Cape York Discovery

Cape York is one of the last great wild places on Earth, located at the very tip of Queensland – the most northerly point on the Australian mainland.  It is definitely one of Australia’s must-see destinations.  It’s an extraordinary environment with seamless transitions between mangroves, tropical rainforests, savannahs, wetlands – and bountiful coasts and seas.  From Cooktown to the tip of Australia you’ll find some of the most spectacular and rugged scenery in the country.  The ‘Cape’ is an under-explored paradise with thousands of species of tropical birds, beautiful waterfalls and basking crocodiles.  Come and discover the magic of the Cape with Stonestreets – there’s no better feeling than standing ‘on top’ of Australia!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a Cairns sightseeing tour
  • Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Spend free time in Kuranda
  • Explore Port Douglas
  • Make a Daintree River ferry crossing
  • Visit Cape Tribulation
  • Tackle the Bloomfield Track
  • Visit the Bloomfield Falls
  • Enjoy Cooktown sightseeing tour
  • Visit the James Cook Museum, Cooktown
  • See pretty Isabella Falls
  • Visit Old Laura Homestead
  • Explore Lakefield National Park
  • Take a Weipa Eco Sunset Cruise  
  • See the Giant Termite Mounds – Bramwell Junction
  • Bramwell Station overnight stay
  • Explore Heathlands National Park – Fruit Bat and Elliot Twin Falls
  • Jardine River ferry crossing
  • Cape York – walk to the tip of Australia
  • Visit Historic Sommerset
  • Enjoy a full day guided tour to Thursday & Horn Islands

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Departing
14/07/2019
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate, somewhat taxing walk to reach tip of Cape York - some level of fitness required
Transport
4x4 Coach

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Day 1: Sunday 14 July 2019
Cairns

Meet your tour leader and luxury Stonestreets 4x4 coach in Cairns and transfer you to the city centre for lunch and a little retail therapy. Later, enjoy a sightseeing tour of this Tropical North Queensland City, see Trinity Wharf and Inlet, the Cairns Casino, Cairns Botanical Gardens and the Cairns foreshore development. This afternoon, check in to your accommodation for the night. After dinner at the resort you may wish to take a short stroll uptown to enjoy the popular Cairns Night Markets.  Meals: D
Accommodation: Novotel Oasis Resort

Day 2: Monday 15 July 2019
Cairns to Cape Tribulation

Load up your camera today! Experience one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia, steeped firmly in Australian Pioneer history. Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda winds its way through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past beautiful and spectacular waterfalls and into the incredible Barron Gorge. In Kuranda, take the opportunity to browse through the many arts and craft stores, purchase lunch and explore the village. Next, travel the scenic coastal highway to Port Douglas, the only place in the world 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. Later, travel north to the Daintree River which you'll cross by ferry before arriving at your Cape Tribulation accommodation. This environmental-friendly resort is set within the lush coastal rainforest and only a short stroll from Cape Tribulation's Myall Beach. Meals: BD
Accommodation: Ferntree Rainforest Lodge               

Day 3: Tuesday 16 July 2019
Bloomfield Track - Cooktown

Start the day with a tropical continental breakfast, then stop to take in Cape Tribulation Beach. Set off on the spectacular Bloomfield Track, one of the most scenic 4-wheel drive tracks in Australia. The track was opened in 1984 and carves through pristine rainforest, up and down steep stony slopes and splashing through creeks, keep your eyes peeled, you may even spot an elusive Cassowary. Later, visit beautiful Bloomfield Falls before lunch at the Historic Lions Den Hotel which was established in 1875. This landmark hotel made of timber and iron is famous for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with visitors’ signatures. After lunch, stop at Black Mountain lookout before arriving in Cooktown. Spend the afternoon exploring this frontier town. Visit the Chinese Shrine and old cemetery. Here discover a number of local legends with graves that date back as far as 1874. See impressive buildings and architecture remaining on Charlotte Street from Cooktown’s golden era. Finally, view one of the best local history displays in Australia at the James Cook Historical Museum. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: River of Gold Motel

Day 4: Wednesday 17 July 2019
Cooktown – Lakefield – Coen

Your journey north today leaves Cooktown behind for pretty Isabella Falls and Lakefield National Park. You'll spend most of the day here exploring the sights. Stop at Old Laura Homestead, built in the 1880’s with termite resistant timber from the Leichhardt tree. Then see termite mound studded grasslands and flood-plains which are home to a recorded 181 bird, 18 mammal and 38 reptile species. Late afternoon join the Peninsula Development Road at Musgrave and continue to Coen, home for tonight. Meals: BLD  Please note: Tonight’s accommodation will be in basic air-conditioned cabins, with shared bathroom facilities.
Accommodation: Coen Guesthouse

Day 5: Thursday 18 July 2019
Coen - Weipa

Visit the Coen Heritage House and see the old Gold Mine before departing for Weipa. Pass the Quarantine Inspection Station to Archer River. Stop along the river for a photo opportunity and a spot of lunch at the nearby roadhouse. Mid-afternoon, arrive in Weipa, the Capital of the Cape and an area rich in geographical beauty and cultural heritage. This afternoon join Western Cape Eco Tours for a truly unique experience cruising through the local waterways on a beautiful Sunset Cruise. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Albatross Bay Resort

Day 6: Friday 19 July 2019
Weipa – Bramwell Station

Enjoy a leisurely start today, then spend some time seeing the sights of Weipa, the northern mining area and beaches. After lunch at the local Bowls Club, set off and travel through Batavia Downs Station past the historic Moreton Telegraph Station and then north to Bramwell Junction. Stop here for a photo opportunity and get a shot next to the giant termite mounds! Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Bramwell Station

Day 7: Saturday 20 July 2019
Bramwell Station – Loyalty Beach

Your anticipation will be rising today as your destination will be the North Peninsula Area, just a stone’s throw from the very tip of Australia! Depart Bramwell through the Heathlands to Fruit Bat and Elliott Twin Falls for lunch. Continue through Jardine River National Park to the banks of the Jardine River for another ferry crossing, this time into the Northern Peninsula area. While travelling through this remote region you'll appreciate the frustration, anguish and anticipation that Frank Jardine, and his fellow companions experienced when they explored this untamed region. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Loyalty Beach (2 nights)

Day 8: Sunday 21 July 2019
Cape York and Somerset

An enjoyable and exciting day lies ahead today! By late morning, you'll finally reach the very top of Australia! Travel through tropical rainforests and creek crossing until the road runs out. From here your journey will be on foot. The walk to the tip is a little taxing, but there's plenty of time. After a short time you'll find yourself standing at the most northerly point of the Australian mainland. The perfect location for a memorable group photo! Later, 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 to purchase some souvenirs to remember your adventure. Finish the day with a look around Bamaga - including a visit to the wreckage of the DC3 plane which is preserved as a war memorial and commemorates the crash in 1945 which claimed six lives. Meals: BLD

Day 9: Monday 22 July 2019
Thursday Island – Horn Island

Take a cruise to Australia’s most northern settlement, Thursday Island. This 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, take a guided tour of the island revealing 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 which was constructed in 1892 during the Australian-Russian invasion scare. Next, head across the bay to Horn Island for a buffet lunch and visit the WWII Museum. Later join a guided bus tour of select WWII sites and relics before checking in at your accommodation on Horn Island. Spend some free time exploring the local town and beach before dinner. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Wongai Beach Hotel, Horn Island        

Day 10: Tuesday 23 June 2019
Horn Island – Cairns

Today, transfer to Horn Island Airport and board QantasLink for your flight to Cairns. Farewell the group as your tour concludes. Passengers with pre-arranged flights to Brisbane and return airport transfers with Stonestreets will meet your driver at the baggage claim in Brisbane airport.  Meals: B

Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Transport: 4x4 Luxury Coach  (22 Seater)

Flights:

Economy Flights:

  • Horn Island to Cairns

Accommodation: 

9 Nights in Accommodation
1 Night Novotel Oasis - Cairns
1 Night Ferntree Rainforest Lodge, Cape Tribulation
1 Night River of Gold Motel, Cooktown
1 Night Musgrave Station
1 Night Albatross Bay Resort, Weipa
1 Night Bramwell Station
2 Nights Loyalty Beach, Cape York
1 Night Wongai Beach Hotel, Horn Island

Activities:

Entry to all attractions and National Parks as per itinerary:

  • Cairns sightseeing tour
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • Port Douglas
  • Daintree River ferry crossing
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Bloomfield Falls
  • Lion’s Den Hotel
  • Cooktown sightseeing tour
  • James Cook Museum, Cooktown
  • Isabella Falls
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Weipa Eco Sunset Cruise  
  • Giant Termite Mounds – Bramwell Junction
  • Bramwell Station overnight stay
  • Heathlands National Park – Fruit Bat and Elliot Twin Falls
  • Jardine River ferry crossing
  • Cape York – walk to the tip of Australia
  • Historic Sommerset
  • Full day guided tour to Thursday & Horn Islands
  • Fully accommodated in motels or cabins – no camping or tents.

What our Guests had to say about our last Cape York tours:

  • When we hit the tip of Australia it was so nice and exciting. - Chris and Andrea
  • Well organized, drivers very good, other passengers great This all helps with a happy experience - Jeff

Our Guests Rated this tour: 9/10 (17 Reviews)

Departing
14/07/2019
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate, somewhat taxing walk to reach tip of Cape York - some level of fitness required
Transport
4x4 Coach
Price
AUD $4,995
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