11 Day Cape York Camping Fly/Drive Safari
Travel the beautiful Cape York Peninsular on a Cape York tour with North West Outback Safaris whose Australian Guides have over 20 years experience and knowledge of touring Cape York.
The Cape York 11 Day Fly/Drive Tour includes 4 nights unique bush style accommodation & camping.
DAY 1. SEISIA – TIP
Your 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 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 to 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)
CAMPGROUND – SEISIA. (BLD)
DAY 3. SEISIA – FRUIT BAT FALLS – BRAMWELL STATION
CAMPGROUND – BRAMWELL STATION. (BL)
DINNER AT OWN EXPENSE AT BRAMWELL STATION
DAY 4. BRAMWELL STATION – WEIPA
Early departure today travelling through the Savannah lands and past huge termite mounds eventually onto better roads. Arrive into Weipa in time for lunch and opportunity to experience the Weipa mine tour. CAMPGROUND – WEIPA, (BD). SUBSIDISED DINNER AT $49.00P/PERSON OWN COST 3 COURSE GOURMET SMORGASBORD DINING EXPERIENCE.
BRAMWELL STATION – WEIPA,
DAY 5. WEIPA – COOKS HUT (IRON RANGE) - UNIQUE BUSH STYLE ACCOMODATION
ACCOMMODATED CABINS TONIGHT (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 and landscapes. We also visit significant historical sites in the area from the gold times of the 1930’s and one of the original WW2 Airfields 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. 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 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 as the mounted mail men did. This National Park is filled with Billabongs and river systems alive with wildlife. Stay tonight at the Kalpowar crossing located in the Lakefield National Park.
CAMPGROUND – KALPOWAR BUSH CAMP. (BLD).
DAY 8. KALPOWAR - COOKTOWN
Leaving Kalpowar, we visit old Laura Homestead before travelling down the infamous Battle Camp road. Here you will marvel at the views and wilderness 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 on to 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 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. 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 regions colourful past. Dinner tonight is at the Sovereign Resort Hotel.
HISTORICAL QUEENSLANDER GUESTHOUSE – COOKTOWN (BL).
DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE
DAY 9. COOKTOWN - BLOOMFIELD TRACK – DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK
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 prior to visiting the Bloomfield Falls at Wujal Wujal. We continue our journey and travel through untouched rainforest on to the Bloomfield track as we start the climb through the Daintree Ranges. Lunch today will be a picnic alongside Woobita Creek on the Bloomfield Track. North West Australian Safaris has access to a beachfront location located on Aboriginal land. Our magnificent rainforest location this evening is in the heart of the rainforest, in Cape Tribulation which is 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. Tonight, your accommodation is in stunning rustic open plan safari style homes, deep in the pristine jungle of the Daintree rainforest. Enjoy dinner on the property overlooking a crystal-clear rainforest creek.
PRIVATE SAFARI STYLE HOMES – CAPE TRIBULATION (BLD)
DAY 10. DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK - CAPE TRIBULATION
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. Enjoy time to relax and take in the beauty of the Daintree Rainforest. This afternoon your guide will take you on a private walk through the property. You may even get a glimpse of the resident Cassowary which is often seen. Dinner is a special treat tonight at one of the very popular local restaurants in the heart of the rainforest in Cape Tribulation.
SAFARI STYLE HOMES – CAPE TRIBULATION (BL)
DINNER AT OWN EXPENSE AT A BEAUTIFUL LOCAL CAFE IN THE HEART OF CAPE TRIBULATION
DAY 11. DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK – CAPE TRIBULATION – CAIRNS
Up early to experience a rainforest and mangrove interpretational walk with your guide. Cooked breakfast on Private Property this morning. Our next stop is at the Daintree Coopers Eco System for 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 and tropical fruits grown on the farm. We continue down the Alexander Range, across the Daintree River via the Cable Ferry heading south to Cairns along the Great barrier Reef Scenic drive. This brings us to the end of your North West Australian Safaris Cape York tour.
CROC CRUISE AND ICE CREAM AT YOUR OWN COST. (B)
* Please note children over 9 years of age accompanied with an adult may participate in this tour
2020 Cape York Tour Dates and Prices
|Depart from Cairns||Arrive back to Cairns|
|3rd June (Wednesday)||13th June (Saturday)|
|24th June (Wednesday)||4th July (Saturday)|
|15th July (Wednesday)||25th July (Saturday)|
|5th August (Wednesday)||15th August (Saturday)|
|26th August (Wednesday)||5th September (Saturday)|
|16th September (Wednesday)||26th September (Saturday)|
$4949.00 PER PERSON – TWIN SHARE
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ADD $110.00
Includes: 4 nights unique Bush style accommodation, Airfare from Cairns to Bamaga (price inclusive of a remote area airfare), all camping equipment, stretcher bed, sleeping bag, 1 fresh towel, most meals, camping fees and National Parks fees, Horn Island & Thursday Island Tours, 2 nights accommodated in Daintree in Safari open style timber homes.
Not Included: Museums tours in Cooktown, Weipa Mine Tour, 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
- The historic Lions Den Hotel
- Black Mountain
- WW11 sites/Fruit Bat Falls
- Old Telegraph Track
- 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 (price inclusive of a remote area airfare)
- 2 nights accommodation – Daintree in Safari open style timber homes (not tents)
- 1 night historical Queenslander house stye accommodation – Cooktown built in 1880’s
Please note – The Roko Island tour is not included in this Cape York Safari tour. Please refer to the 15 day Cape York Safari itinerary for this inclusion.
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!
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.
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.
A truly fabulous experience – good company, great cook/guide/driver – top notch grub. Many thanks
A wonderful and informative introduction to Cape York – lots of great driving, food and laughs.