During this tour, we will be visiting some of the Cape’s stunning and pristine sites on our journey from Cape York through to Cairns.
All accommodation is twin share (except when camping) – single supplement applies ($500pp)
Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and road conditions. Whilst your guide will always try to run to the scheduled itinerary, it may at times be necessary to change the itinerary slightly to ensure passengers safety.
Due to the nature of our tours, we recommend you bring clothing that is suitable to the destination including swimming gear and comfortable walking shoes; along with your required toiletries, a towel, camera and extra money for snacks, alcohol or activities.
You should also bring a small day pack with hat, sunscreen, water bottle, torch and insect repellent (Bushmans).
We also recommend you bring any medication and/or motion sickness tablets (if required),
We would also like you to bring your own pillow, because everyone likes their own pillow, and a sleeping bag to suit the climate you are travelling through.
Your baggage must be limited to one (1) duffel-style bag (max. 60ltr) per person for your clothing and personal effects; along with one (1) soft duffel-style bag for your sleeping bag and pillow.
DAY 1: Cape York – Bamaga (L,D)
You’ll be met by our guides at the Bamaga Airport and be transferred to the Punsand Bay Caravan Park . Punsand Bay is a picturesque beachside campground, with restaurant and bar facilities.
It’s a beautiful place where you can witness the sun rise out of the Coral Sea, in the Pacific Ocean and set over the Arafura Sea, in the Indian Ocean.
We’ll then head off to explore the immediate Cape York region, including The Croc Tent, various WWII plane wrecks and the Lockerbie and Somerset Ruins on the Eastern Coastline. We’ll visit Somerset Beach, Fly Point and travel along the 5 beaches run.
In the afternoon we’ll travel across the ‘The Tip’ to the ‘Northern Most Point’ sign, have your photo taken whilst viewing the spectacular scenery at the very edge of Australia’s mainland. We will then return to the Campground for a Meet and Greet Dinner.
Accommodation: Punsand Bay
DAY 2: Punsan Bay (B,L,D)
Adventure is abundant today, as we travel via Loyalty Beach through to the Bamaga/Seisia area.
Today we’ll join one of the local tourism operators and spend the day on the Torres Strait Islands tour, which departs from the township of Seisia. This is an exclusive guided tour of the historic landmarks of various Islands within the Torres Straits including Friday Island, the multi-cultural Thursday Island and Horn Island.
After a guided tour of Thursday Island with one of the locals, we’ll enjoy lunch in one of the local hotels with ample opportunities for additional sightseeing, visiting cultural sites and a spot of shopping.
The boat journey to and from the Islands is a great opportunity to try your hand at some fishing (if time and tide allows), or to simply keep an eye out for crocodiles, turtles and the many sea birds that inhabit the islands.
Accommodation: Punsand Bay
DAY 3: Elliot Falls (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we’ll head off along the Peninsula Development Road, crossing on the Jardine Ferry, before joining the north section of the Old Telegraph Track. Arguably the most technically difficult (but we’re here to help) part of the Old Telegraph Track, the creek crossings include Mistake Creek, Logans Crossing, the Log Bridge and infamous Nolans Brook.
We’ll set up camp at the Elliott Falls campsite, enjoying a swim before a magnificent campfire dinner.
Accommodation: Elliot Falls Campsite
DAY 4: Bramwell Station (B,L,D)
Today, we’re in for an action-packed day of 4WDing as we follow the southern section of the Old Telegraph Track.
The Old Telegraph Track follows the original telegraph line through the Peninsula, which for much of the Cape’s recent history was the only available route.
Once the only method of communication for those living on the Cape York Peninsula, the telegraph line operated from 1885 until 1962 with just two wires sending morse code via repeater stations and old homesteads along the way. The line was upgraded to radio in WW2 and was still used for telephone cable until 1987 when it was finally dismantled.
Many of the original poles are still in place, marking this bucket list drive, passing through some beautiful country with several creek and river crossings.
We’ll break up the journey with a swim at Fruit Bat Falls with its crystal clear water – a perfect swimming hole and a favourite place on the Cape.
We’ll be getting the tyres wet in creek crossings including Palm Creek, Dulhunty River and the infamous Gunshot Creek providing it’s safe to do so.
Our next destination is Bramwell Station, Australia’s northern most cattle station. The tourist park operating within the station, offers a welcome stopover to travellers, and we’ll join with other guests for what always promises to be a great evening of food and entertainment.
Accommodation: Bramwell Station Tourist Park
DAY 5: Weipa (B,L,D)
This morning we have a leisurely drive across to Weipa.
Weipa is a well-resourced town that provides an opportunity to restock with supplies, have a real coffee and refuel. After checking into our accommodation, our guides will take you on a quick town tour, with explanation of the Bauxite Mining operations in the area, before we join the Western Cape Eco Tours for their Sunset Cruise.
This educational cruise will highlight some of the coasts fascinating wildlife (with a bit of luck, some of the resident crocodiles) and we’ll learn about some the amazing eco-systems within the Weipa area.
One of the most magnificent sunsets on earth awaits you before returning to shore for a dinner.
Weipa was established in 1962 as the service and dormitory town for the new bauxite mine. Bauxite –an ore of aluminium –was discovered here in 1955 by geologist Harry Evans, who had been exploring for oil at the time. Eventually it was established that there were 3.6 billion tonnes of minable bauxite in the area –and the rest is history.
DAY 6: Moreteon Telegraph Station (B,L,D)
A raft of exclusive experiences awaits you today as we head north towards the Mapoon community and onto Cullen Point and Janie Creek for morning tea.
This is one of our favourite drives on the Cape, Red Beach – a route not often travelled by tourists awaits our inspection.
We’ll then head to Stones Crossing, a technically difficult crossing of the Wenlock River that leads into the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.
The Reserve, set over 330,000 acres of pristine wilderness provides a set of spring-fed wetlands (a vital water source to threatened habitat) along the Wenlock River.
The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and the Wenlock River have been declared a ‘Strategic Environmental Area’ saving it from a future of strip mining. Today the Reserve demonstrates the need to achieve balance between environmental protection and economic growth.
Adventure Australia Treks and Tours have a partnership with The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and the rangers from The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve will meet our tour at Stone’s Crossing and following a ‘Welcome Introduction’ we will be taken on a guided tour of the Reserve’s programs and detection initiatives involving crocodiles and the Speartooth sharks.
This amazing three hour tour highlights an abundance of wildlife such as Palm Cockatoos, along with local bush tucker and flora.
At the conclusion of this experience, we’ll head out to the Peninsula Development Road via Myerfield Station and Bertiehaugh Station, a route not open to the general public, and then onto our overnight accommodation at Moreton Telegraph Station.
Moreton Telegraph Station was established in 1887 and operated for over 100 years. It has a wonderful history and is now home to an abundance of native wildlife. The Station is set amongst the picturesque and pristine bushland that borders the Wenlock River. Moreton’s Safari Tens are an excellent & comfortable choice for the night. A beautifully prepared dinner on the deck and a few yarns around the camp fire tops off a great day.
Accommodation: Moreton Telegraph Station
DAY 7: Lockhart River (B,L,D)
Before we head off, we will have the opportunity to try our luck at the Moreton Barra Hole, a popular fishing spot on the Cape.
Prepare yourself for an exciting day with our first challenging off-road track. We’ll head east on the Frenchmans Track, crossing the Pascoe and Wenlock Rivers.
The Frenchmans Track provides an adventurous off-road experience, with terrain such as thick forests, dirt tracks, deep gullies and water crossings.
We finish the day at Iron Range Cabins for a comfortable rest. The cabins are located on a WWII aerodrome, where you will also find many historic buildings and displays.
Accommodation: Iron Range Cabins, Lockhart River
DAY 8: Musgrave (B,L,D)
After visiting the Lockhart River Arts Centre (featuring artworks by the local community), Chilli Beach, and Portland Roads via the Batavia Goldfields, it’s on to Archer River Roadhouse for lunch. Their famous Archer Burgers are not for the faint hearted, packing three types of meat between two burger buns.
We’ll visit Port Stewart before our over night stop at Musgrave Roadhouse.
Accommodation: Musgrave Road House
DAY 9: Cooktown (B,L,D)
This morning our travels take us into the beautiful Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park. Whilst in the National Park we visit many sites including the White & Red Lilly Lagoons, Hahn River Crossing and Low Lake enroute to Kalpower Crossing.
We’ll then travel to the historic Old Laura Homestead before stopping at the stunning Isabella Falls. Our overnight stopover is Cooktown.
Accommodation: Cooktown Motel
DAY 10: Cairns (B,L,D)
After breakfast we’ll visit the Cooktown lighthouse and Black Mountain before stopping for Morning tea at the famous Lions Den Hotel. We will travel south along the Bloomfield Track crossing the beautiful rivers and streams before reaching the Cape Tribulation rainforests and pristine beaches. After crossing the Daintree River Ferry we will travel via Mossman to Cairns.
Accommodation: Cairns accommodation
DAY 11: Home Ports (B)
After breakfast, our guides will co-ordinate your transfers to the Cairns Airport, as required.