11 Day Heritage Tour Cape York OATCAPE11

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From $7,199.00 Per Person
Departs Cairns
Returns Cairns
Difficulty Medium
Group Size 26

11 Day Heritage Tour Cape York

If you are looking for a journey to discover the natural and cultural heritage of Cape York then this top of the line tour could be just for you. Join a group of 26 passengers in a unique 4WD vehicle built especially for comfort travel in Outback Australia. Your Guide is passionate about Cape York & highly trained in the area. Accommodation is at the best motels & stations in Cape York who also provide delicious home backed treats and meals. If money is not really an issue then this top of the line tour will give you an experience to remember for the rest of your life! All included in the cost of this tour is 11 full days of touring plus 2 night accommodation in Cairns – 1 night before the tour starts and 1 night after the tour ends.

 

Highlights

  • Daintree Rainforest and Daintree Discovery Centre
  • Bana Yirriji Art & Cultural Centre
  • Bloomfield Track and Daintree Coast
  • James Cook Museum
  • Cooktown Botanic Gardens
  • Guided tour of Split Rock, Quinkan Centre
  • Weipa Bauxite Mine Tour
  • Gulf Eco Cruise
  • Moreton Telegraph Station
  • Fruit Bat Falls (swimming opportunity)
  • Cape York Walk to ‘The Tip’
  • Endeavour Strait Cruising
  • Kazu Pearl Farm Tour
  • Torres Strait Cultural Heritage Experiences
  • Horn and Thursday Island Touring

Inclusions

  • 10 nights en suite accommodation
  • Travel by luxury 4WD coach from Cairns
  • Vehicle has PA, television, CD, DVD and road camera
  • All meals (10 buffet breakfasts; 9 lunches; 10 dinners)
  • All entries/activities as per itinerary
  • Ferry transfers between Cape York, Thursday Island and Horn Island
  • One way economy flight Horn Island to Cairns
  • Expert  tour director and driver

Tour Pricing

All prices are in AUD, per person

Twin ShareSingle
2021$ 7,199$ 8,449

Minimum tour numbers apply.  Itinerary subject to change. Prices do not include: travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.

Prices & Dates

Tour Options  

Itinerary

  • 1 Day 1: Tuesday - Cairns (D)

    Your adventure begins with a Welcome Dinner at our tour hotel. Please check-in after 2.00pm. Meet fellow travellers and hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host.  

    Accommodation: Rydges Esplanade, Cairns

  • 2 Day 2: Wednesday - Cooktown (B L D)

    We travel north along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives to Mossman; nestled in the World Heritage-Listed Daintree Rainforest. We’ll board the Daintree River Ferry for a short cable crossing of the famous Daintree River. Visit the Daintree Discovery Centre, an award-winning interpretive facility. Join a guided tour of the rainforest boardwalks.

    Follow the Bloomfield Track on a spectacular scenic journey hugging the Daintree Coast.  Visit the Bana Yirriji Art and Cultural Centre in Wujal Wujal, a small coastal Aboriginal community on the banks of the Bloomfield River.  

    Accommodation: 2 nights River of Gold Motel, Cooktown

  • 3 Day 3: Thursday - Cooktown (B L D)

    Discover Cooktown’s colourful history today. Join our guide on a tour of the Cooktown Cemetery and hear the intriguing story of a fair skinned woman known as the “Normanby Woman” who was sighted living with Aborigines back in the 1800s. Visit James Cook Museum in the magnificent 19th Century Sisters of Mercy Convent.  Gain an insight into the grounding of the Endeavour and the most significant land based stay of Captain Cook’s east coast expedition. Wander the beautiful heritage-listed Cooktown Botanic Gardens and see the Vera Scarth-Johnson collection of original regional botanical illustrations. Enjoy some free time to stroll downtown Cooktown and a late afternoon tour of Grassy Hill with 360-degree views of Cooktown, the Endeavour River and the Great Barrier Reef.

    Accommodation: River of Gold Motel, Cooktown

  • 4 Day 4: Friday – Musgrave (B L D)

    Travel to Lakeland and Laura via the mysterious Black Mountains, a special story place for the Kuku Yalanji people. World-class Aboriginal rock art and wonderful locally grown coffee are two big drawcards for these small towns.  Best known are the Quinkan Rock Art Galleries, considered to be some of the most significant Aboriginal art sites in the world. We’ll join an Indigenous guided tour of the Split Rock Galleries.

    Travel along the Peninsula Developmental Road to the Hann River Roadhouse for a short break before continuing on to Musgrave Roadhouse.

    Accommodation: Musgrave Roadhouse

  • 5 Day 5: Saturday - Weipa (B L D)

    We continue along the Peninsula Development Road to the old mining community of Coen.  The town was originally created around a repeater station in the Overland Telegraph Line to the Tip of Cape York Peninsula.

    We’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Archer River Roadhouse.  Located on the banks of the crystal clear Archer River, the Roadhouse is famous for the massive Archer Burger, best served with an icy cold drink under their shaded patio.

    Last stop for the day is Weipa, the Barramundi capital of Queensland. Originally an Aboriginal mission, Weipa grew to become a township after the discovery of bauxite. Late afternoon relax at your accommodation with sweeping views of Albatross Bay.  

    Accommodation: 2 nights Albatross Bay Resort, Weipa

  • 6 Day 6: Sunday - Weipa (B L D)

    Learn about Weipa’s mining operations on a morning tour of the world’s largest bauxite mine, operated by Rio Tinto. Get up close and personal to the 190 tonne Belly Dumper Haul trucks while touring the working mine site and follow the rail and conveyor belt system as the bauxite makes its way to the loading dock.

    Join an Eco Cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria for a chance to spot local birdlife and crocodiles. Relax with drinks and nibbles as you learn about the incredible ecosystems and local culture. Witness a stunning sunset in one of the few places in Queensland where the sun sets over the ocean in the west.

    Accommodation: Albatross Bay Resort, Weipa

  • 7 Day 7: Monday - Bamaga (B L D)

    Follow the Old Telegraph Track to Moreton Telegraph Station on the banks of the Wenlock River. Part of the historic Overland Telegraph Line, Moreton Telegraph Station was completed in 1887 and ceased operations in 1987 with the introduction of microwave telecommunications. Spot giant termite mounds as the country changes to the open plains of Heathlands Resources Reserve.

    Cool off in the lush Fruit Bat Falls with its crystal clear water (croc free), a perfect swimming spot and one of the most special places on the Cape. Cross the Jardine River by cable ferry to Bamaga, the closest settlement to the Tip of Australia.  This evening enjoy a relaxed dinner overlooking tropical gardens.

    Accommodation: 2 nights Cape York Peninsula Lodge, Bamaga

  • 8 Day 8: Tuesday - Bamaga (B L D)

    Experience the highlights of Cape York Peninsula, one of Australia’s last great wilderness areas. We begin with a drive to Pajinka. The 45-60 minute walk over rocky headland to ‘The Tip’ of Cape York requires a good level of fitness. Take that ‘bucket-list’ photo as you stand at the Tip of Australia; then savour a picnic lunch on Sommerset Beach with breathtaking views to Albany Island. Visit the iconic Croc Tent then enjoy some free time back at your accommodation.

    Accommodation: Cape York Peninsula Lodge, Bamaga

  • 9 Day 9: Wednesday - Torres Strait Islands (B L D)

    Cruise the beautiful turquoise waters of the Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island; just one of 274 islands which lie between the northern tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Discover Thursday Island’s hidden past, including Green Hill Fort, on a guided history tour.

    Join a special tour to Friday Island and the Kazu Pearl Farm. Tuck into a delicious Japanese seafood lunch followed by a demonstration on the cultivation, seeding and harvesting of the pearl.  Time also to visit the Pearl Farm Shop.  Return to Thursday Island before travelling by ferry to Horn Island late afternoon.

    Accommodation: Gateway Torres Strait Resort, Horn Island

  • 10 Day 10: Thursday - Cairns (B L D)

    Join local guides on a tour of the World War II sites. See gun emplacements, an underground command post and an aircraft wreck with an epic tale. Walk in the steps of traditional owners, the Kaurareg People, and learn their stories. Following the tour you will have time to wander the Torres Strait Heritage Museum. Enjoy an Asian buffet lunch on Horn Island before transferring to Horn Island Airport for your QantasLink flight to Cairns.

    Tonight we’ll celebrate the end of our adventure with a Farewell Dinner at the Coral Hedge Brasserie Restaurant & Bar.  

    Accommodation: Rydges Esplanade, Cairns

  • 11 Day 11: Friday - Homeward Bound (B)

    Your Cape York and Torres Strait adventure concludes after breakfast at Rydges Esplanade.  Own arrangements for your connecting flight or rail home.  Alternatively you may like to extend your stay in Cairns with one of our Post Tour packages – please contact us for further information.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Medium level of fitness – guests have no mobility concerns and they have declared any pre-existing injuries which may affect their participation. Please note tours include leisurely walks that can be in excess of 1.5km. Not suitable for guests needing wheelie walkers or wheelchairs.

Additional Information

Credit Card Payments

We use TravelPay to process credit cards as it is recommended by AFTA (The Australian Federation of Travel Agents) as it provides protection in the event of supplier insolvency.

Credit Card Customer Payment Link enter this link into your browser: pay.travelpay.com.au/AUSTC

If paying via the Customer Payment Link, please ensure you complete all fields and ensure you enter the correct Trip Reference Number, so we can identify your payment. Remember that ‘TravelPay’ will appear on your credit card statement.

Credit card surcharges will apply when paying by credit card. We accept all credit cards and relevant credit card fee is applied when processing: Mastercard – 1.30%, Visa – 1.50%, American Express – 2.20%, Diners Card – 2.75%, International Credit Cards – 3.25%


Cancellation Fees
 It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance, most claims arise from either personnel or close-family illness before departure resulting in cancellation charges.

• 100 or more Days – Loss of initial deposit payment

• 99 – 81 Days – 35%  of tour price plus the initial deposit payment

• 80- 61 Days – 50%  of tour price plus the initial deposit payment

• 60 – 0 Days – 100% of tour price

Travel Insurance: As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase discounted travel insurance.  It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance. As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity get a quote from Cover-More Travel Insurance.

Cairns Accommodation Before & After Your Cape York Tour

  • For those wishing Caravan Park Accommodation – There are three Caravan Parks to choose from with limited storage options available at one of these properties. The Caravan Parks usually request a minimum stay of at least 4 nights pre/post tour to store your caravan/car/campervan/motorhome. Storage prices are anywhere from $15-$18 per night. These Caravan Parks are located all around the Cairns region and if applicable to your chosen tour itinerary your 4WD safari vehicle will either pick up or drop off at your chosen Caravan Park. We will provide you with these Caravan Park options once your selected tour booking has been confirmed. Should passengers choose to stay elsewhere, we can advise to you which pick up point is the closest to your chosen accommodation.
  • For those wishing Motel Accommodation we have an agreement with a local motel located in the Cairns CBD who offers quality, clean and a range of good value room styles (see below). The room styles and rates listed below include free Wi-Fi, guest laundry, swimming pool & luggage storage whilst you are on tour. Your tour bus will pick up and drop off at the front door of the motel. Were happy to make the booking for you or we will give you the motels details after you have booked your Cape York Tour. Complimentary vehicle storage (not caravan) is available whilst you are on tour.

 

STANDARD ROOM (20-25 sqm)
Low season 01/10/2019 –31/03/2020, 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020, 01/10/2020 –31/03/20201 Night $149 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast will be an additional $22 per person)

High season 01/07/2020 – 30/09/2020

1 Night $159 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast will be an additional $22 per person)

Rooms have 1 queen bed or 2 single beds

Extra adult in shared room: $36.00 per person per night

Extra child (4-13 years) in shared room: $18.00 per person per night

ROOM FACILITIES Air Conditioning, 42″ LCD Television, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Small Fridge, Safe, Iron & Ironing Board, WiFi.

ONE BEDROOM SUITE (50 sqm)
Low season 01/10/2019 –31/03/2020, 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020, 01/10/2020 –31/03/20201 Night $179 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast will be an additional $22 per person)

High season 01/07/2020 – 30/09/2020

1 Night $189 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast will be an additional $20 $22 per person)

Extra adult in shared room: $36.00 per person per night

Extra child (4-13 years) in shared room: $18.00 per person per night

ROOM FACILITIES Air Conditioning, 42″ LCD Television, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Small Fridge, Safe, Iron & Ironing Board, WiFi, Private Balcony.

FAQs

  • How can I pay for my tour?
    We use TravelPay to process credit cards as it is recommended by AFTA (The Australian Federation of Travel Agents) as it provides protection in the event of supplier insolvency.

    Credit Card Customer Payment Link enter this link into your browser: pay.travelpay.com.au/AUSTC

    If paying via the Customer Payment Link, please ensure you complete all fields and ensure you enter the correct Trip Reference Number, so we can identify your payment. Remember that ‘TravelPay’ will appear on your credit card statement.

    Credit card surcharges will apply when paying by credit card. We accept all credit cards and relevant credit card fee is applied when processing: Mastercard – 1.30%, Visa – 1.50%, American Express – 2.20%, Diners Card – 2.75%, International Credit Cards – 3.25%

    Direct Deposit payments take up to 3 business days to process. Please notify your consultant of your payment once it has been processed.

    Commonwealth Bank – Australian Tours and Cruises

    Reference: Trip Number

    BSB: 062-504    Account: 1066 1268

    International Direct Deposit: Add $25 for bank fees

    SWIFT or BIC CODE: CTBAAU2S

  • What medical clearance form do I use for the cargo boat?
    MV Trinity Bay Passengers

    IMPORTANT: Please note that MV “Trinity Bay” requires passengers to complete a Passenger Medical Information Form to advise the crew of any medical issues they may need to be aware of. This information will also be used by medical attendants in the event of a medical emergency or accident.

    If required by Part 1 of the Sea Swift Passenger Medical Form, a GP Fit-to-Travel Clearance is available to print and take to your GP for signature.
    Please email a copy back to reservations@capeyorktours.com.au to complete your booking, please include your booking reference number in the email.

    Bookings are not confirmed until all forms are completed and returned.

  • Is there mobile phone reception and internet cafe access on the tour?
    Digital mobile telephones only operate in Cooktown. Telstra NEXT G telephones work in Cooktown, Laura, Coen, Weipa and Thursday Island. Email access via internet cafes is generally not available. Most phones these days can recieve emails.
  • Is it possible to recharge phones, cameras etc on the tour?
    Telephones, cameras and other electrical devises can be charged using mains power in Cooktown, Musgrave, Coen, Weipa, Bramwell Station and Cape York.
  • What is the policy on alcohol on the tour?
    The Government has imposed very strict alcohol regulations throughout Cape York Peninsula and our company has a permit to carry certain quantities of alcohol and complies with all regulations and laws. Please contact our office for further, more recent information.
  • What is the policy on smoking on the tour?
    As per Government regulations, smoking is not permitted in vehicles. Ample stops provide time for smoking breaks.
  • Where can I store my car and caravan?
    There are a number of places to store your vehicle or caravan. We can give you the details to book directly once your tour dates are confirmed.
  • Are special dietary requirements catered for on the tour?
    If a passenger is on a medically prescribed diet, we will do our absolute utmost to cater suitable meals for that person. Please contact our office to discuss any diet needs.
  • What are the meals provided on the tour?
    Your Guides / Chefs work extremely hard to provide passengers with excellent, wholesome meals. Breakfast consists of a choice of at least 3 cereals, toast and spreads. Lunch has a variety of cold meats and an abundant selection of salad vegetables on rolls or sandwiches. Evening meals begin with happy hour followed by a 2 course meal which could be a grill, roast, casserole, BBQ, fresh fish and appropriate selection of vegetables followed by a tasty dessert.
  • What type of toilet and shower facilities should be expected on the tour?
    Toilets are either flushing or National Park composting type and showers are available most nights and if not, a long, soaking soap free swim in a shallow, safe stream is available.
  • How far do we travel each day?
    These tours are designed to show the very best of Cape York Peninsula. The day normally starts around 8.00am ending approximately 4.00pm covering 300 kilometers per day. During the normal course of the day you will stop for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. The tour also stops at places of interest, towns, communities and any notable flora or fauna features.
  • How many people will be on the tour?
    The maximum number of passengers depends on the seating in the 4WD vehicles which range from 4 to 22 seats.
  • How does the tour run?
    All tours are conducted on a partial participation basis, it generates friendship and conversation. The Tour Leader does all cooking however assistance with vegetable peeling, firewood collection and filling water buckets is greatly appreciated. Passengers assist with washing and wiping and erect their own tents (unless on pre-erected tent camping tour or on accommodated tour) after a demonstration, those less agile will be given assistance.
  • How much luggage am I allowed?
    Baggage space is limited. One soft sided sausage style bag per person measuring approximately 600mm x 500mm x 300mm with a maximum weight of about 10kgs plus one small day pack per person for inside the vehicle. Excess luggage may be stored at your accommodation.
  • What clothing should I bring?
    4 tee shirts

    4 shorts or skirts

    Swimmers/Towel

    Water bottle

    A spray jacket/warm jacket

    1 pair of sandals

    Shady hat

    Torch

    Toiletries

    Laundry powder

    Insect repellent

    Small day pack

    Track suit pants/jeans

    NB: clothes line & pegs are supplied by us (campers only) PLEASE AVOID ARTICLES OF WHITE/LIGHT CLOTHING AS DUST MAY STAIN

  • How comfortable are the 4WD vehicles and seating used on the tour?
    Vehicle seats are individual, padded bucket seats with lap and sash seat belts. Vehicle suspensions are modified to ride as comfortably as possible to Cape York. A seat rotation is normally done each day.
  • What kind of boats are used on the tour?
    M.V Trinity Bay carries 38 passengers stopping at Horn Island, Thursday Island and Bamaga. The trip normally takes 2.5 days and you will sleep on the boat for 2 nights. Accommodation is in either twin cabins or 3-4 passengers per cabin, all cabins have share bathroom facilities. A licensed bar is on the ship and your trip includes meals as indicated in the tour itinerary.
  • What kind of air planes are used on the tour?
    Generally medium sized air planes with a capacity of 20 to 50 passengers are used. During peak season when services are in demand we occasionally use smaller aircraft carrying 8 or less passengers.
  • Should travel insurance be organised before going on the tour?
    Travel Insurance

    As a valued customer of Cape York Tours, we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase discounted travel insurance. It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance. As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity get a quote from Cover-More Travel Insurance.

  • Should I bring extra spending money for incidentals?
    We suggest about $300 per person. Credit cards and EFTPOS machines are accessible in most places throughout Cape York.
  • What is excluded from the price of your Cape York tour?
    Any costs incurred before or after departure. Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary. Any personal items such as newspapers, telephone, alcohol and drinks, laundry, personal and travel insurance. It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance which specifically covers cancellation fees, most claims arise from either personnel or close-family illness before departure resulting in cancellation charges. We suggest you talk to your car, home or life insurer and purchase a policy that will cover you for cancellation fees in the unlikely event that you need to cancel your Cape York tour.
  • What is included in the price of your Cape York Tours from Cairns?
    If on a camping tour – all camping equipment including tents with a floor built into them, mattresses, National Park fees, land access and usage fees to local communities, all camping fees. If on an accommodated tour – all accommodation costs whilst on tour. Meals as indicated: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D).