12 Day 4WD & Sea Tour Cape York OZA12OS

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Departs Cairns
Returns Cairns
Difficulty Easy
Group Size 19/vehicle

12 Day 4WD & Sea Tour Cape York Peninsula

See the rainforest of Cape York, the stunning blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef and all that lays in between Cairns and Cape York on this fantastic 12 day trip. This accommodated tour ensures you are well catered for with picnic style lunches and a cafe style meal at night after a day of adventure. Overall a fabulous trip to “The Tip”! For a unique experience join the cargo ship MV Trinity Bay for your return to Cairns. Highlights of this trip include Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park, Cooktown, Thursday and Horn Island, Musgrave Telegraph Station and Cape York “The Tip”. An accommodated Cape York Tour not to be missed.

Highlights

  • Cape Tribulation
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Historic Cooktown
  • Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park
  • Musgrave Telegraph Station
  • Kutini Payamu (Iron Range) National Park
  • Moreton Telegraph Station
  • Weipa Eco Boat Cruise
  • Cape York “The Tip”
  • Punsand Bay
  • Thursday Island Tour
  • Horn Island Tour
  • Torres Straits
  • Cargo Ship Voyage
  • Great Barrier Reef

Inclusions

  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Local guides for Horn Island and Thursday Island Tours
  • Airconditioned 4WD Coach
  • Kutini Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (2 nights)
  • Moreton Telegraph Station (2 nights)
  • Punsand Bay (3 nights)
  • Cargo Ship Voyage
  • Twin share rooms some with private and shared facilities
  • Meals as indicated

Tour Pricing

All prices are per person in AUD. Valid from 1/4/2020-31/10/2021

Twin ShareSingleTriple Share
2021 May, June, July, August & September$ 6050$ 6945$ 5890
2021 October$ 5725$ 6510$ 5565

Itineraries are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all Cape York Tours as it is a remote location. Medical forms must be completed at the time of booking. Where you answer ‘YES’ to any of the conditions in Part 1, you may need to obtain a letter from your GP to state you are fit to travel. There are additional medical requirements for the Cargo Boat and passengers must be approved to travel.

Prices & Dates

Tour Options  

Itinerary

  • 1 DAY 1 CAIRNS, CAPE TRIBULATION, COOKTOWN (LD)

    Early morning pick up from selected locations as we travel via the beautiful coastal road until we cross the Daintree River and enter the majestic expanse of the World Heritage Cape Tribulation Rainforest. Over the Bloomfield Track to historic Cooktown. Perhaps a chance to shop for souvenirs in original colonial era shops.

    Overnight accommodation with ensuite facilities.

  • 2 DAY 2 RINYIRRU (LAKEFIELD) NATIONAL PARK, MUSGRAVE TELEGRAPH STATION (BLD)

    Assured of a unique place in the rich fabric of Australian history, Cooktown provides a visit of interest and excitement. Visit Cook’s landing place, Grassy Hill Lookout and the century old cemetery. We travel via Battle Camp Ranges and Old Laura Station to Rinyirru National Park. Experience living outback history as we approach Musgrave Telegraph Station, the last remaining telegraph station in Cape York.

    Overnight accommodation with share facilities.

  • 3 DAY 3 COEN, ARCHER RIVER, KUTINI PAYAMU (IRON RANGE) NATIONAL PARK (BLD)

    Via historic Coen we travel north to cross the wide sandy Archer River and after lunch we cross the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers before entering Kutini – Payamu National Park. This area features the largest area of tropical lowland rainforest remaining in Australia. Rare fauna and flora include Cuscus, Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots, Green Pythons, palms and orchids.

    Overnight accommodation 2 nights. Unique bush style cabins with share facilities.

  • 4 DAY 4 PORTLAND ROADS, CHILLI BEACH, WW2 SITES (BLD)

    An exciting day visiting significant historic sites and breath-taking coastal scenery. Portland Roads, once a vital sea port for miners and the wartime airfields, now affords the locals a relaxed lifestyle in an idyllic tropical setting. Visit Chilli Beach overlooking Restoration Island, Bligh’s first landing site in 1792. We explore and learn about the gold workings of the 1930’s and the area around the airfield at Iron Range where there were major military installations. We also visit the renowned Lockhart River Aboriginal Art Centre and Quintel Beach overlooking Lloyd Bay.

  • 5 DAY 5 BATAVIA GOLDFIELDS, MORETON TELEGRAPH STATION (BLD)

    Via scenic Tozers Gap travel west to visit the old Batavia Goldfields, an abandoned mining town. Then travel North via Piccaninny Plains and Batavia Downs Station to arrive at Moreton a former telegraph station that carried the morse code signal linking Brisbane to Thursday Island.

    Overnight accommodation 2 nights. Cabin Tent share facilities. Twin share fully screened tents with beds and linen. No power in tents.

  • 6 DAY 6 WEIPA, MORETON TELEGRAPH STATION, WENLOCK RIVER (BD)

    Through huge cattle runs, travel west to arrive at the bauxite-mining town of Weipa on the Gulf of Carpentaria. A veritable “Oasis in the Wilderness” and providing further contrast to your experience of this last frontier. Today we have an eco boat cruise included. Discover the waterways and diverse wildlife habitat including saltwater Crocodiles, numerous bird species and mining history. Lunch at own expense.

  • 7 DAY 7 FRUIT BAT FALLS, JARDINE RIVER, PUNSAND BAY (BLD)

    Be awakened by the dawn chorus of birdlife endemic to the Wenlock River. Today’s journey, travels sections of the old Telegraph Track through ever changing landscapes of zamias and heath forests to reach today’s lunch destination the picturesque Fruit Bat Falls on the Eliot River. Time to swim and explore or photograph the enchanting rock pools, and waterfalls. This afternoon we cross the Jardine River, followed by a short visit to Bamaga Aboriginal and Islander settlement.

    Accommodation at Punsand Bay overlooking the Torres Strait. 3 nights’ accommodation with ensuite facilities.

  • 8 DAY 8 THURSDAY ISLAND, HORN ISLAND (BLD)

    Today’s highlight is a ferry transfer through the island dotted Straits to explore historic Thursday Island and Horn Island. A conducted 2 island bus tour with lunch is included. Afternoon Ferry return to mainland.

  • 9 DAY 9 CAPE YORK, SOMERSET (BLD)

    An unforgettable day of achievement and interest. We stand at the very ‘Tip’ of our continent, Visit the ruins of the pioneer settlement Somerset, overlooking Albany Passage with pristine beaches and rocky headlands.

  • 10 DAY 10 SEISIA, COMMENCE SEA-LEG (BLD)

    The focus of all attention today is Seisia wharf, where the cargo ship from Cairns disgorge their cargo of fuel, building materials, indeed everything needed by the local communities. At 80 meters and over 3000 tonnes the Trinity Bay is the largest cargo ship servicing the Torres Strait communities.

  • 11 DAY 11 GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK (BLD)

    Total relaxation as you enjoy the company of the crew and new shipboard companions.

  • 12 DAY 12 DISEMBARK CAIRNS (B)

    Your adventure ends on arrival at Trinity Wharf Cairns. Make your own way to your accommodation venue

Please do not book flights the day the tour ends in case there are delays on the return leg of the trip.
** Itinerary is subject to change.

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Additional Information

Passenger Information

Seat Rotation: On all tours and safaris, passengers rotate seats each day, to give everyone a chance to enjoy forward and window seating.

Medical/Dietary: We require all passengers to truthfully and 100% accurately complete our Passenger Booking form and Medical and Dietary form. We can cater for food allergies, Vegetarians, Coeliac & Lactose Intolerance. Diet requirements should be based on a medical condition. Diet fads and personal preferences cannot be catered for.

What To Bring: Casual gear is a must. We suggest you will most likely need 4 or 5 changes of clothing: T/Shirts, jeans, shorts, bathers, bath and hand towel, a pair of rubber soled shoes (for walking in creeks and for showering) or joggers, a warm jumper or jacket, hat, torch, sleeping bag, pillow (camping only), insect repellent and toiletries. A tracksuit or similar is most useful too. Please avoid articles of white or light clothing as the dust may stain.

Luggage: One small bag (must be soft with no wheels or hard corners) which should not exceed 10 kilos as space is limited. One piece of hand luggage (the size of an airline bag) is advisable for everyday use. Don’t forget your camera. Washing can be done daily on overland safaris.

Smoking: As per Government Regulations, smoking, including “E” cigarettes is not permitted in the vehicles. Ample stops provide time for “smoking breaks” en route.

Alcohol: Restrictions are currently in place in some Indigenous communities we visit. These restrictions may only affect part of your tour, depending on which tour you are doing.

Camping Tours: If required camping items may be hired (pre booking essential)

  • Pillow $5 Per Person
  • Sleeping Bag $25 Per Person
  • Stretcher Bed $35 Per Person
  • Sole use tent from $95 Per Trip

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 info@australiantoursandcruises.info to complete your booking. Bookings are not confirmed until all forms are completed and returned.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Included: Meals, except where otherwise stated in your itinerary; ship/ferry fares were applicable, tented and any other accommodation on share basis and entrance fees as per itinerary.

Not Included: Accommodation, meals, fares, fares en route from home cities. Meals, unless specifically mentioned on day to day itinerary, sleeping bags, pillows, stretcher beds (available for hire) and any personal items such as alcohol or soft drinks, newspapers, telephone, laundry, souvenirs and personal holiday insurance.

 Additional Information

As these tours and safaris operate in remote areas, the operator, reserves the right to alter, and/or cancel any section and/or parts of the itinerary or substitute staff, which may result from road, weather or any other conditions of an operational nature. Whilst every endeavour will be made to keep the arrival/departure times given in the itinerary, no guarantee will be made that these will be kept.

It is strongly recommended that you do not make same-day flight bookings on conclusion of your tour.

On tours that include activities such as trekking, hiking, walking, swimming gathering wood, passengers accept that degrees of risk are involved.

We strongly recommend all intending passengers take out adequate travel insurance to cover any event and give full travel protection.

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:

  • Bookings require deposit payment and completion of a passenger booking form.
  • Final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
  • 60 or more Days – Loss of initial deposit payment
  • 59- 30 Days – 50%  of tour price plus the initial deposit payment
  • 29 Days – 100% of tour price
  • As this tour is accessing remote areas, the tour itinerary may change due to weather and road conditions and this is the decision of the operator.

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.

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. Complimentary vehicle storage (not caravan) is available whilst you are on tour.

STANDARD ROOM (20-25 sqm)
Low season 01/10/2020 – 31/03/2020, 01/04/2021 – 30/06/2021, 01/10/2021 –  23/12/2021, 05/01/2022 – 31/03/2022
1 Night $149 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast additional $22 per person)

High season 01/07/2021-30/09/2021,  24/12/2021-04/01/2022
1 Night $159 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast additional $22 per person)
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.

ONE BEDROOM SUITE (50SQM)
Low season 01/10/2020 – 31/03/2020, 01/04/2021 – 30/06/2021, 01/10/2021 –  23/12/2021, 05/01/2022 – 31/03/2022
1 Night $179 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast additional $22 per person)

High season 01/07/2021-30/09/2021,  24/12/2021-04/01/2022
1 Night $189 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast additional $22 per person)

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

Extra Person Sharing Room

  • 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

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.

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

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).