The Best of Cape York

Explore Cape York and all it has to offer.  Your eight-day Cape York accommodated – Drive/Fly provides 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.

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

Dinner consists of the main course, dessert and tea or coffee.

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Tribulation
  • Cooktown (overnight)
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Musgrave (overnight)
  • Weipa (overnight)
  • Moreton Station (overnight)
  • Cape York “The Tip”
  • Punsand Bay (3 nights)
  • Thursday Island

Tour Itinerary

  • DAY 1 (LD) – Cairns, Daintree Rainforest, Cooktown Early morning pick up from selected locations as we travel via the beautiful coastal road until we cross the Daintree River and enter the majestic expanse of the World Heritage-listed Daintree/Cape Tribulation Rainforest. Over the jungle shrouded slopes of the controversial Bloomfield track to Cooktown. Perhaps a chance to shop for souvenirs in original colonial-era shops. Overnight accommodation: Seaview Motel-(ensuite facilities)
  • DAY 2 (BLD) – Lakefield National Park, Musgrave Assured of a unique place in the rich fabric of Australian history, Cooktown provides interest and excitement. Visit Cook’s landing place, and the century-old cemetery. We then travel via Battle Camp Ranges and Old Laura Station and Lakefield National Park. Experience the living outback history as we approach Musgrave pioneer telegraph station, which is over 100 years old. Overnight accommodation: Musgrave- (share facilities)
  • DAY 3 (BLD) – Coen, Archer River, Moreton Station. Via historic Coen, we travel north to cross the wide sandy Archer River and after lunch travel via Piccaninny Plains and Batavia Downs Stations to arrive at Moreton a former Telegraph Station that carried the Morse code signal linking Brisbane to Thursday Island. Overnight accommodation (2 nights): Cabin Tent – shared facilities (twin-share fully screened tents with beds and linen). No power in tents. (Laundry)
  • DAY 4 (BLD) – Weipa, Moreton Station. Through huge cattle runs travel west to arrive at the bauxite-mining town of Weipa on the Gulf of Carpentaria. A veritable “Oasis in the wilderness” and providing further contrast to your experience of this last frontier. Today you have a choice of a Weipa Mine Tour, or an Eco Boat tour (own cost).
  • DAY 5 Friday (BLD) – Fruitbat Falls, Jardine River, Punsand Bay. A challenging route today as we ford fast-flowing streams and traverse rugged 4WD roads to reach today’s lunch destination. Picturesque Fruitbat Falls on the Elliot River. Time to swim and explore or photograph the enchanting rock pools, and the waterfall of this unique spot. This afternoon we cross the Jardine River, followed by a short visit to Bamaga Aboriginal and Islander settlement. Three night’s accommodation: Punsand Bay Private Reserve. Beachfront Cabin Tent (ensuite facilities)
  • DAY 6 (BLD) – Thursday Island, Horn Island. Early morning ferry through the islands of the Torres Strait to legendary “T.I.” once homeport of the romantic pearl diver fleet, now “Capital” of the scattered islander communities between Australia and New Guinea. Maybe time for sightseeing, souvenir shopping. Thursday Island and Horn Island tours and lunch IS INCLUDED.
  • DAY 7 (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 8 (BL) – Punsand Bay, Bamaga, Cairns. A morning transfer to Bamaga Airport for your flight to Cairns. Your Oz Tours Adventure ends on arrival at Cairns Airport.

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.

2020 Departures

  • 08 May 2020

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