optional extra “single supplement” if you prefer your own private room. Otherwise, you may be roomed with another single traveller.


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