15 Day Overland Cape York Camping Safari 2017 Dates
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Why you'll love this Cape York Tour!
- Small group tour - Maximum 6 passengers per vehicle
- Maximum of 2 6-seater vehicles on tour
- Personal attention
- 15 Day camping safari
- Travelling with guides with over 20 years of experiences and knowledge of Cape York
Highlights of this amazing Cape York tour
- Tour of Mossman Gorge
- Wildlife spotting on a Daintree Crocodile Cruise
- Stay at historic Moreton Telegraphy Station
- Drive the Old Telegraph Track
- Swim at Fruit Bat Falls
- Optional tour at Weipa Bauxite Mines
- Experience traditional Indigenous culture Chuulanngun Homelands
- Stay at Bramwell Station - Australia's most northern cattle station
- See Quinkan Rock Art
- Have lunch at gorgeous Portland Roads
- Visit Chillie Beach
- Overnight at historic Coen
- See Aboriginal Art & Cultural at Wujal Wujal
- Cross the famous Jardine River by ferry
- Get your photo taken standing on Cape York - "The Tip" of Australia
- Ferry to Thursday Island & Horn Island including a World War II Tour
- Drive through famous Batavia Gold Fields
- See the diverse rainforest flora and fauna at Iron Range
- Have an exclusive day tour of Roko Island at Pearl Farm Torres Straits
- Feel the history at Palmer River Goldfields
- Drive through Lakefield National Park
- See World Heritage Daintree National Park
Day 1 Cairns to Quinkan Rock Art – Musgrave Station (Bush Camp) (D) Lunch at own expense
Complimentary pick up at Cairns Hotel. Travelling north along the scenic coastal highway and have amazing views of the coastline and Coral Sea, past Port Douglas and turn west to make our way up the James Mulligan Highway and stop at the Palmer River Roadhouse. Here there is time to stretch the legs have a look at the small Museum which is filled with amazing history of the Gold Fields during the late 1800's. This is also our lunch stop. (Lunch own expense)
After Lunch We Journey through the Outback via the Peninsula development road to Quinkan Rock Art sites are now listed by UNESCO as being amongst the top 10 Rock Art Sites in the world. We then make our way through to Musgrave Station for our overnight camp stop. (Bush Camp tonight).
Day 2 Musgrave Station to Moreton Telegraph Station Archer River for Lunch (BLD)
Today following parts of the original Telegraph Track, one of the highlights of Cape York. It is what is left of the original telegraph track that was used from the late 1800’s to connect the North with Thursday Island. We pass the memorial of “Toots”, famous lady trucker of the remote Cape York. We now cross the wide sandy Archer River and cross the Wenlock as we then traverse the open woodland country pass giant termite mounds and make camp in the afternoon at the Moreton Telegraph Station. Moreton Telegraph Station was completed in 1887. Moreton is renowned for it’s birdlife with over 110 species being documented including the Palm Cockatoo and Magnificent Riflebird. You may also be lucky and see the spotted Cuscus (a type of possum) Overnight here at Moreton Telegraph Station. (BLD)
Day 3 Moreton Telegraph Station to Fruit Bat Falls to Seisia (BLD)
Another exciting day of creek crossings leads us to the Jardine River which is renowned for its crocodiles we cross it by Ferry! Today we also have time to stop and have a swim at Fruit Bat Falls on the way to our overnight destination. The Torres Strait Islander Community of Seisia, in its wild unspoilt setting, it is a beautiful site close to the Tip of Cape York Peninsula. We camp tonight at Seisia. (BLD)
Day 4 Seisia – Experience Roko Private Island – Pearl Farm Tour (BLD)
Today we visit a very special family who live on a stunning beautiful Private Island, Name Roko Island, Roko Pearls located in the Torres Strait. This is one of the few pearl farms producing White South Sea Pearls. This location was where the first cultured pearl was born, the Torres Straits. The owner Yves Tchen Pan has been taking over this legacy like a few others, of maintaining this status of “pearl producer “from the birth place of the cultured pearl. You will be taking on a tour of the Pearl Farm by the owner a very special personalised small group tour. After this you will be treated to a light seafood lunch under the palm trees and with the stunning views of the turquoise sea lapping at your feet, a truly wonderful day. You will be then transferred by boat back to Seisia camp Site.
Day 5 Seisia via the TIP of Cape York (BLD)
Today we travel through the drier Savannah woodlands this will change into dense rainforest before opening up at the deserted beaches. You will have time to visit the famous Croc Tent, after here we then take a walk to the TIP, Australia's most Northern Point. After taking in the spectacular views of the Torres Straits and the surrounding beaches we then have lunch at Somerset Beach. This was home and the now, resting place of Frank Jardine famous early explorer. Visit the historic graves on the beach. Overnight camp at Seisia (BLD)
Day 6 Seisia this is the day you travel to Thursday and Horn Island. (BLD)
This is the day you travel by boat to the Torres Strait Islands. Today you will visit both Thursday Island and Horn Island. Both Island tours have information and history of the past and the important part the island played in the war in keeping Australia Safe. History of the early Pearling luggers and the part they played, you will admire the spectacular and breathtaking views of the Torres Straits with its Turquoise waters. Camp tonight again at Seisia Camp Ground (BLD)
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Day 7 Seisia to Elliot Falls Swim to Bramwell Station (BL)
This morning we head to Elliot Falls on the Magnificent Elliot River for a wonderful swim in the crystal waters, and lunch. Also marvel in the fact that the water you swim in originates from Papua New Guinea, this is the jewel of Cape York Peninsular. From here we then make our way to Bramwell Station Australia's Northern most cattle station. Camp at Bramwell Station tonight. (Dinner at your own expenses)
Day 8 Bramwell - Weipa - Mine Tour (own expense) (BLD)
We depart early, eventually onto better roads, arriving about lunchtime in Weipa. (This afternoon there is time for an optional Tour of the Bauxite Mine this is at your own expense) This is what put Weipa on the Map. Camp site will be Weipa Camp Ground overlooking the ocean. (BLD)
Day 9. Weipa - Cooks Hut - Iron Range (BLD)
This morning we move East through cattle country. We travel through the largest area of tropical lowland rainforest remaining the largest area of tropical lowland rainforest reaming in Australia. Crossing rivers before entering Iron Range National Park via Tozers Gap. This place is truly wonderful with rare fauna and flora, looking for the famous Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots and green Pythons, Yellow Billed Kingfishers and much more.
CAMPEGROUND TONIGHT; COOKS HUT - HYBRID TOILET - BUSH CAMP (BLD)
Day 10 Cooks Hut - Chuulangun Chilli Beach - Portland Roads - Batavia Goldfields, Bush Camp. (BD) Lunch at own expense at Portland Roads Cafe overlooking the water)
Today your Guide will take you on a day of Adventures where you will travel to chilli beach which is truly just stunning with its wonderful ocean and Landscapes, We also visit significant historical Sites in the area of the gold times of the 1930's and the Airfield at Iron Range. It was about 18th April 1942 Walter Maiersperger, 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 at the famous Portland Roads Locals Café overlooking the sea with wonderful home cooked food including fresh fish.
Then 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 Kuki"Yu Northern Karrju, who belong to the highlands .Their homelands are centre of the Wenlock and Pascoe River and encompass some 840,000 hectares. Chuulangun homeland operate a serviced campground for visitors to their Land and area.
CAMPGROUND TONIGHT - CHUULANGUN (BD) NB. (LUNCH AT YOUR OWN COST AT PORTLAND ROADS CAFE)
Day 11 Chuulangun - Coen - Bush Camp (BLD)
Today we leave the Iron Range area and head south to Coen.
Coen was founded in the late 1600's by Jan Carstensz the navigator of the ship Pera of the Dutch India Company and named a river on Cape York Peninsula after Jan Pieterszoon Coen, the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. Today that river is known as the Archer River and the name Coen River is given to one of its tributaries.
Coen was also put on the map for Gold, which was discovered on the Coen River in 1876. This became a small fort built by the gold miners back in 1877, but this first gold rush quickly came to an end and then the settlement did not recover until the late 1800's. Coen then became a centre for several small goldmines in the region but, in 1893, the rich Great Northern mine boomed and the town became a more substantial place. This continued to operate until 1916 and produced approx 1600 kgs of gold before it was closed. This small town today is rich in history and you have a chance to imagine what it may have been like. Tonight you will camp on the banks of the river a very peaceful place and has some wonderful birdlife.
Day 12 Coen to Kalpowar Bush Camp (BLD)
Today we leave Coen and make our way to the top section of Lake Field National Park folling the same tracks as the mounted mail men did. This national park is filled with billabongs and river systems alive with wildlife. Camp overnight in the national park. Kalpowar bush camp. (BLD)
Day 13 Kalpowar to Cooktown (Camp Ground in Cooktown) (BL) Dinner tonight own expense
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 then Travel onto the area of Hope Vale then on to Cooktown.
CAMPGROUND TONIGHT COOKTOWN;(BL)NB. (Dinner tonight at your own cost; we eat tonight at the Restaurant Called 1770 overlooking the Endeavour River Watching the Sunset)
Day 14 Cooktown - Bloomfield Track (BD)
Your morning today is spent in historical Cooktown which became a thriving Port during the Gold Rush era. Cooktown 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. The must to do list in Cooktown; James Cook Museum. Cooktown was founded in 1873 as a port for the Palmer River Goldfields and has a rich history of European settlement, Aboriginal Culture. We travel in the afternoon via Black Mountain and the famous Bloomfield track ( weather and Roads permitting ) We visit the old historical lion's Den Hotel which icon author Lon Llewellyn Iddriess mentioned in his early days of the mining.
Travelling through untouched rainforest and following Bloomfield River. Then on to the Bloomfield falls which just outstanding at Wujal Wujal.
We will be camping in a wonderful camp site, just off the famous Track under palm trees. Tonight you will have a special delicious home-cooked meal around the outdoor fire place - a break from the on road cooking. This is where the owners will share their tales and History of the Bloomfield Track area. This is a very Special Night.
(BD) NB. (Lunch at your own cost at the Lyons Den Pub)
Day 15 Bloomfield Track - Daintree Croc Cruise - Mossman Gorge Aboriginal guide private tour - Cairns. (BL)
We get up early to drive our way through to the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest. We then Cross the Bloomfield River and start to climb our way along the Bloomfield Track, stopping at Coopers Creek for your Croc Cruise; (additional cost) You will be the only boat in the area that does this wonderful Cruise no other commercial boats are allowed here. Stunning views of the Mountains in the back ground coming right down to the Mangroves, this is where the Rainforest meets the reef.
After your Boat cruise we stop at a wonderful place in middle of the Rainforest for lunch where all the Local's eat. Following Lunch we make our way to the Daintree Ice Creamery (ice Cream at own cost) this is home to famous, exotic, tropical fruit ice-cream with many flavours from the fruits that are grown on the farm.
Finally we Travel across the Daintree River via the cable Ferry, arriving at Mossman Gorge for your Aboriginal Tour. Where you will be taken on a Journey of Culture with a Kulu Yalanji local indigenous elder. The walk takes you past traditional bark shelters. The walk takes you along private gentle tracks visiting special places. We continue over meandering, cool rainforest streams and your Guide will demonstrate plant used with food sources found with this unique tropical environment. At the end of the Tour we then move back towards Cairns heading south along the Coral Sea. Where you will be taken back to your Hotel at the end of your Cape York Tour.
(BL) NB. (CROC CRUISE AT OWN COST AND ICE CREAM)
- 14 nights tented accommodation
- National Park Fees
- Meals as indicated
- Modern Air Conditioned Vehicle
- The complete Cape York Experience
- Operates from Cairns
- All Camping equipment stretcher bed, sleeping bag
- 1 fresh towel
- Tour to Horn & Thursday Island Package
- Roko Private Island Tour, Pearl Farm and lunch Island Transfer
- Any Museums Tours in Cooktown
- Meals where specified
- Mine Tour Weipa
- Daintree Crocodile Cruise Coopers Creek
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2017 Departure Dates
Arrive Back to Cairns
13th May Saturday
27th May Saturday 13 Seats Available
3rd June Saturday
17th June Saturday 1 Seats Available
24th June Saturday
8th July Saturday 6 Seats Available
15th July Saturday
29th July Saturday FULL
5th August Saturday
19th August Saturday FULL
26th August Saturday
9th September Saturday 13 Seats Available
16th September Saturday
30th September Saturday 13 Seats Available
Please check with us if there are dates not available listed as there may be alternates or a cancellation.
$4559.00 Twin Share
(single supplement + $110)
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