2018 Cape York & Torres Strait

 

**NEW in 2018 - Spectacular Scenic Flight Cooktown to Weipa**

Highlights:

  • Daintree Rainforest and Daintree Discovery Centre
  • Bloomfield Track and Daintree Coast
  • Aboriginal Rock Art Interpretive Tour with Aboriginal Guide
  • Spectacular Scenic Flight from Cooktown to Weipa
  • Weipa Bauxite Mine Tour
  • Weipa Sunset Eco Cruise
  • Moreton Telegraph Station
  • Fruit Bat Falls (swimming opportunity)
  • Cape York Scenic Cruising and Walk to 'The Tip'
  • Endeavour Strait Cruising
  • Kazu Pearl Farm Tour
  • Horn and Thursday Island Touring
  • Torres Strait Cultural Heritage Experiences

Inclusions:

  • All motel en suite accommodation
  • Travel by luxury 4WD coach from Cairns
  • Scenic flight transfer from Cooktown to Weipa***
  • Savannah Guides Master Operator driver and host
  • All meals (10 buffet breakfasts; 9 lunches; 10 dinners)
  • All entries/activities as per itinerary
  • Ferry transfers between Cape York, Thursday Island and Horn Island
  • One Way economy flight Horn Island to Cairns
  • Cairns accommodation arrival and departure transfers (cab voucher)
  • Return overnight Rail Bed between Brisbane and Cairns - CAPE13 only

 









Itinerary:

DAY 1: MONDAY - (D)   

Guests on CAPE13 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of Queensland for an overnight rail journey to Cairns.

DAY 2: TUESDAY - CAIRNS (B,L,D)   

Guests on CAPE11 will join the tour after lunch. On arrival in Cairns, transfer to your hotel for an afternoon check-in. At the Welcome Dinner tonight, meet fellow travellers and hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by our Savannah Guides Master Operator driver and host.   Overnight Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns

DAY 3:  WEDNESDAY - DAINTREE (B,L,D)

We travel north along one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives towards the World Heritage-Listed Daintree National Park, crossing the mighty Daintree River by cable ferry.  We visit the world-class Daintree Discovery Centre for an excellent introduction into the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest.  Check in to the Heritage Lodge with time to experience the resort's private swimming holes and rainforest walks.   Overnight Heritage Lodge & Spa, Daintree

DAY 4-5: THURSDAY-FRIDAY - COOKTOWN (B,L,D) 

Follow the famous Bloomfield Track on an amazing journey hugging the scenic Daintree Coast to Cooktown.  Cooktown is the place where Lieutenant James Cook beached the Endeavour in 1770 after striking the Great Barrier Reef.  Enjoy lunch at the Lions Den Hotel, one of Queensland's oldest operating bush pubs.  While there, take a look at the quirky decorations and see the visitor signatures scribed on the walls.  Join a local custodian for an insightful tour of their ancestral rock art sites.  They will share the stories behind the art, giving you a real insight into Aboriginal society and spirituality.  2 nights Sovereign Resort, Cooktown

DAY 6-7:  SATURDAY-SUNDAY - WEIPA (B,L,D) 

On a spectacular scenic flight from Cooktown to Weipa, see the picturesque Princess Charlotte Bay and pristine sections of the Great Barrier Reef.  Take in magnificent aerial views of Lizard Island, the Gulf of Carpentaria and Bauxite Mine before landing in Weipa. Join a local guided tour of the Weipa Bauxite Mine, the largest of its kind in the world. Cruise the mouth of the Gulf of Carpentaria on a Sunset Eco Tour for a chance to spot wildlife and to hear commentary about the beautiful ecosystems and local culture.  2 nights Albatross Bay Resort, Weipa

DAY 8-9: MONDAY-TUESDAY - BAMAGA (B,L,D)

We travel along the Batavia Downs Station Road to Moreton Telegraph Station on the Wenlock River, passing through the Heathlands Resources Reserve and Bramwell Station. Driving on some of the original sections of the Old Telegraph Track, we follow rugged 4WD roads to the lush Fruit Bat Falls with its crystal clear water (croc free), a perfect swimming spot and one of the most special places on the Cape. Experience the highlights of Cape York Peninsula, one of Australia’s last great wilderness areas with relaxed cruising between Seisia, Possession Island and Frangipani Bay (weather permitting).  The 15-20 minute walk over the rocky headland to 'The Tip' of Cape York requires a good level of fitness. We stand at the very tip of our continent, the most northerly point of Australia and savour a picnic lunch at Somerset Beach with views to Albany Island.   2 nights Cape York Peninsula Lodge, Bamaga

DAY 10:  WEDNESDAY - TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS (B,L,D)

Cruise the beautiful turquoise waters of the Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island, one of 274 islands which lie between the northern tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Join a special tour experience to Friday Island and the Kazu Pearl Farm.  Learn about the cultivation, seeding and harvesting of the oyster followed by a delicious Japanese lunch. Discover Thursday Island's hidden past, including Green Hill Fort, on a guided history tour.   Overnight Jardine Motel, Thursday Island

DAY 11:  THURSDAY - CAIRNS (B,L,D)

Board the ferry for a short crossing to nearby Horn Island.  Join local guides on a tour of the World War II sites, including gun emplacements, an underground command post and an aircraft wreck with an unbelievable story.  Walk in the steps of traditional owners, the Kaurareg People, and learn their stories.  Transfer to the airport for our return QantasLink flight to Cairns.   Overnight Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns

DAY 12:  FRIDAY - HOMEWARD BOUND (B, L, D)

Guests on CAPE11 will conclude the Cape York & Torres Streit adventure after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to your homeward bound connections.  Guests on CAPE13 will transfer to the Cairns Railway Station to join the Spirit of Queensland for a first-class overnight journey back to Brisbane.

DAY 13:  SATURDAY - (B)

Guests on CAPE13 will arrive in Brisbane.

 

2018 Departure Dates

Departing Cairns (CAPE11):

  • 22 May
  • 26 June
  • 10 July
  • 24 July
  • 07 August
  • 04 September
  • 18 September

Departing Brisbane (CAPE13):

  • 21 May
  • 25 June
  • 09 July
  • 23 July
  • 06 August
  • 03 September
  • 17 September

EARLY EMU DEAL for 2018 Departures**:  Valid on all 2018 departures. Save $600 per person for bookings made and deposited before 31 January 2018

Pricing:

Cost per person 

Twin Share Sole Use

11 Day (CAPE11) Cairns - Cairns

$8,899 $10,249
13 Day (CAPE13) Brisbane - Brisbane (includes return rail) $9,573* $10,923*

*Rail subject to availability. Rail price based on return Aust. Govt. Senior Card Holder fares in a Rail Bed on the Spirit of Queensland between Brisbane and Cairns. Please ask for Queensland Pensioner and Full Adult rail fares. Minimum tour numbers apply.  Itinerary subject to change.

** Early Emu Deal is subject to availability and change without notice.

*** A seat in coach option is offered for guests not wanting to take the scenic flight transfer - please enquire.

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