15 Day Cape York Camping 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. CAIRNS – QUINKAN ROCK ART – PRIVATE CATTLE STATION
 We start our journey by turning inland over the coastal range and onto the James Mulligan Highway before stopping at the Palmer River Roadhouse to stretch our legs and have lunch. History of the Palmer River Gold Fields that started in 1872. After lunch we journey to Quinkan Rock Art site at Laura. The Quinkan Rock Art sites are now listed by UNESCO as being amongst the top 10 Rock Art sites in the world. Experience a unique wildlife experience at our private overnight Cattle Station. OVERNIGHT AT PRIVATE CATTLE STATION  (D) * LUNCH WILL BE AT YOUR OWN COST AT PALMER RIVER.
DAY 2. PRIVATE CATTLE STATION – MORETON TELEGRAPH STATION
Today we follow parts of the original Old Telegraph Track - one of the highlights of Cape York and is a great track for 4WD enthusiasts. We pass the memorial to “Toots”, a famous lady trucking character, have morning tea at Musgrave and stop at the beautiful Archer River for a sumptuous lunch before our river crossing .  We traverse open woodland country, pass huge termite mounds before arrival at the historical Moreton Telegraph Station. CAMPGROUND - MORETON STATION. (BLD)
DAY 3. MORETON STATION – FRUIT BAT FALLS – SEISIA
Another exciting day of 4WDriving and creek crossings until we reach the Jardine River, named after pioneering explorers to the area Frank and Alexander Jardine. “The Jardine” is the largest river on the Cape York Peninsula and renowned for crocodiles. Later we stop for lunch and a swim in the crystal clear water at Fruit Bat Falls. CAMPGROUND - SEISIA. (BLD)
DAY 4. SEISIA – ROKO PRIVATE ISLAND – PEARL FARM TOUR OR ROKO ISLAND HALF DAY FISHING TOUR
Today we visit a very special family who live on a stunning beautiful private island located in the Torres Strait. The owner has been taking over this legacy by maintaining this status of “pearl producer from the birth place of the cultured pearl". You will be taken on a tour of the Island's Pearl Farm. ** Customer tour option – Travellers have the option to participate in the Pearl Farm Tour OR participate in a half day CAPE YORK FISHING TOUR, which is known as one of the best fishing areas in the Cape. FISHING TOUR $220 per person. Lunch today under Palm Trees - such a wonderful day!   PEARL FARM INCLUDED. Optional half day fishing tour to be paid direct to your guide when boarding for your tour, this fishing tour will run instead of the Pearl Farm tour CAMPGROUND - SEISA.  (BLD)
DAY 5. SEISIA – TIP
Today we visit the Famous Croc Tent and walk to the TIP. We will travel through the drier savannah woodlands which will change into dense rainforest before opening up at the deserted beaches at Australian's most northern point. 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. (BL) * DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE  
DAY 6. SEISIA – ISLANDS TOUR - THURSDAY and 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 7. 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 8. BRAMWELL STATION – WEIPA -MINE TOUR AT OWN COST
We depart early, eventually onto better roads, arriving about lunchtime in Weipa. 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 9. WEIPA – COOKS HUT (IRON RANGE)
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 wonderful with rare fauna and flora, looking for the famous Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots & Green Pythons. CAMPGROUND - COOKS HUT (HYBRID TOILET). (BLD)
DAY 10. 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 and landscapes. We also visit significant 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 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. 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 11. CHUULANGUN – COEN -PRIVATE CATTLE STATION
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. Tonight we will stay at our beautiful private cattle station and try a hand at spotting unique treetop wildlife. CAMPGROUND - PRIVATE CATTLE STATION. (BLD)
DAY 12. PRIVATE CATTLE STATION – 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. CAMPGROUND - KALPOWER BUSH CAMP. (BLD).
DAY 13. 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 14. 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 15. 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
 12 May (Saturday)  26 May (Saturday)
 2 June (Saturday)  16 June (Saturday)
 23 June (Saturday)  7 July (Saturday)
 14 July (Saturday)  28 July (Saturday)
 4 August (Saturday)  18 August (Saturday)
 25 August (Saturday)  8 September (Saturday)
 15 September (Saturday)  29 September (Saturday)

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

Includes: 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: Air fare, Museums Tours in Cooktown, Mine Tour in Weipa, Daintree Croc Cruise, and some meals as per itinerary.

2019 Cape York Tour - Dates and Prices

Depart from Cairns Arrive back to Cairns
 11 May (Saturday)  25 May (Saturday)
 1 June (Saturday)  15 June (Saturday)
 22 June (Saturday)  6 July (Saturday)
 13 July (Saturday)  27 July (Saturday)
 3 August (Saturday)  17 August (Saturday)
 24 August (Saturday)  7 September (Saturday)
 14 September (Saturday)  28 September (Saturday)

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

Includes: 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: Air fare, Museums Tours in Cooktown, Mine Tour in Weipa, Daintree Croc Cruise, and some meals as per itinerary.

Cape York Highlights

    • Quinkan Rock Art
    • Roko Island – Pearl Farm Tour
    • Private Cattle Station Stay
    • Daintree Croc Cruise
    • Mossman Gorge
    • A walk with a local indigenous elder
    • Iron Range
    • The historic Lions Den Hotel
    • Black Mountain
    • Cooktown
    • WW11 sites
    • Morton Telegraph Station
    • 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 Rainforest Walk
    • Cape York
A truly fabulous experience – good company, great cook/guide/driver – top notch grub. Many thanks
Colin Green
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
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
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
A wonderful and informative introduction to Cape York – lots of great driving, food and laughs.
Sue Ellis