Cape York

Cape York is one of the last great wild places on Earth. Located at the very tip of Queensland, it is the most northerly point of the Australian mainland. The extraordinary cape landscape is a diverse mix of mangrove, tropical rainforests, savannahs, wetlands and bountiful coasts and seas all teeming with thousands of species of tropical birds and wildlife. This Cape York journey offers the chance to experience unspoiled, rugged scenery, beautiful waterfalls, basking crocodiles and far north Queensland’s spirit and history. Come and stand at the top of Australia and experience the magic of The Cape with Stonestreets Travel.

Tour Highlights

  • Cairns sightseeing tour
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Daintree River ferry crossing
  • Cape Tribulation Stay
  • Tackling the Bloomfield Track
  • Guided tour to Bloomfield Falls
  • Cooktown sightseeing tour
  • Isabella Falls
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Weipa Eco Sunset Cruise  
  • Spend a night at Moreton Telegraph Station
  • Giant Termite Mounds – Bramwell Junction
  • Heathlands National Park – Fruit Bat and Elliot Twin Falls
  • Jardine River ferry crossing
  • 2 nights at Loyalty Beach
  • Cape York: walk to the tip of Australia
  • Explore Historic Sommerset
  • Full day guided tour to Thursday & Horn Islands
  • A night on Horn island 



Photos supplied courtesy of Kuranda Scenic Railway

Departing
15/06/2018
Duration
10 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach

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Day 1: Friday 15 June - Toowoomba - Cairns - Horn Island
Transfer to Brisbane Airport for your Qantas flight to Cairns, here we change to QantasLink and fly to Horn Island for the first night of the tour.  Arriving on Horn Island you’ll be met by the coach crew and transferred to your accommodation.  Some free time this afternoon to explore the town and beach before dinner at the hotel. Meals: D 

Day 2: Saturday 16 June - Thursday and Horn Island Tours - Loyalty Beach
Take a cruise across to Australia’s most northern settlement.  Thursday Island has been the Torres Strait’s administrative and commercial centre since 1877 and was also the bustling hub of a pearl shell fishery for 100 years.  On arrival, a guided tour of the Island reveals interesting historic facts and monuments.  View the Japanese graves of the early pearling days; Quetta Rock – the site of the sinking of the SS Quetta in February 1890; Port Kennedy Cathedral and Green Hill Fort constructed in 1892 during the Australian-Russian invasion scare.  Next we head across the Bay to Horn Island, enjoy a buffet lunch and visit the WWII Museum, then join a guided bus tour of select WWII sites and relics.  Later join the ferry for the journey back to Australia’s mainland where we board our luxury Stonestreets 4WD tour coach and transfer to our accommodation. Loyalty Beach is our base for the next 2 nights; a wilderness reserve with a unique variety of landscapes, fauna and flora. Its sandy beaches are located just 12 kms west of the tip of Cape York Peninsula.  Meals: BLD

Day 3: Sunday 17 June - Cape York and Sommerset
An enjoyable and exciting day lies ahead, as today is the day that we finally reach the very top of Australia! Folks, load up your cameras and board our 4WD coach for a truly unforgettable day - a day where you can stand on the very tip of Australia! Travel through the tropical rainforests and creek crossing on our way to the Tip. See all that remains of the old Pajinka Resort at Cape York, which has now been reclaimed by the jungle. Visit the ruins of Somerset – Torres Strait’s first administrative centre. A few rusting relics and the grave of explorer and resident magistrate, Frank Jardine and his wife are all that remain. No trip to the Tip is complete without stopping in to the Croc Tent for souvenirs to remember your adventures to the very tip of Australia. Finish the day with a look around Bamaga, including a visit to the wreckage of the DC3 plane preserved as a war memorial to commemorate the crash in 1945 which claimed six lives.   Meals: BLD

Day 4: Monday 18 June - Loyalty Beach - Moreton Telegraph Station
Our journey today starts our trek south to Cairns. We travel through the Northern Peninsula Area to the Jardine River, where we board the ferry to cross the river. Travelling through this remote region you can well appreciate the frustration, anguish and anticipation that Frank Jardine, and his fellow companions experienced upon exploring and entering this untamed region. Continue through the Jardine National Park to the Heathlands where we detour to beautiful Elliott Twin Falls and Fruit Bat Falls. Enjoy lunch, then south to Bramwell Junction. Stop to photograph the giant termite mounds and then the final leg of the trip today sees us arrive at Moreton Telegraph Station. After checking in why not take the walking track along the north bank of the river and through the adjacent bushland which will introduce you to some of the more dominant and interesting species of the local flora. A short detour also takes you to Cave Creek where the bedrock has been eroded to form a natural bridge.  Meals: BLD 

Day 5: Tuesday 19 June - Moreton Station - Weipa Tour
Another adventurous day of touring. We continue on to Batavia Downs Station encountering creek crossings, and interesting scenery, arriving in Weipa in time for lunch. Weipa is built on one of the world’s largest deposits of bauxite and our tour of the area reveals the massive bauxite mining operation port/loading facilities and is an informative insight into past and future developments.  Meals: BLD

Day 6: Wednesday 20 June - Weipa Eco Crusie - Coen
This morning we join Western Cape Eco Tours for a truly unique experience as we cruise through the local waterways enjoying an Eco Cruise. Later, depart Weipa and join the Peninsula Development Road to Archer River, making a photo stop at the river before lunch at the nearby roadhouse. This afternoon continue south, stopping at the Quarantine Station (no fruit past this point) then on to Coen for the night. We’ll spend a little time looking around Coen this afternoon, visit the Coen Heritage House and the old Gold Mine before checking in to our accommodation. Meals: BLD

Day 7: Thursday 21 June - Coen - Lakefield National Park - Cooktown
Continuing south as far as Musgrave Station, we then travel through the Lakefield National Park where we spend most of today. See termite mounds, studded grasslands and flood plains which are home to approximately 181 birds, 18 mammal and 38 reptile species as we make our way through the Park. Stop for lunch at Kalpower Crossing then visit Old Laura Homestead, which was built in the 1880’s with termite resistant timber from the Leichhardt tree. From here we head for Cooktown, stopping along the way to visit pretty Isabella falls. Meals: BLD 

Day 8: Friday 22 June - Cooktown - Bloomfield Track
Start with a sightseeing tour of Cooktown, visit the Chinese Shrine and old cemetery where many local legends unfold and graves date back to as far as 1874. See the impressive buildings and architecture remaining on Charlotte Street from Cooktown’s golden days. At the James Cook Historical Museum view one of the best local history displays in Australia. Depart Cooktown and make a stop at Black Mountain Lookout before arriving at the Lions Den Hotel for lunch. Established in 1875, this landmark hotel made of timber and iron is famous for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with visitor’s signatures. At Bloomfield Falls enjoy a highly informative and entertaining guided tour. The Indigenous interpretation of the area is delivered with passion and allows us an opportunity to learn of the cultural significance of the area and how for thousands of years the surrounding land has been used for medicines and food. The final part of our journey today takes us along the Bloomfield Track - one of the most scenic 4WD tracks in Australia. Opened in 1984 the Bloomfield Track is an exciting drive through pristine rainforest that takes you up and down steep stony slopes splashing through creeks. You may even spot an elusive Cassowary. Arrive at our Cape Tribulation accommodation, an environmental-friendly resort set back in the heart of a lush coastal rainforest and a short stroll from Cape Tribulation's Myall Beach.  Meals: BLD 

Day 9: Saturday 23 June - Cape Tribulation - Cairns
This morning we cross the Daintree River on the local ferry and make our way to Port Douglas - the only place in the word where two World Heritage areas meet - the rainforest and the reef. In Port Douglas see the busy Marina, Four Mile Beach, St Mary’s by the Sea and the town centre. Travel the scenic Captain Cook Highway towards Cairns, then up the range to Kuranda where you can take the opportunity to browse through the many arts and craft shops, purchase lunch and explore the village. Next, experience one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia steeped firmly in Australian Pioneer history. Descending from 328m to sea level, the journey from Kuranda winds its way through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest; past beautiful and spectacular waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. Upon arrival in Cairns enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, see Trinity Wharf and Inlet, the Cairns Casino, Cairns Botanical Gardens and the Cairns Foreshore Development. Later, after checking in to our accommodation for the night and enjoying dinner, perhaps take a short stroll uptown to enjoy the Cairns Night Markets  Meals: BD

Day 10: Sunday 24 June  – Toowoomba 
Some free time this morning prior to our transfer to Cairns Airport for your direct Air North flight back to Toowoomba, where upon arrival a Stonestreets coach will be waiting for your transfer to your home in the city, or our depot to collect your car following a memorable holiday to the Tropical North and the very tip of Australia. . Meals: B      

Linked Tour: Looking to extend your holiday? Stay with us a bit longer and join our Savannahlander and Gulf Country Tour from Cairns to Darwin. You’ll travel on the Savannahlander train, visit Undara Lava Tubes, Cobbold Gorge, Normanton and Karumba. Experience a ride on the Gulflander train, stay at Adels Grove and visit Lawn Hill Gorge and Riversleigh Fossil Fields, the travel north to Cape Crawford, Mataranka Katherine and on to Darwin.

Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Transport: 4x4 Luxury Coach

Flights: Economy Flights:
Brisbane West Wellcamp - Cairns
Horn Island - Cairns
Cairns - Brisbane West Wellcamp

Accommodation: 9 Nights accommodation

Activities:

  • Cairns sightseeing tour
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Daintree River ferry crossing
  • Guided tour into Bloomfield Falls
  • Cooktown sightseeing tour
  • Weipa Eco Sunset Cruise  
  • Weipa Bauxite Mine and town tour
  • 1 night Moreton Telegraph Station
  • Jardine River ferry crossing
  • Cape York – walk to the tip of Australia
  • Full day guided tour to Thursday & Horn Islands
Departing
15/06/2018
Duration
10 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach
Price
AUD $4,995
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