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Discover the stunning Cape York region at a leisurely pace
Day 1: Friday - Cairns
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 your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host. Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns
Day 2: Saturday - Cooktown
We travel north along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives to Mossman; nestled in the World Heritage-Listed Daintree Rainforest. We’ll board the Daintree River Ferry for a short cable crossing of the famous Daintree River. Visit the Daintree Discovery Centre, an award-winning interpretive facility. Join a guided tour of the rainforest boardwalks. Follow the Bloomfield Track on a spectacular scenic journey hugging the Daintree Coast. Call in to the popular Lions Den Hotel for a refreshing ale. Travel via the mysterious Black Mountains to Cooktown. 2 nights River of Gold Motel, Cooktown
Day 3: Sunday - Cooktown
Discover Cooktown’s colourful history today. Join a guided cemetery tour and learn the mysterious story of the “Normanby Woman” buried in 1886. Visit James Cook Museum in the magnificent 19th Century Sisters of Mercy Convent. Learn the story behind the grounding of the Endeavour. Captain Cook and his crew of 86 men spent 48 days (almost 7 weeks) in Cooktown; the longest and most significant land based stay of Cook’s east coast expedition. Explore the beautiful Cooktown Botanic Gardens celebrating the work of naturalist Joseph Banks. Later, enjoy some free time to stroll downtown Cooktown.
Day 4: Monday - Archer River
Travel via Battle Camp Road through Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, Queensland’s second largest park. Best known for its vast river systems and spectacular wetlands, the park attracts dozens of colourful waterbird species. Cross the Normanby and Hahn Rivers before arriving at Musgrave Telegraph Station; the only telegraph station left standing in the Cape. Pass through the old mining community of Coen to Archer River, the longest river in the Cape. Our accommodation tonight will be basic en suite rooms, clean and comfortable. Overnight Archer River Roadhouse
Day 5: Tuesday - Weipa
Travel via Peninsula Development Road to Weipa, the Barramundi capital of Queensland. Originally an Aboriginal mission, Weipa grew to become a township after the discovery of bauxite. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax at your accommodation with sweeping views of Albatross Bay. 2 nights Albatross Bay Resort, Weipa
Day 6: Wednesday - Weipa
Learn about Weipa’s mining operations and visit local beaches. Join an Eco Cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria for a chance to spot local birdlife and crocodiles. Relax with drinks and nibbles as you learn about the incredible ecosystems and local culture. Witness a stunning sunset in one of the few places in Queensland where the sun sets over the ocean in the west.
Day 7: Thursday - Bamaga
Continue following the route of the Old Telegraph Track to the Wenlock River crossing where we will have morning tea at the Moreton Telegraph Station. Spot giant termite mounds as the country changes to the open plains of Heathlands Resources Reserve. Cool off in 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. Cross the Jardine River by cable ferry to Bamaga, the closest settlement to the Tip of Australia. 2 nights Cape York Peninsula Lodge, Bamaga
Day 8: Friday - Bamaga
Experience the highlights of Cape York Peninsula, one of Australia’s last great wilderness areas. We begin with a drive to Pajinka. The 30 minute walk over rocky headland to ‘The Tip’ of Cape York requires a good level of fitness. Take that ‘bucket-list’ photo as you stand at the Tip of Australia; then savour a picnic lunch on Sommerset Beach with breath-taking views to Albany Island. Visit the iconic Croc Tent then return to your accommodation for free time to relax or to join an optional Cape York cruise.
Day 9: Saturday - Torres Strait
Cruise the beautiful turquoise waters of the Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island; just one of 274 islands which lie between the northern tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Discover Thursday Island’s hidden past, including Green Hill Fort, on a guided history tour. Join a special tour to Friday Island and the Kazu Pearl Farm. Learn about the cultivation, seeding and harvesting of the oyster followed by a delicious Japanese lunch. Overnight Gateway Torres Strait Resort, Horn Island
Day 10: Sunday - Cairns
Join local guides on a tour of the World War II sites. See gun emplacements, an underground command post and an aircraft wreck with an epic tale. Walk in the steps of traditional owners, the Kaurareg People, and learn their stories. Transfer to the airport for your QantasLink flight to Cairns. Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns
Day 11: Monday
Your Cape York and Torres Strait adventure concludes after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to your homeward bound connections.
Prices (per person)
|11 Day Cairns - Cairns (CAPE11)||$6,599||$7,489|
|13 Day Brisbane - Brisbane|
(CAPE13) with return First Class overnight Rail Bed
Minimum tour numbers apply. Itinerary subject to change.
*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.
An awesome experience! Our group returned on Thursday from an outstanding Cape York and Torres Strait tour. Our tour guides, the Dynamic Duo, Kathy and Brett, were the best guides by far, of any other tour guides, I have encountered on my travels. Their knowledge of the area we travelled was second to none. Their consideration and thoughtfulness was felt and appreciated by everyone on our tour. One would be very hard pressed to find anything to complain about on this tour. The knowledge shared by our guides along the way was priceless, the scenery was spectacular, the accommodation was very good, the food was plentiful (huge meals) and good quality and the coach was very comfortable. My travelling companions were awesome and we all had a fantastic time. Again, can't praise Kathy and Brett enough. What an asset they are to OAT. Thanks for the memories.Geraldine, Brisbane
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