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11 Day Cape York Camping Fly/Drive Safari 2018 Dates

  

PERSONALISED SMALL GROUP TOURS TO CAPE YORK, GUIDES WITH OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE

 

                    

   Highlights

 

CONTACT: 07 4032 0077

(International: +61 7 4032 0077)

   Day 1. Seisia - Tip

 

 

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 up at the deserted beaches at Australia’s most northern point. Walk as a group to “The Tip” at the very end 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. CAMPGROUND TONIGHT AT SEISIA. (LD).

 

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 World War II and keeping Australia safe. Learn some of the history of the early Pearling Luggers while admiring the spectacular and breathtaking views of the Torres Straits and its turquoise waters. Late this afternoon your group will return to Seisia on the ferry for sunset drinks on the beach. CAMPGROUND TONIGHT AT SEISIA. (BLD).

 

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DAY 3. SEISIA – FRUIT BAT FALLS - BRAMWELL STATION

    

This morning we leave Seisia and drive through the Aboriginal township of Bamaga. Once again you will cross the famous Jardine River aboard the old world cable ferry. On the southern side of the Jardine River, buckle up for some real 4WD action (road conditions and weather permitting) on the corrugated ‘Old Telegraph Track’ as we journey to one of the most stunning and talked about places on your Cape York tour Fruit Bat Falls. Enjoy a wonderful swim in the crystal clear waters, which amazingly originates from Papua New Guinea. We reluctantly move on to the most northern cattle station in Australia - Bramwell Station where you will have an amazing dinner (dinner at own expense) under the bright outback stars. CAMPGROUND TONIGHT AT BRAMWELL STATION. (BL) (NB. Bramwell Station Dinner tonight at own expense).

DAY 4. BRAMWELL STATION - WEIPA (MINE TOUR AT OWN COST)  

We depart early, eventually onto better roads, arriving about lunchtime in Weipa. This afternoon there is free time to explore the town. Optional tours are available of the Bauxite Mine which put Weipa on the map, and also local fishing charters (both tours at own expense and subject to availability). Dinner tonight is cooked by our own personal chef as we sit looking out at the Gulf of Carpentaria. CAMPGROUN D TONIGHT AT WEIPA, OVERLOOKING THE SEA. (BL) (NB. Subsidised dinner at own cost).

DAY 5. WEIPA - COOKS HUT (IRON RANGE)        

Today 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 to Cooks Hut. This area is known as Kutini - Payamu (Iron Range) has a unique rainforest camping area on the banks of the Claudine River close to the junction of Portland Roads and Lockhart River Roads where you will stop for lunch today (own expense). William Bligh first landed in this area in 1792, gold miners then came through in the 1930's and American troops were sent to the area during World War II. This area is truly wonderful with rare fauna and flora - we look for the famous Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots and Green Pythons. (BUSH CAMP). CAMPGROUND TONIGHT AT COOKS HUT (HYBRID TOILET). (BLD)

DAY 6. COOKS HUT - CHILLI BEACH - PORTLAND ROADS - BATAVIA GOLDFIELDS – CHUULANGUN           

This is a day of adventures - travel to the stunning Chilli Beach and marvel at the wonderful ocean and landscapes. We visit significant historical sites in the area from the later gold rushes of the 1930’s and the World War II airfield at Iron Range. On a bout 18th 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. Lunch today will be a wonderful home cooked meal (including the option of fresh local fish), at the famous Portland Roads Locals Cafe overlooking the sea (lunch at own expense). After lunch we move back towards the Batavia Goldfields and the Chuulangun homelands. The Chuulangun homelands are located in the centre of the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers and encompass some 840,000 hectares. The traditional custodians are the clan group of the Kuki”Yu northern Karrju, who belong to the highlands. They accommodate visitors to their traditional homeland at the serviced campground they operate. CAMPGROUND TONIGHT AT CHUULANGUN. (BD) (NB. Lunch at own expense).

 

DAY 7. CHUULANGUN – COEN

       

Today we leave the Iron Range area and head south to Coen where you can visit the Coen Historical Museum. Coen was founded when Gold was discovered on the Coen River in 1876, however the gold rush quickly came to an end and the settlement did not ever fully recover. Coen is now a centre for several small goldmines on the Cape York Peninsula. The town is rich in history and you have a chance to imagine what it may have been like in days past as your tour camps tonight on the banks of the river which is a very peaceful place with some wonderful birdlife. CAMPGROUND TONIGHT AT COEN. (BLD)

 

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DAY 8. COEN – KALPOWER

             

Today we travel through Lakefield National Park on the same tracks as the mounted mail men did. This National Park is filled with billabongs and river systems alive with wildlife such as Estuarine Crocodiles, Feral Pigs, Jabirus, Brolgas, Red Goshawk, and flocks of Magpie Geese. CAMPGROUND TONIGHT AT KALPOWER BUSH CAMP. (BLD).

DAY 9. KALPOWER – COOKTOWN            

Leaving Kalpowar, we visit old Laura Homestead then travel down the infamous Battle Camp Road. Here you will marvel at this wildness and the views of the Laura escarpments, sighting signs of the old railway line that travelled from Cooktown to the Palmer River Goldfields. We travel through the area of Hope Vale to Cooktown. Dinner at the 1770 ’ restaurant on the banks of the famous Endeavour River near where James Cook landed to make repairs to his ship the HMS Endeavour. We enjoy a wonderful evening overlooking the fishing fleet on the river watching the sun set behind the mountains in the distance (NB. Dinner tonight at your own expense). HOTEL ACCOMODATION TONIGHT IN COOKTOWN AREA. (BL)

DAY 10. COOKTOWN - BLOOMFIELD TRACK – LION ’S DEN PUB - BLOOMFIELD FALLS                           

Your morning today is spent in historical Cooktown which was originally discovered by Captain James Cook who sailed into the Endeavour River in 1770 to repair the HMS Endeavour after hitting a reef off Cape Tribulation. Cooktown was founded in 1873 as a port for the Palmer River Goldfields and became a thriving Port during the Gold Rush era.  It has a rich history of European settlement and Aboriginal culture. There are many interesting things to see in Cooktown; 2 of the most recommended are the Natures Powerhouse and James Cook Museums (entry to both at your own expense). We travel in the afternoon via Black Mountain and the famous Bloomfield track (weather and roads permitting). We visit the historical Lion’s Den Hotel which icon author Ion Llewellyn Idriess mentioned in his early days of mining. We then travel through untouched rainforest following the Bloomfield River to the Bloomfield Falls, just outside of Wujal Wujal. You have the chance to visit the Bana Yirriji Art and Cultural Centre that supports artists and cultural development in the area by selling paintings, jewellery and artefacts. We camp in a wonderful campsite at Bloomfield under palm trees and stars. Tonight you will have a delicious home cooked meal around the outdoor fire place – a break from the on - road cooking. Here the owners share their own tales and history of the Bloomfield Track area and this all combines for a very special last night together. (BD) (NB. Lunch at your own expense). CAMP BLOOMFIELD

DAY 11. BLOOMFIELD TRACK - DAINTREE RAINFOREST – PRIVATE CROCODILE SPOTTING CRUISE - MOSSMAN GORGE - ABORIGINAL GUIDE PRIVATE TOUR CAIRNS          

We get up early to continue along the Bloomfield Track through the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest and cross the Bloomfield River to start the climb through the Daintree Ranges and into Cape Tribulation. Our next stop will be in the Daintree Coopers River for our private Crocodile - spotting Cruise – we are the only boat in the area on this very special cruise. Look for Estuarine Crocodiles and the rare Cassowary. Enjoy the stunning views of the mountains in the background coming right down to the Mangroves. Next we Lunch wonderful place in middle of the rainforest where all the locals eat – including the rescue wallabies we get the opportunity to hand feed. Following lunch, we make our way to the famous Daintree Ice Creamery (ice cream at own cost). Here they blend ice cream with exotic and tropical fruits grown on the farm. We continue on down the Alexander Range, across the Daintree River via the Cable Ferry, arriving at Mossman Gorge.

At Mossman Gorge we go on a Rainforest walk with a Kulu Yalanji local indigenous elder. He takes us on a private journey of Aboriginal culture, past traditional bark shelters and along private gentle tracks visiting special places. We cross over meandering, cool rainforest streams and your Aboriginal Guide will show us food sources and plant uses and make us afternoon tea I n this stunningly beautiful tropical environment. We then move back towards Cairns, heading south along the Coral Sea. Bid farewell to the friends you have met and wonder at your amazing Cape York adventure when your guide returns you to your Cairns accommodation. (BL) (NB. Crocodile Cruise and Ice Cream are at own expense).

2018 Dates and Prices

$4659.00 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ADD $110.00

 

CONTACT: 07 4032 0077

(International: +61 7 4032 0077)

Includes: Air fare from Cairns to Bamaga, all camping equipment, stretcher bed, sleeping bag, 1 fresh towel, some meals, camping fees and National Parks fees, Horn Island & Thursday Island Tours, and Mossman Gorge Aboriginal Tour.

Not Included: Museums Tours in Cooktown, Mine Tour in Weipa, Daintree Croc Cruise, and some meals per itinerary. NB: Roko Island Pearl Farm is not included in the 11 day tour.

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