Cape York Fishing, Adventure and 4WD Tours
During this tour, we will be visiting some of the Cape’s stunning and pristine sites on our journey from Weipa through to the top of Cape York and back
- 8 days / 7 nights tour
- Travel in fully equipped, current model, comfortable Land Cruiser 4WD’s
- Specialised small group tours
- Services of an experienced and qualified tour guide
- 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
- 1 night accommodation at Weipa
- 1 night accommodation at Bramwell Station Tourist Park
- 4 nights accommodation in latest quality Oz Tents with king single camp bed
- 1 night accommodation in Moreton Telegraph Station Safari Tent
- All entries, tours, attractions as specified in full itinerary
- All National Park permits and camping fees
- Jardine River return ferry transfers
- Airport transfers
- Weipa Sunset Tour (boat tour)
- Weipa Bauxite Mine Tour (bus tour)
- Mapoon Aboriginal Community visit
- Cullen Point / Janie Creek (fishing opportunity)
- Steve Irwin Reserve Tour
- Old Telegraph Track (hands on 4WD experience)
- Bramwell Station (Australia’s northern-most working cattle station)
- Fruit Bat and Elliot Falls (swimming opportunities)
- Opportunities for fishing, bush/beach walking, photography and 4WDing on each day
- Torres Strait Islands Tour including Thursday Island and Horn Island (charter boat tour)
- The Croc Tent, Aeroplane wrecks, Somerset Ruins and 5 Beaches tour
- Moreton Telegraph Station (historic site)
- Barra Hole (fishing opportunity)
- You are required to bring the basics you would usually bring on any trip, including toiletries, towel, camera and extra money for snacks, alcohol or activities.
- Due to the nature of our tours we recommend you also bring a small day pack with hat, sunscreen, water bottle, torch and insect repellent (Bushman’s), comfortable walking shoes, swimming gear, fly net to cover your face (outback tours). We also recommend you bring any medication (if required) and motion sickness tablets if needed. Finally, bring suitable clothing for the destination.
- Other – 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.
Full Tour Itinerary
DAY 1: Weipa (L,D)
Arrive at Weipa (through your own arrangements). 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.
You will be met by our experienced Adventure Australia Treks & Tours guides and transferred to our overnight accommodation. We will gather at the Albatross Hotel for lunch and a tour briefing followed by a relaxing afternoon before joining the Western Cape Eco Tours for their Sunset Cruise, This unique educational cruise will highlight some of the coasts fascinating wildlife and we learn about the amazing eco-systems.
We will finish the day off with a fabulous meal on the deck taking in the stunning Weipa sunset.
Accommodation: Weipa Caravan & Camp Ground Villas or Barra Lodge rooms
DAY 2: Mapoon (B,L,D)
We join a local guide for a morning tour of the Weipa Bauxite Mine, the largest of its kind in the world, before traveling in our comfortable Land Cruiser 4WD’s to the township of Mapoon, located on the shores of Port Musgrave, one of the largest river mouths in the Cape region. We visit the Mapoon Aboriginal Community and the old mission sites and learn something about the local people, cultures and stories before we traverse the beaches to our overnight campsite at Cullen Point or Janie Creek.
Here we have excellent fishing and spectacular views with an overwhelming sense of peace and quiet. For the more adventurous we may even see a croc or two. We will finish the day with a BBQ dinner around the campfire.
Accommodation: Janie Creek/Cullen Point campsite
DAY 3: Bramwell Station (B,L,D)
After an early morning fishing expedition & breakfast, we depart Janie Creek, back down Old Mapoon Road and out to Stone’s Crossing on the Wenlock River (which always makes for an interesting water crossing).
Stone’s Crossing is also the boundary of 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 Reserve and the Wenlock River have been declared a ‘Strategic environmental area’ saving it from a future of strip mining, and today the Reserve demonstrates the need to achieve balance between environmental protection and economic growth.
We are excited to announce, that in 2016, we have a new partnership with the Steve Irwin Reserve. The Rangers from the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve will meet our tour at Stone’s Crossing and following a ‘Welcome Introduction’ and lunch, we will be taken on a guided tour of the Reserve’s programmes 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 bushtucker and flora.
At the conclusion of this unique experience, we will head out to the Peninsula Development Rd via Myerfield Station and Bertiehaugh Station, a route not often travelled by tourists, and then north to our overnight destination at Bramwell Station, Australia’s northern most cattle station. The tourist park operating within the station, offers a welcome stopover to travellers, and we will join with other guests for what is always a great evening of food and entertainment.
Accommodation: Bramwell Station Tourist Park
DAY 4: Elliot Falls (B,L, D)
Today, we are 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, and for much of the Cape’s recent history was the only available route. The Old Telegraph Line was once the only method of communication for those living on the Cape York Peninsula. The Telegraph operated from 1885 until 1962 with just two wires sending morse code via repeater stations, 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 and the Old Telegraph Track north follows the original route, passing through some beautiful country with several creek and river crossings. It is a rough road, accessible only by 4WD during the dry season. We will be driving through the creek crossings including Palm Creek, Dulhunty River and the infamous Gunshot Creek.
After all this excitement, we will then continue along to our lunch stop at Fruit Bat Falls with its crystal clear water – a perfect swimming spot and a favourite place on the Cape. After a leisurely stop, we will travel to our overnight stop at Elliot Falls Campsite.
Accommodation: Elliot Falls Campsite
DAY 5: Punsand Bay (B,L.D)
This morning, we follow the northern section of the Old Telegraph Track. The creek crossings include Logans Crossing, the Log Bridge and infamous Nolans Brook. We will have lunch enroute before heading to the Jardine Ferry and onto our night camp at Punsand Bay. Punsand Bay is a picturesque beachside camp, with restaurant and bar facilities. A beautiful place where you can watch the sun rise out of the Coral Sea, in the Pacific Ocean and set over the Arafura Sea, in the Indian Ocean.
In the late afternoon, we will travel across to the tip of Cape York. Everyone wants to stand at the ‘Northern Most Point’ sign, have your photo taken and we’ll watch a spectacular sunset as we stand there at the Tip.
Accommodation: Punsand Bay Camping Ground
DAY 6: Punsand Bay (B,L,D)
Adventure is abundant today. You will spend the day on the Torres Strait Islands tour, which departs from the township of Seisia. It is an exclusive guided tour of the historic landmarks of multi-cultural Thursday Island. It provides includes lunch in one of the local hotels and has opportunities for sightseeing, visiting cultural sites and a spot of shopping. The boat journey to and from the Island is a great opportunity to try your hand at some fantastic fishing, or simply keep an eye out for crocodiles, turtles and the many sea birds that inhabit the islands.
Accommodation: Punsand Bay Camping Ground
DAY 7: Moreton Telegraph Station (B,L,D)
Leaving Punsand Bay, we will explore the immediate Cape York region, including The Croc Tent and Bamaga before visiting the various WWII plane wrecks and the Lockerbie and Somerset Ruins on the Eastern Coastline. We will have lunch along the 5 beaches, before travelling south via the Development Road to the historic Moreton Telegraph Station, located on the Wenlock River in the centre of Cape York Peninsula.
Accommodation: Moreton Telegraph Station Safari Camp Site
DAY 8: Weipa (B,L)
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. This morning we will venture down to the Barra hole to see if we can snag that last fish before our return journey to Weipa.
In Weipa we transfer you to the Weipa Airport for your return flight home.
B – BREAKFAST; L – LUNCH; D – DINNER
Premium Tour Costs
$5950 per adult
Tag Along Tours
Includes all accommodation costs/fees, some meals, inclusive tours, necessary permits.
$2,000 per person
All accommodation is twin share – single supplement applies ($500pp)
Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and road condition on Cape York, and whilst your guide will always try and stick to the scheduled itinerary, it may at times be necessary to chance the itinerary slightly to ensure passengers safety.
2016 TOUR DATES
|CAPE YORK8 Day 7 Nights||CY1601||13 JUN – 20 JUN|
|CY1602||23 JUN – 30 JUN|
|CY1603||4 JUL – 11 JUL|
|CY1604||14 JUL – 21 JUL|
|CY1605||24 JUL – 31 JUL|
|CY1606||3 AUG – 10 AUG|
|CY1607||13 AUG – 20 AUG|
|CY1608||23 AUG – 30 AUG|
|CY1609||2 SEP – 9 SEP|
|CY1610||13 SEP – 20 SEP|
|CY1611||23 SEP – 30 SEP|
Cape York Tours
AATT’s Cape York adventure tours are our most popular touring option! We leave from Cairns or Weipa at different times of the year. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy the ride while our experienced tour guides take care of the driving, or perhaps you’d like to try your hand at driving one of our 4WD vehicles yourself, you’ll be amazed at what far north Queensland has to offer! Our Cape York tag a long tours allow you to customise your trip to suit your preferences and get the most enjoyable out of the experience.
What you get out of your adventure in Cape York
This tour from Weipa offers 7 full days of touring in our fully equipped, top of the range Land Cruiser 4WD fleet. We will begin in Weipa with a Western Cape Eco Tour’s sunset cruise, and the following morning an exploration of the Bauxite Mine before departing to Mapoon to explore the Aboriginal community and surrounds. You’ll get a chance to experience Australia’s northernmost cattle station, and the Old Telegraph Track. We’ll show you the exquisite Fruit Bat Falls, where you’ll be able to swim and experience Australia’s beauty first hand. There will be fishing tours, bush walking and plenty of photo opportunities along the way! Our Cape York adventure tours culminate to the very tip of Australia.
Join us for the adventure of a lifetime with our tours!
As part of our small group tour, you’ll have the stress of decision making and planning taken out of your hands! We’ll take care of all the meals and accommodation and all you have to do is meet us at the Weipa Airport so we can look after you from there.
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