11 Day Cape York Camping 4x4 Safari - Fly - Drive
- Duration: 11 Days (approx.)
- Location: Cairns, Queensland
- Product code: 201811day
Please note – The Roko Island tour is not included Please refer to the 15 day tour for this inclusion.
Please note - Children over 9 years of age accompanied with an adult may participate in this tour
DAY 1. SEISIA – TIP
Your tour starts with a complimentary pick up at your Cairns accommodation by NorthWest Australian Safaris staff who take you to the Cairns airport to board your scenic coastal flight from Cairns to Bamaga at the top of
Australia. This is where your Tour Guide will meet you off the flight and introduce you to your fellow tour travellers. We visit the famous Croc Tent and travel through the drier savannah woodlands which will change into dense rainforest before opening at the deserted beaches at Australia’s most northern point. We walk as a group to “The Tip” at the very top 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. Dinner tonight will be at Loyalty Beach to relax and take in far north oceanside beauty.
CAMPGROUND - SEISIA. (L) DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE
DAY 2. SEISIA – ISLANDS TOUR (THURSDAY & HORN ISLAND)
We begin today by travelling to Thursday Island and Horn Island. Both Island tours have information and history of the past and the important part the Islands played in the war and keeping Australia safe. History of the early Pearling Luggers and the part they played while admiring the spectacular and breathtaking views of the Torres Straits and its turquoise waters. CAMPGROUND - SEISIA. (BLD)
DAY 3. SEISIA – FRUIT BAT FALLS – BRAMWELL STATION
This morning we head to Fruit Bat Falls for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters, which amazingly originates from Papua New Guinea. Today we enjoy some 4WD action, (road conditions and weather permitting), arriving at Bramwell Station - Australia's most northern cattle station. CAMPGROUND - BRAMWELL STATION. DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE (BL)
DAY 4. BRAMWELL STATION – WEIPA
Early departure today travelling through the Savannah lands, past huge termite mounds eventually onto better roads. Arrive around lunchtime in Weipa and opportunity to experience the Weipa mine tour. CAMPGROUND - WEIPA, (BL) SUBSIDISED DINNER AT $49 PER PERSON OWN COST - 3 COURSE GOURMET SMORGESBORD DINING EXPERIENCE - (MINE TOUR AT OWN COST)
DAY 5. WEIPA – COOKS HUT (IRON RANGE) – UNIQUE BUSH STYLE ACCOMMODATION
This morning we move East through cattle country. We travel through the largest area of tropical lowland rainforest remaining in Australia, crossing rivers before entering Iron Range National Park via Tozers Gap. This place is truly spectacularwith rare fauna and flora, like the famous Palm Cockatoos, Eclectic parrots & Green Pythons. ACCOMMODATION - COOKS HUT- UNIQUE BUSH STYLE ACCOMMODATION (BLD)
DAY 6. COOKS HUT – CHILLI BEACH – PORTLAND ROADS – BATAVIA GOLDFIELDS – CHUULANGUN
Today your guide will take you on a day of adventures where you will travel to Chilli Beach which is truly stunning with its wonderful ocean vista’s and landscapes. In 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. He was tasked with surveying coastal airfields in North Queensland. We visit this significant historical site at Iron Range Airfield. Lunch today will be at the famous Portland Roads local’s cafe overlooking the sea with wonderful home cooked food. After lunch we move back towards the Batavia Goldfields and the Chuulangun homelands. This is home to the Traditional Custodians, the clan group of the Kuuki’Iyu northern Karrju. “Our homelands are centre of the Wenlock and Pascoe River and encompass some 840,000 hectares.” Chuulangun homelands operates a serviced campground for visitors. CAMPGROUND - CHUULANGUN. (BD) LUNCH TODAY AT YOUR OWN COST
DAY 7. CHUULANGUN – COEN - KALPOWAR
Today we travel to Coen where you can visit the Coen Historical Museum and will be treated to lunch on the banks of the Coen River. After lunch we travel through Lakefield National Park on the same tracks where the mounted mailman delivered the mail to remote cattle stations. This National Park is filled with Billabongs and river systems abundantwith wildlife. Stay tonight at the Kalpowar crossing located in the Lakefield National Park. CAMPGROUND - KALPOWAR BUSH CAMP. (BLD).
DAY 8. KALPOWAR – COOKTOWN – HISTORICAL QUEENSLANDER GUESTHOUSE ACCOMMODATION
Leaving Kalpowar, we visit old Laura Homestead then travel down the infamous Battle Camp road. Here you will marvel at this wilderness and views of the Laura escarpments, sighting signs of the old railway line that travelled from Cooktown to the Palmer River Goldfields. We travel into the area of Hope Vale then onto Cooktown for dinner at the local icon, The Sovereign Hotel. Before dinner enjoy an afternoon in historical Cooktown which became a thriving port during the gold rush era. Cooktown is a region rich with history. Captain James Cook spent substantial time here by accident in 1770 after the HMS Endeavour ran into the reef and the ship sailed into the Endeavour River for repairs. Cooktown was founded in 1873 as a port for the Palmer River Goldfields and has a colourful history of settlement and Aboriginal culture. Hear the wonderful stories of history and Aboriginal culture of this region as your guide takes a step back in time and helps you to understand the areas colourful past. Dinner tonight is at the Sovereign Resort Hotel. HISTORICAL QUEENSLANDER GUEST HOUSE ACCOMMODATION. (BL). DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE - SOVEREIGN RESORT
DAY 9. COOKTOWN - BLOOMFIELD TRACK – DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK – PRIVATE SAFARI HOMES ACCOMMODATION
You have an opportunity this morning to visit any sights in Cooktown that you may have missed the previous afternoon. We travel via Black Mountain and the famous Bloomfield Track (weather and roads permitting). A visit to the old historical Lion's Den Hotel for a photo opportunity is a must do before seeing the spectacular Bloomfield Falls in Wujal Wujal. We continue our journey through untouched rainforest on to the Bloomfield track as we begin the climb through the Daintree Ranges. Lunch today is a picnic alongside Woobita Creek on the Bloomfield Track. Northwest Australian Safaris has access to a unique beachfront location on Aboriginal lands. Tonight, our magnificent rainforest location is in the heart of Cape Tribulation, part of the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park. You will be treated to a special delicious meal and a break from the on-road cooking. This evenings accommodation is in stunning rustic open plan safari style homes, deep in the jungle of the pristineDaintree rainforest. Enjoy dinner on the property overlooking a crystal-clear rainforest creek. PRIVATE SAFARI HOMES – DAINTREE (BLD)
DAY 10. DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK - CAPE TRIBULATION – PRIVATE SAFARI HOMES ACCOMMODATION
Wake up in the heart of the beautiful Daintree National Park. After a cooked breakfast your guide will take you to where two World Heritage Listed Parks abut, Cape Tribulation. The Daintree rainforest comes right onto the shore and meets with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Enjoy a morning interpretive walk along this stunning beach front as the sun shines over the Coral Sea. We then move onto a café hidden deep in the rainforest for morning tea today. Enjoy fresh scones with cream and jam with your cuppa before having the opportunity to swim in a crystal clear rainforest stream. After swimming we move back towards our private property for lunch. Have a chance to check out the properties walks or relax for the afternoon with a book on the balcony of our private Safari style homes. Later that afternoon your guide will take on a private walk through the property. You may even get a glimpse of the resident Cassowary which is often seen on this property. Dinner is a special treat tonight at one of the very popular local restaurants in the heart of the forest.
PRIVATE SAFARI HOMES – DAINTREE (BL)
DINNER AT OWN EXPENSE AT A BEAUTIFUL LOCAL CAFE IN THE HEART OF CAPE TRIBULATION
DAY 11. DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK – DAINTREE CROCODILE CRUISE – CAIRNS
Up early today for an interpretative rainforest, mangrove walk with your guide. A delicious cooked breakfast this morning before our Crocodile-spotting cruise looking for Estuarine Crocodiles and the rare Cassowary. After your wilderness croc cruise enjoy the stunning views of the mountains in the background as we make our way to the famous Daintree Ice Creamery (ice cream at own cost). Here they blend ice cream with exotic tropical fruits grown on the farm. We continue on down the Alexander Range, across the Daintree River via the Cable Ferry heading south along the Great Barrier Reef Drive to Cairns which brings us to the end of your North West Australian Safaris Cape York tour.
CROC CRUISE AND ICE CREAM AT YOUR OWN COST. (B)