Cape York - 8 Day Fly/Drive Accommodated
Prices from $3,739 AUD

 

This 8 day Fly/Drive tour includes tours of Horn and Thursday Islands and can be done in either direction (May only). No camping with this one as it's all accommodated.

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Features

  • Accommodated
  • Most Meals
  • Overland/Air
  • Thursday island
  • Fruitbat Falls
  • & much more

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From 1/04/2019 to 31/03/2020 twin sharesingle
8 Day Fly/Drive Accommodated
- Oct
includes flight (Cairns/Horn Isl), meals as stated and accommodation $3,739.00$4,382.00
8 Day Fly/Drive Accommodated
- Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
includes flight (Cairns/Horn Isl), meals as stated and accommodation $3,955.00$4,702.00
PLEASE NOTE: A 15% + $500 deposit is required on booking for this tour.

 

 

Departure Dates - 2019

Highlights Include


Fly / Drive

  • May 29th
  • June 19th
  • July 10th, 31st
  • August 21st
  • Sept  11th
  • Oct 2nd


 


 

  • Flight between Horn Is & Cairns
  • Horn Island
  • Thursday Island
  • Punsand Bay
  • Torres Straits
  • The Tip
  • Moreton Station
  • Weipa
  • Lakefield NP
  • Cooktown
  • Somerset
  • Bamaga
  • Jardine River Crossing
  • Fruit Bat Falls
  • Wenlock River
  • Batavia Downs
  • Coen
  • Battle Camp Road
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Daintree Rainforest 

Day 1

Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, Cooktown - (LD) 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.  (ensuite facilities)

Cairns, Horn Island(LD) Your tour begins with a morning flight to Horn Island. (Make your own way to Cairns Domestic Terminal) On arrival at Horn Island you will be met by a representative from the Gateway Torres Strait Resort. Lunch included followed by a bus tour of the Island and Museum. Overnight accommodation. (Ensuite facilities)

 

Day 2

Cooktown, Laura, Musgrave Telegraph Station - (BLD) Assured of a unique place in the rich fabric of Australian history, Cooktown provides interest and excitement. Visit Cook’s landing place, Grassy Hill Lookout and the century old cemetery. We travel through the headwaters of the Normanby and Laura Rivers to arrive at the cropping district of Lakeland Downs. Banana and watermelon farms using innovative cropping techniques are the growth industry here. On to Laura where we visit the Quinkan Cultural Centre. Audio and visual displays showcase the cultural and pioneering history of this region. Experience living outback history as we approach Musgrave Telegraph Station, the last remaining telegraph station in Cape York.  (share facilities)

Thursday Island, Red Island Point, Punsand Bay - (BD) Morning Transfer by ferry to Thursday Island. Ample time for sightseeing, souvenir shopping and a conducted bus tour of historic "T.I." is included. (Lunch is own cost today). Mid-afternoon ferry cruise to mainland. Accommodation at Punsand Bay Private Reserve. Permanent Tent (ensuite facilities) for 2 nights.

Day 3

Coen, Archer River, Moreton Telegraph Station - (BLD) 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 share facilities. Twin share fully screened tents with beds and linen. No power in tents.

Cape York, Somerset - (BLD) 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. (Punsand Bay - ensuite facilities).

 

 

 

Day 4

Weipa, Moreton Telegraph Station - (BLD) 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 we have an eco boat cruise included. Discover the waterways and diverse wildlife habitat including saltwater Crocodiles, numerous bird species and mining history.

Jardine River, Fruitbat Falls, Moreton Station - (BLD) Anticipation and excitement as we commence our overland trek. Retracing the paths of our earliest overlanders, we cross the Jardine River to Fruitbat Falls, a Mecca for "off road" travelers. Enjoy a refreshing swim and lunch before we continue negotiating river crossings and bush tracks to arrive at Moreton Telegraph Station, on the banks of the Wenlock River. Overnight accommodation (2 nights) Cabin Tent - shared facilities (twin share fully screened tents with beds, linen).

Day 5

Fruitbat Falls, Jardine River, Punsand Bay - (BLD) 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. 3 nights’ accommodation with ensuite facilities.

Weipa, Wenlock River - (BLD) Time for a guided nature walk along this lightly forested waterway before we cross the sandy Wenlock River. Travel south to Batavia Downs Station then detour west to the Gulf of Carpentaria through huge cattle runs and Aboriginal tribal lands to the bauxite-mining town of Weipa. A veritable "Oasis in the wilderness" and providing further contrast to your experience of this last frontier. Today we have a Eco River Tour included. Discover the waterways and diverse wildlife habitat including saltwater Crocodiles, numerous bird species and mining history. (Moreton Station - share facilities)

Day 6

Thursday Island, Horn Island - (BLD) Today’s highlight is a ferry transfer through the island dotted Straits to explore historic Thursday Island and Horn Island. A conducted 2 island bus tour with lunch is included. Afternoon Ferry return to mainland.

Coen, Musgrave Telegraph Station - (BLD) Today we travel south via the rolling landscape of Piccaninny Plains, crossing the Archer River and passing through Oyala Thumotang National Park. We visit historic Coen for lunch then onto our overnight stay at Musgrave Telegraph Station, the last remaining telegraph station in Cape York. (shared facilities)

Day 7

Cape York, Somerset - (BLD) 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.

Lakefield National Park, Cooktown - (BLD) We We head east towards Princess Charlotte Bay and enter the massive bird and animal sanctuary of Rinyirru National Park. The waterfowl teem in lily fringed billabongs and an opportunity to safely view Crocodiles in their natural habitat. Travel over the legendary Battle Camp Range to historic Cooktown. An eventful afternoon sightseeing and viewing significant landmarks and sites so important to all Australians. (ensuite facilities)

Day 8

Punsand Bay, Bamaga, Cairns - (BL) -Morning at leisure before your transfer to Bamaga Airport for your flight to Cairns. Your Adventure ends on arrival at Cairns Airport. -

Bloomfield, Cape Tribulation, Cairns - (BL) Crossing the Bloomfield River marks the start of our drive over the controversial "Bloomfield Track". Jungle green heights descend to the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef, with tantalising glimpses of deserted beaches and fringing coral. Through the famous World Heritage Rainforest, across the Daintree River, then via the scenic road to Cairns. Your adventure ends with a transfer to selected locations.

 


 

On Tour

These 4WD safaris and tours visit isolated outback and undisturbed wilderness areas, normally inaccessible to large multi-seat coaches, and due to the remoteness of these regions, conditions will not be exactly the same as at home.

Your companions will be from every walk of life, of all ages and usually with a spirit of adventure, a sense of humour, and a desire to get off the beaten track to enjoy the wilderness, to discover the real Australia.

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.

Seat Rotation: On all tours and safaris, passengers rotate seats each day to give everyone a chance to enjoy forward and window seating.

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 kilos 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. 

 

 

 

 Your Accommodation

 

Seaview Motel (Cooktown)

Located in the heart of one of Australia's most historically significant townships. The Seaview Motel is situated opposite Captain Cook's landing, overlooking the Endeavour River. 

  • Air-con & ceiling fans
  • Ensuite
  • TV & in-house movies
  • Tea/Coffee, Fridge 

 

 

 

Mulgrave Station

A historic fortress telegraph station built in 1887 and is located on the northern access route to Lakefield National Park. The historical building, displayed memorabilia and traveller services, makes this a popular spot to stay or visit. Rooms are serviced daily. No cooking facilities are provided in-house. Share toilet/shower facilities. All meals are provided in the dining area of the main historical homestead. Set tour menus are very whole some and filling. Accommodation is a furnished room with twin beds, towels and linen supplied. 

  • Public Phone
  • Souveneirs
  • Sky TV in public Area
  • Licenced 

 

 

Moreton Telegraph Station

Moreton Telegraph Station is situated on the banks of the fast flowing Wenlock River. Accommodation is our safari camp complex set in light forest near the banks of the river. Twin Share safari tents, fully screened with beds, linen, furniture and 12v lighting. Meals are served in an open undercover dining area. Share toilet/shower facilities. BYO Alcohol (your guide will advise you on where you can purchase this.) 

  • Card only Public Phone
  • Souveneirs 

 

 

Punsand Bay Private Reserve

One of the last genuine wilderness areas and also the gateway to the Torres Strait Islands. Punsand Bay Private Reserve is one of the few privately held pieces of land within 150 miles of Cape York. With 10km of private mainly northern facing beaches a magnificent sight is to watch the sun rise over the Coral Sea of the Pacific Ocean and set over the Arafura Sea of the Indian Ocean. Safari style permanent tent (includes ensuite facilities, fans, veranda & furniture) 

  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Laundry 

 


Gateway Torres Strait Resort (Horn Island)

Horn Island, one of the Prince of Wales group, lies in the Torres Strait and is located approximately 25km west-north-west of Cape York Peninsula and a short distance east-south-east of Thursday Island. Horn Island also host the airport for Thursday Island. In 1894 they discovered payable gold and the goldfield encompassed the whole Island (51sq km). In 1942 an airstrip was built on Horn Island as a staging base for fighter aircraft transiting to New Guinea. On 14th March 1942 Horn Island received its first Japanese air raid. Today Horn Island is a important air hub for the outer Torres Strait Islands. The Gateway Torres Strait Resort is located on Horn Island just a few minutes walk from the jetty, beach and local store.

  • Air-conditioned
  • TV & inhouse movies
  • Tea/Coffee

 


 

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