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Premium 9-Day 4WD Tour of Cape York

36 Camelot Cl, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873, Australia

Activity provided by Far North Escapes

9 days (approx.) - English

Far North Escapes

Experience an adventure of a lifetime and explore Far North Queensland from Cairns to Cape York with this Premium 9-day Cape York Tour. Venture to Pajinka the Tip of Australia in comfort, go off the beaten path, and enjoy unique experiences

Highlights
  • Welcome Dinner at Oak Beach with 180-degree views of the Coral Sea
  • Explore the remarkable Rock Art at Split Rock
  • Experience a Croc Cruise in a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit the historic Lions Den Hotel
  • Experience the Iron Range National Park with long sweeping beaches, rocky out crops, and the largest area of low land tropical Rainforest in Australia
Description

Welcome Dinner at Oak Beach

Tonight, you will be staying at the beautiful eco and wildlife retreat: Thala Beach Lodge. Your bungalow is nestled among 58 hectares of native forest on secluded Oak Beach, where two UNESCO World Heritage sites meet: the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before meeting for a group dinner with 180-degree views of the Coral Sea.

Accommodation: Eucalyptus Bungalow, Thala Beach Lodge. Located at stunning Oak Beach, between Cairns and Port Douglas.
‍Meals: Group Dinner at Thala Beach Lodge

Day 1. Cairns to Cooktown

Your day begins with your luxury 4WD awaiting you at your accommodation in Cairns at 8am. As we head out of Cairns, you will have a spectacular view over the sugar cane fields, with a stunning back drop of surrounding Mountains and lush Rainforest. We head North via Cape Tribulation – the World’s oldest continuous Rainforest. Here you will enjoy sites such as Alexandra Bay Lookout and experience a Croc Cruise in a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will enjoy lunch at Whet Restaurant before hitting the famous Bloomfield Track north to Cooktown. Weather dependent, we may experience river crossings along the way. Your highlight of the day is Wujal Wujal Falls, where you will be treated to a guided indigenous interpretive walk, hosted by Kuku Yalanji’s Walker Family. As we arrive into Cooktown soak in views from Grassy Hill before spending the evening Dinner at the historic Lions Den Hotel. Established in 1875, The Lions Den Hotel walls are adorned with signatures from around the world, a tradition that started in the old mining days. An amazing atmosphere often with live entertainment.

‍Accommodation: Cottage Cabin, Milkwood Lodge Rainforest Retreat. Secluded cabins Cooktown accommodation, located in Cooktown with rainforest and mountain views.
‍Meals: Breakfast at Thala Beach Lodge, Lunch at Whet Restaurant in Cape Tribulation, and Group Dinner at Lions Den Hotel.  

Day 2. Cooktown to Wolverton Station

Today we travel from the Cooktown area to the small town of Laura. Here we explore the remarkable Rock Art at Split Rock. Prior to European Settlement, four language groups of First Nation people lived in Laura for over 45,000 years: the Ku Ku Thaypan, Uw Olkola, Guugu Yimithir and Western Yalanji people. This art work tells their story and is a beautiful authentic indigenous experience. Travelling further along the Peninsula Developmental Road, we arrive at Wolverton Station “Wildwishes” in the Archer River Region. Here we experience a taste of Station life – and it is the only station in Far North Queensland with historic cattle droving routes that were used in the 1900’s. Settle in for a billy tea and a yarn or two! This is a truly unique experience on one of the only sites to offer Glamping in Cape York.

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

Day 3. Wolverton Station to Iron Range National Park

Over the next two days we travel back toward the coast line, experiencing the Lockhart River region. Visiting untouched waterfalls, and the long coastline of stunning Chilli Beach. We also stop to explore the Lockhart River Art Centre which continues to encourage, work with, promote and represent local artist and their diverse range of artworks through paintings, ceramics, basket weaving and prints. A highlight will be experiencing the Iron Range National Park with long sweeping beaches, rocky out crops, and the largest area of low land tropical Rainforest in Australia. 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 catered by The Temple Cape York.

Day 4. Choose to relax, undertake activities, or explore Iron Range National Park

A day at leisure or a day of complete adventure at THE TEMPLE CAPE YORK

Choose to flop and drop, and enjoy a day at leisure on the stunning sands of Chilli Beach at THE TEMPLE CAPE YORK. Or choose your own adventure, with optional extras available to book in advance:

– Private Cape York Fishing Charters (up to 4 persons)
– Heli Fishing with Bungie Helicopter
– Dirt Bike Hire
– One Day Dirt Bike Tour including Bike, Lunch, Guide
– Blo Kart Hire
– Trip to Restoration Island
– Trip to Great Barrier Reef
– Trip to Forbes Island includes camping overnight

Speak with the team at Far North Escapes about arranging activities prior to arrival.

Day 5. Iron Range National Park to Bramwell Station

Today we travel wind inland to Bramwell Station, the most northerly cattle station in Australia. We are treated toa Station Talk followed by live entertainment. Located2 hours North of Archer River and 4 hours South of the Tip – the station is awell 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 challengethe “Old Telegraph Line Track”, also known as the “OTL”.

‍Accommodation: Bramwell Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch catered by Far North Escapes, Dinner a Bramwell Buffet

Day 6. Bramwell Station to Cape York Peninsula

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 our ‘bucket list’ experience, with some incredible 4WD adventure and hidden waterfalls along the way.  You’re in the heart of it all now!

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

Day 7. Cape York Peninsula to the Tip of Australia “Pajinka”

Today, we experience the Tip of Australia at Cape York! Here, we offer you plenty of time for you to get your “Tip” photo souvenir and soak it all in!

Mid-morning, you will be treated to a scenic Cape York helicopter flight over The Tip of Australia, with the most spectacular views thanks to Coastal Rotors. What an exciting way to celebrate this incredible experience. Lunch and Dinner will be hosted at the Northernmost Bar, Punsand Bay for an afternoon at leisure.

‍Accommodation: Cape York Peninsula Lodge
Meals: Breakfast catered by Far North Escapes, Lunch & Dinner at Punsand Bay 

Day 8. 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 Island Villa, 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, Villa,Island Villas,
Meals:  Breakfast catered by Far North Escapes, Lunch at Top Pub, Dinnerat the Grand Hotel Bistro

Day 9. Thursday Island to Cairns

Ferry transfer from Thursday Island to Horn Island.
Departing flight from HID-CNS with Qantas mid-morning.

Please note: 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.

Starting Location
36 Camelot Cl, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873, Australia.
Itineraries are subject to change.
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