DAY 1: WED – 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 (B,L,D)
Guests on CAPE11 will join the tour after lunch. On arrival in Cairns, transfer to your hotel for an afternoon check-in. 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 your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host. Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns
Day 3: Saturday – Cooktown (B,L,D)
We travel north along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives to Mossman; nestled in the World Heritage-Listed Daintree Rainforest. We’ll board the Daintree River Ferry for a short cable crossing of the famous Daintree River. Visit the Daintree Discovery Centre, an award-winning interpretive facility. Join a guided tour of the rainforest boardwalks. Follow the Bloomfield Track on a spectacular scenic journey hugging the Daintree Coast. Call in to the popular Lions Den Hotel for a refreshing ale. Travel via the mysterious Black Mountains to Cooktown. 2 nights River of Gold Motel, Cooktown
Day 4: Sunday – Cooktown (B,L,D)
Discover Cooktown’s colourful history today. Join a guided cemetery tour and learn the mysterious story of the “Normanby Woman” buried in 1886. Visit James Cook Museum in the magnificent 19th Century Sisters of Mercy Convent. Learn the story behind the grounding of the Endeavour. Captain Cook and his crew of 86 men spent 48 days (almost 7 weeks) in Cooktown; the longest and most significant land based stay of Cook’s east coast expedition. Explore the beautiful Cooktown Botanic Gardens celebrating the work of naturalist Joseph Banks. Later, enjoy some free time to stroll downtown Cooktown.
Day 5: Monday – Archer River (B,L,D)
Travel via Battle Camp Road through Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, Queensland’s second largest park. Best known for its vast river systems and spectacular wetlands, the park attracts dozens of colourful waterbird species. Cross the Normanby and Hahn Rivers before arriving at Moreton Telegraph Station; the only telegraph station left standing in the Cape. Pass through the old mining community of Coen to Archer River, the longest river in the Cape. Our accommodation tonight will be basic en suite rooms, clean and comfortable. Overnight Archer River Roadhouse
Day 6: Tuesday – Weipa (B,L,D)
Travel via Peninsula Development Road to Weipa, the Barramundi capital of Queensland. Originally an Aboriginal mission, Weipa grew to become a township after the discovery of bauxite. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax at your accommodation with sweeping views of Albatross Bay. 2 nights Albatross Bay Resort, Weipa
Day 7: Wednesday – Weipa (B,L,D)
Carpentaria for a chance to spot local birdlife and crocodiles. Relax with drinks and nibbles as you learn about the incredible ecosystems and local culture. Witness a stunning sunset in one of the few places in Queensland where the sun sets over the ocean in the west.
Day 8: Thursday – Bamaga (B,L,D)
Follow the Old Telegraph Track to the Wenlock River crossing. Spot giant termite mounds as the country changes to the open plains of Heathlands Resources Reserve. Cool off in 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. Cross the Jardine River by cable ferry to Bamaga, the closest settlement to the Tip of Australia. 2 nights Cape York Peninsula Lodge, Bamaga
Day 9: Friday – Bamaga (B,L,D)
Experience the highlights of Cape York Peninsula, one of Australia’s last great wilderness areas. We begin with a drive to Pajinka. The 20-30 minute walk over rocky headland to ‘The Tip’ of Cape York requires a good level of fitness. Take that ‘bucket-list’ photo as you stand at the Tip of Australia; then savour a picnic lunch on Sommerset Beach with breath-taking views to Albany Island. Visit the iconic Croc Tent then return to your accommodation for free time to relax or to join an optional Cape York cruise.
Day 10: Saturday – Torres Strait (B,L,D)
Cruise the beautiful turquoise waters of the Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island; just 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 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 (B,L,D)
Join local guides on a tour of the World War II sites. See gun emplacements, an underground command post and an aircraft wreck with an epic tale. Walk in the steps of traditional owners, the Kaurareg People, and learn their stories. Transfer to the airport for your QantasLink flight to Cairns. Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns
Day 12: Monday – Cairns to Brisbane (B,L,D)
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 (B)
Guests on CAPE13 will arrive in Brisbane.
dates & pricing
|Cost Per Person 2019
|Ex Cairns CAPE11
|Cost Per Person
|Ex Brisbane CAPE13
|2019 DEPARTURE DATES:
|CAPE13 Ex Brisbane: 08 May; 10 Jul; 31 Jul; 14 Aug; 28 Aug; 11 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