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Cape York Frontier

7 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns Return

Australia is blessed with unpeopled wilderness areas and quirky towns. You’ll find both in spades on the Cape York Peninsula. Arriving at the tip of country on this Far North Queensland tour, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, far away from the rigmarole of daily life. And this is just the start of your Queensland short break adventure; expect waterfalls, rainforest, wetlands and outback cattle stations.   

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$3527

Adult Twin i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over). All prices are per person, land only.

$4273

Single i A person, who must be 18 years and over, travelling alone, must pay the single room price. All prices are per person, land only.
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Cape York Frontier

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7 Day Guided Vacation

Cairns Return

Australia is blessed with unpeopled wilderness areas and quirky towns. You’ll find both in spades on the Cape York Peninsula. Arriving at the tip of country on this Far North Queensland tour, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, far away from the rigmarole of daily life. And this is just the start of your Queensland short break adventure; expect waterfalls, rainforest, wetlands and outback cattle stations.   

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

If you can’t get enough of wildlife, sign up for an Eco Cruise from Weipa, the largest town on the Cape York Peninsula.

Time For You

You’ll want to linger at Fruit Bat Falls, a splash about in the waterhole here one of the best ways to cool down and wash off the dust of the day.

Iconic Sites

At the very tip of Australia, Cape York is the largest un-spoilt wilderness area in the country. Few people get to see this magical part of the world.

Sustainable Travel

Sleep soundly knowing your national park fees are helping protect fragile and untouched pockets of wilderness.

Natural Wonders

Visiting Quinkan Country, sacred Aboriginal land, is a spiritual experience. The rock art here dates back tens of thousands of years, revealing Dreamtime stories.

Itinerary

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Your Cairns to Cape York tour toward the very top of Australia doesn’t waste any time, immersing you in World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of Queensland rainforest just moments after departing Cairns. Cross the Daintree River by cable ferry, and you’re well on your way to Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets another World Heritage Site: the Great Barrier Reef. But you’re not here to dive into the water – your journey involves going off-road along the rugged, 4WD Bloomfield Track. Steel yourself for this epic ride, which crosses the Bloomfield River near the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal. Exploring this outback is thirsty work – quench your thirst at the legendary Lion’s Den Hotel. More legends (and myths) await at Black Mountain, sometimes dubbed the Bermuda Triangle of Australia. We’ll make sure you arrive safely at your next destination, where your Cooktown tour explains how this is the site of Australia’s first colonial ‘settlement’.  

  Hotel: Sovereign Resort Hotel

  Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Nature rules today, your expedition through Lakeland taking you to Quinkan Country – home to one of Australia best-preserved rock-art sites – near Laura. In Queensland, there’s only one expanse of wilderness bigger than Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, and that’s the Simpson Desert. Rinyirru is big in more ways than one, from its enormous waterlily-covered billabongs to its unfathomable number of birds, it’s a fitting entrée to this northern wilderness frontier.

  Hotel: Musgrave Roadhouse

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The historic gold town of Coen may be small in size, but it’s got plenty of country swagger – and lots of cold beer, which is essential in these steamy parts of Australia. More mining (this time bauxite) was the reason the tiny town of Weipa was formed. Today, visitors on Far North Queensland tours come here for the blazing sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

  Hotel: Albatross Bay Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Before you roll out of bed this morning, decide how you want to spend your pre-lunch hours. Perhaps on an optional Weipa Wildlife & Eco Cruise around the harbour and up the Embley River to Hay Point, revealing Indigenous culture and the abundance of animals that call this part of the Cape home. Or dig deep on a bauxite mine tour. How these rocks (the world’s main source of aluminium) are pulled from the ground is head-scratching. As is the size of Bramwell Station, Australia’s northernmost cattle station and your base for the night.

  Hotel: Bramwell Cattle Station

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your early start today, along the Old Telegraph Track, is worth it when you arrive at Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Dive in, splash about, cool off, unwind. You’ll be happy to hear the waterhole you’re swimming about in is croc free… There’s not much now between you and Cape York; cross the Jardine River and you’re there. Seisia is the departure point for ferries bound for Thursday Island tours and fishing charters. It’s also the gateway to tomorrow’s adventures.

  Hotel: Seisia Holiday Village, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Not many people can say they’ve stood at the very top of mainland Australia on a Cape York tour, just a few hundred kilometres of water separating you from Papua New Guinea. Closer to home is Somerset, a long-abandoned settlement of the larger-than-life Australian pioneer Frank Jardine, who came here in 1864. This was the first European settlement on the Cape York Peninsula; all that remains today are bits of masonry, rusted cannons and a handful of tombstones, including that of Jardine and his wife. Lunch is served on palm fringed Anchorage Beach overlooking the Albany Passage. If there are prettier places to soak up the serenity, we’re yet to find them.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rich in Indigenous culture, history and natural beauty, Thursday Island is the capital of the Torres Strait Islands. Time might stand still here, but you won’t – you’re on a guided tour before heading to Horn Island to board your aircraft, flying over the Great Barrier Reef back to Cairns. Wait, how did this week pass so quickly? 

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Sovereign Resort Hotel is a beautiful situated in the heart of Cooktown, close to all historic sights, shops, wharf and museum. The Sovereign Resort Hotel boasts a beautiful free form swimming pool set amidst award winning landscaped tropical gardens.

    Features

  • Fans
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Phone
  • TV
  • In-house movies
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Musgrave Roadhouse is located 136 kilometres north of Laura, and is halfway between Cairns and Weipa, providing an ideal resting place for travellers heading north to the Cape York Peninsula.

    Features

  • Hot showers
  • Toilet facilities
  • Kiosk
  • Barbecue facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Albatross Bay Resort is the premier accommodation option when visiting Weipa and Far North Queensland.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Phone
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Basic accommodation with rooms featuring ensuite bathrooms.
Bramwell station offers a welcoming frop for all Cape York visitors, and since 1983 has actively catered for coach tours and individual travellers. Bramwell is also a working cattle station.

    Features

  • Café
  • Live entertainment (on occaison)
  • Shower and toilet facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Seisia Holiday Park is the ideal spot to relax after your overland journey through the Cape, as well as a great place to base yourself for exploring the Tip of Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands.

    Features

  • Kiosk
  • Gift Shop
  • Air Conditioning
  • TV
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Specialist highly experienced Travel Director/Driver
  • • Basic hotels
  • • National Park entrance fees

What to Bring

  • • Limit luggage to one small soft travel bag (approximately 300mm x 300mm x 700mm and preferably without wheels) and a small daypack (cabin baggage) per person. Definitely no hard bags or suitcases. Couples bring two smaller bags as opposed to one large one
  • • Camera
  • • Comfortable walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle
  • • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • • Heritage Tours - High level of fitness required
    If you have any mobility issues or over 80 years of age, it is a requirement to complete the “Fit to Travel & Mobility Questionnaire” and return these to Heritage Tours. A doctor’s clearance may be required before booking can be confirmed.

Dining

  • • 6 Full Breakfasts
  • • 5 Lunches
  • • 6 Dinners

Flight Information

  • • Day 1: Flight to arrive day prior into Cairns Airport
  • • Day 7: Flights to depart after 9:00pm from Cairns Airport (recommended next day)

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