Cape York Peninsula is rugged, remote and one of the last unspoilt frontiers in Australia and still remains a wilderness only accessible in the dry season by 4WD vehicles.
This new departure is a real “one off” - not only are we providing the opportunity to travel between Cairns and the raw, not-easily-accessible northern tip of the Cape Peninsula, northern tip of the Cape Peninsula, there is the opportunity to partake in the celebrations of Captain Cook’s landing in Cooktown 250 years ago.
Reaching the tip of Cape York and looking over the myriad of exotic and unspoilt islands, azure waters and reef will be awe inspiring experience.
Normally by mid-May tourism gets underway and there is a drop in temperatures.
This group is limited to one sole chartered vehicle and the operator has 20 years of experience on this route. You will travel in their own specially designed comfortable 4 x 4 vehicle that copes with some off-road that you will experience getting to some places.
This new tour is sure to sell quickly and seats are strictly limited.
An early departure on Air New Zealand for a direct flight to Cairns. Arrive around midday and transfer to a centrally-located hotel. Afternoon to relax before a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
Today we experience the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the scenic Kuranda Railway which takes you over Australia’s World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway was built over 120 years ago and winds its way through the tropical mountain ranges between Kuranda and Cairns.
There will be time to explore Kuranda, known as the ‘Village in the Rainforest’ which includes markets, cafés, restaurants and galleries. Return to hotel late afternoon.
Travel by 4WD vehicles on the Cape Tribulation route via Trinity Beach, Palm Cove, and Port Douglas. Cape Tribulation is a headland within the Daintree National Park.
The tar seal ends on the way to Wajal Wajal and the coastal drive along the Bloomfield River is an unforgettable experience full of spectacular views, creek crossings, secluded beaches, a rainforest archway, majestic plants, unexpected wildlife and history. Stop en-route for lunch.
Arrive Cooktown for a one night stay.
An early start as we head into the outback and visit Split Rock - Aboriginal Rock Art.
Continue on to Lakefield National Park (conditions permitting) – a haven for the many birds and animals native to the area. Lagoons, billabongs and wide river lakes are home to both fresh and salt water crocodiles. In the afternoon arrive at the Old Musgrave Telegraph Station for an overnight stay (en-suite facilities).
Continue north to the historic frontier gold town of Coen and the picturesque Archer River. Travel through the wilderness with all its varied landscapes to the bauxite mining town of Weipa. Enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Accommodation has en-suite facilities.
Time in the morning to explore the township of Weipa or the opportunity of a Wildlife Eco River Cruise viewing the wildlife in its natural habitat.
After lunch head for our overnight accommodation with en-suite facilities at a ‘True Blue’ Aussie Cattle Station.
An early start as we travel along part of the Old Telegraph Track to arrive at Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Relax, swim and enjoy this unique area and the enchanting waterfall. Cross the Jardine River to arrive at Cape York and our accommodation at Seisia.
Seisia is ideally-located, being within walking distance from the Seisia Wharf, the departure point for the ferry to Thursday Island and a famous fishing spot. Our accommodation has en-suite facilities.
An unforgettable day as you stand at the very top of mainland Australia. Visit Somerset (road conditions permitting) once the home of the legendary Jardine family and government outpost established in 1864. Lunch at palm-fringed Anchorage Beach which overlooks the Albany Passage. Relax and enjoy a walk along the beach before returning to Seisia.
An early morning by ferry to nearby Thursday Island. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the island and the picturesque harbour (once home to the pearl luggers from yesteryear). Continue to Horn Island for a flight to Cairns, arriving late afternoon. Transfer to hotel for a two night stay.
After breakfast travel by coach to Cooktown to experience the 250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook’s landing.
Cooktown is having a 4 day festival when the Endeavour replica will be present. There will be a re-enactment of the Cook’s arrival and the opportunity to go on board the replica ship plus many other activities ranging from the many historical research carried out by Cook and his crew along with entertainment and functions.
Final arrangements still to be formulated.
At around 11pm on 10th June 1770, a clear moonlit night, The Endeavour hit the Great Barrier Reef on a high tide. The ship was clearly in danger of sinking so they – jettisoned over 50 tons of guns, stores and cannons while pumping up the water in the hold. After a traumatic 23 hours, the ship was finally freed and a fothering technique slowed the leak enough to keep them afloat.
On 17June, a week after hitting the reef, the Endeavour limped into the comparative safety of the Endeavour River.
Within a week, the ship was repaired, but the winds were most unfavourable and they were prevented from sailing until 05 August after 48 days, almost seven weeks later.
Depending upon any festival activities, the morning is free to relax before returning by coach to Cairns. Farewell dinner tonight.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Auckland.
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Early Booking Discount ( 06/12/19 )||$150|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.
How Will You Travel?
There will be a maximum of 23 persons on the 25 seater, fully air-conditioned 4WD Isuzu tour vehicle with panoramic windows, road cam, TV and on-board toilet facilities.
The vehicles are designed for the outback, giving you the opportunity to enjoy Cape York and the Australian Outback in comfort.
The vehicles are also equipped with a portable satellite phone, PA system, first aid kits and off-road equipment.
Ranges from hotel, motel and lodge-style to basic twin share rooms with an en-suite bathroom. The accommodation is the best available in this remote area of Australia.
Continental breakfasts daily.
Lunches are picnics of salads, meat and cheese to build your own.
Dinners are main course and dessert
Temperatures Max Min
Cairns 28˚c 20 ˚c
Weipa 30 ˚c 20 ˚c
Thursday Island 28 ˚c 25 ˚c
Cape York and Gulf Savannah tours require a good level of health and fitness. Clients must be independently mobile with the ability to walk unaided on uneven ground.
Clients must be independently mobile.
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* Itinerary subject to change