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2023 Cape York Camping Drive Safari: 15 Days of Adventure

Activity provided by North West Australian Safaris

15 days (approx.) - English

North West Australian Safaris

Travel the beautiful Cape York Peninsular with North West Outback Safaris whose Australian Guides have over 20 years’ experience and knowledge of touring Cape York. Includes 4 nights unique bush style accommodation.

Highlights
  • Experience a unique wildlife experience at our private overnight Cattle Station.
  • Visit the Quinkan Rock Art sites, now listed by UNESCO as being amongst the top 10 Rock Art sites in the world.
  • Visit the famous Croc Tent and walk to the TIP.
  • Visit a very special family who live on a beautiful private island located in the Torres Strait.
  • Enjoy a Crocodile-spotting cruise looking for Estuarine Crocodiles and the rare Cassowary.
Description

Day 1. CAIRNS – QUINKAN ROCK ART – PRIVATE CATTLE STATION

We start our journey by travelling over the coastal range and 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. Experience a unique wildlife experience at our private overnight Cattle Station. OVERNIGHT AT PRIVATE CATTLE STATION (D) *LUNCH WILL BE AT YOUR OWN COST AT PALMER RIVER.

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 it 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 passinghuge termite mounds before arrival at the historical Moreton Telegraph Station. CAMPGROUND – MORETON STATION. (BLD)

DAY 3. MORETON STATION – FRUIT BAT FALLS – SEISIA


Another exciting day of 4WD driving and creek crossings until we reach the Jardine River, named after pioneering explorers 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 (crocodile free) crystal clearwater at Fruit Bat Falls. CAMPGROUND – SEISIA. (BLD)

DAY 4. . SEISIA – ROKO PRIVATE ISLAND

Today we visit a very special family who live on a beautiful private island located in the Torres Strait.  Lunch today under Palm Trees – such a wonderful day! (BLD)

DAY 5. SEISIA – TIP

Today we visit the famous Croc Tent and walk to the TIP. We will travel through the drier savannah woodlands area which will change into dense rainforest before opening up at the deserted beaches at Australia’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. This was the home and now resting place of Frank Jardine, visit these historic graves on the beach. Dinner tonight will be at Loyalty Beach where you get to relax and take in the far north oceanside beauty. CAMPGROUND – SEISIA. (BL) *DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE

DAY 6. SEISIA – ISLANDS TOUR (THURSDAY & HORN ISLAND)

We begin today by travelling to Thursday Island and Horn Island. Both Island tours have information and history of the past and the important part the Islands played in the war and keeping Australia safe. History of the early Pearling Lugger’s and the part they played while admiring the spectacular and breathtaking views of the Torres Straits and its turquoise waters. CAMPGROUND – SEISIA. (BLD)

DAY 7. SEISIA – FRUIT BAT FALLS – BRAMWELL STATION

This morning we head to Fruit Bat Falls for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters, which amazingly originates from Papua New Guinea. Today we enjoy some 4WD action, (road conditions and weather permitting), arriving at Bramwell Station – Australia’s most northern cattle station. CAMPGROUND – BRAMWELL STATION. DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE (BL)

DAY 8. BRAMWELL STATION – WEIPA (MINE TOUR AT OWN COST)

Early departure today travelling through the Savannah lands, past huge termite mounds eventually onto better roads. Arrive around lunchtime in Weipa and opportunity to experience the Weipa mine tour. CAMPGROUND – WEIPA, (BL) OUTBACK COUNTRY DINNER OWN COST 

DAY 9. WEIPA – COOKS HUT (IRON RANGE) – UNIQUE BUSH STYLE ACCOMMODATION

This morning we move East through cattle country. We travel through the largest area of tropical lowland rainforest remaining in Australia, crossing rivers before entering Iron Range National Park via Tozers Gap. This place is truly spectacular with rare fauna and flora, like the famous Palm Cockatoos, Eclectic parrots & Green Pythons. ACCOMMODATION – COOKS HUT- UNIQUE BUSH STYLE ACCOMMODATION (BLD)

DAY 10. COOKS HUT – CHUULANGUN – PORTLAND ROADS – CHILLI BEACH – BATAVIA GOLDFIELDS

Today your guide will take you on a day of adventures where you will travel to Chilli Beach which is truly stunning with its wonderful ocean vista’s and landscapes. In 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. He was tasked with surveying coastal airfields in North Queensland. We visit this significant historical site at Iron Range Airfield.  Lunch today will be at the famous Portland Roads local’s cafe overlooking the sea with wonderful home cooked food. After lunch we move back towards the Batavia Goldfields and the Chuulangun homelands. This is home to the Traditional Custodians, the clan group of the Kuuki’Iyu northern Karrju. “Our homelands are center of the Wenlock and Pascoe River and encompass some 840,000 hectares.”
ACCOMMODATION – COOKS HUT- UNIQUE BUSH STYLE ACCOMMODATION. (BD) LUNCH TODAY AT YOUR OWN COST

DAY 11. COOKS HUT – COEN – KALPOWAR

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 where the mounted mailman delivered the mail to remote cattle stations. This National Park is filled with Billabongs and river systems abundant with wildlife. Stay tonight at the Kalpowar crossing located in the Lakefield National Park. CAMPGROUND – KALPOWAR BUSH CAMP. (BLD).

DAY 12. KALPOWAR – COOKTOWN – HISTORICAL QUEENSLANDER GUESTHOUSE ACCOMMODATION

 Leaving Kalpowar, we visit old Laura Homestead then travel down the infamous Battle Camp road. Here you will marvel at this wilderness and 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 onto 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 the reef and the ship sailed into the Endeavour River for repairs.  Cooktown was founded in 1873 as a port for the Palmer River Goldfields and has a colourful history of settlement and Aboriginal culture. Hear the 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 areas colourful past. 
COOKTOWN ACCOMMODATION. (BL). DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE

DAY 13. COOKTOWN 

Today you can enjoy a sleep and get breakfast at your own leisure.  You have an opportunity to check out any sights in Cooktown that you may have missed the previous afternoon.  Our guides meet you for lunch at Natures Powerhouse located in Cooktown’s Botanical Gardens.  After lunch our guide takes you exploring to Archer Point. Dinner where you choose.
COOKTOWN ACCOMMODATION. (L)

DAY 14. BLOOMFIELD TRACK – DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK 

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, 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 cabins deep in the jungle of the Daintree rainforest. Dinner this night is on the property overlooking a crystal clear rainforest creek. ACCOMMODATION – DAINTREE (BLD)

DAY 15. DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK – DAINTREE CROCODILE CRUISE – CAIRNS

Up early today for an interpretative rainforest, mangrove walk with your guide. A delicious cooked breakfast this morning before our Crocodile-spotting cruise 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 make our way to the famous Daintree Ice Creamery (ice cream at own cost). Here they blend ice cream with exotic tropical fruits grown on the farm. We continue on down the Alexander Range, across the Daintree River via the Cable Ferry heading south along the Great Barrier Reef Drive to Cairns which brings us to the end of your North West Australian Safaris Cape York tour.

CROC CRUISE AND ICE CREAM AT YOUR OWN COST. (B)

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