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Cape York Tour | 8 Day Drive/Fly - Fly/Drive

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Unique & Amazing Experience

From

au$5,250.00

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

Child: au$4,750.00
Family: au$18,500.00

Tour Code: 276

  • The big highlight is reaching the very top of Australia overlooking the Torres Strait.
  • Seeing rare native Australian animals in the wild.
  • Learning all about the indigenous Aboriginal Culture.
  • Exploring all of the historic sights in outback Queensland. 

Cairns to Cape York, 8 day 4WD adventure, the ultimate Far North Queensland adventure tour. Choose to Fly/Drive or Drive/Fly.

8 Day Cairns to Cape York 4x4 Adventure Tour

This awesome 4WD adventure tour has several options where travellers can choose to fly direct to Cape York and enjoy the drive back, or drive to Cape York and fly back to Cairns

If you have always wanted to go on the trails of our pioneers to see historic sights of interest and meet the real Australian's of the outback then join us on our small personalised group tours from Cairns to Cape York.

We only guide a maximum of 6 people at a time ensuring our outback tours are personal. If you advise our tour guides of your specific interests they will do their utmost to ensure you see or experience it on this guided four wheel drive tour.

Please note we only run our Cape York tours in the months of mid May to late September to avoid the green season rains.     

Please read on below to learn about the itineraries for the different tour options.

Cape York Tour option 1: Drive/Fly – 8 Days

This tour involves driving from Cairns to Cape York before returning via a flight from Cape York back to Cairns. 

Friday Day 1 – Cairns to Cooktown

Meals: Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Cooktown

You will start your Cape York adventure with the scenic ocean drive north from Cairns along Queensland’s Great Ocean Road towards the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest.

Once at Daintree you will board the Daintree River Cruise for an hour of exploring on this impressive ancient waterway, where you can spot water birds and crocodiles.

After this short river cruise we cross the river via the Daintree Ferry to continue our way North towards Cape Tribulation.

There will be opportunities to get out and explore this amazing place with its thick lush tropical rainforests, rugged coastal headlands and long sandy beaches, before enjoying a delicious lunch prior to continuing.

After lunch we experience a taste of what is ahead as we engage 4WD and start onto the dirt Bloomfield Track (weather permitting).

Along this track there are many scenic locations to see such as the Bloomfield Falls and Cedar Bay National Park, as well as the famous Lions Den pub – an icon of the North that is well worth checking out.

Continuing North, we stop at the mysterious Black Mountain before stopping for the day in the Historic township of Cooktown.

Saturday Day 2 – Cooktown to Coen/Musgrave

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Coen/Musgrave

Day two commences with a visit to the Cooktown Botanical Gardens & Powerhouse Museum.

Take in the views from Grassy Hill Lookout – you will be amazed at the rugged natural beauty of this region. Heading west from Cooktown we travel through Battle Camp, Lakefield National Park and visit the “Old Laura” homestead.

Travelling through river valleys, past the countless giant termite mounds, we stop for our overnight stay at Coen or Musgrave.

Sunday Day 3 – Coen/Musgrave to Lockhart

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Lockhart River

On day three we have a big drive ahead of us. 

Today we continuing 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

Monday Day 4 – Lockhart to Weipa 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Weipa

On day 4 we explore the coastal mining town of Weipa, the largest town in Cape York and home to around 3000 people who are supported by the mining and cattle export industries.

While in Weipa you will do a mine tour before bunking down at the Heritage Resort.

Tuesday Day 5 – Weipa to Bramwell 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Bramwell

Weipa located in the Gulf of Carpentaria is the largest town in the Cape York Peninsula with a population of about 3000 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.  

After departing Bramwell we travel across one of the largest cattle stations on the Cape – Batavia Downs – to commence what is sure to be one of the highlights of the tour.

It is now time to join one of the old original telegraph tracks which we follow north to visit Elliot Falls and Fruit Bat Falls.

We join the Bamaga Development Road and follow this to the Cape’s most famous river, the Jardine, where we cross on a cable-ferry. Continuing on we then stop at Loyalty Beach where we stay for the next 2 nights.

Wednesday Day 6 – Bramwell to Cape York 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Loyalty Beach

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. 

Thursday Day 7 – Cape York to the Tip 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Loyalty Beach

Today we can relax and explore this beautiful part of the Cape.

We’ll visit the remains of Somerset, set up by the Jardine Family as a cattle station and government outpost.

Walk along secluded beaches, spot sea turtles and dugongs if you’re lucky.

After a morning of exploring we jump back in the 4WDs for the drive north to Australia’s most northern point, the very tip of Australia.

Get a photo with the famous sign and enjoy a drink with views over the Torres Strait.

Friday Day 8 – Thursday Island & Cape York

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Scenic Flight from Horn Island to Cairns 

Today we change things up slightly, swapping dusty tracks for blue ocean as we take a boat cruise across the Torres Strait to Thursday Island.

On the island enjoy a guided tour and learn the rich history of the island and Torres Strait culture.

Situated between Cape York and Australia’s closest neighbour New Guinea, Thursday Island has a rich history and natural beauty that will be a pleasant change from the scenery of the bush.

Today we also take a ferry to Horn Island, where we have a short tour before  being transferred to the Horn Island Airport for your flight back to Cairns.

On Day 8 you will catch a flight back to Cairns to end your Cape York adventure.

Cape York Tour option 2: Fly/Drive – 8 Days

This tour involves flying directly to Cape York before heading back to Cairns via land in our comfortable 4WDs. 

Day 1 Fly from Cairns to Cape York

Meals: Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Loyalty Beach

Your Cape York adventure starts with the flight from Cairns to Horn Island.

Transfers from Cairns CBD to Cairns airport are available upon request if need be.

After touching down on Horn Island, take a guided tour of this interesting island.

Enjoy a delicious lunch on Horn Island before boarding the ferry for the transfer to Thursday Island where we explore this small island that is part of Torres Strait culture and history.

Thursday Island is situated between Cape York and Australia’s nearest neighbour New Guinea.

We then transfer by ferry to Seisa on the Mainland and make our way to our accommodation; this will be our home for the next two nights.  

Day 2 – Cape York & The Tip of Australia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Loyalty Beach

Today we can relax and explore this beautiful part of the Cape.

We’ll visit the remains of Somerset, set up by the Jardine Family as a cattle station and government outpost.

Walk along secluded beaches, spot sea turtles and dugongs if you’re lucky.

After a morning of exploring we jump back in the 4WDs for the drive north to Australia’s most northern point, the very tip of Australia at Cape York.

It's then time to have a drink and celebrate and enjoy that afternoon overlooking the Torres Strait.

Day 3 – Cape York to Bramwell

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Bramwell

oday we leave Cape York behind us as we travel South through the Jardine National Park over the Great Dividing Range, with views of the blue waters of the Coral Sea to the East.

We cross the Jardine River via the cable ferry before arriving at Fruit Bat Falls.

Enjoy a scenic walk along the board walk, have a quick dip to cool off before driving a little further along to stop for lunch.

After lunch we continue to Bramwell Station to spend the night.

Day 4 – Bramwell to Weipa 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Weipa

This morning we make a visit to the Morton Telegraph Station – an important communication link to the Far North which operated until 1960.

Back in the 4WDs we travel south, crossing many creeks and streams along the way before crossing Batavia Downs – one of the largest cattle stations in the Cape.

We then head towards the largest town in the Cape – Weipa – to enjoy a stroll through the township and port of Weipa, exploring the amazing coastline before relaxing to enjoy a lazy afternoon in our accommodation where we spend the night.

Day 5 – Weipa to Lockhart

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Lockhart River

Today we continuing 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 6 – Lockhart to Coen/Musgrave

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Coen/Musgrave

Today we continue our journey south, travelling along the southern leg of the Old Telegraph Track to Archer River – one of the Cape’s well-known river crossings – before heading to our home for the night, Coen or Musgrave.

Day 7 – Coen/Musgrave to Cooktown

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Cooktown

We make an early start from Coen/Musgrave to head into Lakefield National Park, exploring some of the most spectacular parts of the National Park – Red and White Lilly Lagoons.

Travelling through river valleys and past the countless giant termite mounds, we arrive at “Old Laura” Homestead.

We then travel a short way to ‘Welcome Waterhole” wetlands, on to Battle Camp Track which we follow to Cooktown.

Enjoy lunch in this historic township before spending the afternoon visiting the beautiful Botanical Gardens and the Powerhouse Museum.

Day 8 – Cooktown to Cairns Via the Daintree Rainforest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provided

Overnight at: Your accommodation back in Cairns (not included)

Leaving Cooktown we follow the Bloomfield Track south towards the Daintree, stopping along the way to take in the impressive and mysterious Black Mountain, the beautiful Bloomfield Falls and the Cedar Bay National Park.

Continuing on to Cape Tribulation, we stop to give you the opportunity to explore coastal headlands and long sandy beaches fringed with tropical rainforest, before enjoying a delicious lunch prior to our journey through the World Heritage-listed Rainforest.

We stop at the famous Daintree Ice Cream Company where you can enjoy a yummy treat (at own expense) before we cross the Daintree river via cable ferry.

We then join an afternoon river cruise on this ancient river where amazing birdlife and big crocodiles are often seen.

We complete the 8 day Cape York adventure with a relaxed drive along the scenic Captain Cook Highway to arrive back in Cairns.  

Cape York Tour Inclusions

We depart Cairns at 7.00am on day one and return to Cairns on day 8 at 6.00pm.

  • 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 
  • 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 

Notes

Please note that Single Travellers must purchase the optional extra "single supplement" if you prefer your own private room, otherwise you may be roomed with another single traveller.

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.

Tour is not suitable for infants.

We endeavour to room guests in ensuites rooms where available, once full we use shared facilities. 

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Included In Price

  • Modern 4WD vehicle and experienced driver guide
  • All accommodation costs
  • All breakfasts & dinners 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 bus tour of the island
  • Cruise to Horn Island and tour of the Island  
  • Flight/Cruise from Horn Island to Cairns
  • Queensland's Great Ocean Road
  • Daintree National Park and Ferry Crossing
  • Lion’s Den Pub
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time

Departs Cairns 7:00am and returns to Cairns 6:00pm

Departure Instructions

No pick-ups from residential addresses, only from hotel accommodation in Cairns. Please confirm pick-up time and address ONE day prior to your tour departure. 

Pickup Locations

Cairns

Destinations
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Cape York Peninsula
  • Cooktown
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Thursday Island
  • 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, The Famous Lion's Den Pub, Black Mountain, Lakefield National Park, Old Laura Homestead, Batavia Downs, Wenlock River, Elliot Falls, Jardine River, Seisia
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

We suggest Travel Insurance at all times

Duration

Fly/Drive or Drive/Fly tour is 8 days

Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active

Additional Information

Luggage: Please note each passenger is only entitled to take one bag (preferably soft sided) 80cm X 30cm X 30cm in size, no more than 10 kgs. No suitcases allowed due to limited space. You may also bring a small day bag or pack weighing no more than 4kg. Baggage over this amount cannot be carried without prior arrangement. Note that if you choose to fly one way the 10kg luggage per person is a strict limit with the small airline.

  • Clothing: shorts, trousers, shirts, swimwear, hat, sunglasses, jacket and warm clothes in case of inclement weather.
  • Footwear: Comfortable walking shoes and some form of fast-drying wet-shoe would prove useful.
  • Personal: Photo ID, beach towel, torch, sun protection, insect repellent, medications, toiletries, overseas travellers should bring a suitable adapters, video/camera with lots of free space and spare batteries, money/credit cards for personal expenses such as drinks or souvenirs.

Child age is 4-14 Tours are not suitable for young children

Cancellation policy: Bookings cancelled more than 60 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 50% of deposit or $200 whichever is greater. 

Bookings cancelled between 60 and 45 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 25% of tour total. 

Bookings cancelled between 45 and 30 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 50% of tour total.

Bookings cancelled between 30 and 14 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 75% of tour total. 

Bookings cancelled less than 14 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 100% of tour total.  

Cape York Tour | 8 Day Drive/Fly - Fly/Drive

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Unique & Amazing Experience

From

au$5,250.00

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

Child: au$4,750.00
Family: au$18,500.00

Tour Code: 276

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