Cape York - 16 Day Overland Camping
Prices from $4,195 AUD

 

This 16 day all Overland tour includes tours of Horn and Thursday Islands as well as all the highlights of the Cape York Wilderness Area. This tour is our longest Cape York Option.

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Features

  • Camping
  • Most Meals
  • Thursday Island
  • Weipa
  • Fruitbat Falls
  • & much more

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From 1/04/2019 to 31/03/2020 Twin ShareSingle
16 Day All Overland Accommodated/Camping Safari includes meals as stated and accommodated/camping accommodation $4,195.00$4,673.00
PLEASE NOTE: A 10% + $350 deposit is required on booking for this tour.

Cape York

For thousands of years, Cape York has defied the onslaught of civilisation. Until a little over 100 years ago, only Indigenous Australians enjoyed this unique paradise. History records the Europeans first touched our shores here almost four centuries ago but ironically this is still Australia’s last pioneering frontier, the last of our continent to be explored, settled or developed.
The quest to conquer has always attracted man to the least accessible of the Earth’s surfaces, the highest mountain, the wildest desert, or the most remote.
In Australia, the greatest achievement is, without question, to reach the northernmost Tip, Cape York. Even now, it still remains a sparsely populated area that is accessible during the dry season months from May to December, and then only by four wheel drive vehicles for the majority of the way.
To travel to Cape York is still a unique adventure allowing you to see this great unspoilt and diverse part of Australia and its wildlife and birdlife up close. To stand at the very tip of Australia where oceans meet and overlook the sheltered and unspoilt Torres Strait Islands, is indeed a truly an awe inspiring and overwhelming experience.

 

Departure Dates

Highlights Include



  • October 4th




 

  • Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve
  • Quinkan Aboriginal Paintings
  • Musgrave Telegraph Station
  • Moreton Telegraph Station
  • Cape York - the  Top
  • Historic Somerset (road conditions permitting)
  • Horn Island - overnight
  • Thursday Island
  • Fruitbat Falls
  • Weipa
  • Batavia Gold Fields
  • Chuulangun Homelands
  • Iron Range National Park
  • Portland Road - Chilli Beach
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Historic Cooktown
  • Bloomfield Track
  • World Heritage Daintree National Park

DAY 1 (LD) - Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown.
Early morning pick up from selected selected locations, as we travel via the pristine Daintree Rainforests and over the soaring verdant heights of the Bloomfield Track to historic Cooktown. A step back in time as we explore this historic port. Overnight Cooktown Caravan Park with facilities.


DAY 2 (BD) - Battle Camp, Lakefield National Park.
A morning of sightseeing and visiting significant landmarks and sites of Cooktown. After lunch (own cost) we continue our journey along Battle Camp Road, via Old Laura Homestead, onto the massive wildlife haven of Lakefield National Park. Overnight Lakefield National Park.


DAY 3 (BLD) - Musgrave Telegraph Station, Coen, Archer River.
Historic interludes as we visit the last remaining Telegraph Station Musgrave, and the once vibrant gold rush town of Coen, before reaching our overnight stop at the Archer River Roadhouse Campground with facilities.


DAY 4 (BLD) - Iron range National Park, WW2 Site.
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 Iron Range National Park 2 nights.

 


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 overlooking Restoration Island, Bligh’s first landing site in 1792. We explore the area around the airfield, where there were major military installations and visit the renowned Lockhart River Art Centre.


DAY 6 (BLD) - Batavia Goldfields, Weipa.
Travel west to visit the old Batavia (Wenlock) Goldfields, an abandoned mining town. Then travel North by West across Piccaninny Plains and boundless savannah to Weipa, on the Gulf of Carpentaria. A veritable “Oasis in the wilderness” and providing further contrast to your experience of this last frontier. Overnight Weipa Camp Ground with facilities.


DAY 7 (BD) - Wenlock River, Moretin Telegraph Station.
This morning we have an cco boat cruise (included). Discover the waterways and diverse wildlife habitat, including saltwater Crocodiles, numerous bird species and mining history. After lunch (own cost) we pass through huge cattle runs to arrive at the fast flowing Wenlock River. Overnight accommodation 2 nights. Cabin Tent share facilities. Twin share fully screened tents with beds and linen. No power in tents.


DAY 8 (BLD) - Moreton Telegraph Station, Twin Falls.
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 destination the picturesque Twin Falls on the Eliot River (subject to road/river conditions). Time to swim and explore or photograph the enchanting rock pools, and waterfalls.


DAY 9 (BLD) - Jardine River, Cape York.
We continue negotiating bush tracks and the northern bypass road to reach the swift flowing Jardine River. A short stop at Bamaga Aboriginal and Islander settlement, before proceeding to our northern base camp overlooking the scattered islands of the Torres Strait. Camp Loyalty Beach Campground with facilities for 3 nights.

 


DAY 10 (BLD) - Loyalty Beach, Mutee Head.
After breakfast we head off for a day of sightseeing. Mutee Head renowned for World War II 52 Radar Station moved from NSW to Townsville and finally to Mutee Head.


DAY 11 (BLD) - Thursday Island, Horn Island.
Today’s highlight is a ferry transfer through the island dotted Straits to explore historic Thursday Island. A conducted bus tour of Thursday Island and Horn Island with lunch is included. Afternoon ferry return to mainland.


DAY 12 (BLD) - Cape York, Somerset, Punsand Bay.
An unforgettable day of achievement and interest. We stand at the very ‘Tip’ of our continent. Visit the ruins of the pioneer settlement Somerset, overlooking Albany Passage with pristine beaches and rocky headlands. Overnight Punsand Bay. 2 nights air conditioned Cabins with ensuite facilities.


DAY 13 (BLD) - Punsand Bay.
A day free to explore the wonders of Punsand Bay. Perhaps a fishing trip, a helicopter flight, or catch up on laundry.


DAY 14 (BLD) - Jardine River, Fruitbat Falls, Moreton Telegraph Station.
Anticipation and excitement as we commence our overland trek. Retracing the paths of our earliest overlanders, we cross the Jardine River to Fruit Bat Falls, a natural icon of Jardine River National Park. Enjoy a refreshing swim and lunch before we continue to Moreton Telegraph Station, on the banks of the Wenlock River. Overnight accommodation. Cabin Tent share facilities. Twin share fully screened tents with beds and linen. No power in tents.


DAY 15 (BD) - Coen, Musgrave Station.
Today we travel south following the route of the Overland Telegraph Line, 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. Overnight Air Conditioned rooms.


DAY 16 (BL) - Laura, Cairns.
Off to Laura for a visit of the Cultural Centre and Split Rock Art Gallery where we join an informative tour with a local guide, images of Quinkan spirits, totem animals and people adorn the rock shelter, this area ranks alongside the Kimberley and the Arnhem Land escarpment as Australia’s most important rock art regions. Via Lakeland to Mareeba, onto Cairns. Your Adventure ends with a transfer to Oz Tours 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

 

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.

 



 

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
 

  
  


 

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