11 Day Cape York Camping Fly/Drive Safari

Travel the beautiful Cape York Peninsular on a Cape York tour with North West Outback Safaris Australia Guides who have over 20 years experience and knowledge of touring Cape York.

DAY 1. SEISIA – TIP
Your Cape York tour starts with a complimentary pick up at your Cairns accommodation by North West 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 Cape York Tour Guide will meet you off the flight and introduce you to your fellow tour travelers. 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 and the beach side of Cape York to relax and take in far north ocean side beauty. CAMPGROUND - SEISIA. (L) DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE
DAY 2. SEISIA – ISLANDS TOUR (THURSDAY & HORN ISLAND)
We begin today by travelling to the islands of Cape York and the Torres Strait 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. This afternoon we head back to the Cape York mainland. CAMPGROUND - SEISIA. (BLD)
DAY 3. SEISIA – FRUIT BAT FALLS – BRAMWELL STATION
This morning we head to Fruit Bat Falls for a wonderful swim in the crystal clear waters, which amazingly originates from Papua New Guinea. Also, today we enjoy some 4WD action, road conditions and weather permitting, arriving at Bramwell Station - Australia's most northern cattle station. CAMPGROUND - BRAMWELL STATION. (BLD)
DAY 4. BRAMWELL STATION – WEIPA (MINE TOUR AT OWN COST)
We depart early, eventually onto better roads, arriving about lunchtime in Weipa, on the western side of Cape York. This afternoon there is an optional tour of Bauxite Mine which put Weipa on the map. (MINE TOUR IS AT YOUR OWN COST). CAMPGROUND - WEIPA, (BL) SUBSIDISED DINNER AT $45.00P/PERSON OWN COST - 3 COURSE MEAL WITH PRIVATE CHEF
DAY 5. WEIPA – COOKS HUT (IRON RANGE)
This morning we move East through cattle country. We travel through the largest area of Cape York's tropical lowland rainforest remaining 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 Cape York wildlife such as Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots & Green Pythons. CAMPGROUND - COOKS HUT (HYBRID TOILET). (BLD)
DAY 6. COOKS HUT – CHILLI BEACH – PORTLAND ROADS – BATAVIA GOLDFIELDS – CHUULANGUN
Today your Tour Guide will take you on a day of adventures where you will travel to the Eastern side of Cape York Chilli Beach which is truly stunning with its wonderful ocean and landscapes. We also visit significant Cape York historical sites in the area from the gold times of the 1930's and the Airfield at Iron Range. On about 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 at the famous Portland Roads Locals Cafe overlooking the sea with wonderful home cooked food including fresh fish on the menu. Then after lunch your Cape York Tour will move back towards the Batavia Goldfields and the Chuulangun homelands. This is home to the Cape York Traditional Custodians, the clan group of the Kuki"Yu northern Karrju, who belong to the highlands. Our 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 - CHUULANGUN. (BD) LUNCH TODAY AT YOUR OWN COST
DAY 7. CHUULANGUN – COEN -PRIVATE CATTLE STATION
Today our Cape York tour will travel to Coen where you can visit the Coen Historical Museum and will be treated to lunch on the banks of the Coen River. Tonight we will stay at our beautiful private Cape York cattle station and try a hand at spotting unique treetop wildlife. CAMPGROUND - PRIVATE CATTLE STATION. (BLD)
DAY 8. PRIVATE CATTLE STATION – KALPOWER
Today we travel through Cape York's 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. CAMPGROUND - KALPOWER BUSH CAMP. (BLD).
DAY 9. KALPOWER – COOKTOWN
Leaving Kalpower, 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 onto the area of Hope Vale then on to Cooktown for dinner at the local icon; The Sovereign Hotel. CAMPGROUND - ENDEAVOUR FALLS. (BL). DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE
DAY 10. COOKTOWN – BLOOMFIELD TRACK –DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK
Your morning today is spent 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 reef and the ship was sailed into the endeavour river for repair.  Cooktown was founded in 1873 as a port for the Palmer River Goldfields and has a colourful history of settlement and aboriginal culture. You may sit back and enjoy 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 regions colourful past.  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 for a photo opportunity and a stop for lunch will be spent at Bloomfield, where the locals go.  We travel through untouched rainforest on to Bloomfield Falls before we start the climb through the Daintree Ranges, on route to our magnificent beachside location.  Tonight, is an evening in the heart of the rainforest in Cape Tribulation in stunning rustic lodges, part of the World Heritage listed; Daintree National Park.  –You will be treated to a special delicious meal with the rainforest as your backdrop and a break from the on-road cooking. (BLD) RUSTIC LODGE – CAPE TRIBULATION
DAY 11. DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK – DAINTREE CROCODILE CRUISE – MOSSMAN GORGE – ABORIGINAL GUIDED TOUR – CAIRNS
We get up early to experience a rainforest interpretation walk with our guide and continue to our next stop at the Daintree Coopers River for our Crocodile-spotting cruise looking for Estuarine Crocodiles and the rare Cassowary. Lunch today will be at one of the oldest established restaurant of the Daintree area, where the locals eat.   Here they blend ice cream with exotic and tropical fruits grown on the farm.  Enjoy the stunning views of the mountains in the background as we head to a location in the National Park where we see rescue wallabies and even get the opportunity to hand feed them as a wonderful Australian wildlife experience.   We make our way to the famous Daintree Ice Creamery (ice cream at own cost) and continue down the Alexander Range, across the Daintree River via the Cable Ferry, next arriving at Mossman Gorge where an Aboriginal Guide will take you on Bush Tucker Rainforest Walk. At end of your tour will be heading south to Cairns which brings us to the end of your North West Cape York tour. CROC CRUISE AND ICE CREAM AT YOUR OWN COST. (B) LUNCH TODAY IS AT OWN EXPENSE

2018 Cape York Tour Dates and Prices

Depart from Cairns Arrive back to Cairns
16 May (Wednesday) 26 May (Saturday)
6 June (Wednesday) 16 June (Saturday)
27 June (Wednesday) 7 July (Saturday)
18 July (Wednesday) 28 July (Saturday)
8 August (Wednesday) 18 August (Saturday)
29 August (Wednesday) 8 September (Saturday)
19 September (Wednesday) 29 September (Saturday)

$4649.00 PER PERSON - TWIN SHARE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ADD $110.00

Includes: Airfare from Cairns to Bamaga, all camping equipment, stretcher bed, sleeping bag, 1 fresh towel, most 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. Please note - Roko Island is not available on this Cape York tour.  Please refer to the 15 day Cape York Tour for this inclusion

2019 Cape York Tour Dates and Prices

Depart from Cairns Arrive back to Cairns
15 May (Wednesday) 25 May (Saturday)
5 June (Wednesday) 15 June (Saturday)
26 June (Wednesday) 6 July (Saturday)
17 July (Wednesday) 27 July (Saturday)
7 August (Wednesday) 17 August (Saturday)
28 August (Wednesday) 7 September (Saturday)
18 September (Wednesday) 28 September (Saturday)

$4749.00 PER PERSON - TWIN SHARE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ADD $110.00

Includes: Airfare from Cairns to Bamaga, all camping equipment, stretcher bed, sleeping bag, 1 fresh towel, most 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.
  •  Please note - Roko Island is not available on this Cape York tour.  Please refer to the 15 day Cape York Tour for this inclusion

Cape York Highlights

  • Iron Range
  • A walk with a local indigenous elder
  • The historic Lions Den Hotel
  • Black Mountain
  • Cooktown
  • WW11 sites/Fruit Bat Falls
  • Old Telegraph Track
  • Weipa / Mining tour
  • World Heritage Daintree National Park
  • Batavia Gold Fields
  • Portland Roads - Chillie Beach
  • Chuulanngun Homelands
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Jardine River – Torres Strait
  • Seisia / Thursday Island/ Horn island
  • Private Guided Daintree National Park rainforest walk
  • Cape York
  • Scenic flight from Cairns to Bamaga
  • Mossman Gorge
Please note – The Roko Island tour is not included in this Cape York tour.  Please refer to the 15 day Cape York Safari itinerary for this inclusion.
Thank you for a wonderful trip. Great food, great company. The information on the Cape, the special spots where we stayed and where we had our lunches were excellent. Top Job, glad we came.
Greg and Flo Acland
Fantastic! Loved every minute! Every day was an amazing adventure. Loved the small group and vehicle. Very social, fun, great food. Lots of surprises along the way. This is the only way to experience Cape York. I will be back, thanks for everything!
Marianne Kennedy
A wonderful and informative introduction to Cape York – lots of great driving, food and laughs.
Sue Ellis
A truly fabulous experience – good company, great cook/guide/driver – top notch grub. Many thanks
Colin Green
We found the tour extremely interesting with very friendly guides. We enjoyed all the activities and lunches. Please don’t change a thing – you do it so well! It has been a pleasure to share the days with you.
Moros