Cairns To Cape York9-Day Drive / Fly Tour

Overview

Explore Australia’s Most Northern Tip

9 Day / 8 Night Cairns to Cape York Tour – Fully Accommodated. Join a small group of likeminded guests for the journey of a lifetime. Jump on board our comfortable late model 4WD and travel to the Tip of Australia. If you want to see Cape York in a bit of style with a small group of no more than six people, then this is the tour for you. With many value- added inclusions and a knowledgeable local guide to show you the sights, you’ll find this tour is very good value for money. On this personal 9 Day Cape York Safari you can ask the guide to see what you are interested in most, to a larger extent, than on bigger tours. This tour operates as both a Drive/Fly & Fly/Drive. A showcase of history, culture and our pioneering past.

  • This tour operates as both a Drive/Fly & Fly/Drive and the itinerary and inclusions for both options are the same, the tour is just conducted in reverse.
  • Please note this tour is not suitable for infants.

Highlights

  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Cooktown
  • James Cook Museum
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Iron Range National Park
  • Lockhart River
  • Weipa
  • Western Cape Cultural Centre
  • Batavia Downs
  • Morton Telegraph Station
  • The Tip of Australia
  • Crossing between Cape & Thursday Island
  • Flight between Horn Island & Cairns
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Itinerary

DAY 1. CAIRNS TO COOKTOWN VIA THE DAINTREE

Inclusions: Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation in The Daintree. (ensuite)
Leaving Cairns we head north along Queensland’s Great Ocean Road towards Daintree, where we will join the Daintree River Cruise for an hour of exploring the wilderness where crocodiles are often found. We then cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and make our way toward to Cape Tribulation giving you an opportunity to explore coastal headlands and long sandy beaches stopping to enjoy lunch before we journey through the World Heritage Rainforest.

DAY 2. DAINTREE TO COOKTOWN

Inclusions: Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation in Cooktown. (ensuite)
After a leisurely breakfast we begin our journey towards Cooktown. Engaging 4WD, we travel along the Bloomfield Track (weather permitting) enjoying many scenic spots including Bloomfield Falls and Cedar Bay National park. We stop at the World-Famous Lions Den Pub – another classic Aussie Icon. We visit The Mysterious Black Mountain before arriving in the Historic township of Cooktown.

DAY 3. COOKTOWN TO COEN / MUSGRAVE

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Coen or Musgrave. (ensuite)
We start our day with a visit to Grassy Hill Lookout, The James Cook Museum, Botanical Gardens & Powerhouse Museum – this is truly an amazing place. From Cooktown we head west to Battle Camp and onwards into Lakefield National Park. After visiting “Old Laura” homestead we travel through many fascinating river valleys and numerous giant termite mounds before arriving at our overnight accommodation at Coen or Musgrave.

DAY 4. COEN / MUSGRAVE TO LOCKHART

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Greenhoose Lockhart River. (ensuite)
Today we continue our adventure to one of Australia’s most remote area’s we head east exploring the Sir William Thompson Range and then crossing the Pascoe River, we head to Iron Range National Park. As we enter the National Park, we see the spectacular Mount Tozer at the peak of the table range, before descending down to Lockhart River a unique aboriginal community situated on the ocean at Lloyd Bay. Heading onwards further north – exploring the many wonders of the Iron Range National Park whilst enjoying the dense tropical rainforest being the largest remaining area of lowland rainforest in Australia. We arrive at Lockhart River for our overnight stay.

DAY 5. LOCKHART TO WEIPA

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Weipa. (ensuite)
Leaving the east coast behind, we head inland through the National Park and onwards to more savannah land, country of the Cape and head north. This afternoon we continue a westward track towards the West Coast and the famous mining town of Weipa – where we arrive late afternoon. The Heritage Resort offers warm hospitality and friendly service with modern comfort and style.

DAY 6. WEIPA TO BRAMWELL

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Bramwell Station. (ensuite)
Weipa located in the Gulf of Carpentaria is the largest town in the Cape York Peninsula with a population of about 3,000 people. Its main industries are mining and cattle exports. We take a stroll through the Jardine National Park to amaze your senses. We then visit the Western Cape Cultural Centre. Be impressed with the stunning and truly authentic aboriginal artwork and learn about the Aboriginal culture. Then take a stroll through the township. We take a Weipa Eco Cruise tour and then depart the port of Weipa and its amazing coastline before travelling onto Bramwell where we overnight.

DAY 7. BRAMWELL TO CAPE YORK

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Loyalty Beach. (shared bathroom)
Departing Bramwell we head through one of the largest cattle station on the Cape – Batavia Downs. We visit the Morton Telegraph Station; this important link in communication to the far north and the cape operated till 1960. We now begin what will be one of the highlights of our tour – it’s now time to join one of the original Telegraph Tracks (conditions permitting) Travelling further north to visit Elliot Falls and fruit bat Falls Joining the Bamaga Development Road we arrive at the Cape’s most famous river, the Jardine crossing the crocodile infested stream by ferry, then onwards to the top arriving at Loyalty Beach where we stay for the next two nights.

DAY 8. CAPE YORK TO THE TIP

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Loyalty Beach. (shared bathroom)
Today we visit the remains of Somerset, which was established by the Jardine Family as the Government outpost and Cattle Station. Spend some time at some secluded beaches, where we have previously sighted dugongs and sea turtles. This is a particularly scenic part of the Cape. We then head for Australia’s most northerly point, Cape York. The 30-minute walk to the point has lots of great views, also once we arrive it’s time to grab a drink and enjoy the afternoon over the Torres Strait.

DAY 9. THURSDAY ISLAND & CAPE YORK

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch & Flight from Horn Island
For our last day, we take a boat cruise across the Torres Strait to Thursday Island and enjoy a guided tour around this small island that is part of Torres Strait culture and history. The island is situated between Cape York and Australia’s nearest neighbour New Guinea. We then take a short ferry ride to Horn Island, where you will also enjoy a short tour of the Island before being transferred to the Horn Island Airport for your flight back to Cairns, arriving at approximately 5.00pm.

Rates

2021 RATES
Adult (Twin Share) $6,350
Adult Concession (Twin Share) $6,250
Adult (Single) $7,150
Adult (Single) Concession $7,050
Child $5,350
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $21,500
Private Charter - Flexible Departure dates to suit Rates on Request
2021 CAIRNS TO CAPE YORK - DRIVE / FLY
May 10, 2021 May 18, 2021
June 9, 2021 June 17, 2021
July 1, 2021 July 9, 2021
July 22, 2021 July 30, 2021
August 10, 2021 August 18, 2021
August 31, 2021 September 8, 2021
September 21, 2021 September 29, 2021
2021 CAPE YORK TO CAIRNS - FLY / DRIVE
May 20, 2021 May 28, 2021
June 19, 2021 June 27, 2021
July 12, 2021 July 20, 2021
August 1, 2021 August 9, 2021
August 20, 2021 August 28, 2021
September 11, 2021 September 19, 2021
October 1, 2021 October 9, 2021

This tour departs Cairns on set dates (as above). Maximum of 6 passengers, per vehicle. Please note that Single Travelers must purchase the optional extra “single supplement” as we don’t offer shared rooms with other single travelers.

  • Seasonal weather conditions and operational requirements may cause a variation in the tour itinerary. The operator reserves the right to substitute or modify if required. Please read our terms and conditions carefully. Departure and Return times are approximate. We endeavor to room guests with ensuite facilities where available, once full we use shared facilities.
  • Please note this tour is not suitable for infants.

Terms and Conditions

Inclusions

What's Included

  • Small group- offering unrivalled, friendly and personalised service
  • Modern 4WD vehicle and experienced driver guide
  • All accommodation costs
  • Breakfast, dinner and light lunches as per the itinerary
  • Morning / Afternoon teas
  • All National Park entry fees
  • All ferries and barges
  • Cruise to Thursday Island and a Short tour of the island
  • Cruise to Horn Island and Short tour of the Island
  • Flight from Horn Island to Cairns with QANTAS
  • Queensland’s “Great Ocean Road”
  • Daintree National Park and Ferry Crossing
  • Cape Tribulation and its sandy beaches
  • Mardja boardwalk
  • Bloomfield Track & Falls
  • Cedar Bay National Park
  • Lion’s Den Pub
  • Black Mountain
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Batavia Downs
  • Wenlock River
  • Elliot Falls
  • Fruit Bat Falls
  • Jardine River
  • Seisa
  • Experienced Local Naturalist/ Accredited Tour Guides

Checklists

WHAT TO BRING

  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Wallet
  • Hat
  • Water & Water Bottle
  • Insect Repellent & Sunscreen 30+
  • Small Overnight “soft” Style Bag (no suitcases or bags with wheels)
  • A comprehensive Check List will be provided after booking
  • Luggage is restricted to ONE Soft Bag per passenger (no suitcases), weighing no more than 10kgs + ONE Small Backpack/Day Pack.

All Inclusive Price

from $6,350

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