• Escorted Tour

Cairns to Cape York

An unspolit Wilderness

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 departure is a real “one off” - we are providing the unique opportunity to travel between Cairns and the raw, not-easily-accessible northern tip of the Cape Peninsula. Reaching the tip of Cape York and looking over the myriad of exotic and unspoilt islands, azure waters and reef will be an awe inspiring experience.

July is the premium time to be in this area. It’s the dry season with moderate 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 conditions that you will experience getting to some places.

This tour is sure to sell quickly and seats are strictly limited.


Your travel itinerary

Thursday 17 July

Auckland - Cairns

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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand for a flight to Brisbane before boarding our flight to Cairns. On arrival transfer to our central city hotel with time to relax before our Welcome Dinner.

Friday 18 July


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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 with a free evening to explore.

Saturday 19 July

Cairns – Cooktown

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Travel by 4WD vehicles north along the scenic Captain Cook Highway, through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest to Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. Then making our way along the jungle shrouded Bloomfield Track (road conditions permitting), stopping off at the unique Lion’s Den Hotel and the mysterious Black Mountain, arriving at the old gold port of Cooktown, where we visit Captain Cooks Landing. Stop en-route for lunch. Arrive Cooktown for a one-night stay.

Sunday 20 July

Cooktown – Musgrave

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This morning we 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.

Monday 21 July

Musgrave – Coen – Archer River – Weipa

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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. 


Tuesday 22 July

Weipa – Wenlock River – Bramwell Station

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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 at a former ‘True Blue’ Aussie Cattle Station.


Wednesday 23 July

Bramwell – Fruit Bat Falls – Cape York

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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. 

Thursday 24 July

Cape York

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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.


Friday 25 July

Cape York – Thursday Island – Cairns

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An early morning departure 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 your hotel in Cairns and enjoy our farewell dinner.


Saturday 26 July

Cairns – Auckland

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After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our direct flight back to Auckland.


• Return economy flights with Air New Zealand Auckland – Brisbane - Cairns // Cairns – Auckland

• Domestic flight Horn Island - Cairns 

• Nine nights’ accommodation

• 4WD travel Cairns to Cape York

• Tour of Horn Island and entry to Torres Strait Museum

• Ferry ride Mainland - Thursday Island - Horn Island

• Wildlife River Cruise in Weipa

• Transfers as specified

• Meals as specified

• Sightseeing as specified

• Entrance fees as specified

• Welcome and Farewell Dinner

• Pukekohe Travel Tour Escort (subject to 20 persons travelling)


ESTIMATED Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle



*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


• Items of a personal nature

• Travel Insurance (please ask us for a quote)

• Airline and airport taxes (approx. $360)

• Items not specified

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $800 per person will secure a place on the tour

• Full payment is due no later than 12 April 2025


• From the date of booking to 12 April 2025– loss of deposit

• After 12 April 2025 – no refund

Travel Insurance

• Travel insurance is essential - please ask for a quote.

General Information


Temperatures Max Min


Weipa 30˚c 20˚c

Thursday Island 28˚c 25˚c



• The Australian Dollar – ATMs available in major towns


How Will You Travel?

There will be a maximum of 22 persons on the 24 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.



Luggage space is very limited and should not exceed 10 kg.

Please restrict your luggage to one small soft bag (300 x 300 x 700mm) and a day pack per person.

NO bags with wheels or hard suitcases.

Any excess luggage can be stored at the hotel in Cairns.

Accommodation on 4WD Tour

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. 

Meals on 4WD Tour

Continental breakfasts daily.

Lunches are picnics of salads, meat and cheese to build your own.

Dinners are main course and dessert


Clothing on 4WD

Casual gear is a must with a minimal change of clothing. T shirts, shorts, jeans, swim gear, swim towel, rubber-soled sandals or joggers, a warm jumper or jacket, hat, torch, insect repellent. A track suit is most useful.



Health and Fitness

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 able to negotiate the steps to enter / exit the Isuzu tour vehicle.We except you to arrive on tour fit, healthy and ready to travel. 

Terms and Conditions

• For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/ termsandconditions or ask our tour consultant for a copy

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change