9 Day Cooktown Culture to Savannah Wetlands NWS9DCCSW

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9 Day Cooktown Culture to Savannah Wetlands

This is a stunning, small group tours covers a lot of amazing landscapes wonderful rock art and aboriginal culture and history of famous town of Cooktown – James Cooks landing in 1770. There is a touch of luxury and nature based on a Private Cattle Station on approximately 70,000 acres out in the Savannah Area towards the gulf. Around 220 bird species in the area with the vast majority spotted directly out front of the campsite and direct form your Glamping tents which are set up on edge of the water to the wetlands.

3 Tour Dates Only –  14/4/2022, 26/5/2022, 16/7/2022 – Maximum of 10 guest per tour.

Highlights

  • Heritage Listed Mossman Gorge
  • Daintree River Wildlife Sunset Cruise
  • Bloomfield Falls
  • Banquet Feast at Jackey Jackey Restaurant – Cooktown
  • James Cook Museum (own expense)
  • Waterfall Swimming
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Lakefield National Park
  • UNESCO Listed Aboriginal Rock Art
  • Exclusive Cultural Experience with Aboriginal Elder
  • Mt Hypipamee National Park
  • Historic Ravenshoe Pub
  • Wetlands Expeditions
  • Undara Lava Tubes Tour

Inclusions

  • Stay in the Heart of the Daintree Rainforest
  • Delicious dinner at a restaurant deep in the rainforest
  • Lions Den Hotel
  • 2 Nights at Sovereign Resort – Cooktown
  • Glamping tents with a touch luxury and nature
  • On site chef
  • Meals and alcohol as shown on the itinerary
  • All activities and kayak, at the cattle station
  • Wetlands Expeditions is an all-inclusive 3-night stay
  • Travel by air conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Small group experience with maximum 10 guests

Tour Pricing

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

Twin ShareSingle
2022 Season$ 6995$ 7115

Itineraries are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all Far North Queensland – Gulf Savannah Tours as it is a remote location.

Prices & Dates

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Itinerary

Please note – The Roko Island tour is not included. Please refer to the 15 Day Cape York Camping Tours for this inclusion.

  • 1 DAY 1. CAIRNS – MOSSMAN GORGE – DAINTREE RAINFOREST (LD)

    Today your adventure starts in Cairns where your Wet Tropics accredited guide will pick you up from your accommodation. We travel the scenic Captain Cook Highway to Mossman Gorge. Led by your private guide, enjoy a walk through the stunning and ancient rainforest of Mossman Gorge National Park. Cool off after your walk with a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of Mossman Gorge.

    Following a delicious lunch in a local café we head to the famous Daintree River. Surrounded by the magnificent Daintree mangroves & rainforest we board our private Daintree River Wildlife Cruise for a sunset cruise. The boats are comfortable in all weather conditions as they have covers that protect from both sun and rain. The Daintree River ecosystem, is the habitat of an extensive array of wildlife, with many species endemic to this area. These include rainforest and water birds, snakes, frogs and of course estuarine or saltwater crocodiles – from the newly hatched to the largest dominant males. The naturalist guides are real locals and their passion for the local environment and wildlife is reflected in their presentations – you’ll be amazed at the animals they find for you! The photo opportunities are without peer on this exciting & informative, yet peaceful cruise on the river.

    Next, we cross Daintree River Ferry before entering the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. We take time to visit the local icon that is The Daintree Ice-cream Company. Here local & exotic tropical fruits and spices grown on the property are blended with vanilla ice cream and served in a tasting cup of the 4 flavours of the day. As well as traditional favourites Mango, Coconut and Banana, you might also get to taste Wattle seed, Black Sapote or Davidson’s Plum. After checking into your stunning rainforest accommodation in the Daintree, we enjoy dinner on a private property overlooking a crystal-clear rainforest creek.

    STAY DAINTREE RAINFOREST ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 DAY 2. DAINTREE RAINFOREST – BLOOMFIELD TRACK – COOKTOWN (BLD)

    Early this morning your guide will lead a fantastic walk as the rainforest gives way to a unique mangrove system. The boardwalk access gives amazing views above the mangrove environment. Following breakfast, we walk along the famous Cape Tribulation Beach, better known as Kulki to the local Kuku Yalanji people.

    We continue our journey through untouched rainforest onto the 4WD only Bloomfield track. Northwest Australian Safaris has access to a unique beachfront location where you will enjoy a delicious morning tea while you soak up the scenery. A photo opportunity at the beautiful Bloomfield falls in Wujal Wujal marks the end of the iconic Bloomfield track.

    Enjoy the significant artwork at the Bana Yirriji Art and Culture Centre. Watch for crocodiles and wildlife while enjoying a delicious fresh lunch on the banks of the Bloomfield river. Following lunch, we visit the historic Lion’s Den hotel, first opened in 1876. Throughout this incredible day you will learn all about the European settlement history of this iconic area before arriving at your Queenslander Guesthouse accommodation in Cooktown.

    After enjoying the sunset over the Endeavour River, dinner tonight is a delicious banquet at the locally famous Jackey Jackey Thai Restaurant.

    STAY AT SOVEREIGN RESORT – COOKTOWN

     

  • 3 DAY 3. COOKTOWN AND SURROUNDS (B)

    After enjoying a fresh breakfast at your accommodation, you will have a fantastic opportunity to explore Cooktown. Captain James Cook spent substantial time here by accident in 1770 after the HMS Endeavour ran into a reef and the ship sailed into the Endeavour River for repair, where he met the local Guugu Yimidhirr people. Cooktown was founded in 1873 as a port for the Palmer River Goldfields and has a colourful history of settlement and Aboriginal culture. Enjoy wonderful stories of history and aboriginal culture of this region as your guide takes a step back in time and helps you to understand the regions colourful past. A visit to the James Cook Museum is a must to learn about the rich and diverse history of Cooktown.

    After lunch your guide will then drive you to a secluded waterfall for a refreshing swim. On your way back to Cooktown 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. Enjoy free time this evening as dinner will be at your own leisure, your guide will recommend a variety of restaurants for you to choose from. LUNCH AND DINNER AT OWN EXPENSE

    STAY AT SOVEREIGN RESORT – COOKTOWN

     

  • 4 DAY 4. COOKTOWN – LAURA - ROCKART (BLD)

    Today we farewell Cooktown, enjoy morning tea at the beautiful Isabella Falls, before traversing the Battle Camp Range and enter Lakefield National Park. Rich with settlement history, wetlands and wildlife, Lakefield National Park offers beautifully restored cattle stations and amazing bird and wildlife spotting opportunities. Learn the fascinating history of the beautifully restored Old Laura Homestead and Breeza Station.

    Our journey continues to an amazing Quinkan Rock Art site in Laura. The Quinkan Rock Art sites are now listed by UNESCO as being amongst the top 10 Rock Art sites in the world. Here you will spend time with our private Aboriginal elder on his traditional lands. Speaking 9 different languages and healing people from around the world, he will give you an unparalleled insight into indigenous culture and history, by telling the stories of the rock art.

    Next we join the Mulligan Highway, we travel through the Palmer River Goldfields before we enjoy lunch at the famous Palmer River Roadhouse.

    This afternoon we pass stunning Savannah Wetlands on our way to the lush Atherton Tableland area. After checking into your accommodation, we enjoy dinner at an iconic local pub in the heart of Mareeba.

    STAY AT MAREEBA

  • 5 DAY 5. MAREEBA – RAVENSHOE – BEDROCK VILLAGE (BD)

    We continue towards Ravenshoe for a delicious pub lunch at “Queensland’s Highest Pub”. Continuing on, we traverse through the stunning Outback for our stop for the evening at Bedrock Village, located in the historic township of Mount Surprise. This is where you will enjoy your exclusive Outback Savannah en-suite cabin, with air conditioning.

    Enjoy dinner, alfresco-style with a delicious homemade a la carte menu. After dinner grab yourself a drink and sit around a campfire! After a restful night’s sleep and sumptuous breakfast, we head off to our next destination, the Undara Lava Tubes. LUNCH AT OWN EXPENSE

    STAY AT BEDROCK VILLAGE

  • 6 DAY 6. UNDARA EXCURSION – SAVANNAH WETLANDS (BD)

    Start your day with a trip to the fascinating Undara Lave Tubes, the world’s longest network of lave tubes. This geological tunnel of global significance extends under a ribbon of remnant dry rainforest. You will be taken on a private tour throughout the lava tubes to learn (Lava Tube Tour Additional Cost). LUNCH AT OWN EXPENSE

    After your tour we continue onto the Savannah Wetlands. On arrival at Savannah’s old cattle yards you will be greeted by Callum, the owner and your friendly host for the next three days and nights. Enjoy afternoon tea, with the swing of a billy, before arriving at your own permanent glamping tent, with timber floors and wetland views.

    After you settle in to your accommodation you will be joined by Callum for sunset drinks before a home cooked meal. The privately owned Cattle Station is located on the northern tip of Gugu Badhun traditional lands. The traditional owners see education as the gateway to self-determination, this expeditions’ offer guests conversations and perspectives with elders and Gugu Badhun academics who eloquently share story and insight about their family’s past and future.

    STAY AT PRIVATELY OWNED CATTLE STATION

  • 7 DAY 7. KINRARA EXPEDITIONS (BLD)

    The next two days belong to you. The Savannah Wetlands offers many opportunities for you to explore and enjoy. You can swim in the beautiful warm thermal pools. Take a guided kayak tour exploring the stunning wetlands, while you spot birds and wildlife and even take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.

    You may take the opportunity for a guided hike on the property, or even take yourself for a self-guided walk to fully immerse in the stunning scenery. This is a bird watchers paradise, with over 170 species recorded so far! Enjoy a birdwatching tour with your guide, we will provide binoculars and a bird chart for you to record your discoveries. We even run a friendly competition and prize for the most species spotted! Learn how to make chutney from local produce or the perfect Anzac biscuit.

    Back at camp, an endlessly hot open fire donkey boiler shower washes away the day, before nibbles, dinner, drinks and conversation ensue around the dining table and camp fire. A few steps out from camp and the Milky Way reaches for you from the clear fresh night air. Many hours can be spent just staring out into the universe. You may also like to pick up a spot light and join a guided night time wildlife spotting tour. Most importantly, you can take the opportunity to relax and unwind in a truly stunning setting. Broadly each day is broken into 4 parts, you are welcome to any or all of the activities.

    STAY PRIVATELY OWNED CATTLE STATION

  • 8 DAY 8. KINRARA EXPEDITIONS (BLD)

    Investigate and explore the areas that you have not yet seen in this beautiful location.

    STAY PRIVATELY OWNED CATTLE STATION

  • 9 DAY 9. SAVANNAH WETLANDS - CAIRNS (BL)

    Following breakfast, we depart the Savannah Wetlands to visit Australia’s widest single drop waterfall, Millstream Falls for morning tea. Often described as Queensland’s most beautiful waterfall, our lunch today is at Millaa Millaa Falls. Take a swim in the refreshing water or marvel at the beauty of this rainforest paradise. To truly experience the World Heritage Listed Rainforest we take the time to enjoy the fantastic perspective of the Mamu Skywalk. Enjoy stunning elevated platform views while you learn about the amazing biodiversity of the Wet Tropics region.

    We finish your adventure by crossing through The Great Escarpment, back to the coastal flats for our drive back to your accommodation in Cairns.

  • Itinerary is subject to change
  • Flights need to arrive the day before the tour begins and depart the day after the tour concludes, in case there are delays
  • Pre and post tour accommodation required for tour
  • Please note – Children over 9 years of age accompanied with an adult may participate in this tour.

Additional Information

Fitness While we make every effort to make everyone comfortable and cater to different requirements, the tours that North West Safaris 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 camp stretchers in comfortable head height safari tents. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

Inclusions

•Complimentary hotel pick up and drop off

•All camping equipment including tent, camp stretcher, 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

• Track suit 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 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’; 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 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 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 amount of souvenirs you intend to purchase (a tee shirt will cost on average $25- $40, artefacts 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 devises 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 do 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 comfortable 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 $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

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 get a 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
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

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).