Discover the Real Australia

This 10 day Cape York Camping- Cruise/Drive Safari is a once in a lifetime unique experience, that will have you cruising the deep blue seas and turquoise reefs along the rugged coastline of far north Queensland along with a real down to earth Australian bush experience visiting the isolated outback and undisturbed wilderness areas.

There are no strangers here, only friends, who you are yet to meet as you enjoy cruising to the tip of Australia aboard the working Cargo/Passenger ship MV Trinity Bay. Travelling through the busy shipping lanes that hug the coastline between Cairns and the tip of Cape York, passing, islands, lighthouses and of course the starry nights.

Be entertained by the skilful deck crew loading and unloading Cargo. Disembarking on the 4th day at Seisia wharf is where your 4WD Adventure begins, taking with you, your sense of humour, the spirit of adventure and your desire to get off the beaten track to enjoy the wilderness and discover the real Australia.

Tour Highlights

  • Tour Guide & Hostess Cook
  • 3 nights permanent camps
  • Cargo Ship Voyage
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Thursday Island
  • Horn Island
  • Loyalty Beach (2 nights)
  • Cape York “The Tip”
  • Fruit Bat Falls, Eliot River
  • Moreton Telegraph Station
  • Weipa Eco Boat Cruise
  • Musgrave Telegraph Station
  • Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park
  • Historic Cooktown
  • Cape Tribulation

Your Itinerary

  • DAY 1 (D) – Your Day Begins mid-morning after making your own way to Trinity Wharf Cairns boarding Cargo/Passenger Ship  M.V “Trinity Bay”
  • DAY 2 (BLD) – Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Total relaxation, as you enjoy the company of the crew and shipboard companions.
  • DAY 3 (BLD) – Thursday Island, Horn Island, “Barge Day” MV Trinity Bay disgorges its cargo of fuel, building materials, indeed everything needed by these remote island communities. Time to explore legendary Thursday Island. (Own costs)
  • DAY 4 (BLD) – Seisia, Bamaga, Loyalty Beach, Punsand Bay Another “barge day” but at Seisia wharf, the seaport for Cape York’s five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. A short stop at Seisia Islander settlement. Punsand Bay Private Reserve. Permanent Tent (ensuite facilities) for 2 nights.
  • DAY 5 (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 6 (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 7 (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 8 (BLD) – Archer River, Coen, Musgrave. Across rolling Piccaninny Plains, refreshment stop at the Archer River and then via historic Coen to arrive at Musgrave pioneer Telegraph Station, which is over 100 years old. Overnight accommodation: Musgrave – share facilities
  • DAY 9 (BLD) – 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 10 (BL) – Bloomfield, Cape Tribulation, Cairns. 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

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.

Additional 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, smoking is not permitted in the vehicles. Ample stops provide time for “smoking breaks” en route.
  • Alcohol Restrictions: Alcohol restrictions are currently in place in some indigenous communities that you will visit. These restrictions may only affect the 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. This is being achieved through alcohol restrictions, improved services and partnerships between government and community, including support for positive community actions.

Departure Dates

  • 15 October 2019
  • 3 June 2020
  • 24 June 2020
  • 15 July 2020
  • 5 August 2020
  • 26 August 2020
  • 16 September 2020
  • 7 October 2020

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