9 Day Cape York 4WD Tours DTA9FDA

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Departs Cairns
Returns Cairns
Difficulty Easy
Group Size 6-12

9 Day Cape York 4WD Tours

Cape York – one of Australia’s last great wilderness regions can be experienced using this luxury 6 seat maximum 4WD/vehicle. Your Cape York 4WD tour will also stay in top of the line Motel style accommodation and the meals are very very impressive for the area. With only 2 people required to confirm these departures and a maximum of 6 passengers this particular Cape York 4WD tours is more like a private charter for those that take it. With top quality guides and a near private charter your Cape York 4WD tours experience will give you memories for life. With many value- added inclusions and a knowledgeable local guide to show you the sights, you’ll find this tour is very good value for money. This tour operates as both a Drive/Fly & Fly/Drive.

Highlights

  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Cooktown
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Iron Range National Park
  • Lockhart River
  • Bloomfield Track & Falls
  • Cedar Bay National Park
  • Lion’s Den Pub
  • Black Mountain
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Batavia Downs
  • Wenlock River
  • Elliot Falls
  • Fruit Bat Falls
  • Jardine River
  • Seisa
  • Weipa
  • Batavia Downs
  • Morton Telegraph Station
  • The Tip of Australia
  • Crossing between Cape & Thursday Island
  • Flight between Horn Island & Cairns

Inclusions

  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Cooktown
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Iron Range National Park
  • Lockhart River
  • Bloomfield Track & Falls
  • Cedar Bay National Park
  • Lion’s Den Pub
  • Black Mountain
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Batavia Downs
  • Wenlock River
  • Elliot Falls
  • Fruit Bat Falls
  • Jardine River
  • Seisa
  • Weipa
  • Batavia Downs
  • Morton Telegraph Station
  • The Tip of Australia
  • Crossing between Cape & Thursday Island
  • Flight between Horn Island & Cairns

Tour Pricing

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

Twin ShareSingleChild (4-14)
2021 Season$ 6350$ 7250$ 5350

Itineraries are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all Cape York Tours as it is a remote location. Twin share concession rate $100 per person off.

Prices & Dates

Tour Options  

Itinerary

  • 1 DAY 1 CAIRNS - CAPE YORK (L, D)

    Your tour commences from Cairns Airport or if required a shuttle bus will take you to the airport from the Cairns CBD. Following your arrival at Horn Island Airport, we take a short-guided tour of this interesting Island. We then jump on board the transfer boat and head to Thursday Island, where we have time to explore this small island that is part of Torres Strait culture and history.  Thursday Island is situated between Cape York and Australia’s nearest neighbour New Guinea. We then transfer by ferry to Seisa on the Mainland and make our way to our accommodation; this will be our home for the next two nights

    Accommodation at Loyalty Beach. (shared bathroom)

  • 2 DAY 2 CAPE YORK & THE TIP (BLD)

    Today we visit the remains of Somerset, which was established by the Jardine Family as the Government outpost and Cattle Station. Spend some time at some secluded beaches, where we have previously sighted dugongs and sea turtles. This is a particularly scenic part of the Cape. We then head for Australia’s most northerly point, Cape York. The 30 minute walk to the point has lots of great views, also once we arrive it’s time to grab a drink and enjoy the afternoon over the Torres Strait.

    Accommodation at Loyalty Beach. (shared bathroom)

  • 3 DAY 3 CAPE YORK - CAPE YORK TO BRAMWELL (BLD)

    Leaving the Cape behind us, we travel south across the Great Dividing Range though the Jardine National Park boarded with the stunning Coral Sea to the East  Arriving at the Jardine River it’s time to board the Ferry to cross the Jardine. We arrive at Fruit Bat Falls where we enjoy the board walk and continue further along and then stopping for lunch and then onto Bramwell Station for the night.

    Accommodation at Bramwell Station. (ensuite)

  • 4 DAY 4 BRAMWELL TO WEIPA (BLD)

    We make a morning visit to the Morton Telegraph Station; this important link in communication to the far north and the cape operated till 1960. Re-joining our 4WD we travel south crossing many creeks and streams and then we head through one of the largest cattle station on the Cape – Batavia Downs.

    We then head towards Weipa which is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria and is the largest town on the Cape York Peninsula. Then take a stroll through the township and explore the port of Weipa and its amazing coastline before returning to our accommodation in time to enjoy a relaxing late afternoon.

    Accommodation at Weipa. (ensuite)

  • 5 DAY 5 WEIPA TO LOCKHART (BLD)

    Today we continue our adventure to one of Australia’s most remote area’s we head east exploring the Sir William Thompson Range and then crossing the Pascoe River, we head to Iron Range National Park.

    As we enter the National Park, we see the spectacular Mount Tozer at the peak of the table range, before descending down to Lockhart River a unique aboriginal community situated on the ocean at Lloyd Bay.

    Heading onwards further north – exploring the many wonders of the Iron Range National Park whilst enjoying the dense tropical rainforest being the largest remaining area of lowland rainforest in Australia. We arrive at Lockhart River for our overnight stay.

    Accommodation at Greenhoose Lockhart River. (ensuite)

  • 6 DAY 6 LOCKHART TO COEN/MUSGRAVE (BLD)

    Travelling along part of the southern leg of the old Telegraph Track we come to the Archer River, one of the Cape’s well-known obstacles and river crossing. We then continue further south to Coen or Musgrave – our home for the night.

    Accommodation at Coen or Musgrave. (ensuite)

  • 7 DAY 7 COEN/MUSGRAVE TO COOKTOWN (BLD)

    After an early start from Coen we head into Lakefield National Park including visits to Red and White Lilly Lagoons – these are truly spectacular parts of the National Park. We will also travel through the many river valleys and numerous giant termite mounds and arrive at Old Laura Homestead.

    From the homestead we take a short drive to “welcome waterhole” wetlands from here we travel the Battle Camp Track to Cooktown. After arriving in Cooktown where we enjoy lunch before we spend the afternoon visiting the James Cook Museum, Botanical Gardens & Powerhouse Museum – this is truly a unique and amazing place. We then check in to our accommodation for our overnight stay.

    Accommodation in Cooktown. (ensuite)

  • 8 DAY 8 COOKTOWN TO CAIRNS VIA THE DAINTREE (BLD)

    Leaving Cooktown we engage 4WD and make our way along the Bloomfield Track enjoying many scenic spots including The Mysterious Black Mountain, Bloomfield Falls and Cedar Bay National park.  We make a short stop at the Famous Lion Dens Hotel – another classic Aussie Icon.

    Heading onward to Cape Tribulation, we give you an opportunity to explore coastal headlands and long sandy beaches before stopping to enjoy lunch before we journey through the World Heritage Rainforest. Shortly after we arrive at our overnight accommodation in the heart of The Daintree

    Accommodation in The Daintree. (ensuite)

  • 9 DAY 9 THE DAINTREE TO CAIRNS (BL)

    After a leisurely start to our final day, we continue our journey through the Daintree Rainforest. A visit to this area would not be complete without a stop at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. We then cross the Daintree River by cable ferry before joining our cruise on the famous Daintree River where many crocodiles and amazing birdlife are often found.

    Following the river cruise, we make our way to a local restaurant for lunch. We complete our Cape to Cairns experience with a scenic drive along the beautiful Coral Coast to Cairns City completing a truly memorable time touring the Cape York Region. Return to Cairns is approximately 5.00pm

     

  • This tour departs Cairns on set dates (as above).
  • Maximum of 6 passengers, per vehicle.
  • Please note that Single Travelers must purchase the optional extra “single supplement” as we don’t offer shared rooms with other single travelers.
  • Seasonal weather conditions and operational requirements may cause a variation in the tour itinerary.
  • The operator reserves the right to substitute or modify if required. Please read our terms and conditions carefully.
  • We endeavor to room guests with ensuite facilities where available, once full we use shared facilities.
  • Departure and Return times are approximate.
  • Please note this tour is not suitable for infants.
  • Luggage is restricted to ONE Soft Bag (no suitcases) weighing no more than 10kgs + ONE Small Backpack/Day Pack

Additional Information

Vehicle Seating Layout

The vehicle is a 7-seater 4WD and a maximum of 6 people can book onto the tour. Passenger seating is 1 in the front, 3 in the middle and 2 single seats in the back. Seating is rotated on a daily basis.

Extras

Daintree Ice cream Taste Test

Fitness To Travel

Due to remote location touring – Passengers aged 65 years and over are all required to get a medical clearance certificate from a General Practitioner

 Luggage During Tour

Luggage is stored on the roof of the vehicle during the tour, no trailer is towed. Please limit your luggage to one small soft travel bag (NO WHEELS) and a small daypack (cabin baggage) per person. STRICTLY NO HARD BAGS OR SUITCASES. If you are travelling as a couple, please bring two smaller bags as opposed to one larger one. MAXIMUM WEIGHT LIMIT OF 10KG PER PERSON.

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.

  • 61 or more Days – Loss of initial deposit payment
  • 60 – 44 Days – 25% of tour price plus the value of the initial deposit payment
  • 45 – 31 Days – 50% of tour price plus the value of the initial deposit payment
  • 30 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.

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%

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 –31/03/2020

1 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 –31/03/2020

1 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).