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2020

Cape York & Torres Strait

11

DAYS
Discover the stunning Cape York region at a leisurely pace

Day 1: Friday - Cairns

Your adventure begins with a Welcome Dinner at our tour hotel. Please arrive at your accommodation by 2.00pm for check-in. 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. Visit the Bana Yirriji Art and Cultural Centre in Wujal Wujal, a small coastal Aboriginal community on the banks of the Bloomfield River.  Follow the Bloomfield Track on a spectacular scenic journey hugging the Daintree Coast. 2 nights River of Gold Motel, Cooktown


Day 3: Sunday - Cooktown

Discover Cooktown’s colourful history today. Join our guide on a tour of the Cooktown Cemetery and hear the intriguing story of a fair skinned woman known as the “Normanby Woman” who was sighted living with Aborigines back in the 1800s. Visit James Cook Museum in the magnificent 19th Century Sisters of Mercy Convent for an insight into the grounding of the Endeavour and the most significant land based stay of Captain Cook’s east coast expedition. Wander the beautiful heritage listed Cooktown Botanic Gardens and see the Vera Scarth-Johnson collection of original regional botanical illustrations. Enjoy some free time to stroll downtown Cooktown and a late afternoon tour of Grassy Hill with 360-degree views of Cooktown, the Endeavour River and the Great Barrier Reef.


Day 4: Monday – Musgrave

Travel to Lakeland and Laura via the mysterious Black Mountains, a special story place for the Kuku Yalanji people. World-class Aboriginal rock art and wonderful locally grown coffee are two big drawcards for these small towns.  Best known are the Quinkan Country rock art, considered to be some of the most significant Aboriginal art sites in the world, where we will join an Indigenous guided tour of Split Rock and visit the Quinkan and Regional Cultural Centre. Travel along the Peninsula Developmental Road to the Hann River Roadhouse for a short break before continuing on to Musgrave Road House. Overnight Musgrave Roadhouse


Day 5: Tuesday - Weipa

We continue along the Peninsula Development Road to the old mining community of Coen.  The town was originally created around a repeater station in the Overland Telegraph Line to the Tip of Cape York Peninsula. We’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Archer River Roadhouse.  Located on the banks of the crystal clear Archer River, the Roadhouse is famous for the massive Archer Burger, best served with an icy cold drink under their shaded patio. Last top for the day is Weipa, the Barramundi capital of Queensland. Originally an Aboriginal mission, Weipa grew to become a township after the discovery of bauxite. Late afternoon 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 on a morning tour of the world’s largest bauxite mine, operated by Rio Tinto. Get up close and personal to the 190 tonne Belly Dumper Haul trucks while touring the working mine site and follow the rail and conveyor belt system as the bauxite makes its way to the loading dock. 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

Follow sections of the Old Telegraph Track to Moreton Telegraph Station on the banks of the Wenlock River. Part of the historic Overland Telegraph Line, Moreton Telegraph Station was completed in 1887 and ceased operations in 1987 with the introduction of microwave telecommunications. 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.  This evening you’ll be treated to a traditional cultural dance performance. 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 45-60 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.


Day 9: Saturday - Torres Strait Islands

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  seafood lunch and a visit to the Pearl Farm Shop.  Return to Thursday Island with time to visit the Gab Titui Cultural Centre and local shops before travelling by ferry to Horn Island late afternoon. 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. Following the tour you will have time to wander the Torres Strait Heritage Museum and visit local markets. Enjoy an Asian buffet lunch on Horn Island before transferring to Horn Island Airport for your QantasLink flight to Cairns. Tonight we’ll celebrate the end of our adventure with a Farewell Dinner at the Coral Hedge Brasserie & Bar.  Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns


Day 11: Monday - Homeward Bound

Your Cape York and Torres Strait adventure concludes after breakfast at Rydges Esplanade.  Own arrangements for your connecting flight or rail home.


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Prices (per person)

2020Twin ShareSingle
11 Day Cairns - Cairns (CAPE11)$6,999$8,199

Minimum tour numbers apply.  Itinerary subject to change.

Prices do not include:  air or rail fares not specified in itinerary or price; travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.

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Save $400 per person for bookings made and deposited before 31 December 2019. Valid on May & Sep 2020 departures. 

Customer Reviews

  • This is our second tour with OAT. From the moment you join the tour you are welcomed and made feel part of the family. The guides are well qualified, friendly and so knowledgable. You are taken to all the points of interest but also to places your average traveller would not go to. On this tour to Cape York and Torres Strait, our savannah guides Brett and Kathy were fabulous. We learned a lot and had a lot of laughs along the way. Everyone feels important. The accomodation used is great and food fantastic, even in remote areas. If you want to see parts of outback Australia, travel with Outback Aussie Tours, we are so happy we did.

    Deborah B, Duranbah
  • 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
  • An excellent trip with OAT in July. Could not fault - itinerary - 4WD vehicle - accommodation - guide & driver - all inclusive cost - interesting destinations. Good value for money. Great to support an Australian enterprise. Would highly recommend it to anyone.

    Lorraine M
  • This was an 11 day tour from Cairns to the Tip of Australia, with a flight back to Cairns from Horn Island. Kathy and Brett were fantastic tour guides full of stories and information from having lived in the Cape for over 3 years and visited it many other times. When a scheduled visit wasn't possible because a facility was closed for some reason, they had a substitute available eg Finch Beach and Red Beach.We saw so much, learnt so much, laughed so much, ate so much! Highlights were the Daintree, Cooktown, Weipa, the Tip, and the Torres Strait Islands. But everyday was enjoyable. Highly recommended!

    Eunice, Sydney
  • Fabulous! Cathy and Brett were amazing, knew the area like the back of their hands. They were alert to everything making the time wonderful and easy. The two night stops were good, the food great and the beds comfy and clean. The tour means you do not need to spend any money from start to finish unless you want a beer, and to buy cards and caps etc. The tour was informative, educational , entertaining and highly recommended.

    Elizabeth
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