15 Day Cape York Camping Drive Safari | NW
15 Day Cape York Camping Drive Safari | NW
Join our small, personally guided Cape York specialised tours to see iconic and historical places on our rugged but comfortable outback four wheel driving tours of Cape York in Queensland Australia and its surrounds. We have over 20 years of intimate knowledge of these regions as a locally owned self-operator and our award winning tour guides. Our past guests return year after year to once again come and enjoy the outback scenery of Australia in all its raw glory and immerse themselves in its history and local culture that is a rarity in a populated city.
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15 Day Cape York Camping Drive Safari | NW
On our 15 day Cape York four wheel drive safaris you will see things on a daily basis that past travellers may have not seen as the bush and scenery changes as the hours change.
We will come across native Australian animals that may be ferocious or they may be inquisitive or just as frightened as us and we will immerse ourselves in the local cultures and become part of the scenery.
Join us for the journey of a lifetime and tick this outback Queensland four wheel driving tour off your bucket list forever.
We offer an unrivalled level of service and expertise in boutique four wheel drive safaris tours to Cape York.
All of our tour guides have a unique offering of knowledge and experience on the outback of Australia, its wildlife and its inhabitants.
Each one of our guides has a Certificate IV in tourism including 4x4 off road training, senior first aid and CPR certificates.
They also each have a deep knowledge and speciality in nocturnal animals, turtles, flora and fauna, bush tucker and bush medicine, animal tracking, zoo keeping, frogs and more to ensure your Cape York tour is both exciting, engaging and a wonderful learning experience.
Our boutique Cape York four wheel drive safari tours cater for 2 groups of 6 guests to ensure we offer only the most interesting and personalised outback Australia tour.
Private charter special interest groups and families are also well catered for.
Cape York 4WD Safari Highlights
- Quinkan Rock Art
- Roko Island – Pearl Farm Tour
- Private Cattle Station Stay
- Daintree Croc Cruise
- Cape Tribulation Beach Walk
- Two nights accommodation at our Safari Lodge in Daintree
- Iron Range
- The historic Lions Den Hotel
- Black Mountain
- WW11 sites
- Morton Telegraph Station
- Fruit Bat Falls
- Old Telegraph Track
- One night bush style accommodation
- World Heritage Daintree National Park
- Batavia Gold Fields
- Portland Roads - Chilli Beach
- Chuulanngun Homelands
- Lakefield National Park
- Jardine River – Torres Strait
- Seisia / Thursday Island/ Horn island
- Private guided walk through the oldest rainforest in the World
- Cape York
2021 Departure Dates Schedule ***Fully Booked***
2022 Departure Dates Schedule as of 02/10/2021
|Depart from Cairns|
|28th May – 11th June 2022 ***Fully Booked***|
|18th June – 2nd July 2022 ***Fully Booked***|
|9th July – 23rd July 2022 ***Fully Booked***|
|30th July – 13th August 2022 ***Fully Booked***|
|20th August – 3rd September 2022 ***Fully Booked***|
|10th September – 24th September 2022 ***Fully Booked***|
|1st October – 15th October 2022 ***Few Seats Left***|
Sample Itinerary Only - Changeable
Day 1. Cairns - Quinkan Rock Art - Private Cattle Station
Complimentary pick up at your Cairns accommodation www.cairnsaccommodation.com by your personal tour guide then head north along the scenic Captain Cook Hwy also known as the Great Barrier Reef Highway looking out over the azure Coral Sea.
We start our journey by turning inland over the coastal range and onto the James Mulligan Highway before stopping at the Palmer River Roadhouse to stretch our legs and have lunch.
History of the Palmer River Gold Fields that started in 1872.
After lunch we journey to Quinkan Rock Art site at Laura. The Quinkan Rock Art sites are now listed by UNESCO as being amongst the top 10 Rock Art sites in the world.
We then move on to experience a unique wildlife at our private overnight Cattle Station.
Overnight at Private Cattle Station.
Meals: breakfast and lunch not included on first day
Day 2. Private Cattle Station - Moreton Telegraph Station
Today we follow parts of the original Old Telegraph Track - one of the highlights of Cape York and is a great track for 4WD enthusiasts.
We pass the memorial to “Toots”, a famous lady trucking character, have morning tea at Musgrave and stop at the beautiful Archer River for a sumptuous lunch before our river crossing .
We traverse open woodland country, pass huge termite mounds before arrival at the historical Moreton Telegraph Station
Overnight Campground: Moreton Station
Meals: all meals included
Day 3. Moreton Station - Fruit Bat Falls - Seisia
Another exciting day of 4WDriving and creek crossings until we reach the Jardine River, named after pioneering explorers to the area Frank and Alexander Jardine.
“The Jardine” is the largest river on the Cape York Peninsula and renowned for crocodiles.
Later we stop for lunch and a swim in the crystal clear water at Fruit Bat Falls.
Meals: all meals included
Day 4. Seisia - Roko Private Island - Pearl Farm Tour
Today we visit a very special family who live on a stunning beautiful private island located in the Torres Strait.
The owner has been taking over this legacy by maintaining this status of “pearl producer from the birth place of the cultured pearl".
You will be taken on a tour of the Island's Pearl Farm. Lunch today under Palm Trees - such a wonderful day!
The pearl farm tour is included in your day.
Meals: all meals included
Day 5. Seisia Tip
Today we visit the Famous Croc Tent and walk to the TIP.
We will travel through the drier savannah woodlands which will change into dense rainforest before opening up at the deserted beaches at Australian's most northern point.
After taking in the spectacular views of the Torres Straits and the surrounding beaches we will have lunch at Somerset Beach, which was the home and now resting place of Frank Jardine, visit these historic graves on the beach.
Dinner tonight (extra cost) will be at Loyalty Beach to relax and take in far north oceanside beauty
Meals: breakfast & lunch included - dinner not included
Day 6. Seisia - Islands Tour (Thursday & Horn Island)
Thursday Island and Horn Island are our destinations to explore today. Here we will learn about the history and information of the past and the vitally important part the islands played in the World War II in keeping Australia and its citizens safe from invasion.
Learn about the fascinating history of the pioneering early Pearling Luggers while admiring the spectacular and breathtaking views of the Torres Straits and its turquoise waters.
Late this afternoon your group will see you return to Seisia on the ferry in time for refreshing sunset drinks on the beach.
Meals: All meals included
Day 7. Seisia - Fruit Bat Falls - Bramwell Station
This morning we leave Seisia to drive through the Aboriginal township of Bamaga. Once again you will cross the famous Jardine River aboard the old world cable ferry. On the southern side of the Jardine River, buckle up for some real 4WD action (road conditions and weather permitting) on the corrugated ‘Old Telegraph Track’ as we journey to one of the most stunning and talked about places on your Cape York tour - Fruit Bat Falls.
Enjoy a wonderful swim in the crystal clear waters, which amazingly originates from Papua New Guinea. We reluctantly leave this scenic paradise and move on to the most northern cattle station in Australia - Bramwell Station where you will be welcomed with an amazing dinner (dinner at own expense) under the bright outback stars.
Campground: Bramwell Station
Meals: dinner at Bramwell Station is at your own expense
Day 8. Bramwell Station - Weipa - Merluna
Leaving early to catch the best part of the morning we work our way to better roads, to reach Weipa just in time for lunch.
Weipa is just south of Duyfken Point, a location now agreed to be the first recorded point of European contact with the Australian continent.
Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon, on his ship the ‘Duyfken’, sighted the coast here in 1606. This was 164 years before James Cook arrived.
On this afternoon there is free time for you to explore the town. Optional tours are available of the Bauxite Mine which put Weipa on the map, and also local fishing charters (both tours at own expense and subject to availability).
Dinner tonight is cooked by our own personal chef as we sit looking out at the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Meals: Lunch not included
Day 9. Weipa - Cooks Hut (Iron Range)
Today we move east through rugged cattle country. We four wheel drive through the largest area of tropical lowland rainforest remaining in Australia, crossing rivers before entering Iron Range National Park via Tozers Gap to Cooks Hut.
This area is amazing with rare fauna and flora - we look for the famous Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots and Green Pythons.
Campground: Cooks Hut Bush Camp (Hybrid Toilet)
Meals: All meals included
Day 10. Weipa - Cooks Hut - Chilli Beach - Portland Roads - Batavia Goldfields - Chuulangun
This is a day of adventures - travel to the stunning Chilli Beach and marvel at the wonderful ocean and landscapes.
We visit significant historical sites in the area from the later gold rushes of the 1930’s and the World War II airfield at Iron Range.
On about 18th April 1942 Walter Maierersperger, the Commanding Officer of 33 Bomb Squadron of the 22nd Bomb Group USAAC carried out an aerial reconnaissance flight over the Iron Range area.
Lunch today will be a wonderful home cooked meal (including the option of fresh local fish), at the famous Portland Roads Locals Cafe overlooking the sea (lunch at own expense).
After lunch we move back towards the Batavia Goldfields and the Chuulangun homelands.
The Chuulangun homelands are located in the centre of the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers and encompass some 840,000 hectares.
The traditional custodians are the clan group of the Kuki”Yu northern Karrju, who belong to the highlands.
They accommodate visitors to their traditional homeland at the serviced campground they operate.
Meals: lunch is at your own expense
Day 11. Chuulangun - Coen - Kalpower
Today we travel to Coen where you can visit the Coen Historical Museum and will be treated to lunch on the banks of the Coen River.
After lunch we travel through Lakefield National Park on the same tracks as the mounted mail men did.
This National Park is filled with Billabongs and river systems alive with wildlife. Stay tonight at the Kalpower crossing located in the Lakefield National Park.
Campground: Kalpower Bush Camp
Meals: all meals included
Day 12. Kalpower - Cooktown
Leaving Kalpower, we visit old Laura Homestead then travel down the infamous Battle Camp road.
Here you will marvel at this wilderness and the views of the Laura escarpments, sighting signs of the old railway line that travelled from Cooktown to the Palmer River Goldfields.
We travel into the area of Hope Vale then on to Cooktown for dinner at the local icon, The Sovereign Hotel. Before dinner enjoy an afternoon in historical Cooktown which became a thriving port during the gold rush era.
Cooktown is a region rich with history.
Captain James Cook spent substantial time here by accident in 1770 after the HMS Endeavour ran into reef and the ship was sailed into the endeavour river for repair.
Cooktown was founded in 1873 as a port for the Palmer River Goldfields and has a colourful history of settlement and aboriginal culture.
You may sit back and enjoy wonderful stories of history and aboriginal culture of this region as your guide takes a step back in time and helps you to understand the regions colourful past. Dinner tonight is at the The Sovereign Hotel.
Meals: Dinner at your own expense at the Soverreign Hotel
Day 13. Cooktown - Bloomfield Track- Daintree National Park
You have an opportunity this morning to check out any sights in Cooktown that you may have missed the previous afternoon.
We travel via Black Mountain and the famous Bloomfield track (weather and roads permitting).
We visit the old historical Lion's Den Hotel for a photo opportunity and a stop for lunch will be spent at Bloomfield, where the locals go.
After lunch we visit the Bana Yirriji art and Cultural Centre located in the community of Wujal Wujal.
We then visit the scenic Bloomfield Falls located just outside of the community.
After, we travel through untouched rainforest on to the Bloomfield track as we start the climb through the Daintree Ranges.
On route to our magnificent rainforest location we stop off at a secret and unique beachfront along our travels.
Access to this beach is restricted and North West Australian Safaris is honoured to have access to this beautiful sight located on Aboriginal Lands.
Tonight, is an evening in the heart of the rainforest in Cape Tribulation, part of the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park.
You will be treated to a special delicious meal and a break from the on-road cooking.
Tonight accommodations are in stunning rustic open plan safari style homes deep in the jungle of the Daintree rainforest. Dinner this night is on the property overlooking a crystal clear rainforest creek.
Overnight: open plan safari style homes in the the Daintree rainforest
Meals: all meals included
Day 14. Daintree National Park - Cape Tribulation
Wake up in the heart of the beautiful Daintree National Park.
After a cooked breakfast your guide will take you to where two World Heritage Listed Parks abut, Cape Tribulation.
The Daintree rainforest comes right onto the shore and meets with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Enjoy a morning interpretive walk along this stunning beach front as the sun shines over the Coral Sea.
We then move onto a café hidden deep in the rainforest for morning tea today.
Enjoy fresh scones with cream and jam with your cuppa before having the opportunity to swim in a crystal clear rainforest stream.
After swimming we move back towards our private property for lunch.
Have a chance to check out the properties walks or relax for the afternoon with a book on the balcony of our private Safari style homes.
Later that afternoon your guide will take on a private walk through the property.
You may even get a glimpse of the resident Cassowary which is often seen on this property.
Dinner is a special treat tonight at one of the very popular local restaurants in the heart of the forest.
Overnight: Private Homes
Meals: Dinner at your own expense at a very popular local restaurant in the heart of the forest.
Day 15. Daintree National Park - Daintree Crocodile Cruise - Cairns
Another beautiful morning sees us up early to continue along the Bloomfield Track through the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest and cross the Bloomfield River to start the climb through the Daintree Ranges and into Cape Tribulation.
Our first stop will be in the Daintree Rainforest at Coopers River for a Crocodile Spotting Cruise (at your own cost). Look for Estuarine Crocodiles and the rare pre-historic Cassowary bird.
Enjoy the stunning views of the mountains in the background coming right down to the Mangroves. Next we lunch in a wonderful place in middle of the rainforest where all the local residents eat – including the rescue wallabies we get the opportunity to hand feed.
After some relaxation and chatter it’s now time to enjoy a unique treat at the famous Daintree Ice Creamery (ice cream at own cost). Here they blend ice cream with exotic and tropical fruits grown right here fresh from their own farm in the rainforest.
We continue on down the Alexander Range, across the Daintree River via the Cable Ferry, arriving at Mossman Gorge.
At Mossman Gorge we go on a private tour with a Kulu Yalanji local indigenous elder. He takes us on a private journey of Aboriginal culture, past traditional bark shelters and along private gentle tracks visiting special places.
We cross over meandering, cool rainforest streams and your Aboriginal Guide will show us food sources and plants uses and make us afternoon tea in this stunningly beautiful tropical environment.
We then move back towards Cairns and begin our farewells to the friends you have met and wonder at your amazing Cape York adventure when your guide returns you to your Cairns accommodation.
Meals: breakfast ans lunch are included - ice cream at the Daintree Ice Creamery is at your own expense and dinner not included on last day.
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Included in Price
***Small Group Tour - Maximum 2 Groups Of 6 Guests***
Complimentary hotel pick up and drop off
All camping equipment including: tent, camp stretcher, sleeping bag, sleep sheet (liner), a small camping pillow & one towel.
All National Park and Camping Fees
Most main meals, EXCEPT those listed below. Included meals are indicated in the itinerary as Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D)
Thursday & Horn Island Tours, boat transfers and lunch
Fuel and 4WD Vehicle
Dinner in World Heritage Daintree Rainforest
Mosquito Repellent & Sunscreen
Roko Island Pearl Farm Tour
1 Night Daintree Safari House Accommodation (not Tents)
1 Night Unique Bush Style Accommodation (not Tents) in Cooks Hut
2 Nights Historical Queenslander Guesthouse Accommodation (not Tents) in Cooktown - (built 1880’s)
Cooktown surrounds tour, including waterfall, swimming hole and wetlands – Private Tour Guide
Cape Tribulation Beach Walk – Private Tour Guide
Private Daintree Rainforest Walk with your own Private Tour Guide
Single supplement guarantees your own tent
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WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
• Any costs incurred before departure
• Any personal items such as drinks, newspapers, telephone/credit, laundry, souvenirs &
personal travel Insurance (which is HIGHLY recommended)
• 1 x lunch at the Palmer River Roadhouse
• 1 x Dinner at Bramwell Station
• 1 x lunch at the Portland Roads Cafe
• James Cook Museum Cooktown entrance fee; priced at $12 per person
• 1 x Dinner in Cooktown at the Jackey Jackey Restaurant
• 1 x Dinner in Cooktown at a restaurant of your choice
• Ice Cream at Daintree Ice-cream Company; priced at $7.50 per person
• Wildlife & Crocodile spotting cruise in the Daintree National Park; priced at $39 per person
Days of Operation
This tour departs on Saturdays on set dates from May to September, please refer to Departure Dates Schedule.
Departs FromCairns & Northern Beaches
- Palm Cove
- Cairns Beaches
What To Bring
STRICT LUGGAGE REQUIREMENTS
• Please note that luggage/baggage space is extremely limited.
• A soft sided sausage style bag measuring approximately 600mm x 500mm x 300mm (24" x
20" x 12") with a maximum weight of no more than 10kgs (17 lbs) per person; which is
usually stowed on the roof rack.
• A small, soft airline type piece of cabin baggage (day pack etc.) that will fit under the seat.
• Excess luggage may be stored at your hotel or secured at our depot free of charge.
• Due to space allowances large pillows will not be allowed on board.
Most accommodation in Cains will store your excess luggage or at the operator's depot (free of charge)
• Please bring 4 to 5 changes of casual clothing including:
• Tee shirts, Shorts &/or Cargos &/or ¾ Pants &/or Skirts
• Track suit pants &/or jeans
• A spray jacket/warm evening jacket
• One smart outfit for your special dinner in Cooktown. (Smart casual)
• Toiletries and personal first aid supplies such as band aids, headache tablets, and any
medication you may take regularly; make sure you have enough for the entire tour
• Shady Hat & Sunglasses
• 1 pair rubber soled shoes/joggers
• 1 pair wet shoes; thongs etc. (you may wish to walk through creeks &/or shower in them)
• Water bottle
• Laundry powder
• Remember your camera & all necessary memory cards and plenty of spare batteries
• Spare power pack – please be mindful that we can be without power for a couple of days in
between our remote bush camping locations, so please feel free to bring along a small
external battery or similar to charge your camera/phone
• Please note - A small travel pillow is already supplied. Due to limited space allowances
larger pillows will not be allowed on board.
Please feel free to bring your own sleeping bag but do note that we will happily supply a freshly
laundered sleeping bag, sheet liner, a small camping pillow and one towel at no extra charge to you.
Larger pillows will not be allowed on board due to limited space requirements.
Fitness Level RequiredMedium
Children under 10 welcome after assessment from the tour operator
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
TERMS AND CONDITIONS (non-COVID related)
We STRONGLY RECOMMEND buying personal Travel Insurance to avoid paying any cancellation fees!
The tour itinerary may be changed or cancelled subject to road and weather conditions.
A deposit of 35% is required to secure the booking.
Full payment is due 65 days prior to tour departure.
Cancellations made 60 days or more prior to departure date are fully refundable, less non-refundable deposit.
Cancellations made 59 - 51 days prior to the departure date will incur cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost, plus forfeit deposit.
Cancellations made 50 days, or less, prior to the departure date will incur a 100% cancellation fee.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS (relating to COVID-19 and border closures)
If a cancellation is made due to border closures resulting directly from government restrictions due to COVID-19:
Cancellations made 14 days or less prior to departure date are fully refundable, less non-refundable deposit.
If you need to cancel your tour for any circumstances relating to COVID-19 and government implemented border closures the non-refundable deposit may be transferred to an available Cape York departure in 2022.
Final payment is due 65 days prior to departure. For tours departing in less than 65 days full immediate payment is required. As this tour is accessing remote areas, the tour itinerary may change due to weather and road conditions and this is the decision of the operator. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND all attending passengers have their own TRAVEL insurance.
As this tour is accessing remote areas, the tour itinerary may change due to weather and road conditions and this is the decision of the Operator.
We strongly recommend all intending passengers have their own travel insurance.
The area visited has very strict alcohol regulations however the tour operator has a permit to carry certain quantities of alcohol, please note this permit does not include spirits. DO NOT BRING ALCOHOL ON TOUR. An Honesty Tin is ran for the purchase of alcohol (beer & wine) as well as soft drinks with any surplus beeing donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Each vehicle has been custom made to suit the all terrain. Seats are individual seats with extra padding for comfort.
Outback Queensland Australia
Make sure you pack light because the storage is very limited; but don't forget your swimmers. I also recommend to bring a torch as well as spare memory cards (heaps of fantastic photos to take) and spare batteries. For the meals not included in the itinerary and extras such as the James Cook Museum, $200 was enough for me.
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