Cape York - 12 Day Overland/Sea Camping Safari
Prices from $4,610 AUD

 

This 12 day Drive / Cruise tour includes a camping safari from Cairns to the tip, then a cruise on the MV Trinity Bay back to Cairns. This tour visit's all the highlights of "The Cape", plus showing you this wilderness area by sea.

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Features

  • Camping
  • Most Meals
  • Cruise
  • Thursday Island
  • Twin Falls
  • & much more

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From 1/04/2019 to 31/03/2020 Twin ShareTriple Share
12 Day Drive / Cruise Camping Safari
June, July, August, Sept
includes cruise (Seisa/Cairns), meals as stated and camping style accommodation $4,610.00$4,507.00
12 Day Drive / Cruise Camping Safari
October
includes cruise (Seisa/Cairns), meals as stated and camping style accommodation $4,300.00$4,069.00
+ Single Tent Supplement whilst only twin/triple cabins are available on the cruise this is an option for single occupancy tent while camping $98.00$98.00
PLEASE NOTE: A 10% + $350 deposit is required on booking for this tour.

 

 

Departure Dates - 2019

Highlights Include



Drive / Cruise

 

  •  June 5th, 26th
  • July 17th
  • August 7th, 28th
  • Sept 18th
  • Oct 9th

 

 

 


  • Cargo ship voyage
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Torres Straits
  • Thursday Island
  • Horn Island
  • Loyalty Beach (2 nights)
  • Cape York "The Tip"
  • Twin Falls
  • Weipa
  • Port Stewart
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Cooktown
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Cape Tribulation

Drive/Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1 (LD) - Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, Cooktown. 
Your Early morning pickups 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 Cape Tribulation Rainforest. Over the Bloomfield track to historic Cooktown. Perhaps a chance to shop for souvenirs in original colonial era shops. (ensuite facilities)


DAY 2 (BLD) - Lakefield National Park, Musgrave Telegraph Station.
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 National Park. Experience living outback history as we approach Musgrave Telegraph Station, the last remaining telegraph station in Cape York. Overnight with facilities.


DAY 3 (BLD) - Coen, Archer River, 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 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 camp in Kutini-Payamu National Park.


DAY 4 (BLD) - Portland Roads, Chilli Beach, Chuulangun Homelands.
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 overlooking Restoration Island, Bligh’s first landing site in 1792. Tonight we camp by the Wenlock River on the Chuulangun Homelands, with facilities.

 


DAY 5 (BLD) - Batavia Goldfields, Weipa.
Travel west to visit the old Batavia Goldfields, an abandoned mining town. Then travel North by West across Piccaninny Plains and boundless savannah to Weipa, on the Gulf of Carpentaria. An “Oasis in the wilderness” providing further contrast to your experience of this last frontier. Weipa Campground with facilities.


DAY 6 (BLD) - Wenlock River, Moreton Telegraph Station.
This morning we have an eco boat cruise included. Discover the waterways and diverse wildlife habitat, including saltwater Crocodiles, numerous bird species and mining history. With the Gulf of Carpentaria behind us, we pass through huge cattle runs to arrive at the fast flowing Wenlock River. Overnight permanent camp on the Wenlock River at Moreton Telegraph Station with facilities.


DAY 7 (BLD) - Fruit Bat Falls, Jardine River, Bamaga, Loyalty Beach.
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 then to Loyalty Beach overlooking the Torres Strait, our permanent base camp for 3 nights with facilities.


DAY 8 (BLD) - Thursday Island, Horn Island.
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.

 
DAY 9 (BLD) -Cape York, Somerset.
An unforgettable day of achievement and interest. We stand at the very ‘Tip’ of our continent. Visit the ruins of pioneer settlement Somerset, overlooking Albany Passage with pristine beaches and rocky headlands.


DAY 10 (BLD) - Seisa, Great Barrier Reef.
Commence your sea leg. The focus of all attention today is Seisia wharf, where the cargo ship from Cairns disgorge their cargo of fuel, building materials, indeed everything needed by the local communities. At 80 meters and over 3000 tonnes the Trinity Bay is the largest cargo ship servicing the Torres Strait communities.


DAY 11 (BLD) - At Sea, Great Barrier Reef.
Total relaxation as you enjoy the company of the crew and new shipboard companions.


DAY 12 (B) -  Cairns.
Your adventure ends on arrival at Trinity Wharf Cairns. Make your own way to your accommodation venue.


  

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

 

MV Trinity Bay

The MV "Trinity Bay" built in 1996 and converted in 1998 is an eighty metre passenger carrying cargo vessel that has accommodation for up to 56 passengers and cruises at the speed of 14 knots.

The vessel travels from Cairns through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on a non-stop voyage to and from the ports of Thursday Island and Seisia. All meals are provided as buffet style and coffee and tea facilities are provided all day and there is also a licensed bar on board.

  • Passengers must be independently mobile and complete a Medical Information Form. The vessel has steep stairwells and high hatchway stepovers.


 

 

Camping Safaris

Your holiday home is a roomy, twin-share, dome style tent with sewn-in floor and high density foam mattresses. An important element is group participation whether striking camp, a fireside chat or an early morning bush walk.

 


 

Contact Details



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+61 7 4057 4312


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