9 Day 4WD Cape York Tour North DTA9DFA

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From $6,650 Per Person
Departs Cairns
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Difficulty Easy
Group Size 6-18

9 Day 4WD Cape York Tour North

Take a tour to Cape York in small groups (maximum of 6 passengers per vehicle) with an adapted vehicle for the driving conditions. Staying in motels you will enjoy hearty meal on the way!

This Cape York tour is like a private charter – exclusive with a minimum of two passengers required to confirm the departure, up to 12 passengers per tour. If you are looking for a very personal Cape York Tour then this should be your number one choice. With many value-added inclusions and a knowledgeable local guide to show you the sights, you will find this tour is value for money. This tour operates as both a Drive/Fly and Fly/Drive.

Highlights

  • Daintree Rainforest, 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

Inclusions

  • Small group offering, friendly and personalised service
  • Modern 4WD vehicle and experienced driver guide
  • All accommodation costs
  • Breakfast, dinner and light lunches as per the itinerary
  • Morning / Afternoon teas
  • All National Park entry fees
  • All ferries and barges
  • Cruise to Thursday Island and a Short tour of the island
  • Cruise to Horn Island and Short tour of the Island
  • Flight from Horn Island to Cairns with QANTAS
  • Queensland’s “Great Ocean Road”
  • Daintree National Park and Ferry Crossing
  • Cape Tribulation and its sandy beaches
  • Western Cape Cultural Centre
  • James Cook Museum
  • Mardja boardwalk
  • Experienced Local Naturalist/ Accredited Tour Guides

Tour Pricing

Twin ShareSingleChild (4-14)
2022 Season$ 6,650$ 7,550$ 5,450
2023 Season$ 6,750$ 7,650$ 5,550

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 TO COOKTOWN VIA THE DAINTREE (L,D)

    Leaving Cairns we head north along Queensland’s Great Ocean Road towards Daintree, where we will join the Daintree River Cruise for an hour of exploring the wilderness where crocodiles are often found. We then cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and make our way toward to Cape Tribulation giving you an opportunity to explore coastal headlands and long sandy beaches stopping to enjoy lunch before we journey through the World Heritage Rainforest.

    Accommodation in The Daintree (ensuite)

  • 2 DAY 2. DAINTREE TO COOKTOWN (B, L, D)

    After a leisurely breakfast we begin our journey towards Cooktown. Engaging 4WD, we travel along the Bloomfield Track (weather permitting) enjoying many scenic spots including Bloomfield Falls and Cedar Bay National park. We stop at the World-Famous Lions Den Pub – another classic Aussie Icon. We visit The Mysterious Black Mountain before arriving in the Historic township of Cooktown.

    Accommodation in Cooktown (ensuite)

  • 3 DAY 3. COOKTOWN TO COEN / MUSGRAVE (B, L, D)

    We start our day with a visit to Grassy Hill Lookout, The James Cook Museum, Botanical Gardens & Powerhouse Museum – this is truly an amazing place. From Cooktown we head west to Battle Camp and onwards into Lakefield National Park. After visiting “Old Laura” homestead we travel through many fascinating river valleys and numerous giant termite mounds before arriving at our overnight accommodation at Coen or Musgrave.

    Accommodation at Coen or Musgrave (shared bathroom)

  • 4 DAY 4. COEN / MUSGRAVE TO LOCKHART (B, L, D)

    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 (shared bathroom)

  • 5 DAY 5. LOCKHART TO WEIPA (B, L, D)

    Leaving the east coast behind, we head inland through the National Park and onwards to more savannah land, country of the Cape and head north. This afternoon we continue a westward track towards the West Coast and the famous mining town of Weipa – where we arrive late afternoon. The Heritage Resort offers warm hospitality and friendly service with modern comfort and style.

    Accommodation at Weipa (ensuite)

  • 6 DAY 6. WEIPA TO BRAMWELL (B, L, D)

    Weipa located in the Gulf of Carpentaria is the largest town in the Cape York Peninsula with a population of about 3,000 people. Its main industries are mining and cattle exports. We take a stroll through the Jardine National Park to amaze your senses. We then visit the Western Cape Cultural Centre. Be impressed with the stunning and truly authentic aboriginal artwork and learn about the Aboriginal culture. Then take a stroll through the township. We take a Weipa Eco Cruise tour and then depart the port of Weipa and its amazing coastline before travelling onto Bramwell where we overnight.

    Accommodation at Bramwell Station (shared bathroom)

  • 7 DAY 7. BRAMWELL TO CAPE YORK (B, L, D)

    Departing Bramwell we head through one of the largest cattle station on the Cape – Batavia Downs. We visit the Morton Telegraph Station; this important link in communication to the far north and the cape operated till 1960. We now begin what will be one of the highlights of our tour – it’s now time to join one of the original Telegraph Tracks (conditions permitting) Travelling further north to visit Elliot Falls and fruit bat Falls Joining the Bamaga Development Road we arrive at the Cape’s most famous river, the Jardine crossing the crocodile infested stream by ferry, then onwards to the top arriving at Loyalty Beach where we stay for the next two nights.

    Accommodation at Loyalty Beach (shared bathroom)

  • 8 DAY 8. CAPE YORK TO THE TIP (B, L, D)

    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)

  • 9 DAY 9. THURSDAY ISLAND & CAPE YORK (B, L)

    For our last day, we take a boat cruise across the Torres Strait to Thursday Island and enjoy a guided tour around this small island that is part of Torres Strait culture and history. The island is situated between Cape York and Australia’s nearest neighbour New Guinea. We then take a short ferry ride to Horn Island, where you will also enjoy a short tour of the Island before being transferred to the Horn Island Airport for your flight back to Cairns, arriving at approximately 5.00pm.

    Flight from Horn Island

  • 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

CWHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Experienced and passionate guides with local knowledge and experience
  • Modern, comfortable, air conditioned 4WD vehicles
  • Cold water supplied
  • Food as coded on itineraries
  • Where our schedule permits – morning / afternoon tea
  • Overnight stops in motel suites
  • All National Park, site & ferry fees / accommodation costs

Small, luxury tours to exclusive breathtaking locations, carrying a maximum of six (6) people per trip. Guides are passionate and very experienced, utilizing their bush skills and wealth of local knowledge to ensure your trip runs smoothly. As well as being fun and informative, learn about the wonders of the Indigenous culture, flora and fauna, botany, geology and history of our totally amazing continent.

FOOD On our tours we provide you with all meals as coded in the itinerary. There is always plenty of food at mealtimes and we try to cater to individual tastes where we can, by asking you questions on our booking form about food. Continental breakfast daily consists of fruit juice, cereals, tea & coffee, toast and jams. Lunch and dinner will also be provided as indicated per itinerary. Storage for cold drinks and food is provided when travelling.

HOW YOU WILL TRAVEL Small, Late Model, 4WD vehicles with some special modifications; all vehicles have comfortable, forward facing seats and are fully Air Conditioned.

SMOKING As per Government Regulations, smoking is not permitted in vehicles. Ample stops provide time for “smoking breaks” en route.

TRANSFER OF TOUR DATES Should you wish to transfer to another of tour date, a handling fee of $150 may be charged. No cancellation fee will apply unless the tour is changed inside the full payment period; inside this period, changing dates is the same as cancelling your tour and the cancellation fee will be imposed.

UNUSED TOUR SECTORS If a passenger fails to join a tour as booked or joins in after the tour has departed, or departs prior to the completion of the tour, no refund will be made for any portion of the tour including food, excursions, accommodation, etc., that are not used or undertaken.

INSURANCE Tour Operators and/or its agents are not responsible or liable for loss, damage or theft of luggage or personal belongings whatsoever, nor for personal injury, accidents, hospitalization, illness or medical expenses. In our experience, most claims arise from personal or close-family illness before holiday departure, resulting in cancellation charges. We strongly recommend all intending passengers consult their travel or insurance agent and take out adequate travel insurance to cover events that may effect your ability to travel (including, but not limited to, health, baggage, loss of monies through cancellation, additional expenses incurred through illness or personal liability prior to travel and early return, for example, following the death of a relative).

CLIMATE Winter in the tropical north is the dry season and temperatures will be mild with low humidity. Through the months of September and October, the temperatures become increasingly warmer.

FITNESS Tours have been designed to suit a reasonable level of fitness; the ability to be able to do some walking along nature trails and cope with remoteness is essential. People suffering from lack of tolerance or not of general good health should consult their GP before taking part on these tours. Please Note: Passengers accept that it is their responsibility to ensure that their health is in a state which will allow them to enjoy the tour and successfully complete the activities that the tour offers. If you are unsure, we highly recommend seeking advice from your GP

LIABILITY The operator and its employees accept no responsibility for any booking, contract, travel, accommodation or group tours which result in any loss, damage, accident, diversion, or theft in regard to luggage or personal belongings, and will be exempt from all liability in respect of direct or indirect consequential loss or damage, death, injury, sickness, irregularity, delay liability, and additional expenses, or inconvenience or any other event beyond its control including accident, failure of machinery or equipment, accommodation, transport, or other services.

AIRLINE INDEMNITY (where applicable) Airline involvement in these tours is as air carrier only. Airlines carry no responsibility for statements in tour itinerary relating to ground content of these tours and the operator indemnifies them against any claim, action, loss, or damage arising there from.

CLOTHING AND WHAT TO BRING Clothing and footwear should be casual, comfortable and suited to tropical conditions.

  • Clothing – shorts, trousers, shirts, swimwear, hat, sunglasses, a jacket and a change of warm clothes in case of inclement weather are advisable.
  • Footwear – some form of fast-drying wet-shoe would prove useful. Personal – sun protection, insect repellent, medications, toiletries, (overseas travellers should bring a suitable adapter).
  • Don’t forget to bring your video or camera along with plenty of film & spare batteries (recharge facilities are available).
  • Money and/or credit card for personal expenses such as drinks, souvenirs and optional extras.

LUGGAGE Each passenger is entitled to take one bag (soft sided), 80cm x 30cm x 30cm. (No more than 10kgs as space is very limited) and no suitcases. You may also have a small day bag or pack weighing no more than 4kg, however most guests tend to carry a bottle of water and their cameras only. Baggage over the prescribed limit cannot be carried without prior arrangement.

LUGGAGE CHECKLIST:

  • 1 x soft bag per person, as described above
  • Photo ID
  • Clothing 3 to 4 changes (t-shirts and shorts)
  • Light jacket & long pants
  • 1 x pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of light walking shoes
  • 1 x pair of bathers
  • 1 x beach towel
  • Toiletries
  • Hat, sunglasses
  • Torch
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock
  • Camera
  • Small personal water bottle
  • Small daypack

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 Cancellation Summary:

  • Bookings cancelled more than 61 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 50% of deposit or $400 whichever is greater.
  • Bookings cancelled between 60 and 46 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 25% of tour total.
  • Bookings cancelled between 45 and 31 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 50% of tour total.
  • Bookings cancelled 30 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 100% of tour total.

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. Departure and Return times are approximate. We endeavour to room guests with ensuite facilities where available. Once full we use shared facilities. Please note this tour is not suitable for infants or children under 4.

We strongly recommend all intending passengers take out adequate travel insurance to cover events that may effect your ability to travel (including, but not limited to, health, baggage, loss of monies through cancellation, additional expenses incurred through illness or personal liability prior to travel and early return, for example, following the death of a relative).

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

I just returned from the 9-day inclusive Cape York tour and I am very glad that I chose this tour. We flew from Cairns to Horn Island, before travelling by boat to the mainland and then South down the Cape to Cairns. The beautiful scenery, unique flora and fauna and friendly locals were highlights of the tour. Experiencing the area in a small group and in a standard 4WD, as opposed to one of the larger, impersonal tourist transport trucks is really the way to go. Our trip was made all the better by our terrific tour guide, Darryl, who has in-depth experience and very personal links with the Cape. His passion, warm personality and broad network of contacts on the Cape all added to the tour, which I strongly recommend to anyone wanting to experience this beautiful and rugged part of Australia. Geoff

We took the 8 day tour from the top of Australia back to Cairns via 4 wheel SUV through the dirt of the outback. Fly to Horn island near Cape York and met by big Derek who was our driver and tour guide for the trip for us and 2 others. Derek made the trip as he was an excellent driver, knew wildlife and aborigine life, plus a great story teller. As their literature warns you do not expect luxury accommodations on this trip because there are none out there. First 2 nights were in a tent with a shower, sink , toilet and duck tape fans but right next to the beach with fantastic starlight. All the meals on the trip were very good including a fantastic barramundi cooked at the Cape Weymouth Portland House. Highly recommended if you are looking for an adventure tour. Charlotte

First let me say we really enjoyed our day 4×4 trip to Cape York (fly/drive). Mick our driver/guide was really good, friendly & informative, with a good sense of humour. The food at all of our accommodation was good with plenty of choice, the staff at all of the places we stayed were very friendly and helpful. As I have said we did enjoy our trip and we do not want to be to negative and critical, as this is the Cape York area and we know some facilities are very basic, maybe this should be explained more in the itinerary to give the traveller more idea of what to expect and maybe reflected in the price, nearly 10,000 dollars for a couple. Thursday Island was very enjoyable, hotel & food good, plus a very good tour. Loyalty Beach (Two Nights) though a nice place to stop regarding the location, the accommodation was very basic with poor facilities, especially for the ladies in the party. Appreciate in the Itinerary it said shared facilities but one shower and one toilet for the women, which included not just the ladies from our party, was just not good enough. Our small room was clean and consisted of two single beds one small fridge and air conditioning with shared toilets and bathrooms outside. (remember if you have a medical condition this could be a problem during the night) Also there was no locks on the doors when you left your cabin. We did have 24hr shared tea making facilities outside our cabins. The food provided was very good with plenty of choice and in a great setting, staff were very helpful and friendly. Apart from Loyalty Beach all the accommodation was good with Bramwell Station being the standout night for entertainment, good music, humour and plenty of good food plus a nice cold beer. The trip itself does include a fare bit of walking but nothing too hard, we are both in our 70s and managed ok. If you don’t like traveling over bumpy dusty roads, sometimes for five or six hours you might have to think about this trip also if you have children. The areas you go are both stunning and rugged but worth the effort with plenty of information provided by our driver Mick, these are off road places that possible the normal tourist would not see or be able to get too. Jennifer

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).