12 Day Cape York Guided 4WD Tour 2022 CYG12D

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From $5,195 Per Person
Departs Cairns
Returns Cairns
Difficulty Medium
Group Size 4- 20

12 Day Cape York Guided 4WD

Enjoy a Cape York adventure with highly experienced local guides. Travel in comfortable 4WD vehicles in small groups. Stay in quality tents with queen beds along the way (all set up for you). This tour takes you along the Old Telegraph Track, you can swim in waterfalls and camp out in style. Enjoy camp oven feasts or local meals at the local watering holes. Tours include Ride-A-Long passengers in a 4WD vehicle driven by experienced drivers, or there is a Tag-A-Long option where you can bring your own 4WD vehicle to experience the outback tracks. Each tour may have up to two Tag-A-Long vehicles. Children are welcome on tours.

 

Highlights

  • Cape Tribulation
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Lions Den Hotel
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Archer River Roadhouse
  • Optional Tours to select what interests you
  • Moreton Telegraph Station
  • Fruit Bat Falls (swimming opportunity)
  • Cape York Walk to ‘The Tip’
  • Quinkan Rock Art and Cultural Centre

Inclusions

  • All camping equipment for Ride-A-Long
  • Meals as indicated
  • Camping fees
  • National Parks fees
  • Pickup and Drop off at your accommodation
  • Some tours may include a Tag-A-Long group for up to 2 vehicles

Tour Pricing

All prices are per person in AUD. Valid from 1/4/2022-31/10/2023

Twin ShareSingle
2022 Season$ 5,195$ 5,305
2023 Season$ 5,805$ 5,950

Itineraries are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all Cape York Tours as it is a remote location.

Prices & Dates

Tour Options  

Itinerary

** The itinerary provided for each trip is representative of the types of activities contemplated, but it is understood that the route, schedules, itineraries, and amenities may be subject to alteration without prior notice due to local circumstances or events. Medium level of fitness – if guests have any mobility concerns or any pre-existing injuries / illness which may affect their participation, they are required to declare these prior to travel. Please note tours include walks that can be more than 1.5km. Travel insurance is required for this tour.

  • 1 DAY 1 CAIRNS - LIONS DEN HOTEL (L D)

    Pick up from your local Cairns accommodation and head off via the coast road. Explore Mossman Gorge & cross the Daintree River on the Ferry continuing through Cape Tribulation & Daintree National Park onto the scenic Bloomfield Track. Make camp at the iconic Lions Den Hotel where you can relax & enjoy a few cold drinks.

  • 2 DAY 2 LIONS DEN – COOKTOWN – MUSGRAVE VIA LAKEFIELD NATIONAL PARK (B L D)

    We head towards Cooktown to explore some local attractions before making our way north through Lakefield National Park, stopping at a couple of lagoons to spot some local flora and fauna. Lunch will be at Old Laura Homestead; you have free time to explore. Make camp at Musgrave Campgrounds where you can relax & soak up the atmosphere.

     

  • 3 DAY 3 MUSGRAVE - WEIPA (B L D)

    Calling in at Archer River Roadhouse, we will stop for a short rest break then continuing on to Weipa.

     

  • 4 DAY 4 WEIPA (B D)

    Today is your own, you can choose to venture out on one of the optional tours available (must be booked in advance) Western Cape Eco Tours, Rio Tinto Mining Tours, Fishing Charters or check out some of the local sights or try your luck at fishing some local hot spots.

  • 5 DAY 5 WEIPA – BRAMWELL JUNCTION (B L D)

    Travelling from Weipa we will stop in at The Morton Telegraph Station which is set on the banks of the Wenlock River. Here you can take a break & learn about some of the telegraph line history. Once we reach Bramwell Junction we will make camp for the evening. Here we check over the vehicles, ready for our adventure heading north.

  • 6 DAY 6 BRAMWELL JUNCTION – ELIOT FALLS VIA OLD TELEGRAPH TRACK (B L D)

    Not a huge day kilometer wise but a 4WD experience you’ll never forget. Water crossings, swimming holes, bush tracks & adventure in abundance. Camping up at Eliot Falls Campground you can enjoy a long soak in the amazing waterfalls whilst we prepare another famous ‘Camp Oven Feast’.

    NOTE: alternative tracks are available for anyone not wishing to complete the more challenging crossing or tracks. Having 2 guides allows us to be flexible. You just need to let us know.

    # No showers available at this location, a swim at Eliot Falls does the job. There are toilets available.

  • 7 DAY 7 ELIOT FALLS – THE TIP – PUSAND BAY (B L D)

    Ready & raring for the trek north, we cross the Jardine River on the Ferry, pass through Bamaga headed to the Northernmost point of Australia, “The Tip”. We will have a bite to eat for lunch here before walking to the famous sign for photos. We will set up camp at Punsand Bay Campground for 2 nights.

  • 8 DAY 8 PUNSAND BAY (B D)

    Today is your own, you can choose to hang out around Punsand Bay where you can wet a line with some beach fishing or set off on your optional tours (must be booked in advance, additional costs) which may include a Thursday Island Tour, Punsand Bay Scenic Helicopter Flight or a Fishing Charter.

  • 9 DAY 9 PUNSAND BAY – FRUIT BAT FALLS – MERLUNA CATTLE STATION (B L D)

    Back across the Jardine River to a relaxing cool-off at the glorious Fruit Bat Falls. Make camp at a working Cattle Station, where there’s abundant flora & fauna to explore.

  • 10 DAY 10 MERLUNA CATTLE STATION (B L D)

    Today we get to spend the whole day here at a working cattle station.  There’s plenty of flora & fauna to explore and livestock to see. Relax by the Plunge pool or go on a Nature Walk.  End the day sitting around the fire with a delicious Camp Oven feast.

  • 11 DAY 11 MERLUNA CATTLE STATION – HANN RIVER ROADHOUSE (B L D)

    Today we set off southbound and visit the 28-mile waterhole.  We then stop at Coen where you can explore the museum. We make camp at Hann River Roadhouse where you will meet Aussie the Emu & watch the feeding wallabies.  Here we have our final farewell dinner where we can reminisce about our tour and the new friendships we’ve made.

  • 12 DAY 12 HANN RIVER ROADHOUSE - CAIRNS (B)

    Today being the final leg of our Cape York adventure together we will travel back to Cairns. We will stop off at Laura to visit Quinkan Rock Art and the Quinkan Cultural Centre which showcases some of the local heritage before making our way back to Cairns where we will gather for the final time for a farewell dinner. You will be dropped off to your Cairns accommodation.

** Itinerary is subject to change

  • Pre and post tour accommodation required for tour.
  • Please note – Children over 9 years of age accompanied with an adult may participate in this tour.

Additional Information

Booking Terms and Conditions

Be aware that some confirmed bookings are not refundable if cancelled, and also may not be transferable to another date or otherwise changed. Alternatively, a change may only be permissible subject to payment of an additional fee or charge. Your entitlement to a refund for cancelled bookings is subject to the relevant Supplier’s terms and conditions. Please note that if we are entitled to a service fee for placing a booking, we will remain entitled to this fee if you cancel the booking or the Supplier fails to provide you with the Product for any reason (other than our default), including in an event of Force Majeure. We will be entitled to deduct our service fee from any refund we receive on your behalf before remitting the balance to you. Suppliers’ fees are outlined in their relevant terms and conditions.

Please review the full Terms and Conditions and Schedule of Fees prior to making a booking.

Supplier Terms and Conditions Summary:

  • If cancelled more than 90 days before departure, full tour costs will be reimbursed.
  • If cancelled between 90- 60 days before departure, tour cost less deposit will be reimbursed.
  • If cancelled between 30- 60 days, before departure, 50% of the Tour cost will be reimbursed.
  • Cancellations received 30 days and less to departure, we will offer a rebook/transferrable tour option to be booked & used within the next 12 months.

Changes to the Itinerary

You appreciate and acknowledge that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility, and you should allow for alternatives. The itinerary provided for each trip is representative of the types of activities contemplated, but it is understood that the route, schedules, itineraries and amenities may be subject to alteration without prior notice due to local circumstances or events.

While we endeavour to operate all trips as described we reserve the right to change the trip itinerary. Please refer to our website before departure for the most recent updates to your itinerary.

Before departure: If we make a major change, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made you may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a refund of money paid on the land portion of the trip only or accepting an alternative trip offered.

After departure: We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or a Force Majeure Event. In such emergency circumstances, the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itineraries including but not limited to non-refundable flights.

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 $20-$30 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 are happy to book this for you or 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.

Motel Accommodation
We work 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.

Please note: Breakfast is not currently offered due to COVID restrictions, however there are many places to eat near by.

STANDARD ROOM (20-25 sqm) Rooms have 1 queen bed or 2 single beds
ROOM FACILITIES Air Conditioning, 42″ LCD Television, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Small Fridge, Safe, Iron & Ironing Board, WiFi.

LOW Season 01/04/2022 TO 30/06/2022, 01/10/2022 TO 23/12/2022, 05/01/2023 TO 31/03/2023
1 Night $155 per room

HIGH Season 01/07/2022-30/09/2022, 24/12/2022-04/01/2023
1 Night $185 per room

ONE BEDROOM SUITE (50SQM) Rooms have 1 queen bed or 2 single beds
ROOM FACILITIES Air Conditioning, 42″ LCD Television, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Small Fridge, Safe, Iron & Ironing Board, WiFi, Private Balcony.

LOW Season 01/04/2022 TO 30/06/2022, 01/10/2022 TO 23/12/2022, 05/01/2023 TO 31/03/2023
1 Night $165 per room

HIGH Season 01/07/2022-30/09/2022, 24/12/2022-04/01/2023
1 Night $195 per room

Extra Person Sharing Room

  • Extra adult in shared room: $45.00 per person per night
  • Extra child (4-11 years) in shared room: $30.00 per person per night

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. Ask our team for a no-obligation quote.

Credit Card Payments
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.

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
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
Branch Address: 171 Howick Street Bathurst NSW 2795
International Direct Deposit: Add $25 for bank fees
SWIFT or BIC CODE: CTBAAU2S

Trip Reviews

The ride-along option was perfect for me, to be able to enjoy the scenery, go to beautiful out-of-the-way places and camp without any hassles. The vehicles were comfortable and obviously suited for the sometimes-rough terrain. The tents and bedding were quite luxurious — much more comfortable than I’d expected, and the trailer was a work of art — so well thought out and practical.

Dale and Bones were terrific. They were thoughtful, helpful, efficient, and very patient. They managed to appear relaxed while ensuring that the tour ran smoothly. When difficulties arose Dale always had a plan B (and maybe even C & D) and things got sorted without any fuss. Dale took us to places I would otherwise have missed seeing, and his love of the Cape was infectious. His stories about camping with family and friends made the whole experience very special. Sue

 

Dear Michelle, Max, Dale & Renae

Thank you for giving us lifetime memories of our trip to the Cape York peninsula.  We had an absolutely fabulous experience with both dale and max looking after us and treating us with the best that Cape York had to offer. We wish all of you the very best in your venture.

 

Travelling alone through Queensland, I decided to experience Cape York. I was reluctant to risk it alone, so a tag-along tour sounded like a good idea. Dale suggested I could ride-along in their vehicle, which made a lot more sense! The trip was well organised, the like-minded company was great, and the adventure memorable. Everyone was very well looked after and the facilities certainly adequate. I was sorry to see the trip end! Tony

 

 

FAQs

  • Is there phone service in Far North Queensland?

    In most towns you will get phone service, but there are large stretches between towns that may not have service. Satellite phones are carried on tours for emergency use. Phone service will be possible in Cairns, Laura, Seisia, Roko Island, Thursday Island, Horn Island, Weipa, Cooktown and Coen. There may be other locations and all service will depend on the phone carrier used.

  • 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).