DAY 1 – CAIRNS (D)
On your arrival in Cairns today you will be transferred to the hotel with time to relax before an exciting welcome dinner. This evening meet your travelling companions and crew at the welcome dinner. Overnight: Novotel Oasis Resort Cairns.
DAY 2 – CAIRNS, COOKTOWN (B,L,D)
This morning we drive towards the Daintree Rainforest along one of Australia’s most scenic coastlines. We drive through the popular holiday town of Port Douglas before continuing to Mossman; the gateway to the Daintree. We cross the infamous Daintree River by cable ferry bringing us into the oldest rainforest in the world. We then join the Bloomfield Track (weather permitting), listed as one of Australia’s worst roads. Enroute we call into the historic Lion’s Den Hotel. This timber and iron hotel is a local landmark which has enjoyed a rich history since 1875. Continuing on we pass the black granite boulders of the Black Mountain Range before arriving at Cooktown. Cooktown has over two centuries of rich history, starting with Captain James Cook beaching the Endeavour for repairs after striking the reef in 1770. A century later, the town’s population increased massively during the gold rush. This afternoon we explore the James Cook Museum, housed in a 120-yearold convent building and widely regarded as the best regional museum in Australia. Overnight: Sovereign Resort Hotel.
DAY 3 – COOKTOWN, LOTUS BIRD LODGE (B,L,D)
Today we make our way to ‘Quinkan Country’, a region rated in the world’s top ten prehistoric rock art areas. On arrival we visit Mushroom Rock, a site renowned for its Aboriginal rock art. We then tour Old Laura and see a rare surviving example of a Cape York Peninsula pastoral station. The house and outbuildings are still in amazingly good condition. Further north we enter Lakefield National Park, Queensland’s 2nd largest National Park at 537 000 Hectares (1.25 million acres). The Park is renowned for its vast river systems and spectacular wetlands. This afternoon we arrive at Lotus Bird Lodge for some true Cape York country hospitality. The accommodation is beautiful with individual pole style cabins set amongst shady eucalypts along a billabong. Tonight you’ll enjoy an unforgettable dinner overlooking the billabong. Overnight: Lotus Bird Lodge.
DAY 4 – LOTUS BIRD LODGE, WEIPA (B,MT,L,D)
This morning we farewell our hosts at Lotus Bird Lodge and make our way onto the Peninsula Developmental Road. Driving north we pass through Coen, once a busy township and a repeater station for the Overland Telegraph Line. We stop for a special farmhouse lunch on the banks of the famous Archer River before continuing our journey onto Weipa. Built by the mine, Weipa is unmistakably a mining town and houses many of the employees and support staff for the world’s largest bauxite mine. Overnight: Albatross Bay Resort.
DAY 5 – WEIPA, MORETON TELEGRAPH STATION (B,L,D)
Today we enjoy a fantastic tour of the Weipa bauxite mine. Our guide shares his knowledge of the mining and shipping process and we take a look over the enormous mining trucks, trains and specialist plant equipment employed by the mine. From here we make our way to the historic Moreton Telegraph Station. Built in 1886 as part of the Overland Telegraph Line, the station was converted to a homestead during the 1920’s. Overnight: Moreton Telegraph Station.
DAY 6 – JARDINE RIVER FERRY, BAMAGA (B,L,D)
This morning we travel to the picturesque Fruit Bat Falls with time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear spring-fed waters. Later this morning we arrive at the Jardine River Ferry, named after Mr John Jardine a great pioneer farmer and one of the first families to live at the government outpost when it opened in 1864. We take the short ferry trip across the river keeping an eye out for the huge crocodiles that inhabit the rivers in this region of Cape York. Further up the road we pass through the Aboriginal communities of Injinoo and Umagico before reaching our destination, Bamaga Resort. Overnight: Bamaga Resort.
DAY 7 – TIP OF CAPE YORK, HORN ISLAND (B,MT,L,D)
A wonderful day awaits you. This morning we start with a moderate walk, but one you’ll be well rewarded for. Today you will be standing at the tip of Cape York, the most northern point of the Australian continent. The surrounding peninsula is a remote wilderness area and the rugged coastline points towards New Guinea, while to the east is the Great Barrier Reef. This afternoon we make our way to Seisia to board our Ferry to Horn Island. Two Night Stay: Torres Gateway Resort, Horn Island.
DAY 8 – HORN ISLAND, THURSDAY ISLAND & FRIDAY ISLAND (B,L,D)
This morning we enjoy a beautiful cruise to Thursday Island. The island is only 35 kilometres from the mainland and offers a fusion of Melanesian and Australian Aboriginal cultures. The heart of Thursday Island (traditionally known as ‘Waiben’) is its harbour, which was once home to a fleet of 150 pearl luggers. Today commercial fishing boats and prawn trawlers occupy the harbour. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour of the island including Green Hill Fort. From here we take the short ferry trip to Friday Island and visit the Kazu Pearl Farm. Experience an informative demonstration on the cultivation, seeding and harvesting of the pearl oyster. This afternoon we sit down to a special seafood lunch before our return journey.
DAY 9 – HORN ISLAND, CAIRNS (B,L,D)
Today we explore Horn Island and our tour takes in the museum, art gallery and the small town of Wasaga, as well as some World War II sites. This afternoon we board our flights and depart Horn Island for Cairns (included in tour fare). This evening’s dinner is time to relive many memorable holiday moments and say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Overnight: Novotel Oasis Resort Cairns.
DAY 10 – CAIRNS (B)
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.
Date: 2 – 11 August 2017
Price $6599.00 $7515.00
Per Person Twin Share, Single
Price includes airfares & taxes ex Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth at the time of printing. **This package is subject to a fuel levy with notice for air and coach component**
Contact: 1800 500 353