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15 Day Cape York Camping Drive Safari | NW

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Unique & Amazing Experience

From

au$4,799.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$4,799.00
Family: au$19,196.00

Tour Code: 346

We have been taking our guests on our award winning boutique Cape York Outback Queensland four wheel drive safari tours for over 20 years now and made a lot of new friends along the way.

All of our Cape York four wheel drive safari tours depart from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland on a Saturday.

Each and everyone one of our outback safari guides live and breathe this remote and rugged part of Australia and have built up extraordinary knowledge over the years which they share with our guests on our 4WD tours.

Our tour guides have various specialities some of which include indepth knowledge or degrees in military history and geology, Australian flora and fauna, zoo keeping, nocturnal tour guiding, photography, animal tracking, turtle research, frog monitoring,indigenous culture, bush medicine and bush tucker, some can even play the didgeridoo and throw a boomerang.  

If you are a nature lover then our small boutique tours will be perfect for you as our guides will take the time to show you the places to find the things that interest you personally. 

On our 15 day Cape York tour you will have the chance to see lush green World Heritage listed rainforests with rivers, waterfalls and rare endangered animals from the Gondwana period.   

We visit working cattle stations, call in at gold fields, see ancient aboriginal rock art, swim in crocodile free waterfalls, visit pearl farms on private islands and so much more as you will see from our sample itinerary.

2019 Cape York Safari Departure Dates Schedule

Depart from Cairns

Depart from Cairns

30th May 2020 (Saturday) - Back to Cairns 13th June 2020 (Saturday)

20th June 2020 (Saturday) - Back to Cairns 4th July 2020 (Saturday)

11th July 2020 (Saturday) - Back to Cairns 25th July 2020 (Saturday)

1st August 2020 (Saturday) - Back to Cairns 15th August 2020 (Saturday)

22nd August 2020 (Saturday) - Back to Cairns 5th September 2020 (Saturday)

12th September 2020 (Saturday) - Back to Cairns 26th September 2020 (Saturday)

Please note we do not travel over the green season to the tip of Australia November to April

Cape York 15 Day 4WD Safari Sample Itinerary

Please note: Due to various uncontrollable factors such as weather our itinerary may change. 

Day 1. Cairns - Quincan Rock Art - Private Cattle Station

Complimentary pick up at your Cairns accommodation by your personal 4WD safari tour guide and then head inland and onto the James Mulligan Highway before stopping at the Palmer River Roadhouse to stretch our legs and have lunch (at your own expense).

Have a look at the small Museum which has amazing history of the Palmer River Gold Fields that started in 1872 and is still Australia’s richest ever alluvial goldfield.

After lunch we journey to the famous Quinkan Rock Art site at Laura, best known for its amazing Aboriginal Rock Art.

The Quinkan Rock Art sites are now listed by UNESCO as being amongst the top 10 Rock Art sites in the world.

We then move on through the Outback to the Private Cattle Station where you will experience a unique wildlife experience.

Campground: Private Cattle Station

Meals: breakfast and lunch not included on first day

Day 2. Private Cattle Station - Moreton Telegraph Station

All on board our four wheel drive adventure as we follow parts of the historical Old Telegraph Track - one of the highlights of Cape York and is a great track for 4WD enthusiasts.

You must look these tracks up on ‘Google to get you excited.

It’s what’s left of the original telegraph track that was used from the 1880’s to connect Cairns with Thursday Island. The method of communication was Morse Code back then, and the last message was sent in 1962 before the system was replaced by microwave repeater towers.

We pass the memorial to “Toots”, a famous lady trucking character.

Campground: Moreton Station

Meals: all meals included

Day 3. Morton Station - Fruit Bat Falls - Seisia

Today we enjoy some great 4WD action in between crossing the Jardine River.

We stop for lunch and enjoy a swim in the Fruit Bat Falls.  

We traverse open woodland country, pass huge magnetic termite mounds, and make camp in the afternoon at Seisia.

In the 1860s construction began on the Overland Telegraph Line.

The northern section ran through very difficult country and the telegraph survey expedition was only the fourth overland expedition ever made to Cape York.

Work on the Cape York Peninsula section was completed in 1886, except for 90 km from Moreton to Mein where telegrams were carried by horse and rider until the line was completed. The line consisted of galvanized cast iron poles designed to support a single wire.

All the stations were built like forts to protect staff and equipment. Moreton Telegraph Station was completed in 1887. So far over 110 bird species have been noted in the Moreton vicinity, including the Palm Cockatoo and Magnificent Riflebird.

The sparsely distributed Common Spotted Cuscus (a type of possum) has been seen on numerous occasions feeding on the leaves of Moreton's riverside trees.

Campground: Seisia

Meals: all meals included

Day 4. Siesia - Roko Private Island - Pearl Farm Tour

Today we visit a very special family who line on a stunningly beautiful private island located in the Torres Strait.

The owner has been taking over this legacy by maintaining this status of "Pearl producer from the birth place of the cultured pearl".

You will be taken on a tour of the islands Pearl Farm.

Lunch today under palm trees.

Campground: Seisia

Meals: all meals included

Day 5. Seisia Tip

Our adventure for today is a visit to the famous Croc Tent and travel through the drier savannah woodlands which dramatically change into a beautiful dense rainforest before opening up a vista of deserted beaches at Australia’s most northern point. Walk as a group to “The Tip” at the very end of Cape York Peninsula, celebrate together and take photos. After taking in the spectacular views of the Torres Straits and the surrounding beaches we will have lunch at Somerset Beach, which was the home and now resting place of Frank Jardine. Visit these historic graves on the beach.

Campground: Seisa

Meals: All meals included

Day 6. Seisia - Islands Tour (Thursday & Horn Island)

Thursday Island and Horn Island are our destinations to explore today. Here we will learn about the history and information of the past and the vitally important part the islands played in the World War II in keeping Australia and its citizens safe from invasion.

Learn about the fascinating history of the pioneering early Pearling Luggers while admiring the spectacular and breathtaking views of the Torres Straits and its turquoise waters.

Late this afternoon your group will see you return to Seisia on the ferry in time for refreshing sunset drinks on the beach.

Campground: Seisa

Meals: All meals included

Day 7. Seisia - Fruit Bat Falls - Bramwell Station

This morning we leave Seisia to drive through the Aboriginal township of Bamaga. Once again you will cross the famous Jardine River aboard the old world cable ferry. On the southern side of the Jardine River, buckle up for some real 4WD action (road conditions and weather permitting) on the corrugated ‘Old Telegraph Track’ as we journey to one of the most stunning and talked about places on your Cape York tour - Fruit Bat Falls.

Enjoy a wonderful swim in the crystal clear waters, which amazingly originates from Papua New Guinea. We reluctantly leave this scenic paradise and move on to the most northern cattle station in Australia - Bramwell Station where you will be welcomed with an amazing dinner (dinner at own expense) under the bright outback stars.

Campground: Bramwell Station

Meals: dinner at Bramwell Station is at your own expense

Day 8. Bramwell Station - Weipa 

Leaving early to catch the best part of the morning we work our way to better roads, to reach Weipa just in time for lunch.

Weipa is just south of Duyfken Point, a location now agreed to be the first recorded point of European contact with the Australian continent.

Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon, on his ship the ‘Duyfken’, sighted the coast here in 1606.

This was 164 years before James Cook arrived.

On this afternoon there is free time for you to explore the town. Optional tours are available of the Bauxite Mine which put Weipa on the map, and also local fishing charters (both tours at own expense and subject to availability).

Dinner tonight is cooked by a private chef with a 3 course meal at your own expense of approx $45.00pp.

Campground: Weipa

Meals: dinner is at your own expense

Day 9. Weipa - Cooks Hut (Iron Range) 

Today we move east through rugged cattle country. We four wheel drive through the largest area of tropical lowland rainforest remaining in Australia, crossing rivers before entering Iron Range National Park via Tozers Gap to Cooks Hut.

This area is known as Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) has a unique rainforest camping area on the banks of the Claudine River close to the junction of Portland Roads and Lockhart River Roads where you will stop for lunch today (own expense).

William Bligh first landed in this area in 1792, gold miners then came through in the 1930's and American troops were sent to the area during World War II.

This area is truly wonderful with rare fauna and flora - we look for the famous Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots and Green Pythons.

Campground: Accommodated Cabins

Meals: lunch is at your own expense

Day 10. Cooks Hut - Chilli Beach - Portland Roads - Batavia Goldfields - Chuulangun 

This is a day of adventures - travel to the stunning Chilli Beach and marvel at the wonderful ocean and landscapes. We visit significant historical sites in the area from the later gold rushes of the 1930’s and the World War II airfield at Iron Range.

On about 18th April 1942 Walter Maierersperger, the Commanding Officer of 33 Bomb Squadron of the 22nd Bomb Group USAAC carried out an aerial reconnaissance flight over the Iron Range area.

Lunch today will be a wonderful home cooked meal (including the option of fresh local fish), at the famous Portland Roads Locals Cafe overlooking the sea (lunch at own expense).

After lunch we move back towards the Batavia Goldfields and the Chuulangun homelands.

The Chuulangun homelands are located in the centre of the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers and encompass some 840,000 hectares.

The traditional custodians are the clan group of the Kuki”Yu northern Karrju, who belong to the highlands. They accommodate visitors to their traditional homeland at the serviced campground they operate.

Campground: Chuulangun

Meals: lunch is at your own expense

Day 11. Chuulangun - Coen - Kalpower

Today we leave the Iron Range area and head south to Coen where you can visit the Coen Historical Museum. Coen was founded when Gold was discovered on the Coen River in 1876, however the gold rush quickly came to an end and the settlement did not ever fully recover.

Coen is now a centre for several small goldmines on the Cape York Peninsula.

The town is rich in history and you have a chance to imagine what it may have been like in days past as your tour camps tonight on the banks of the river which is a very peaceful place with some wonderful birdlife.

Campground: Kalpower Bush Camp

Meals: all meals included

Day 12. Kalpower - Cooktown

Today we travel through Lakefield National Park so ensure your cameras and videos are at the ready for the scenery.

We make our way along the very same tracks as the mounted mail men did many years ago.

This National Park is filled with billabongs and river systems alive with wildlife such as Estuarine Crocodiles, Feral Pigs, Jabirus, Brolgas, Red Goshawk, and flocks of Magpie Geese.

We visit old Laura Homestead then travel down the infamous Battle Camp Road.

We travel into the area of Hope Vale then onto Cooktown.

Enjoy an afternoon exploring historical Cooktown and then arrive at Sovereign Hotel for dinner (at own expense)  

Campground: Cooktown Bush Camp

Meals: all meals included

Day 13. Cooktown - Bloomfield Track - Daintree National Park

This morning you may explore more of historical Cooktown at your leisure before we travel to Black Mountain and the famous Bloomfield Track. in Wujal Wujal.

It's then off to Bloomfield Falls for a swim. We then enter restricted access areas to a secret and unique beach.  

We then proceed to the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest for an evening in the heart of the rainforest at Cape Tribulation.

Here we all enjoy a very special meal. 

Campground: Safari Style Homes in the Daintree Rainforest

Meals: dinner is on the property ovelooking a rainforest creek.

Day 14. Daintree National Park - Cape Tribulation 

Wake up refreshed in the cool rainforest and enjoy a cooked breakfast.

Join your 4WD safari tour guide and enjoy a morning walk along the remote beaches and in the rainforest.

We head off to a cafe hidden deep in the rainforest for morning tea to enjoy scones with jam and cream.

The we have a swim in a rainforest stream and head back to our private property for lunch.

Relax and take it all in or join us on a guided walk around the property. 

Campground: Private Homes in the Daintree

Meals: Dinner is a special treat tonight at own expense at local cafe in Cape Tribulation

Day 15. Daintree Rainforest - Private Crocodile Spotting Cruise - Cairns

Another beautiful morning sees us up early to experience a rainforest/mangrove walk with your safari tour guide.

Enjoy a cooked breakfast and then we head out to our first stop will be in the Daintree Rainforest at Coopers River for our private charter Crocodile Spotting Cruise (cruise at your own cost) – we are the only boat in the area on this very special cruise.

Look for Estuarine Crocodiles and the rare pre-historic Cassowary bird.

Enjoy the stunning views of the mountains in the background coming right down to the Mangroves. Next we lunch in a wonderful place in middle of the rainforest where all the local residents eat – including the rescue wallabies we get the opportunity to hand feed.

After some relaxation and chatter it’s now time to enjoy a unique treat at the famous Daintree Ice Creamery (ice cream at own cost). Here they blend ice cream with exotic and tropical fruits grown right here fresh from their own farm in the rainforest.

We continue on down the Alexander Range, across the Daintree River via the Cable Ferry.

We then move back towards Cairns. Bid farewell to the friends you have met and wonder at your amazing Cape York 4WD adventure when your guide returns you to your Cairns accommodation.

Crocodile cruise at your own expense

Meals: ice cream at the Daintree Ice Creamery is at your own expense and dinner not included on last day

Highlights of Cape York

  • Roko Island – Pearl Farm Tour
  • Quinkan Rock Art TourPrivate
  • Stay at a Working Cattle Station
  • 2 Nights Safari Style Accommodation 
  • Daintree River Crocodile River Boat Cruise
  • Iron Range
  • A Visit to the Historic Lions Den Hotel
  • Black Mountain
  • Cooktown
  • WW11 Historical Sites
  • Morton Telegraph Station
  • Fruit Bat Falls
  • Traverse the Old Telegraph Track
  • Visit to Weipa
  • Stay in the Worlds Oldest Living Rainforest Daintree National Park
  • Visit Batavia GoldFields
  • Portland Roads - Chillie Beach
  • Chuulanngun Homelands
  • Explore Lakefields National Park
  • Jardine River - Torres Strait
  • Seisa/Thursday Island/Horn Island
  • Visit the Very Tip of Australia (Pajinka Aboriginal word for the Tip)   

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Included In Price

  • ***Small Group Tour - Maximum 2 Groups Of 6 Guests***
  • Return transfers from your accommodation in Cairns & Northern Beaches
  • All camping equipment: tents, camp bedding, camp stretchers, sleeping bags & sheets and 1 fresh towel
  • Most main meals - please see tour description
  • Thursday & Horn Islands tours
  • Roko Island peral farm tour
  • National parks & camping fees
  • Ferry Fees
  • Fuels & 4WD custom made Troopie vehicle(s)
  • 6 guests per vehicle
  • Individual seats
  • Insect repellent & sunscreen
  • 2 nights safari house accommodation (no tents)
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • 7:00am
  • This tour departs on Saturdays on set dates from May to September, please refer to Departure Dates Schedule.
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
Destinations
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Cape York Peninsula
  • Cooktown
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Horn Island
  • Thursday Island
  • Outback Queensland Australia
Months of Operation

May - September

Days of Operation

Saturday

Duration

15 days

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Dinners on day 5, 7, 12 & 14
  • Lunches on day 1, 8, & 10
  • Crocodile Spotting cruise not included in price | Day 15
  • Ice cream at the Daintree Ice Creamery not included in price | Day 15
  • Museum entry costs
Additional Information
  • As this tour is accessing remote areas, the tour itinerary may change due to weather and road conditions and this is the decision of the Operator.
  • We strongly recommend all intending passengers have their own travel insurance.
  • The area visited has very strict alcohol regulations however the tour operator has a permit to carry certain quantities of alcohol, please note this permit does not include spirits. DO NOT BRING ALCOHOL ON TOUR. An Honesty Tin is ran for the purchase of alcohol (beer & wine) as well as soft drinks with any surplus beeing donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
  • Each vehicle has been custom made to suit the all terrain. Seats are individual seats with extra padding for comfort.
  • Storage is EXTREMELY LIMITED, please pack your personal belongings in a soft sausage style bag measuring: 600mm x 500mm x 300mm or 24'' x 20'' x 12'' - Maximum weight 10kgs or 17lbs (per person)
  • Whilst on the road the above bag will be stowed on the roof rack. A small soft bag can fit under your seat
  • Most accommodation in Cains will store your excess luggage or at the operator's depot (free of charge)
  • Don't forget: a small pillow, comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing for cooler evenings, hat, torch, water bottle, sunglasses, toiletry bag, medication for 11 days and personal first aid supplies (band aids, headache tablets), camera with spare batteries & memory card(s)
  • Please note the use of soaps & solvents is prohibited, only take with you Eco Friendly or bio-degradable products available for purchase from stores such as 'Kathmandu', 'Rays Outdoors' or any camping and adventure stores. Alternatively you can buy 'Earth' brand products from most supermarkets

Children under 10 welcome after assessment from the tour operator

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

  • Cancellations made 60 days or more prior to tour departure are fully refunded less non refundable deposit.
  • Cancellations made 59-51 days prior to tour departure will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour costs.
  • Cancellations made 40 days prior to departure will incur a cancellation fee of 100% of full tour costs.
  • For tours departing in less than 60 days full immediate payment is required.
  • We strongly recommend all attending passengers have their own travel insurance

15 Day Cape York Camping Drive Safari | NW

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Unique & Amazing Experience

From

au$4,799.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$4,799.00
Family: au$19,196.00

Tour Code: 346

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