10 Day Cape York Sea / Overland Accommodated
For thousands of years, Cape York has defied the onslaught of civilisation. Until a little over 100 years ago, only Indigenous Australians enjoyed this unique paradise. History records the Europeans first touched our shores here almost four centuries ago but ironically this is still Australia’s last pioneering frontier, the last of our continent to be explored, settled or developed.
The quest to conquer has always attracted man to the least accessible of the Earth’s surfaces, the highest mountain, the wildest desert, or the most remote.
In Australia, the greatest achievement is, without question, to reach the northernmost Tip, Cape York. Even now, it still remains a sparsely populated area that is accessible during the dry season months from May to December, and then only by four wheel drive vehicles for the majority of the way.
To travel to Cape York is still a unique adventure allowing you to see this great unspoilt and diverse part of Australia and its wildlife and birdlife up close. To stand at the very tip of Australia where oceans meet and overlook the sheltered and unspoilt Torres Strait Islands, is indeed a truly an awe inspiring and overwhelming experience.
- Cargo ship voyage
- Great Barrier Reef
- Torres Strait
- Horn Island
- Thursday Island
- Punsand Bay (2 nights)
- Cape York "The Tip"
- Moreton Station (2 Nights)
- Weipa (Optional Tours)
- Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park
- Cooktown (2 nights)
- Cape Tribulation
Day 1: DEPART CAIRNS, M.V. "TRINITY BAY" - (D)
Your journey starts from Cairns Wharf. Check with our office for Wharf numbers and times. (Make your own way to the Wharf). At 80 metres long and over 3,000 tonnes, the “Trinity Bay” is the largest cargo vessel ship servicing the Torres Strait communities.
GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK - (B,L,D)
Total relaxation, as you enjoy the company of the crew and shipboard companions.
Day 3: THURSDAY ISLAND, HORN ISLAND, "BARGE DAY" - (B,L,D)
MV “Trinity Bay” disgorges its cargo of fuel, building materials, indeed everything needed by these remote island communities. Time to explore legendary Thursday Island. (Own costs).
Day 4: SEISIA, BAMAGA, PUNSAND BAY - (B,L,D)
Another “barge day” but at Seisia wharf, the sea port for Cape York’s five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. A short stop at Seisia Islander settlement. Punsand Bay Private Reserve. Permanent Tent (ensuite facilities) for 2 nights. Laundry Facilities.
Day 5: CAPE YORK, SOMERSET - (B,L,D)
An unforgettable day of achievement and interest. We stand at the very tip of our continent. Visit the ruins of Somerset with pristine beaches and rocky headlands.
Day 6: JARDINE RIVER, FRUITBAT FALLS, MORETON STATION - (B,L,D)
Anticipation and excitement, as we commence our overland trek. Retracing the paths of our earliest overlanders, we cross the Jardine River to Fruitbat Falls, a Mecca for “off road” travelers. Enjoy a refreshing swim and lunch, before we continue negotiating river crossings and bush tracks to arrive at Moreton Telegraph Station, on the banks of the Wenlock River.
Overnight: (2 nights) Cabin Tent – shared facilities (twin share fully screened tents with beds, linen). Laundry Facilities.
Day 7: WEIPA, WENLOCK RIVER - (B,L,D)
Maybe time for a guided walk along this lightly forested waterway, before we cross the sandy Wenlock River. Travel south to Batavia Downs Station, then detour west to the Gulf of Carpentaria through huge cattle runs and Aboriginal lands to the bauxite-mining town of Weipa. A veritable “Oasis in the Wilderness” and providing further contrast to your experience of this last frontier. Today you have a choice of a Weipa Mine Tour, or an Eco Boat tour (own cost).
Day 8: COEN, MUSGRAVE, RINYIRRU (LAKEFIELD) NATIONAL PARK, COOKTOWN - (B,L,D)
Today we travel south to Coen, then onto Musgrave Telegraph Station. After lunch, we enter the massive bird and animal sanctuary of Lakefield National Park. The waterfowl teem in lily fringed billabongs and there’s an opportunity to safely view crocodiles in their natural habitat. Travel over the legendary Battle Camp Range to historical Cooktown. Overnight: (2 nights) Motel – ensuite facilities (Laundry).
Day 9: COOKTOWN - (B,D)
This morning we visit the historical sites of Grassy Hill Lookout, Cooktown Cemetery, Cooks landing site, the Wharf area, the Botanical Gardens and James Cook Museum. Lunch at own cost, then free time to explore Cooktown at leisure.
Day 10: BLOOMFIELD, CAPE TRIBULATION, CAIRNS - (B,L)
Crossing the Bloomfield River marks the start of our drive over the controversial “Bloomfield Track”. Jungle green heights descend to the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef, with tantalising glimpses of deserted beaches and fringing coral. Through the famous World Heritage Rainforest, across the Daintree River, then via the scenic road to Cairns. Your adventure ends with a transfer to selected locations.
- Included: Meals, except where otherwise stated in your itinerary; ship/ferry fares were applicable, tented and any other accommodation on share basis and entrance fees as per itinerary.
- Not Included: Accommodation, meals, fares, fares en route from home cities. Meals, unless specifically mentioned on day to day itinerary, sleeping bags, pillows, stretcher beds (available for hire) and any personal items such as alcohol or soft drinks, newspapers, telephone, laundry, souvenirs and personal holiday insurance.
Dates - Small Group Adventure:
- 4 June, 2019
- 25 June, 2019
- 16 July, 2019
- 6 August, 2019
- 27 August, 2019
- 17 September, 2019
- 8 October, 2019
*NB This tour offers high/low season rates so price may vary