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Tour ID: 10054691

12 DAY CAPE YORK OVERLAND
CAMPING SAFARI


HIGHLIGHTS:
• Cape Tribulation
• Cooktown
• Lakefield National Park
• Iron Range National Park
• Chili Beach
• Weipa
• Twin Falls
• Thursday Island
• Cape York - Most Northern Tip of Australia

Legend; B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, T = Toilets, S = Showers, L = Laundry, Bc = Bush Camp

DAY 1 CAIRNS – COOKTOWN (LD)
After an early morning pick up from selected Cairns accommodation your adventure begins. Travelling north along the scenic Captain Cook Highway, through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. Then making our way along the jungle shrouded Bloomfield Track (road conditions permitted), stopping off at the unique Lion’s Den Hotel, and the mysterious Black Mountain, before arriving at the old gold port of Cooktown. Overnight accommodation in Cooktown – ensuite facilities.

DAY 2 COOKTOWN - LAKEFIELD (BLD)
This morning we explore the old gold port of Cooktown. Visit the Cooktown Museum (optional extra) and Captain Cooks Landing. Heading west into the outback, making our way over the Battle Camp Range. We stop at the Old Laura Homestead, before travelling on to our overnight camp in Lakefield National Park (road conditions permitted). (ST)

DAY 3 LAKEFIELD NATIONAL PARK – ARCHER RIVER (BLD)
Lakefield National Park, a haven for the many birds and animals of this area. Lagoons, billabongs and wide river lakes are home to both fresh and saltwater crocodiles. Stopping off at the historic Musgrave Telegraph Station and the frontier gold town of Coen. We camp tonight at the picturesque Archer River. (STL)

DAY 4 ARCHER RIVER – IRON RANGE NATIONAL PARK (BLD)
This morning we visit the old Wenlock Gold Fields, an abandoned mining town, showing relics of Cape York’s history. After morning tea we make our way to the East Coast to explore the Iron Range National Park (weather and road conditions permitting), Chili Beach, and Portland Roads community, which once serviced the Gold Fields and WW II airfield. Overnight camp in Iron Range National Park (the largest remaining area of lowland rainforest in Australia) and home to the Eclectus Parrot, the rare Palm Cockatoo cuscus, and green python. (Bc+T)

DAY 5 IRON RANGE – BRAMWELL (BLD)
After an early morning start we make our way back to the main road. We cross the picturesque Pascoe River, before making our way to our overnight camp at a true blue Aussie Cattle Station, Bramwell Station. (ST)

DAY 6 BRAMWELL STATION – FRUITBAT FALLS - SEISIA (BLD)
This morning we travel north travelling along part of the Old Telegraph Track to arrive at Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Relax, swim, and enjoy this unique area with its enchanting waterfall. Then northwards across the Jardine River, to arrive at Cape York! We will be staying at Seisia, which is ideally located for our next few days, being in walking distance from the Seisia Wharf, the departure point for the ferry to Thursday Island and a famous fishing spot. (STL)

DAY 7 THURSDAY ISLAND (BD)
A free day! After breakfast, you have the following options (own expense):
• Catch the ferry to Thursday Island, maybe join a guided bus tour
• Spend the day at Seisia, fishing (hand lines available) or stroll along the beach

DAY 8 CAPE YORK - SOMERSET (BLD)
An unforgettable day! Stand at the very top of mainland Australia, we then visit Somerset (road conditions permitted), once the home of the legendary Jardine family and government outpost established in 1864. We have lunch on the palm fringed Anchorage Beach, which overlooks the Albany Passage. A walk on the beach will complete your day before returning to base. (STL)

DAY 9 SEISIA – TWIN FALLS (BLD)
Departing the Top End, southward bound, we re-cross the Jardine River. We travel along the upper section of the Old Telegraph Track, en route to Twin Falls, with its enchanting waterfalls and rock pools, ‘Paradise in Cape York’. An early arrival allows plenty of time to enjoy a refreshing swim and view the pristine falls. (Bc+T)

DAY 10 TWIN FALLS – WEIPA (BLD)
A southerly run through the wilderness with all its varied landscapes to cross the Wenlock River. We head for the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria and our overnight stop at Weipa beachfront Campground, with its view over Albatross Bay. This afternoon you may wish to take an informative tour of the Weipa mining operation (own expense) or just relax by the pool. (STL)

DAY 11 WEIPA – MUSGRAVE (BLD)
We continue south, stopping off at the picturesque Archer River, then on to the historic frontier gold town of Coen, before arriving at our camp at the Old Musgrave Telegraph Station. (ST)

DAY 12 MUSGRAVE - CAIRNS (BL)
This morning we visit the Quinkan Cultural Centre (admission at own expense), before heading towards the East Coast on the last leg of our journey. We will arrive in the late afternoon in Cairns.

The operator reserves the right to alter itinerary and location of camp site if necessitated.

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  • Included in price:

    WHAT IS INCLUDED
    All fares include meals as per itinerary code: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch and (D) Dinner.
    (S) Showers, (L) Laundry, (T) Toilets, (Bc) Bushcamp.
    All camping, accommodation costs and entrance fees as per itinerary.
    Tents and 2 inch high density foam mattresses on camping safaris.

  • Duration:

    12 DAYS, 11 NIGHTS

  • Departure:

    6:30 AM Daily

  • Return:

    5PM

  • Departure points:

    Cairns

  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    Heritage Tours will pick up and drop of at the following places in Cairns on tours that include accommodation transfers:
    Queens Court Hotel, 167 Sheridan Street Cairns
    Discovery Cairns, 183 Lake Street Cairns
    Rydges Tradewinds, 137 the Esplanade Cairns
    Top Tourist: 1st City Caravilla Caravan park, Kelly Street Earlville, 07 4054 1403
    BIG 4, Cairns Coconut Caravan Park, Anderson Road Woree, 07 4054 6644
    These 2 caravan parks have storage facilities available for your car and caravan.

  • What to bring:

    CLOTHING AND WHAT TO BRING
    Casual gear is a must. You will need minimal changes of clothing. T-shirts, jeans, shorts, bathers, bath towel, a pair of rubber soled shoes or joggers, a warm jumper or jacket, hat, torch, sleeping bag, pillow, insect repellent and toiletries. A track suit is most useful, too. On camping safaris a sleeping bag and a pillow.

  • Fitness level required:

    Medium

  • Child policies:

    Children 14 years of age and under, on all overland camping safaris 10% off adult fare. Children 11 years of age and under, on overland camping safaris 15% off adult fare.

  • Additional Information:

    WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
    Accommodation, meals, fares en route from home cities. Meals, unless specifically mentioned on day to day itinerary, sleeping bags and pillows, any personal items such as drinks, newspapers, telephone, laundry, souvenirs, personal and holiday insurance. Fuel and Carbon tax levy may apply.
    HOW YOU WILL TRAVEL
    Modern air-conditioned 4WD safari vehicles with comfortable forward facing seats, PA system, and contact with Royal Flying Doctors for your safety and peace of mind. Sat phone all vehicles.

  • Destinations:

    Weipa, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown, Cape York, Bloomfield, Daintree, Lakefield National Park, Daintree River, Laura and Black Mountain

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