DAY 1: MONDAY – DEPART BRISBANE (D)
Guests on CAPE13 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of Queensland for an overnight rail journey to Cairns.
DAY 2: TUESDAY – CAIRNS (B,L,D)
Guests on CAPE11 will join the tour after lunch. Arrive into Cairns with a courtesy transfer to our overnight accommodation. Meet fellow travellers at our Welcome Dinner tonight. Overnight Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
DAY 3: WEDNESDAY – DAINTREE (B,L,D)
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. We visit the world-class Daintree Discovery Centre for an excellent introduction into the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest. Check in to the Heritage Lodge with time to experience the resort’s private swimming holes and rainforest walks. Overnight Heritage Lodge & Spa, Daintree
DAY 4-5: THURSDAY-FRIDAY – COOKTOWN (B,L,D)
Follow the famous Bloomfield Track on an amazing journey hugging the scenic Daintree Coast to Cooktown. Enjoy lunch at the Lions Den Hotel, famous for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with visitors’ signatures. Join a magical award-winning tour by Aboriginal Elder and story-keeper Willie Gordon, who will take us to his ancestral rock art sites. Here he will share the stories behind the art, giving you a real insight into Aboriginal society and spirtuality. 2 nights Sovereign Resort, Cooktown
DAY 6-7: SATURDAY-SUNDAY – WEIPA (B,L,D)
On a spectacular scenic flight to Lockhardt River and Weipa, see the picturesque Princess Charlotte Bay and pristine sections of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend time at Lockhardt River, home to a thriving Aboriginal community and the pretty Chilli Beach, then take in magnificent aerial views of the Gulf of Carpentaria and Bauxite Mine as we arrive in Weipa. Join a local guided tour of the Weipa Bauxite Mine, the largest of its kind in the world. 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: MONDAY-TUESDAY – BAMAGA (B,L,D)
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, we follow rugged 4WD roads 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. Enjoy relaxed cruising between Seisia, Possession Island and Frangipani Bay (weather permitting). A good level of fitness is required to reach the tip of Cape York via a picturesque walking track. 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: WEDNESDAY – TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS (B,L,D)
Cruise the beautiful turquoise waters of the Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island. 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 lunch. Discover Thursday Island’s hidden past, including Green Hill Fort, on a guided history tour. Overnight Jardine Motel, Thursday Island
DAY 11: THURSDAY – CAIRNS (B,L,D)
Board the ferry for a short crossing to nearby Horn Island. 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 Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
DAY 12: FRIDAY – HOMEWARD BOUND (B,L,D)
Guests on CAPE11 will conclude the Cape York discovery tour 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.
DAY 13: SATURDAY – ARRIVE BRISBANE (B)
Guests on CAPE13 will arrive in Brisbane.
dates & pricing
|Cost Per Person
|Ex Cairns CAPE11
|Cost Per Person
|Ex Brisbane CAPE13
2018 DEPARTURE DATES:
CAPE13 Ex Brisbane: 21 May, 25 Jun, 9 Jul, 23 Jul, 6 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep
CAPE11 Ex Cairns: 22 May, 26 Jun, 10 Jul, 24 Jul, 7 Aug, 4 Sep, 18 Sep
- EARLY EMU DEAL – Valid on 21 May and 17 September departures only. Save $600 per couple for bookings made and deposited before 30 November 2017
- #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)