Ultimate 11 Day Cape York Camping Fly/Drive Safari | NW
Ultimate 11 Day Cape York Camping Fly/Drive Safari | NW
Join us on our small group (maximum 2 groups of 6 guests) Cape York 11 day fly/drive four wheel driving tour of adventure to see the ever amazing ever changing landscape of outback Australia and visit the very tip of Cape York. Explore its historic regions and see and hear about its cultural diversity from your hosts our award winning tour guides.
Ultimate 11 Day Cape York Camping Fly/Drive Safari | NW
On our bespoke Cape York 4WD tour we show our guests places of ultimate natural preserved beauty that are so isolated and far away from the invasion of modern day farming and development they are still the real Australia of old which offers a glimpse to our past.
See beautiful sunrises and sunsets like you have never witnessed before and enjoy the real outdoor Australian lifestyle camping in remote places in the outback.
If you are after an adventurous and truly immersive four wheel driving holiday to see the real Australia then read on and then book your seat on one of our Cape York fly/drive tours from Cairns today.
Our lead tour guide has been recognised as one of the magnificent seven Australian tour guides in the World Travellers Magazine and has been showing visitors Cape York and outback Australia for over 20 years.
Each one of our tour guides have travelled the world extensively living in wildlife parks with big cats, working in zoos, saving turtles, counting frogs, learning bush medicine and hunting skills along with a whole host of other skills that add to the attraction of our Cape York tours.
They love it when our guests join our four wheel drive tours with some special interests as they know all of the remote places to take you to find exactly what you are looking for.
Cape York 11 Day Camping Fly/Drive Safari Tour Highlights
- Safari Tent camping
- Cape York history and wildlife
- Old Telegraph Track
- Seisia and the northern-most tip of Australia
- Torres Strait Ferry
- Thursday Island & Horn Island
- Bramwell Station
- WWII Historical Sites
- Weipa - Optional Mine OR Fishing Tours in Weipa
- Iron Range
- Chilli Beach
- Portland Roads
- Batavia Gold Fields
- Chuulanngun Homelands
- Historic Lions Den Hotel
- Black Mountain
- Fruit Bat Falls
- Daintree Rainforest
- Lake Field National Park
- Jardine River - Torres Strait
- Scenic Flight Cairns to Bamaga
Sample Itinerary Subject to Change - Cape York 11 Day Fly/Drive Safari Tour
Day 1. Seisia - Tip
Pre-book your overnight accommodation in Cairns here www.cairnsaccommodation.com and we will provide you with a complimentary hotel pick in the morning to begin your ultimate outback Australia fly drive four wheel drive safari flight to Cape York at the very tip on the top of Australia.
This is where your Tour Guide for the 11 day Cape York tour will meet you upon the flights landing and introduce you to your fellow 4WD tour companions.
We will be visiting the famous Croc Tent and travel through dry savannah woodlands that change into dense lush rainforest before opening up at the flat beautiful beaches at Australia’s famous and most northern point the TIP.
Walk as a group to “The Tip” at the very end of Cape York Peninsula, celebrate together and take photos of you standing next to the TIP sign and then tick it off your bucket list.
Spend some time admiring the spectacular views of the Torres Straits and the surrounding scenery and then we will be off to enjoy some well-deserved lunch at Somerset Beach.
This is an area of historic significance as it was the home and now resting place of Frank Jardine 1841- 1919. Visit these historic graves on the beach and listen to the tales of triumph and tragedy.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner not included on first day
Day 2. Seisia - Islands Tour (Thursday & Horn Island)
Everyone is mustered up early for a sunrise breakfast and our day’s journey begins with transportation to the remote regions of Thursday Island and Horn Island. Both island tours are very informative and your tour guide will fill your ears with fascinating stories about the history and the past importance these islands played in World War II in keeping Australia safe.
Learn some of the history of the struggles of the early Pearling Luggers while admiring the spectacular and breathtaking views of the Torres Straits and its azure blue waters.
Late in the afternoon your group will return to Seisia on the ferry just in time for sunset drinks on the beach.
Meals: All meals included
Day 3. Seisia - Fruit Bat Falls - Bramwell Station
This morning we leave Seisia and 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 picturesque scenery and move on to the most northern cattle station in Australia - Bramwell Station where you will have an amazing dinner under the bright outback stars.
Campground: Bramwell Station
Meals: dinner at Bramwell Station is at your own expense
Day 4. Bramwell Station - Weipa (Mine Tour at own expense)
Again departing early to capture the most spectacular scenery of the day we eventually reach better roads and ride into Weipa just in time to explore and find yourselves a nice place for lunch and refreshments.
The afternoon is all yours with free time to explore this interesting township. You can even take some local optional tours such as exploring the Bauxite Mine which is what put Weipa on the map, or book a local fishing charter to catch the famous Barramundi (both tours at own expense and subject to availability).
If you were successful on your fishing adventure then dinner tonight is cooked by your own personal chef as you sit back and relax whilst looking out over the waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. No need to worry if you did not catch that big fish your tour guide has things in hand.
Campground: Weipa overlooking the sea.
Meals: dinner tonight with your personal Chef overlooking the sea is at your own expense
Day 5. Weipa - Cooks Hut (Iron Range)
Today we move east through roughed cattle country. Our four wheel drive truck takes us through the largest and most pristine area of tropical lowland rainforest remaining in Australia, crossing wild rivers before entering Iron Range National Park via Tozers Gap to Cooks Hut.
This area which is known as Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) has a unique rainforest camping area on the banks of the Claudine River close to the junction of Portland Roads and Lockhart River Roads where you will stop for lunch today (own expense).
William Bligh first landed in this area in 1792, gold miners then came through in the 1930's and American troops were sent to the area during World War II. This area is truly wonderful with rare fauna and flora - we look for the famous Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots and Green Pythons.
Campground: Cooks Huts (Hybrid Toilet) (Bush Camp)
Meals: All meals included
Day 6. 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. Our small 4WD group will visit 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 and your knowledgeable tour guide will captivate your imagination with all of the old war stories.
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 today is at your own expense
Day 7. Chuulangun - Coen - Kalpower
Today we leave the Iron Range area and head south to Coen where you can visit the Coen Historical Museum. Coen was founded when Gold was discovered on the Coen River in 1876, however the gold rush quickly came to an end and the settlement did not ever fully recover.
Coen is now a centre for several small goldmines on the Cape York Peninsula. The town is rich in history and you have a chance to imagine what it may have been like in days past as your tour camps tonight on the banks of the river which is a very peaceful place with some wonderful birdlife.
Meals: All meals included
Day 8. 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.
Meals: Dinner tonight is at your own expense at The Sovereign Resort.
Day 9. Kalpower - Cooktown
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.
Campground: Private Homes
Meals: All meals included
Day 10. Daintree Rainforest National Park - Cape Tribulation
Wake up in the heart of the beautiful Daintree Rainforest National Park.
After a cooked breakfast your guide will take you to where two World Heritage Listed icon meet, Cape Tribulation and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
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 evening 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.
Meals: Dinner (at your own expense) is a special treat tonight at one of the very popular local restaurants in the heart of the forest at Cape Tribulation.
Day 11. Daintree National Park - Cape Tribulation - Cairns
We get up early to experience a rainforest/mangrove interpretation walk with our guide.
Cooked breakfast on Private Property this morning.
Our next stop is at the Daintree Coopers Eco System for our Crocodile-spotting cruise (at your own cost) looking for Estuarine Crocodiles and the rare Cassowary.
After your Wilderness croc cruise enjoy the stunning views of the mountains in the background as we head to a location in the National Park where we see rescue wallabies and even get the opportunity to hand feed them as a wonderful Australian wildlife experience.
Lunch today will be at the oldest established restaurant of the National Park area.
We make our way to the famous Daintree Ice Creamery (ice cream at own cost).
Here they blend ice cream with exotic and tropical fruits grown on the farm.
We continue on down the Alexander Range, across the Daintree River via the Cable Ferry heading south to Cairns which brings us to the end of your North West Australian Safaris Cape York tour.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch included - ice cream at the Daintree Ice Creamery is at your own expense and dinner not included on last day.
2019 Departure Dates Schedule
Depart from Cairns
15th May 2019 (Wednesday) - Back to Cairns 25th May 2019 (Saturday)
5th June 2019 (Wednesday) - Back to Cairns 15th June 2019 (Saturday)
26th June 2019 (Wednesday) - Back to Cairns 6th July 2019 (Saturday)
17th July 2019 (Wednesday) - Back to Cairns 27th July 2019 (Saturday)
7th August 2019 (Wednesday) - Back to Cairns 17th August 2019 (Saturday)
28th August 2019 (Wednesday) - Back to Cairns 7th September 2019 (Saturday)
18th September 2019 (Wednesday) - Back to Cairns 28th September 2019 (Saturday)
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Please note we do not travel over the green season to the tip of Australia November to April
Included in Price
***Small Group Tour - Maximum 2 Groups Of 6 Guests***
Return transfers from your accommodation in Cairns & Northern Beaches
Airfare from Cairns to Bamaga on day 1
All camping equipment: tents, camp bedding, camp stretchers, sleeping bags & sheets and 1 fresh towel
National parks & camping fees
Most main meals - please see tour description
Thursday & Horn Islands boat transfers
Mossman Gorge Aboriginal Cultural tour
Fuels & 4WD custom made Troopie vehicle(s)
6 guests per vehicle
Insect repellent & sunscreen
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Dinners on day 1, 3, 4, 8 and 10
Lunches on day 6
Mine and fishing tour on day 4
Nature Powerhouse & James Cook Museums on day 10
Crocodile Spotting cruise on day 11
Ice cream at the Daintree Ice Creamery on day 11
Days of Operation
This tour departs and returns on set dates from May to September, please refer to Departure Dates Schedule.
Departs FromCairns & Northern Beaches
- Cairns Beaches
- Palm Cove
What To Bring
Storage is EXTREMELY LIMITED, please pack your personal belongings in a soft sausage style bag measuring: 600mm x 500mm x 300mm or 24'' x 20'' x 12'' - Maximum weight 10kgs or 17lbs (per person)
Whilst on the road the above bag will be stowed on the roof rack. A small soft bag can fit under your seat
Most accommodation in Cains will store your excess luggage or at the operator's depot (free of charge)
Don't forget: a small pillow, comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing for cooler evenings, hat, torch, water bottle, sunglasses, toiletry bag, medication for 11 days and personal first aid supplies (band aids, headache tablets), camera with spare batteries & memory card(s)
Please note the use of soaps & solvents is prohibited, only take with you Eco Friendly or bio-degradable products available for purchase from stores such as 'Kathmandu', 'Rays Outdoors' or any camping and adventure stores. Alternatively you can buy 'Earth' brand products from most supermarkets
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.
Tour Operator's Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations made 60 days or more prior to tour departure are fully refunded less non refundable deposit.
Cancellations made 59-51 days prior to tour departure will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour costs.
Cancellations made 40 days prior to departure will incur a cancellation fee of 100% of full tour costs.
For tours departing in less than 60 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 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
No need to pack too much, but don't forget your swimmers and warmer clothing for the nights. Some areas didn't have mobile phone coverage but the best network seems to be with Telstra. For personal expenses, some of the meals and extras such as the crocodile spotting cruise I carried with me $200 which was sufficient (some places don't take credit cards)
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