A relaxed and exciting holiday combination to Cape York. An overland wilderness expedition, with the additional perspective of a spectacular flight, and the comfort and amenity of overnight accommodation. Your flight from Cairns to Horn Island will provide a unique aerial overview of this vast wilderness, its huge rivers, remote communities and deserted coastline. Appreciate and experience the rich geology and the unique flora and fauna as you travel overland from Cape York to Cairns.
Our overnight stays quite often reflect the unique nature of the sparsely inhabited regions in which we travel: Forest shrouded resorts and lodges; hotels and motels to “No Frill” cattle station cabins and cabin tent accommodation along the track where no alternatives exist. All are clean and comfortable, the hospitality genuine, open and friendly, and the cuisine generous and appetising.
- Tip of Cape York
- Horn Island
- Spectacular Horn Is Flight
- Thursday Island
- Moreton Telegraph Station
- Jardine River
- Fruit Bat Falls
- Archer River
- Rinyirru National Park
- Musgrave Telegraph Station
- Cook Town
- Bloomfield Track
Tuesday 13 August 2019
Today we make our way to Sydney Airport for our early afternoon flight to Cairns. On arrival we will make our way to our overnight accommodation in anticipation of our Cape York adventure.
Wednesday 14 August 2019
This morning we make our way to Cairns Domestic Airport for a morning flight to Horn Island. On arrival on Horn Island we will be met by a representative from the Gateway Torres Strait Resort. Lunch included, followed by a bus tour of the Island and Museum.
Thursday 15 August 2019
Thursday Island & Punsand Bay
Morning Transfer by ferry to Thursday Island for a bus tour of this historic Island. We will have some free time on the Island before mid-afternoon another ferry transfer to Seisia wharf on the mainland (Cape York). This is where we meet our local driver guide and head to Punsand Bay Private Reserve, for the next 2 nights’.
Friday 16 August 2019
Cape York & Somerset
An unforgettable day of achievement and interest as we make our way to the very tip of Cape York, the most northerly point in Australia. We will stand at the very ‘Tip’ of our continent a real achievement. Continuing we visit the ruins of the pioneer settlement Somerset, overlooking Albany Passage with pristine beaches and rocky headlands.
Saturday 17 August 2019
Jardine River, Fruit Bat Falls, Moreton Telegraph Station
We cross the mighty Jardine River, through the wilderness of forests and heath to Fruit Bat Falls on the Eliot River for a cool dip in the rapids and waterfalls. Enjoy a refreshing swim before journey along parts of the old Telegraph Track while absorbing the unfamiliar landscape of eucalyptus scrub, heathlands, plains and exotic zamia forests. Our accommodation for the next 2 nights is a real bush experience in Cabin Tents with shared facilities and no power.
Sunday 18 August 2019
Maybe time for a guided nature walk along this lightly forested waterway before we cross the sandy Wenlock River. Travel south to Batavia Downs Station then detour west to the Gulf of Carpentaria through huge cattle runs and Aboriginal lands to the bauxite-mining town of Weipa. A veritable “Oasis in the Wilderness” and providing further contrast to your experience of this last frontier. Today we have an eco-boat cruise included. Discover the waterways and diverse wildlife habitat including saltwater Crocodiles, numerous bird species and mining history.
Monday 19 August 2019
Coen, Musgrave Telegraph Station
Today we travel south via the rolling landscape of Piccaninny Plains, crossing the Archer River and passing through Oyala Thumotang National Park. We visit historic Coen for lunch then onto our overnight stay at Musgrave Telegraph Station, the last remaining telegraph station in Cape York.
Tuesday 20 August 2019
Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, Cooktown
We head east towards Princess Charlotte Bay and enter the massive bird and animal sanctuary of Rinyirru National Park. The waterfowl teem in lily fringed billabongs and an opportunity to safely view crocodiles in their natural habitat. Travel over the legendary Battle Camp Range to historic Cooktown. An eventful afternoon sightseeing and viewing significant landmarks and sites so important to all Australians.
Wednesday 21 August 2019
Free Day Cairns
Crossing the Bloomfield River marks the start of our drive over the controversial “Bloomfield Track”. Jungle green heights descend to the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef, with tantalising glimpses of deserted beaches and fringing coral. Through the famous World Heritage Rainforest, across the Daintree River, then via the scenic road to Cairns.
Thursday 22 August 2019
Off Train Experience at Alice Springs
Today is at leisure – a free day to do anything you like! Take a cruise to the reef, tour the Daintree, Head to Kuranda for the day, shop – or just relax!
Friday 23 August 2019
For those who wish to fly late morning we transfer to Cairns Airport, for our direct flight, arriving back in Sydney later this afternoon.
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