cAPE YORK – 7 DAY CAMPING – FLY/DRIVE
Your 7 day Cape York Camping – Fly/Drive offers a unique experience. With its stunning scenery and natural environments, fascinating history and enduring Aboriginal and Islander cultures. Exploring the vast wilderness of Cape York Peninsula is a life enhancing experience.
Begin your 7 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 from to Thursday Island the next morning.
Mid afternoon on day 2 is the start of you overland 4 wheel drive adventure.
Explore Cape York and all it has to offer. Your 8 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.
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 main course, desert and tea or coffee. All fares include meals as per itinerary code – (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner. Please check itineraries.
DAY 1 (D) – Cairns, Thursday Island, Seisia.
Early morning transfer to Cairns airport for your flight to Horn Island. A conducted bus tour of Thursday Island is included. Time for sight seeing and shopping (lunch at own cost) Afternoon ferry cruise to mainland. Overnight at Loyalty Beach Campground.
DAY 2 (BLD) – Cape York, Twin Falls.
An unforgettable day of achievement and interest. Stand at the very ‘Tip’ of our continent, where oceans meet and where very few travellers visit. Explore some of the five Aboriginal and Islander Communities before we cross the mighty Jardine River. Through a wilderness of forests and heath to arrive at idyllic Twin Falls. Overnight National Park campground. Basic Facilities.
DAY 3 (BLD) – Telegraph Road, Wenlock River.
An exciting day negotiating river crossings and bush tracks while absorbing the unfamiliar landscape of eucalyptus scrub, heathlands, plains and exotic zamia forests. To our overnight Camp on the Wenlock River at Moreton Telegraph Station.
DAY 4 (BLD) – Weipa, Archer River.
Travel south to Batavia Downs Station then west to the Gulf of Carpentaria through huge cattle runs and Aboriginal lands to the bauxite-mining town of Weipa. Time for a Weipa Mine Tour (own cost). A veritable “Oasis in the Wilderness” and providing further contrast to your experience of this last frontier. Across rolling Piccaninny Plains to our overnight stop at the Archer River.
DAY 5 (BLD) – Coen, Musgrave, Lakefield National Park.
Historic interludes as we visit the once vibrant gold rush town of Coen, and then Musgrave, the last remaining Telegraph Station in Cape York. Then east towards the Coral Sea to arrive at the massive wildlife haven, Lakefield National Park. Basic facilities.
DAY 6 (BL) – Cooktown.
Past pioneer homesteads with a pause for photos at Old Laura Homestead then via Battle Camp Range to Hopevale where we meet with a Nugal-Warra Elder for a guided tour of a rock art site. Learn about their art, culture, history and bush tucker. On to historic Cooktown as we visit Cook’s landing place. Overnight Cooktown accommodation. Dinner at own cost.
DAY 7 (BL) – Cape Tribulation, Cairns.
A visit to the mysterious Black Mountains before arriving at Bloomfield Falls. We join a guided cultural walk of this special place with a local Kuku Yalangi Aboriginal Guide. We cross the Bloomfield River, through the World Heritage Rainforest. Across the Daintree River, then follow the scenic coast 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.
- 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 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.
2014 Departure Dates
- July 19th, 23rd
- August 16th, 20th
BE AWARE: Price in June, July & August are different than in May, September & October.