Cape York Tours - 12 Day Drive/Fly - Premium Tour - FNE

Tour Code: 1079

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

Cape York 12 Day Premium Tour
  • This is our premium 12 day Cape York Drive/Fly tour of outback Queensland with all departures leaving from Cairns.
  • Explore Atherton Tablelands, Chillagoe, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown, Lockhart River, Weipa and Cape York.
  • Brand new four wheel drive vehicles can accommodate up to 6 guests for private charter tours and shared charter tours. 
  • Low level scenic flight from Horn Island in Cape York to Cairns. 
  • Enjoy an amazong Cape York Helicopter Scenic Flight over the tip of Australia.

Included In Price

  • Small Group Size
  • Unique Accommodation
  • Fully catered
  • Luxury 4WD Vehicles
  • Enriching experiences

Explore Cape York, with this all Inclusive tour in brand new luxury 4WD vehicles with your tour guide. This is our premium 12 day Cape York tour that is a combined drive/fly premium tour for those that like a bit of comfort.

What to Expect

Join our drive/fly 4WD and scenic flight tour for an unforgettable 12-day journey through Tropical Far North Queensland, from Cairns to the northernmost point of Australia, Cape York. This premium drive/fly 4WD and scenic flight tour offers a blend of adventure, cultural insights, and relaxation, set against the backdrop of some of Australia's most stunning landscapes.

Features and Highlights

Itinerary Overview

  • Cairns to Atherton Tablelands: Start your adventure in Cairns, where a luxury 4WD will pick you up and take you through Atherton Tablelands picturesque landscapes like Mount Bartle Frere and Lake Barrine. Visit the historic Cathedral Fig Tree and enjoy lunch at a local dairy farm showcasing regional cheeses.
  • Atherton Tablelands to Chillagoe: Explore the Chillagoe Caves, marvel at historical sites in the town, and end your day in the tranquillity of Chillagoe Cabins.
  • Chillagoe to Daintree Rainforest: Journey through the lush Daintree Rainforest, visit Kuranda Markets, and unwind at the eco-friendly Ferntree Rainforest Lodge.
  • Daintree Rainforest Exploration: Enjoy activities like beach horse riding, a Great Barrier Reef tour, or a full-day excursion to Cooktown.
  • Travel to Iron Range National Park: Discover the natural beauty of Iron Range National Park and enjoy beach time at Quintel Beach.
  • Thursday Island to Cairns:  Ferry transfer from Thursday Island to Horn Island. Departing flight from HID-CNS with Qantas mid-morning.
  • Cape York Peninsula Adventures: Continue to Cape York Peninsula, engage in optional activities like a reef excursion or relax by the beach, and experience the indigenous culture on Thursday Island.

Accommodations and Dining

  • Premium Lodging: Stay in premium accommodations such as the Ferntree Rainforest Lodge and exclusive glamping tents at Wolverton Station.
  • Fine Dining: Enjoy meals prepared by Far North Escapes, including local specialties and fresh produce at settings like the Cassowary Restaurant and Bramwell Station.

Unique Experiences

  • Exclusive Activities: Participate in guided tours of caves, historical towns, and indigenous art sites. Book an aerial tour of the stunning Cape York Peninsula and surrounding islands.
  • Cultural Immersion: Learn about the region's rich history from local guides and through visits to significant sites like Green Hill Fort and the Japanese Pearl Divers Memorial on Thursday Island.

This comprehensive tour is designed to give you a profound connection to the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Far North Queensland. From the lush rainforests of the Daintree to the remote beauty of Cape York, each day promises new adventures and insights into one of the most diverse regions of Australia.

Cape York Tours - Departure Dates 2024 from Cairns

  • Tuesday, May 7 - Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • Sunday, May 26 - Thursday, June 6, 2024
  • Wednesday, June 12 - Sunday, June 23, 2024
  • Monday, July 1 - Friday, July 12, 2024
  • Monday, July 22 - Friday, August 2, 2024
  • Wednesday, August 7 - Sunday, August 18, 2024
  • Sunday, August 25, - Thursday, September 5, 2024
  • Wednesday, September 11 - Sunday, September 22, 2024


Day 1 - Cairns to Atherton Tablelands

  • Your day begins with your luxury 4WD awaiting you at your accommodation in Cairns from 7:45 am to 8:30 am. As we head out of Cairns, you will have a spectacular view over the sugar cane fields, with a stunning backdrop of surrounding Mountains and lush rainforests. Along the journey, you’ll pass Queensland's highest peak: the iconic towering Mount Bartle Frere, while travelling to Lake Barrine teahouse. Marvel at the 500 year old Cathedral Fig Tree, the perfect photo opportunity along the way. This is one of the most impressive, gigantic strangler fig trees you will ever see - towering above the canopy at 50m high. The teahouse is a truly beautiful place, located in the Volcanic Crater Lakes National Park, which is within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Lake Barrine boasts an abundance of natural Australian beauty and features a quaint timber heritage tea house perched on the edge of the crystal clear waters of the lake and nestled amongst lush tropical rainforest.
  • Following Lake Barine Teahouse, we make our way through the Atherton Tablelands and stop off for lunch at Mungalli Creek Dairy Farm. Here you will taste some of the best local biodynamic cheeses Far North Queensland has to offer and enjoy the spectacular rolling hill scenery of the Atherton Tablelands.
  • Our afternoon will be spent visiting magnificent falls that cascade perfectly into a pristine waterhole surrounded by lush Rainforest, it is one of the most photographed Waterfalls in all of Australia - Millaa Millaa.
  • You will check into your Atherton Tablelands accommodation for the evening, freshen up, and it will be time to explore on a magical night tour the “#1 Must Do Attraction in Queensland”, the beautiful, Paronella Park. Built in 1937 by Jose Paronella, it is both a living love story and a feat of unique engineering. This is a wonderful photo opportunity and a truly unique experience. After our night tour we will have a nice dinner at Mena Creek. ‍

‍Accommodation: Cottage, Mena Creek Flower House. Located at Mena Creek, on the Atherton Tablelands.
‍Meals: Lunch at Mungalli Creek Dairy Farm, and Group “Welcome” Dinner at Mena Creek.

‍Day 2 - Atherton Tablelands to Chillagoe

  • We are off to Chillagoe! It’s an early start as we travel through the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands and the iconic “Wheelbarrow Way” stretching from Mareeba to Chillagoe, travelling through farmland, cattle country, wooded savannah and historic towns. Our morning starts with a National Parks Ranger Guided Chillagoe Cave Tour. Delight in the spectacular caverns and passages decorated by stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstones. Their formation began over 400 million years ago, with fluctuating groundwater slowly dissolving and sculpting the caves. Chillagoe was once an ancient Coral Reef that has been transformed into spectacular limestone bluffs with a network of some 560 caves, while early volcanic activity has created rich marble and mineral deposits. Wander the town to see the Railway Station, Bank Vault, Court House, Police Museum, and Post Office. The tall chimney on the edge of the town is part of the former Ore Smelter. Nearby short walking tracks include Balancing Rock and two Aboriginal Rock Art Galleries. While we are on the edge of Chillagoe town, we will visit Tom Prior’s amazing collection of Ford cars, trucks stored under the galvanized roof of the mechanics shed. This is one of the largest and most gographically remote collections of Ford cars in Australia. There are more than 30 pristine cars and trucks; from a model A to a plastic-protected, red-trimmed white 1970 XW Ford Falcon GT 351c. We will meet with Tom, and marvel at the stories that go with them. 
  • After a day of exploring this historic mining town, we make our way back to Chillagoe Cabins. The cabins are nestled in the heart of the enchanting Australian Outback, Chillagoe Cabins offer a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. These charming, eco-friendly accommodations blend seamlessly with their natural surroundings, providing guests with a cozy retreat amidst the rugged beauty of Chillagoe. Experience the warm hospitality, comfortable lodgings, and spectacular landscapes that make Chillagoe Cabins the perfect getaway for any adventurer seeking tranquility and inspiration. 

‍Accommodation: Cabins, Chillagoe Cabins. Located at Chillagoe. 
Meals: Mena Creek Flower House continental breakfast, Lunch at Camp 64 and Dinner at Chillagoe Cabins.

Day 3 - Chillagoe to Daintree Rainforest

  • Your adventure begins with a visit to the renowned Mareeba Coffee Works, where you'll indulge in the exquisite flavors of locally-produced coffee. Stimulate your senses with a guided tour of the plantation, learning the secrets behind cultivating, roasting, and brewing the perfect cup.

Kuranda Falls

  • Next, venture into the heart of the rainforest to discover the mesmerizing Kuranda Falls. Feel the invigorating spray of the cascading waters and capture stunning photographs surrounded by verdant foliage and soothing sounds of nature. Continue your exploration with a visit to the vibrant Kuranda Markets, a treasure trove of unique arts, crafts, and culinary delights. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere and uncover one-of-a-kind souvenirs, handcrafted by local artisans. The journey continues as you drive down the breathtaking Kuranda Range, a winding route that offers panoramic views of lush rainforest valleys, cascading waterfalls, and the distant Coral Sea. Navigate the hairpin turns and steep inclines, while the awe-inspiring landscape unfolds before your eyes.

Daintree Rainforest

  • Your final destination is the secluded Ferntree Rainforest Lodge, an eco-friendly retreat nestled amidst a pristine stretch of UNESCO World Heritage Daintree Rainforest. Unwind in the comfort of your private Loft explore the surrounding nature trails that lead to secluded beaches and panoramic lookouts. Enjoy the pristine pool or savor a delicious meal at the onsite Cassowary Restaurant, boasting stunning ocean views and a menu inspired by local ingredients. 

Accommodation: Loft, Ferntree Rainforest Lodge. Located in the stunning Daintree Rainforest, at Cape Tribulation.
‍Meals: Breakfast at Chillagoe Cabins, Lunch at Kuranda, and Group Dinner at Cassowary Restaurant.

Day 4 - Daintree Rainforest

Day 4 of your journey offers you freedom to explore, with your choice of included activities.

Choose from: 

  • Daintree Rainforest Horse Riding - half day morning or afternoon
  • Ocean Safari - half day Great Barrier Reef Trip
  • Daintree & Cooktown - full day excursion with your Naturalist Far North Escapes Tour Guide.
  • Experience an immersive Cooktown & Daintree Tour that showcases Far North Queensland’s natural beauty and culture in an adventure of a lifetime.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Daintree Rainforest and historical Cooktown in this full day Far North Escapes adventure.
  • Highlights include James Cook Museum, a pitstop at the Lions Den Hotel, a photo opportunity at the stunning Grassy Hill Lookout Point and explore the Cooktown Botanical Gardens.‍
  • Of course, you can choose to spend the day at Leisure, and flop and drop by the pristine Pool of Ferntree Rainforest Lodge.
  • For the ultimate rainforest adventure, join the optional famous Daintree Rainforest night walk. Led by expert guides, unveil the hidden secrets of nocturnal creatures in this ancient world. 

This condensed yet action-packed itinerary will leave you with cherished memories of the unparalleled beauty of Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation.

Accommodation: Cottage Cabin, Ferntree Rainforest Lodge Rainforest Retreat. Secluded cabins Daintree Accommodation, locate with views.
‍Meals: Breakfast & Lunch at Cassowary Restaurant in Cape Tribulation, and Group Dinner at Cassowary Restaurant

Day 5 - Daintree Rainforest to Wolverton Station

  • Begin your day with an exhilarating journey along the famous Bloomfield Track, heading north bypassing the historic Cooktown. This is a travel based day, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey. Weather permitting, embrace the thrill of river crossings en route to your destination - and in many previous departures we have spotted the elusive Cassowary, often accompanied by chicks in this seculded section of the Daintree Rainforest.

Wujal Wujal

  • The day's highlight awaits at the spectacular Wujal Wujal Falls, where you'll have the chance to stretch your legs and be treated to a interpretive walk, by Far North Escapes. The remainder of the day will be spend venturing along the Peninsula Developmental Road to Wolverton Station "Wildwishes" in the Archer River Region. Once you arrive, experience a taste of authentic station life—it's the only station in Far North Queensland with historic cattle droving routes from the 1900s. Settle in for a cozy billy tea and captivating storytelling. Indulge in a truly unique experience as you spend the night at the exclusive Wildwishes Glamping Tent, situated at Wolverton Station, Archer River. This is the ultimate glamping destination in Cape York.

‍Accommodation: Wildwishes Glamping Tent (FNE Exclusive use). Located at Wolverton Station, Archer River.
‍Meals: Breakfast at Cassowary Restaurant, Lunch and Dinner catered by Far North Escapes.

‍Day 6 - Daintree Rainforest to Iron Range National Park

  • Today’s highlight will be experiencing the Iron Range National Park with long sweeping beaches, rocky outcrops, and the largest area of lowland tropical Rainforest in Australia. We will be visiting picturesque Mount Tozer viwing platform in Kutini-Payamu, Iron Range National Park. Be captivated by views from the lookout of colourful heath-clad ranges with Mount Tozer rising impressively in the distance. Learn about the park's cultural and natural history along the way.  Cast your eyes over the peaceful heathlands and imagine scenes of violent volcanic activity 250 million years ago!  Look for heath plants such as carnivorous pitcher plants and pretty ground orchids. See if you can identify she-oaks with needle-like stems, grevilleas with orange flowers, banksias with papery leaves and woody seed pods, and Jacksonia shrubs with pretty purple-pink flowers. We will also stop to explore the long coastline of stunning Quintel Beach. The 200 m wide ridged sand flats front the beach, with pretty granite boulders scattered across the sands.
  • Our afternoon arrival brings us to The Temple Cape York: off-grid, isolated living at its finest. This is a great location with something for everyone! Fishing addicts, bike enthusiasts, bird watchers, military history buffs, and general lovers of life who want to just soak in the sea views.‍

‍Accommodation: The Temple Cape York (FNE Exclusive use). Located in Lockhart, just 10 mins from iconic Chilli Beach.
‍Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are catered by Far North Escapes.

‍Day 7 - Choose to relax, undertake activities, or explore Iron Range National Park

  • Today you will be treated to a Half Day Reef excursion to Maʼalpiku, “Restoration Island” to meet the inspiring David Glasheen. Losing his fortune in the stock market crash of 1987 was the final straw for David Glasheen. After a series of catastrophes, he needed to take drastic measures to restore himself. Opting out of the rat race, he cast himself away on a deserted island off the north-eastern tip of Australia, as far off the grid as was humanly possible. He has lived there ever since. He catches fish, traps rainwater and cooks on an open fire. For company he tames dingoes, meets with friends from the Lockhart River Aboriginal community 40 kilometres away, and entertains drop-in visitors. A great photo opportunity, inspirating life tale, and chance to have a yard with Dave!
  • If you wish to upgrade to a Full Day experience (upgrade arranged onsite), you will spend the afternoon on the crystal clear waters of the most pristine and untouched sections of the Great Barrier Reef. Visit a Sand Cay and drop a line along the way at The Temple’s secret spots. There is no denying that their backyard is a fishermans paradise… Esturaries, Reefs and Rivers loaded with all the A-List Superstars of the fish world – and maybe a few surprises you’ve never hooked before. If fishing's not for you - choose to flop and drop and enjoy an afternoon at leisure on the stunning sands of Chilli Beach at THE TEMPLE CAPE YORK.

Accommodation: The Temple Cape York (FNE Exclusive use). Located in Lockhart, just 10 mins from iconic Chilli Beach.
‍Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are catered by Far North Escapes.

‍Day 8 - Iron Range National Park to Bramwell Station

  • Today we travel wind inland to Bramwell Station, the most northerly cattle station in Australia. Moreton Station is home to lovely bushwalks, as well as a fishing hole stocked with Barra, Saratoga, Bream and Jew Fish yar around. If you are a bird watcher, you will be surprised at the species that can be found along the river. Onsite is a lovely collection of memorabilia showcasing the history of the Telegraph Station. We are treated to a Station Talk followed by live entertainment. Located 2 hours North of Archer River and 4 hours South of the Tip – the station is a well know and well-loved stop for visitors to the Cape over the last 40 years…however it is most famous for its location: the start of the famous 4WD challenge the “Old Telegraph Line Track”, also known as the “OTL”. Bramwell Station serves up a popular fresh food Buffet in the open air and spacious Bar area. Enjoy dinner under the stars with new friends and lively live entertainment. Don’t be surprised to get caught up in the fun at night and you get caught on camera dancing in a silly party hat! 

‍Accommodation: Bramwell Station, Located in Bramwell.

Meals: Breakfast at Temple Cape York, Lunch catered by Moreton Telegraph Station, Dinner a Bramwell Buffet at Bramwell Station.

‍Day 9 - Bramwell Station to Cape York Peninsula

  • The Jardine River Ferry plays a crucial part in getting to Pajinka, as it links the Northern Bypass Road on either side of the river. It is less than 100 meters from bank to bank, and the Ferry itself almost fills that entire distance on its own. For the distance travelled, it is the most expensive ferry journey on earth! Don’t worry about the cost – the Jardine River Ferry is included in your premium experience. Enjoy! 
  • Weather permitting, today we start on the Telegraph Track and the mighty Jardine River Crossing. Heading further north over the next two days we edge ever closer to our ‘bucket list’ experience, with some incredible 4WD adventure and hidden waterfalls along the way.  You’re in the heart of it all now!
  • Fruit Bat Falls is a fan-favourite stop along the journey – located off the Tele Track in the Apudthama National Park (Jardine River National Park). It is a broad, natural weir that is croc-free, and a beautiful and refreshing spot to wash off the dust on your Trip to the Tip. Whilst Fruit Bat Falls is spectacular– a few kilometers up the road is our favouite - the gorgeous Elliott Falls. Not accessible by large tour groups, motorhomes or buses, you’re less likely to be sharing the rock pools of this stunning place with others. Travelling in a premium 4WD, we can get you there.

‍Accommodation: Cape York Peninsula Lodge
‍Meals: Breakfast at Bramwell Station, Lunch catered by Far North Escapes and Group Dinner at Cape York Peninsula Lodge.

Day 10 - Cape York Peninsula to the Tip of Australia “Pajinka”

  • Start your day with an adventure to the legendary 'Tip' of Australia in Cape York, a place brimming with vibrant ecosystems and steeped in ancient history. A highlight of this part of your journey is the chance to capture your photo next to the iconic signpost marking the northernmost point of the Australian mainland. This moment, standing at the very 'Tip' and creating a special souvenir, is as profound as it is picturesque. Your journey, however, is just beginning. 
  • Cape York Helicopters, our esteemed partners, stand ready to whisk you away on an extraordinary aerial expedition that promises to be awe-inspiring. Launching from the serene Loyalty Beach, your ascent will carry you above the mesmerizing coastline, where shimmering azure waters gently lap against the golden sands. From this unrivalled vantage point, a symphony of islands unfolds beneath you. Enjoy the unique perspective on Thursday Island, home to vibrant villages surrounded by lush greenery, and Horn Island, a site of significant World War II history. The crowning jewel of your journey is the unforgettable flight over Roko Island. This tropical oasis, surrounded by the endless blue, holds a magnetic appeal that can only be truly appreciated from above. You'll have ten precious minutes to bask in the enchanting beauty of Roko Island, creating memories that will last a lifetime. For those who find themselves spellbound by Roko Island's allure, there's an opportunity to extend your experience. For an additional fee, you can lengthen your helicopter tour, affording you extra time to soak in the mesmerizing vistas that Roko Island has to offer. The Cape York Helicopter tour, then, is not just a journey; it's an experience. It's about witnessing the stunning natural beauty of Cape York's islands from the sky, about standing at the iconic 'Tip' signpost, and about the thrill of aerial exploration. Buckle up and prepare for an expedition that's as breathtaking as the destination itself. ‍

‍Accommodation: Cape York Peninsula Lodge
‍Meals: Breakfast catered by Cape York Peninsula Lodge, Lunch catered by Far North Escapes and Dinner at Cape York Peninsula Lodge.

Day 11 - Cape York Peninsula to Thursday Island

  • An early morning Ferry from Sesia to Thursday Island. We will arrange for luggage to be taken to your Thursday Island accommodation the Grand Hotel, while you enjoy the last day of touring. Firstly, you’ll join an Indigenous guided tour of Thursday Island. This in-depth tour brings the remote Island’s history to life. Places you’ll visit include Green Hill Fort and the Japanese Pearl Divers Memorial. We are treated to a comprehensive commentary which includes important aspects of the maritime, cultural and military history that has shaped the region. Your TI guide will drop you back to The Top Pub where you will enjoy Lunch. Afterwards your guide will escort you back to the Villa where you can enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, Dinner will be hosted at The Grand Hotel Bistro, where you will farewell your Far North Escapes Guide and reflect as a group on the amazing adventure that was. 

‍Accommodation: Thursday Island accommodation, Grand Hotel.
‍Meals:  Breakfast catered by Cape York Peninsula Lodge, Lunch at Top Pub, Dinner at the Grand Hotel Bistro

Day 12 Thursday Island to Cairns

  • Ferry transfer from Thursday Island to Horn Island. Departing flight from HID-CNS with Qantas mid-morning. All itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, unexpected circumstances or Tour Guides decision based on what is best for the group and preferences.  This itinerary is ONLY a guide. Our itineraries are flexible, at Far North Escapes we modify our itineraries based on our guests needs and requirements. We believe in accommodating all our guest's needs and creating a remarkable Far North Queensland Adventure.

What's Included


Cape York Helicopter Tour. Scenic flight over the tip of Australia.

Babinda Boulders. Swim in the natural pool where large granite Babinda Boulders fill the creek bed.

Paronella Park. A castle set in magical rainforest land taht is our Paronella Park.

Milla Milla Waterfall Circuit. Trio of epic rainforest waterfalls.

Chillagoe Caves. Chillagoe Caves are prehistoric limestone caves filled with ancient fossils.

Alexandra Range. View the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef from above.

Daintree ferry. Cross the Daintree River to the magical Daintree Rainforest.

Daintree Rainforest. Ancient Rainforest on Earth.

Bloomfield Track. Treacherous track to Wujal Wujal.

Wujal Wujal Waterfalls. Cascading waterfall onto the Bloomfield River.

Guided Indigenous tour. Through the Daintree Rainforest.

Emmagen Creek Crossing. Keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles.

Fig Tree. Gigantic 500-year-old Curtin Fig tree.

Cooktown. Explore the historic village where the first settlers arrived.

Grassy Hill. Enjoy amazing views and sunset over the Endeavour River.

Black Mountain. A landscape of mysterious mass of granite boulders.

Split Rock. See the famous rockart galleries in Quinkan Country.

Iron Range. National Park.

Wenlock River. Cross the infamous Wenlock River Crossing.

Gunshot Track. Cape York’s famous Creek Crossing.

Elliot Falls & Fruit Bat Falls. Swim at the Iconic Cape York Waterfall along the Old Telegraph Track.

Tip of Cape York. Take your picture next to the iconic signpost.

Somerset. Government Outpost and Cattle Station, filled with historical interests'

Thursday Island. Indigenous culture, military and history

Horn Island. A guided tour around the prominent WWII historical sites.

Fully guided tour for the whole trip. By experienced naturalist guides.

Secluded Beaches and Swimming Holes. Experience the hidden gems of the north.

All national parks. Including fees and permits.

Small or private touring group. Comfortable and airconditioned vehicle.

Flights. From Horn Island to Cairns.

All Attractions. Including all national park fees and permits as per itinerary.

Unique Accommodation. Immersed within the Daintree Rainforest.

Meals and snacks. As per itinerary.

Cape York Tours - FAQ's

Safari vs. Premium Cape York Tours – what’s the difference?

  • PREMIUM: Premium Tours are designed for those who want the entire Trip to the Tip to bean experience. We have cherry-picked the best accommodation options for our guests in each area to ensure you start and finish each day in comfort. Cape York is incredibly remote and undeveloped so true ‘luxury’ accommodation simply does not exist, however you will have air conditioning, your own ensuite, clean, comfy private accommodation to the best standard available. Premium Tours are capped at a total of 10 passengers to ensure you have an immersive experience. Our Premium tours are hosted in our Luxury Fleet, fresh off the showroom floor: our 79 Series LandCruiser, and 300 Series LandCruiser.

A Scenic Helicopter Flight over Pajinka “The Tip” is included for all Premium Tour guests.

  • SAFARI: Our Safari Clients will be travelling in a FUSO Canter 4x4 Truck, as opposed to luxury LandCruisers. Safari departures operate in conjunction with our Tag-a-long tours, so whilst there are only 6 passengers in your Fuso Canter 4x4Truck, you will have a small convoy of up to 5 additional (client owned)vehicles travelling as a part of your group. Safari accommodation is basic, clean, comfy and well appointed – however it is basic. This is reflected in your total trip cost. Safaris are designed for those who are on tour for the experience and adventure and don’t mind compromising on creature-comforts along the way to get the most bang for their buck.

The Scenic Heli Flight over Pajinka “The Tip” is not included on Safari Tours, however can be added on as an optional extra. ‍

Group Sizes & Vehicle Allocation

  • ‍We have a strong focus on client experience, and as such our groups are small in size. We want to give you the best, most immersive experience and that just cannot be delivered with large group touring. We have capped our numbers for this reason. The tour you have booked will determine the vehicle you are travelling in and your group size.

PREMIUM: 79 Series LandCruiser – 4 Passengers
PREMIUM: 300 Series LandCruiser – 6 Passengers
Premium tours operate with a maximum of 2 vehicles, and 10 passengers per departure.

SAFARI: Fuso Canter 4x4 Truck – 6 Passengers
Although Safari Tours only have 6 passengers in the vehicle, these tours operate alongside our “Tag-a-long Tours”, which can a convoy of up to 5additional (client owned) vehicles travelling as a group.

Age limits and physical fitness

  • Our tours have been designed to suit a reasonable standard of fitness – for instance the ability to walk on some uneven surfaces. There are occasions, such as at Wujal Wujal Waterfalls, where you can walk up to a distance of 400 meters. The walk to the Signpost at Pajinka “The Tip” is on uneven surface and approximately 10 minutes in duration. The ability to cope with remoteness is essential. We have no age limits on our Tours. We have had young families on tours, and clients in their 90s. When completing the Medical Waiver Form, it is the guests responsibility to ensure their health and physical fitness is of a reasonable level and they have disclosed any ailments that are of concern. We suggest you seek advise from your GP if you are unsure. 

Mobility Challenges & Disabilities:

  • Yes, we have had clients with extra considerations join our Tours and it brings us great joy to be able to make their dream a reality. Please speak with our Agents if you or a member of your group has mobility challenges, a disability or is wheelchair bound. We are able to make adjustments accordingly. Rest assured, you are in great hands with our experienced guides and we make every effort to ensure your trip is an enjoyable and inclusive one.

I am a solo traveler – do I need to pay a single supplement?

  • Yes, as we do not offer shared or paired accommodation for single travelers. See our (single) rates

Do I get a discount if I have travelled with you before?

  • ‍Thank you for supporting our Family owned and operated local business. We’re so pleased you are back for another Escape! Please discuss your past travels with our friendly Agents for a discount to be applied. ‍What accommodation is provided, and do I need to share with other members of the group? Accommodation is as stated in your itinerary. Please note, there are instances where accommodation in your itinerary can change or be amended due to operational or supplier requirements. Under no circumstances will you be required on any tour to share accommodation with any other member of the group.

Pre and Post Travel arrangements

  • Our Far North Escapes Agents are experienced in all aspects of Travel arrangements, and happy to assist you in organising your Pre and Post tour plans. Please call us to discuss.

Insurance ‍

  • Far North Escapes and/or its agents are not responsible or liable for loss, damage or theft of luggage or personal belongings whatsoever, nor for personal injury, accidents, hospitalization, illness or medical expenses. In our experience, most claims arise from personal or close-family illness before holiday departure, resulting in cancellation charges. We strongly recommend all intending passengers consult their travel or insurance provider, and take out adequate travel insurance to cover events that may affect your ability to travel(including, but not limited to, health, baggage, loss of monies through cancellation, additional expenses incurred through illness or personal liability prior to travel and early return, for example, following the death of a relative). We do not have any affiliation or personal recommendations regarding insurance – its important you do your own research and choose cover suited to your personal circumstances.

Stand By Lists ‍

  • We do have a Stand By List should your preferred departure date be sold-out online. Please contact us by your preferred contact method to request to be placed on Stand By should a space become available, and we will be in contact.

‍Free Time on Tour

  • Yes, we balance our tours for the comfort and experience of our clients on tour. There are opportunities throughout your Itinerary where you will have time at Leisure – where you can book optional extra activities or just soak up your surroundings. ‍

Luggage & What to Pack ‍

  • You will be provided with a suggested Packing List pertaining to your relevant booked Tour. ‍Luggage type is at your preference; however please note we do have a strict 15kg limitation per guest due to internal Flights.

‍How often will I need to cook? ‍

  • You’re on holiday! At no time during our tours will you be required to cook.

Can I bring my pet? ‍

  • If you are on a Private Charter, yes, we can make arrangements for you to bring your pet. This is on a request basis and needs to be discussed prior to booking with one of our friendly Agents.

Smoking ‍

  • As per government regulations, Smoking is not permitted inside our vehicles at any time. Ample stops on route can provide time for “Smoko” breaks. ‍‍

Drinking in the Cape ‍

  • Many of our accommodation providers and dining experiences are licenced Venues throughout our Itinerary.

Guaranteed Departures ‍

  • All of our Cape York Tours are Guaranteed departures when at least 3 guests are confirmed. Our one day and multi-day tours are a minimum of 2 guests for a Guaranteed departure.

Drones ‍

  • At the time of writing: for recreational purposes, you do not need a permit to use a drone in Queenslands National Parks as long as it weighs under 2kgs,there are less than 10 people involved in the shoot and no buildings or structures are being filmed. For up to date information consult the Queensland National Parks website, or use the “Can I fly there” app.

‍Dietary Requirements

  • Yes, we cater to all Dietary requirements for our guests. Please ensure we have your considerations available to us upon booking.‍


  • ‍Water is provided and available at all times to our guests. If you would like to bring your own reusable water bottle, you are encouraged to do so.‍

‍Toilets ‍

  • We provide ample stops and consider our guests comfort. On remote stretches, we provide port-a-loos.‍

‍Seating Arrangements

  • Our vehicles operate with a daily seat rotation system to ensure passengers enjoy a different perspective each day on tour.  ‍‍

First Aid & Medical Emergencies

  • Your treatment will depend on the particular circumstances and your location. Our experienced crew members are first-aid trained, and our vehicles are equipped with a full First Aid kit. If you require medical evacuation in a remote location, the Royal Flying Doctor Service operate on a donation service. We will ensure you get the best treatment, and get you back on tour, or home, safely as soon as possible.

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Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time

Departs from Cairns 7.45am - Pick-up times are dependent on road conditions and traffic, and can vary.

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Port Douglas

Cape York Peninsula

Months of Operation

May - September

2024 departure dates: 07/05, 26/05, 12/06, 01/07, 22/07, 07/08, 25/08 & 11/09


12 days / 11 nights

Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active

Additional Information

Passengers will be required to sign a Medical Waiver Form for each tour.

Each passenger is entitled to take one medium size soft suitcase or soft bag weighing no more than 16kg. The sum of each case's width, length and depth is not to exceed 150cm. Passengers may also take on board the (coach) one hand luggage to be stored in the overhead luggage racks. Weight of hand luggage is not to exceed 3kg per person. Please note that luggage limits are enforced on every tour. Passengers will be asked to leave excess baggage behind in the event that the weight of the luggage exceeds our limits. The luggage is entirley at the passengers risk at all times. Flights are weight limited for luggage.

We recommend children on Private Charters only: Children & minors 14 must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times. If required baby car seats can be provided at an extra charge.

All cancellations must be in writing.

We understand things may change, so we have made cancellations very easy.

In every instance we always recommend you purchase travel insurance for life’s last-minute hiccups.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operators policy:

Tour Operator - Liabilities & Amendment Fees
If an event occurs that is outside of our control and not reasonably foreseeable or preventable by our business and this event leads to the suspension or cancellation of your tour booking, we will provide you with a credit voucher equal to the value of the monies paid for that booking. This voucher will be valid for a period of 24 months from your original tour departure date and can be used for any Far North Escapes travel experience. Amendment fees from any third parties who are supplying components of the booking (for example hotels or attractions) may apply. All passengers who cancel will be advised to contact their booking agent to see if they are eligible for a refund. Any passengers booked directly that are eligible for a refund will be processed within 5 days. Far North Escapes highly advice’s all visitors to have travel insurance for these unforeseen circumstances.

Tour Operator - Cancellation Policy:
GUEST CANCELLATIONS If you cancel your booking with us, you must notify us in writing or by email to and pay a cancellation fee in the amount set out below. These fees are additional to the Travel Agents fees.

If payment is not received by the due date notified, Far North Escapes reserves the right to cancel the booking. Far North Escapes recommends Travel Insurance to help you in the event of unforeseen circumstances that may result in you being unable to travel in order to recover the operator’s cancellation policy penalties.

Multi-Day Tours:
•25% cancellation fee 30 days or more prior to departure
•50% cancellation fee 29 – 15 days prior to departure
•100% cancellation fee 14 days prior to departure

Transfer of Tour Dates
Should you wish to transfer to another of our tours, a handling fee of $120 may be charged. No cancellation fee will apply unless the tour is changed inside the full payment period; inside this period, changing dates is the same as cancelling your tour and the cancellation fee will be imposed.

Unused Tour Sectors
If a passenger fails to join a tour as booked or joins in after the tour has departed, or departs prior to the completion of the tour, no refund will be made for any portion of the tour including food, excursions, accommodation, etc., that are not used or undertaken.

Rates & Charges
Rates quoted are in Australian dollars and are subject to change at any time. Rates are inclusive of GST where applicable. Any verbal quote given is an estimate only of price, which will be subject to a written advice on confirmation of the booking. Minimum length of stay restrictions apply to certain rates during special event periods. The price of your accommodation cannot be guaranteed until a deposit is received or a valid credit card is provided at the time of the booking.

Luggage Limits
Each Passenger is entitled to take one medium size suitcase or soft bag weighing no more than 16 kg. The sum of each case’s width, length and depth is not to exceed 150cm. Passengers may also take on board the coach one hand-luggage item to be stored in the overhead luggage racks. Weight of hand luggage is not to exceed 3 kg per person. Please note that Luggage limits are enforced on every tour. Passengers will be asked to leave their excess baggage behind in the event that the weight of the luggage exceeds our limits. The luggage is entirely at the passenger’s risk during the tour.

Cape York Tours - 12 Day Drive/Fly - Premium Tour - FNE

Tour Code: 1079

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

Cape York 12 Day Premium Tour



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Tour Code: 1079



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745
1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745

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