Tours to Cooktown & Cape York, Escorted Holidays - Photo
Tours to Far North QLD, Thursday Island, Cape York & Cooktown - Photo
Escorted tours to Cape York 2019 - Photo
Tours to Far North QLD, Thursday Island, Cape York & Cooktown 2019 - Photo

itinerary

DAY 1: THU- DEPART BRISBANE (D)

Guests on CAPE13 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of Queensland for an overnight rail journey to Cairns.

Day 2: Friday – Cairns

Guests on CAPE11 will join the tour after lunch. On arrival in Cairns, transfer to your hotel for an afternoon check-in. At the Welcome Dinner tonight, meet fellow travellers and hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by our Savannah Guides Master Operator driver and host. Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns

Day 3-4: Saturday-Sunday – Cooktown

We travel north along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives towards the World Heritage-Listed Daintree National Park, crossing the mighty Daintree River by cable ferry. Visit the world-class Daintree Discovery Centre for an excellent introduction into the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest. Follow the famous Bloomfield Track on an amazing journey hugging the scenic Daintree Coast to Cooktown. Cooktown is the place where Lieutenant James Cook beached the Endeavour in 1770 after striking the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy lunch at the Lions Den Hotel, one of Queensland’s oldest operating bush pubs. While there, take a look at the quirky decorations and see the visitor signatures scribed on the walls. Join a local custodian for an insightful tour of their ancestral rock art sites. They will share the stories behind the art, giving you a real insight into Aboriginal society and spirituality. 2 nights River of Gold Motel, Cooktown

Day 5: Monday – Archer River

We travel along the Mulligan Highway to the mysterious Black Mountains, of cultural significance for the Kaku Yalanji people. Enjoy morning tea at the popular Lakeland coffee house en route to Laura and Split Rock it’s sandstone escarpments dating back 14,000 years. We continue on via Musgrave Station to Coen and the Quarantine Station, before arriving at Archer River. Overnight Archer River Roadhouse

Day 6-7: Tuesday-Wednesday – Weipa

We drive around 50km north of Archer River to the turnoff for the bauxite mining town of Weipa. Weipa area was the first stretch of the Australian coastline ever explored by Europeans. Cruise the mouth of the Gulf of Carpentaria on a Sunset Eco Tour for a chance to spot wildlife and to hear commentary about the beautiful ecosystems and local culture. 2 nights Albatross Bay Resort, Weipa

Day 8-9: Thursday-Friday – Bamaga

We travel along the Batavia Downs Station Road to Moreton Telegraph Station on the Wenlock River, passing through the Heathlands Resources Reserve and Bramwell Station. Driving on some of the original sections of the Old Telegraph Track to the lush Fruit Bat Falls with its crystal-clear water (croc free), a perfect swimming spot and one of the most special places on the Cape. Experience the highlights of Cape York Peninsula, one of Australia’s last great wilderness areas with relaxed cruising between Seisia, Possession Island and Frangipani Bay (weather permitting). The 15-20 minute walk over the rocky headland to ‘The Tip’ of Cape York requires a good level of fitness. We stand at the very tip of our continent, the most northerly point of Australia and savour a picnic lunch at Somerset Beach with views to Albany Island. 2 nights Cape York Peninsula Lodge, Bamaga

Day 10: Saturday – Torres Strait Islands

Cruise the beautiful turquoise waters of the Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island, one of 274 islands which lie between the northern tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Discover Thursday Island’s hidden past, including Green Hill Fort, on a guided history tour. Join a special tour experience to Friday Island and the Kazu Pearl Farm. Learn about the cultivation, seeding and harvesting of the oyster followed by a delicious Japanese lunch. Overnight Gateway Torres Strait Resort, Horn Island

Day 11: Sunday – Cairns

Join local guides on a tour of the World War II sites, including gun emplacements, an underground command post and an aircraft wreck with an unbelievable story. Walk in the steps of traditional owners, the Kaurareg People, and learn their stories. Transfer to the airport for our return QantasLink flight to Cairns. Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns

Day 12: Monday – Cairns to Brisbane

Guests on CAPE11 will conclude the Cape York & Torres Strait adventure after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to your homeward bound connections. Guests on CAPE13 will transfer to the Cairns Railway Station to join the Spirit of Queensland for a first-class overnight journey back to Brisbane. Overnight Spirit of Queensland Rail Bed (CAPE13 guests only)

Day 13: Tuesday – Brisbane

Guests on CAPE13 will arrive in Brisbane.

dates & pricing

Cost Per Person 2019 Twin Share Sole Use
Ex Cairns CAPE11 $6599 $7489
Cost Per Person Twin Share Sole Use
Ex Brisbane CAPE13 $6999 (QPCV)#
$7273 (SENIOR)
$7377 (ADULT)
$7889 (QPCV)#
$8163 (SENIOR)
$8267 (ADULT)
2019 DEPARTURE DATES:
CAPE13 Ex Brisbane: 09 May; 11 Jul; 01 Aug; 15 Aug; 29 Aug; 12 Sep
CAPE11 Ex Cairns: 10 May; 12 Jul; 02 Aug; 16 Aug; 30 Aug; 13 Sep
  • EARLY EMU SAVER – Save $400 per person on May & September 2019
  • #QPCV – Queensland Pension Concession Rail vouchers (4).
  • Conditions apply.
  • Deposit is $400 per person plus any rail fares
  • Minimum tour numbers apply.
  • This is a MEDIUM level fitness tour.
  • Rail price based on travel in a RailBed on the Spirit of Queensland from Brisbane.to Cairns (return) and subject to availability

Highlights & inclusions

  • Daintree Rainforest and Daintree Discovery Centre
  • Bloomfield Track and Daintree Coast
  • Aboriginal Rock Art Interpretive Tour with Aboriginal Guide
  • Cooktown Museum
  • Weipa Bauxite Mine Tour
  • Weipa Sunset Eco Cruise
  • Moreton Telegraph Station
  • Fruit Bat Falls (swimming opportunity)
  • Cape York Scenic Cruising and Walk to ‘The Tip’
  • Endeavour Strait Cruising
  • Kazu Pearl Farm Tour
  • Horn and Thursday Island Touring
  • Torres Strait Cultural Heritage Experiences
  • All motel en suite accommodation
  • Travel by luxury 4WD coach from Cairns
  • Savannah Guides Master Operator driver and host
  • All meals
  • All entries/activities as per itinerary
  • Ferry transfers between Cape York, Thursday Island and Horn Island
  • One Way economy flight Horn Island to Cairns
  • Cairns accommodation arrival and departure transfers (cab voucher)
  • Return overnight Spirit of Queensland Rail Bed between Brisbane and Cairns – CAPE13 only

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