Cape York Expedition

12 Day Cape York Air/Overland Accommodated Tour

New and exclusive Itinerary

Includes Iron Range ‘Kutini Payamu’ National Park

 

Day 1 Cairns (DB)

Arrive in Cairns and get transferred to your accommodation in the City.

Day 2 (BLD) Cape Tribulation, Cooktown

Early morning pick- up from your accommodation to departure location. As we travel via the beautiful coastal road until we cross the Daintree River and enter the majestic expanse of the World Heritage Cape Tribulation Rainforest. Over the Bloomfield track to Cooktown. Perhaps a chance to shop for souvenirs in original colonial era shops. (Laundry). Overnight accommodation: Seaview Motel – (ensuite facilities)

Day 3 (BLD) Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, Musgrave,

Assured of a unique place in the rich fabric of Australian history, Cooktown provides a visit of interest and excitement. Visit Cook’s landing place, Grassy Hill Lookout and the century old cemetery. We travel via Battle Camp Ranges and Old Laura Station to Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park. Experience living outback history as we approach Musgrave pioneer telegraph station, which is over 100 years old. Overnight accommodation: Musgrave – (share facilities)

Day 4 (BLD) Coen, Archer River, Kutini Payamu (Iron Range) National Park

Via historic Coen we travel north to cross the wide sandy Archer River and after lunch we cross the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers before entering Kutini Payamu National Park.  This area features the largest area of tropical lowland rainforest remaining in Australia.  Rare fauna and flora include Cuscus, Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots, Green Pythons, palms and orchids Overnight accommodation (2 nights): unique bush style cabins – shared facilities (Laundry)

Day 5 (BLD) Portland Roads, Chilli Beach

There is impressive coastal and mountain range scenery. Portland Roads, a former sea port, now affords the locals a relaxed lifestyle in an idyllic tropical setting.  Visit Chilli Beach over-looking Restoration Island, Bligh’s first landing site in 1792.  We explore the area around the airfield at Iron Range where there were major military installations.  We also visit the renowned Lockhart River Aboriginal Art Centre and Quintel Beach overlooking Lloyd Bay.

Day 6 (BLD) Batavia Goldfields, Moreton Telegraph Station

Via scenic Tozers Gap travel west to visit the old Batavia Gold Fields, an abandoned mining town.  Then travel North 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 7 (BLD) Weipa, Gulf of Carpentaria, Wenlock River

Through huge cattle runs travel west to arrive at 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.  Perhaps a late afternoon stroll along the beautiful Wenlock River before dinner.

Day 8 (BLD) Fruit Bat Falls, Jardine River, Punsand Bay.

Be awakened by the dawn chorus of birdlife endemic to the Wenlock River.  Today’s journey travels sections of the old Telegraph Track through ever changing landscapes of zamias and heath forests to reach today’s lunch destination the picturesque Fruit Bat Falls on the Eliot River.  Time to swim and explore or photograph the enchanting rock pools, and waterfalls.  This afternoon we cross the Jardine River, followed by a short visit to Bamaga Aboriginal and Islander settlement.  Accommodation at Punsand Bay overlooking the Torres Strait.  Powered Cabin Tent (ensuite facility, twin share fully screened rooms with beds,linen)for 3 nights (Laundry)

Day 9 (BLD) Thursday Island, Horn Island

Early morning ferry through the islands of the Torres Strait to legendary “TI” once homeport of the romantic pearling fleet, now “Capital” of the scattered islander communities between Australia and New Guinea.  Thursday Island and Horn Island tours with lunch is included.

Day 10 (BLD) Cape York, Somerset

An unforgettable day of achievement and interest.  We stand at the very tip of our continent. Where oceans meet and where very few travellers visit.  Somerset, the ruins of the grandiose failed ‘Singapore of the Pacific’.  Pristine beaches, rocky headlands, cool shaded forest walks and twilight strolls to watch a spectacular Torres Strait sunset.  An unforgettable day of achievement and interest.

Day 11 (BLD) Cairns

Morning at leisure before your transfer to Bamaga Airport after lunch for your flight to Cairns.  Your tour ends at Cairns Airport where transfers will be taken to your accommodation.

Day 12 (B) Cairns

Departing your accommodation with transfers to the airport

Highlights

  • Cape Tribulation
  • Cooktown (overnight
  • Rinyirru (Lakefield National Park
  • Musgrave (Overnight)
  • Iron Range National Park (2 nights)
  • Moreton Station (2 nights)
  • Choice of Mine tour or Eco tour Weipa
  • Cape York “The Tip”
  • Punsand Bay (3 nights)
  • Thursday Island
  • Horn Island
  • Torres Straits
  • Flight Bamaga- Cairns

2018 Departure Dates

May 30, June 20, July 11, August 01,22, September 12 and October 3

 

2018 Costs

$4,999.00 Twin/Double

$1,150.00 Single Supplement

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