15 Day Cape York 4WD Camping Tour NWS15DD

Best Available Price From
$7,474 Per Person
Deposit From Only
$1,800 Per Person
Departs Cairns
Returns Cairns
Difficulty Moderate
Group Size 14

15-Day Cape York 4WD Camping Tours

If you plan to visit Cape York only once in your life then this 15-day Cape York Camping tour from Cairns will give you a very complete experience. This tour is quite unique due to the tour being conducted in a very personal way as the 4WD vehicle has only 6 to 8 passengers per vehicle, with passionate guides giving you almost a “Private Tour” experience. Couple this with the concept of a tour that goes to both the West Coast and East Coast of Cape York then we are not surprised that this is one of our most popular Cape York tours from Cairns.

Small groups with personal attention by experienced local guides. Unique locations that only smaller vehicles can get to. Private campsites. Experience Weipa. Wonderful accommodation in a private Safari House deep in the Daintree Rainforest. Visit Roko Island.

If you want to camp in the style you could visit the Gulf Savannah wetlands and glamp at Kinrara station, or you can combine a Cape York Tour with the Gulf Savannah and have the best of both worlds!

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Highlights

  • Quinkan Rock Art
  • Roko Island
  • Private Cattle Station Stay
  • Daintree Croc Cruise
  • Iron Range
  • The historic Lions Den Hotel
  • Black Mountain
  • Cooktown
  • WWII Sites
  • Morton Telegraph Station
  • Fruit Bat Falls
  • Old Telegraph Track (Part thereof)
  • Weipa and Mining Tour
  • World Heritage Daintree National Park
  • Portland Roads – Chilli Beach
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Jardine River – Torres Strait
  • Seisia / Thursday Island / Horn Island
  • Pajinka (local Aboriginal name for the Tip of Australia)

Inclusions

  • All camping equipment: sleeping bag, 1 camping pillow per person, 1 fresh towel
  • Some meals
  • Roko Island
  • Camping and National Parks fees
  • 2 Nights accommodated in Daintree
  • 2 Night Unique Bush Style Accommodation – Cooks Hut
  • 2 Night Accommodation (not tents) in Cooktown
  • Private guided walk through the oldest rainforest in the World

Optional Extras: Horn Island & Thursday Island Tours

Not Included: Museums Tours in Cooktown, Daintree Croc Cruise, Weipa & Mine Tour some meals as per itinerary.

Tour Pricing

All prices are per person in AUD. Valid from 1/4/2023-31/10/2024

Twin ShareSingle
2024 Season From $ 7,674$ 8,747

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

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    Itinerary

    • 1 DAY 1 CAIRNS – QUINKAN ROCK ART – PRIVATE CATTLE STATION (D)

      We start our journey by turning inland over the coastal range and onto the James Mulligan Highway before stopping at the Palmer River Roadhouse to stretch our legs and have lunch. History of the Palmer River Gold Fields that started in 1872. After lunch, we journey to Quinkan Rock Art site at Laura. The Quinkan Rock Art sites are now listed by UNESCO as being among the top 10 Rock Art sites in the world. Experience a unique wildlife experience at our private overnight Cattle Station.

      OVERNIGHT AT A PRIVATE CATTLE STATION

      *LUNCH WILL BE AT YOUR OWN COST AT PALMER RIVER.

    • 2 DAY 2 PRIVATE CATTLE STATION – MORETON TELEGRAPH STATION (B L D)

      Today we follow parts of the original Old Telegraph Track – one of the highlights of Cape York and it is a great track for 4WD enthusiasts. We pass the memorial to “Toots”, a famous lady trucking character, have morning tea at Musgrave, and stop at the beautiful Archer River for a sumptuous lunch before our river crossing.  We traverse open woodland country; pass huge termite mounds before arrival at the historical Moreton Telegraph Station

      CAMPGROUND – MORETON STATION

    • 3 DAY 3 MORETON STATION – FRUIT BAT FALLS – SEISIA (B L D)

      Another exciting day of 4WD Driving and creek crossings until we reach the Jardine River, named after pioneering explorers to the area Frank and Alexander Jardine. “The Jardine” is the largest river on the Cape York Peninsula and renowned for crocodiles. Later we stop for lunch and a swim in the crystal clear water at Fruit Bat Falls.

      CAMPGROUND – SEISIA

       

    • 4 DAY 4 SEISIA – ROKO PRIVATE ISLAND (B L D)

      Today we visit a very special family who live on a stunning beautiful private island located in the Torres Strait.  Lunch today under the palm trees overlooking the beautiful blue waters – such a wonderful day!

      CAMPGROUND – SEISIA

       

    • 5 DAY 5 SEISIA – TIP (B L)

      Today we visit the Famous Croc Tent and walk to the TIP. We will travel through the drier savannah woodlands which will change into dense rainforest before opening up at the deserted beaches at Australian’s most northern point. After taking in the spectacular views of the Torres Straits and the surrounding beaches we will have lunch at Somerset Beach, which was the home and now resting place of Frank Jardine, and visit these historic graves on the beach.   Dinner tonight will be at Seisia Kiosk – a place to relax and take in far north Oceanside beauty.

      CAMPGROUND – SEISIA

      *DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE

    • 6 DAY 6 SEISIA – ISLANDS TOUR – THURSDAY and HORN ISLAND (B L D)

      We begin today by travelling to Thursday Island and Horn Island.

      Today you have the choice of 3 different activities. Both Island tours have information and history of the past and the important part the Islands played in the war and keeping Australia safe. History of the early Pearling Luggers and the part they played while admiring the spectacular and breath-taking views of the Torres Straits and its turquoise waters. Tour Options Available (prebooked when you complete your passenger form):

      Option 1: Two Island Day Trip – Thursday and Horn Island $390 per person
      Take the opportunity to travel to Thursday and Horn Islands. Both island tours have information and history of the past and the important part the islands played in the war and keeping Australia safe. History of the early Pearling Luggers and the part they played while admiring the spectacular and breath-taking views of the Torres Straits and its turquoise waters.
      Inclusions:
      · Return ferry from Seisia to Thursday Island
      · Thursday Island small group tour
      · Entry to the Green Hill fort and underground collection
      · Return ferry from Thursday Is to Horn Is
      · Horn Island small group ‘In Their Steps’ WW2 tour
      · Entry to Torres Strait Heritage Museum
      · Horn Island transfers
      NB: Lunch at your own expense

      Option 2: Half Day Tour – Punsand Bay $72.00 per person
      Your guide will drive you further north from the campsite to visit the well-known Punsand Bay. On the way, they will take you on a journey explaining the history of the area. Finishing at the most northern mainland bar in Australia – The Corrugation Bar & Restaurant. Enjoy a casual lunch overlooking the water of Cape York.
      Inclusions:
      · Private Guide
      · Return transfers
      · Lunch (no drinks)

      Option 3: Free Day – No Cost
      Take the day off from touring. Relax at the campsite, catch up on washing or read a book. The day is yours to do as much or little as you want.

      CAMPGROUND – SEISIA

    • 7 DAY 7 SEISIA – FRUIT BAT FALLS – BRAMWELL STATION (B L)

      This morning we head to Fruit Bat Falls for a wonderful swim in the crystal clear waters, which amazingly originates from Papua New Guinea. Also, today we enjoy some 4WD action, road conditions, and weather permitting, arriving at Bramwell Station – Australia’s most northern cattle station. A lovely dinner has been prepared for your enjoyment by Bramwell Station (at own expense).

      CAMPGROUND – BRAMWELL STATION.

      *DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE

    • 8 DAY 8 BRAMWELL STATION – WEIPA (B L D)

      We depart early, travelling through savannah lands and past huge termite mounds eventually onto better roads. Arrive about lunchtime in Weipa with a chance to do a town and mine tour or to just relax.

      CAMPGROUND – WEIPA

      *WEIPA MINE TOUR AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE

    • 9 DAY 9 WEIPA – COOKS HUT (IRON RANGE) – UNIQUE BUSH STYLE ACCOMMODATION (B L D)

      This morning we move East through cattle country. We travel through the largest area of tropical lowland rainforest remaining in Australia, crossing rivers before entering Iron Range National Park via Tozers Gap. This place is truly wonderful with rare fauna and flora, looking for the famous Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus parrots & Green Pythons.

      ACCOMMODATION – IRON RANGE- UNIQUE BUSH-STYLE ACCOMMODATION

       

    • 10 DAY 10 IRON RANGE – CHILLI BEACH – PORTLAND ROADS (B D)

      Today your Guide will take you on a day of adventures where you will travel to Chilli Beach which is truly stunning with its wonderful ocean and landscapes. We also visit significant historical sites in the area from the gold times of the 1930’s and the Airfield at Iron Range. On about 18th April 1942 Walter Maierersperger, the Commanding Officer of 33 Bomb Squadron of the 22nd Bomb Group USAAC carried out an aerial reconnaissance flight over the Iron Range area. Lunch today will be at the famous Portland Roads Locals Cafe (at own expense), overlooking the sea with wonderful home cooked food including fresh fish on the menu. Then after lunch we return back to your accommodation for some free time.

      RETURN TO ACCOMMODATION – IRON RANGE – UNIQUE BUSH STYLE ACCOMMODATION

      LUNCH TODAY AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE

    • 11 DAY 11 IRON RANGE– COEN - KALPOWAR (B L D)

      Our day starts early today, as we travel to Coen where you can visit the Coen Historical Museum and will be treated to lunch on the banks of the Coen River. After lunch we travel through Lakefield National Park on the same tracks as the mounted mail men did. This National Park is filled with Billabongs and river systems alive with wildlife. Stay tonight at the Kalpowar crossing located in Lakefield National Park.

      CAMPGROUND – KALPOWAR BUSH CAMP

    • 12 DAY 12 KALPOWAR – COOKTOWN (B L)

      As we will now have more time to enjoy Cooktown, we will add the beautiful Isabella Falls for a swim and lunch. On arrival in Cooktown we will check into our accommodation before having dinner at the newly refurbished Jackey Jackey Thai Restaurant (at own expense).

      ACCOMMODATION IN COOKTOWN

      *DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE

    • 13 DAY 13 COOKTOWN AND SURROUNDS (B)

      Our added day in Cooktown affords us a fantastic opportunity to explore a town pivotal to Australian history. We will begin our day at the James Cook Museum, learning the fascinating history of the area. Following this, our passengers will enjoy free time explore the main street followed by lunch at the Cooktown’s Gardens Cafe (at own expense). We will walk around Keatings Lagoon, a wetland rich with birdlife. Before dinner, we will take in the sunset over the Endeavour River at the Grassy Hill Lookout. Dinner this evening will be your choice of the many cafes located nearby (at own expense).

      ACCOMMODATION IN COOKTOWN

      *LUNCH AND DINNER TONIGHT AT OWN EXPENSE

    • 14 DAY 14 COOKTOWN - DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK (L D)

      After an early breakfast at any of the local cafes you may find (at own expense), our departure from Cooktown will see us travelling south, visiting Black Mountain, Lion’s Den Hotel, Bloomfield Falls arriving in Daintree via the Bloomfield Track. Accommodation and our dinner tonight is deep in the beautiful Daintree Rainforest overlooking Coopers Creek.

      ACCOMMODATION IN THE RAINFOREST.

       

    • 15 DAY 15 DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK – CAIRNS (B L)

      Interpretative Daintree rainforest walk. Enjoy the Daintree Ice creamery (at own expense). Visit the beautiful Alexander Range lookout then onwards to join your Wildlife Cruise (at own expense) on the Daintree River then stop for lunch at a Mossman Local Café. We continue onto Cairns which brings us to the end of your Cape York tour.

      *WILDLIFE CRUISE & ICE-CREAM, TODAY AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE

    ** Itinerary is subject to change.

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

    Fitness While we make every effort to make everyone comfortable and cater to different requirements, the tours operate travel through remote areas that unfortunately do not provide wheelchair-friendly trails or facilities. A reasonable level of fitness is required on our tours; to be able to walk easily and comfortably on rough and uneven ground, and to be able to sleep on mattress, on the ground, in comfortable head-height safari tents. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

    Guests over 80 years of age: Although our walks are not strenuous, for all clients over 80, a note from their doctor to confirm they are in good health and can walk comfortably is required.

    Inclusions
    • Complimentary hotel pick up and drop off
    • All camping equipment including tent, sleeping bag, sleep sheet (liner), a small camping pillow & one towel.
    • All National Park and Camping Fees
    • Most main meals, EXCEPT those listed below. Included meals are indicated in the itinerary as Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D)
    • Thursday & Horn Island Tours, boat transfers, and lunch
    • Ferry Fees
    • Fuel and 4WD Vehicle
    • Dinner in World Heritage Daintree Rainforest
    • Mosquito Repellent & Sunscreen
    • Roko Island Pearl Farm Tour – ONLY available on the 15 Day Tour option
    • 1 Night Daintree Safari House Accommodation (not Tents)
    • 1 Night Unique Bush Style Accommodation (not Tents) in Cooks Hut
    • 2 Nights Historical Queenslander Guesthouse Accommodation (not Tents) in Cooktown – (built 1880’s)
    • Cooktown surrounds tour, including waterfall, swimming hole and wetlands – Private Tour Guide
    • Cape Tribulation Beach Walk – Private Tour Guide
    • Private Daintree Rainforest Walk with your own Private Tour Guide
    • Single supplement guarantees your own tent

    What’s Not Included
    • Any costs incurred before departure
    • Any personal items such as drinks, newspapers, telephone/credit, laundry, souvenirs & personal travel Insurance (which is HIGHLY recommended)
    • 1 x lunch at the Palmer River Roadhouse
    • 1 x Dinner at Bramwell Station
    • 1 x lunch at the Portland Roads Cafe
    • James Cook Museum Cooktown entrance fee; priced at $12 per person
    • 1 x Dinner in Cooktown at the Jackey Jackey Restaurant
    • 1 x Dinner in Cooktown at a restaurant of your choice
    • Ice Cream at Daintree Ice-cream Company; priced at $7.50 per person
    • Wildlife & Crocodile spotting cruise in the Daintree National Park; priced at $39 per person Please note – The Roko Island Pearl Farm Tour is not included or able to be included on the 11 Day Tour option. The Roko Island Pearl Farm Tour is only available on the 15 Day Tour.

    *Prices subject to change without notice

    Weather Tours operate during the ‘dry’ season. Occasionally we strike some wet weather and generally, a light spray jacket is sufficient which may also be used as a sweater on rare, cooler evenings.

    What to Bring Please bring 4 to 5 changes of casual clothing including:
    • Tee shirts, Shorts &/or Cargos &/or ¾ Pants &/or Skirts
    • Tracksuit pants &/or jeans
    • A spray jacket/warm evening jacket
    • One smart outfit for your special dinner in Cooktown. (Smart casual)
    • Toiletries and personal first aid supplies such as band-aids, headache tablets, and any medication you may take regularly; make sure you have enough for the entire tour
    • Swimmers
    • Shady Hat & Sunglasses
    • 1 pair of rubber-soled shoes/joggers
    • 1 pair wet shoes; thongs etc. (you may wish to walk through creeks &/or shower in them)
    • Torch/Flashlight Water bottle
    • Laundry powder
    • Remember your camera & all necessary memory cards and plenty of spare batteries
    • Spare power pack – Please be mindful that we can be without power for a couple of days in between our remote bush camping locations, so please feel free to bring along a small external battery or similar to charge your camera/phone
    • Please note – A small travel pillow is already supplied. Due to limited space allowances, larger pillows will not be allowed on board.

    Luggage Please note that luggage/baggage space is extremely limited.
    • A soft-sided sausage-style bag measuring approximately 600mm x 500mm x 300mm (24″ x 20″ x 12″) with a maximum weight of no more than 10kgs (17 lbs) per person; which is usually stowed on the roof rack.
    • A small, soft airline-type piece of cabin baggage (day pack, etc.) that will fit under the seat.
    • Excess luggage may be stored at your hotel or secured at our depot free of charge.
    • Due to space allowances large pillows will not be allowed on board.

    Children Children over 9 years of age may accompany an adult on this tour.

    Meals Guides work extremely hard to provide passengers with excellent, wholesome meals. Cooking is often done over a campfire. Breakfast consists of a choice of at least 3 cereals, toast, and spreads, and occasionally a fully cooked breakfast is made. Lunch has a variety of cold meats and a selection of salad vegetables. With more time available in the evenings, our staff can concentrate on their culinary talents and present a complete 2-course meal. We begin with nibbles and ‘happy hour’; the main course could be a grill, roast, or casserole. An appropriate selection of vegetables is generally served with the main course, followed by a tasty dessert. If a passenger is on a medically prescribed diet, we will do our absolute utmost to cater suitable meals for that person. Before booking your tour, it is suggested that you contact our office to discuss such diets to assess suitability.

    Participation All tours are conducted on a partial participation basis; it generates friendship and conversation. Assistance with vegetable peeling, firewood collection, and filling water buckets is greatly appreciated. Passengers assist with washing and wiping dishes and erecting their own tents after a demonstration; those less agile will of course be given assistance by the tour guides

    Alcohol The government has imposed very strict alcohol regulations throughout the Cape York Peninsula and our company has a permit to carry certain quantities of alcohol and complies with all regulations and laws. Please do not bring any alcohol on tour. There is an Honesty Tin for drinks (beer & wine only). Any surplus money above the cost to purchase is donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

    Cash On Hand It is usually recommended for each person to take some CASH spending money. Obviously, this depends on the number of souvenirs you intend to purchase (a tee-shirt will cost on average $25- $40, artifacts up to $500). Also, keep in mind that alcohol can be double the usual price in some places. Whilst modern ‘conveniences’ are on the increase in remote areas, including EFTPOS, do not rely heavily on there being cash out, however, Credit Card facilities are generally available at most stops.

    Electrical Telephones, cameras, and other electrical devices can be charged in the vehicle with our inverter. Mains power is available in Cooktown, Cooks Hut Accommodation, Weipa, Bramwell, and Cape York Seisia Beach

    Phones Telstra Next G network currently offers the best coverage in regional areas but does not work in remote areas. All vehicles are equipped with Satellite phones, but these phones are for emergency use only

    Smoking As per government regulations, smoking is not permitted in vehicles. Ample stops provide time for “smoking breaks”. Smokers are asked to dispose of their cigarette butts in a responsible manner and not on the ground.

    Vehicle Seating Vehicle seats are individual: Which are all facing frontwards NOT side seating. Vehicle suspensions are modified to ride as comfortably as possible but the roads to Cape York can be extremely corrugated and rough in places. All seats are facing frontwards for good viewing for each passenger. Clients are moved around each day in the vehicle so everyone can experience all the different views.

    Toilets and Showers Toilets and showers are available each night and morning of the tour. Toilets are either flushing or composting type.

    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 $30-$40 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 you 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 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 that 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 you up and drop you off at the front door of the motel. We’re happy to make the booking for you or we will give you the motel details after you have booked your Cape York Tour.

    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.

    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.

    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 70 days prior to departure.
    • Cancellations 61 days or more before the tour date are refunded less non-refundable deposit paid.
    • Cancellations 60 – 51 days prior to tour departure, cancellation fee of 50% of full tour cost costs.
    • Cancellations 50 days or less before departure date, cancellation fee of 100% of full tour cost.

    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.

    If you need to cancel your tour for any circumstances relating to COVID-19 the non-refundable deposit may be transferred to an available Cape York departure in 2022.

    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 to get a free no-obligation quote from Cover-More Travel Insurance.

    Credit Card Payments
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    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
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    Commonwealth Bank: Australian Tours and Cruises
    Reference: Your Trip Number
    BSB: 062-504 Account: 1066 1268
    Branch Address: Shop 1/80-84 William St, Bathurst NSW 2795
    In Bank Payment of Cash Or Cheque: Add $5 for bank fees
    International Direct Deposit: Add $25 for bank fees
    SWIFT or BIC CODE: CTBAAU2S

    Trip Reviews

    We have just returned from Cape York. We booked this trip through you. So we thought we had better let you know of the wonderful time we had. The 3 tour guides were very experienced fantastic, knowledgeable, fun and willing to assist in any way. The accommodation was not always in tents and the nights we were not in tents we were in very special places and the accommodation was awesome! We had no idea it was going to be this good! The standards were very high! The accommodation owners were also so friendly, experienced, informative, accommodating and helpful. Given Covid, everything was managed exceptionally. The tour was very well planned out and nothing was omitted. Each and everyday had its own surprises and unique adventures. Let us not forget to mention the food! All Meals made and served off the beaten track were scrumptious and more than sufficient. We enjoyed steak on 3 occasions and have never tasted it so tender. Cooked to perfection. Meals out were also of the highest quality. All restaurants, cafes, hotels and eating places provided some of the best meals we have ever enjoyed. Great choices by the organizers once again. There was never a shortage of food anywhere or anytime either. Lunch and morning tea spots were well chosen with great views, nature and atmosphere. We have no hesitation in recommending this tour to anyone and are in fact doing so. Thanks so much for coupling us up with this small but exceptional tour group. They certainly earned their money. Thanks, with very fond memories of Kathy, Terry, lan, Peter and Mooks. Ian and Sylvia

    Thank you all for an absolutely fabulous trip these last few weeks. The guys were brilliant – you should be very proud of them. So knowledgeable, helpful, patient and friendly. The country they showed us was amazing and so full of history. It will be my mission now to spread the word about your wonderful tours. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time and I really hope things start to pick up. I am so grateful for the experience you and the boys have given me. Many thanks. Julie

    Fantastic! Loved every minute! Every day was an amazing adventure. Loved the small group and vehicle. Very social, fun, great food. Lots of surprises along the way. This is the only way to experience Cape York. I will be back, thanks for everything! Marianne

    A truly fabulous experience – good company, great cook/guides/driver – top notch grub. Many thanks. Colin

    We found the tour extremely interesting with very friendly guides. We enjoyed all the activities and lunches. Please don’t change a thig – you do it so well! It has been a pleasure to share the days with you. Moros

    Thank you for a wonderful trip. Great food, great company. The information on the Cape, the special spots where we stayed and where we had our lunches were excellent. Top job, glad we came. Greg & Flo

    Cannot express how much of an incredible adventure I experienced on the 15 day Camping tour just recently. I was able to reminisce my younger hippy days at Cedar Bay from the 70’s. Ian , Nev and Terry were a great bunch of blokes whose passion for the Cape was outstanding by able to deliver us so much local knowledge and stories from the area. The food was fantastic and we had lots of it as I am a big eater. The small side trips off the main itinerary were amazing. To be able to do a chopper ride from Roku Island around the Torres Strait Islands and the tip was both incredible and unforgettable. I am seriously looking to do another trip with your company as you really know how to look after your fellow travellers. John

    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).