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Cape York Frontier – Cape York to Cairns

  • Thursday Island, Capital of Torres Strait Island

    Thursday Island, Capital of Torres Strait Island

  • Horn Island

    Horn Island

  • Lakefield National Park

    Lakefield National Park

  • Grassy Hills, Cooktown

    Grassy Hills, Cooktown

  • Fruit Bat Falls

    Fruit Bat Falls

  • Fly over the Great Barrier Reef

    Fly over the Great Barrier Reef

Tour codes: QYC

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As this holiday departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.
Day 1: Cairns – Thursday Island – Cape York

This morning you are transferred from your Cairns pre tour accommodation to Cairns Airport. Your adventure begins when you board your aircraft to fly over the Great Barrier Reef to Horn Island. Transfer by ferry to Thursday Island, capital of the Torres Strait Islands. Time now to enjoy a guided bus tour of the island. This afternoon transfer by ferry to the northern-most settlements of mainland Australia where we stay for two nights.

Hotel: Seisia Holiday Village (Standard), 2 nights

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Cape York

An unforgettable day! Stand at the very top of mainland Australia. We then visit Somerset (road conditions permitted), once the home of the legendary Jardine family and government outpost established in 1864. We have lunch on the palm fringed Anchorage Beach, which overlooks the Albany Passage. A walk on the beach will complete your day before returning to Seisia. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Cape York – Bramwell

Southward bound, we cross the mighty Jardine River, stopping at Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Relax, swim and enjoy this unique area with its enchanting waterfall. Travelling along part of the Old Telegraph Track, before we make our way to a ‘true blue, Aussie’ cattle station, Bramwell Station.

Hotel: Bramwell Cattle Station (Standard), Cape York

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Bramwell – Weipa

A southerly run through the wilderness with all its varied landscapes to cross the Wenlock River. We head for the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria and our overnight stop at Weipa, with its view over Albatross Bay. This afternoon there will be the opportunity of a tour of the largest bauxite mine in the world or a Wildlife Eco River Cruise (own expense).

Hotel: Albatross Bay Resort (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Weipa – Musgrave

We continue south, stopping off at the picturesque Archer River, then on to the historic frontier gold town of Coen. The afternoon finds us arriving at our overnight accommodation at the Old Musgrave Telegraph Station.

Hotel: Musgrave Roadhouse (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Musgrave – Cooktown

Explore Lakefield National Park, Queensland’s second largest at 543,000 hectares (1.34 million acres). Waterlily covered billabongs, wildlife and a great variety of birdlife makes for a memorable morning. We then enter ‘Quinkan Country’ near Laura. Here we climb (suitable footwear and reasonable fitness required) the sandstone escarpment at Split Rock to view ancient Aboriginal rock art, dated more than 13,000 years old, depicting traditional activities and culture. Travel through the agricultural district of Lakeland on our way to Cooktown, our overnight stop.

Hotel: Sovereign Resort Hotel (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Cooktown – Cairns

The final exciting day has, unfortunately, arrived, but before returning to Cairns, we make our way south passing the mysterious Black Mountain and the historic Lions Den Hotel. Traversing the jungle shrouded Bloomfield Track (road conditions permitted) we see where the 'rainforest meets the reef' at Cape Tribulation. We travel through the splendour of a World Heritage listed rainforest. A scenic drive along the Marlin Coast back to Cairns is a perfect way to complete your tour.

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

You may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

Operated by our partners at Heritage Tours.

Please Note: Due to limited accommodation in remote areas of northern Australia we may have to use alternative accommodation of a similar standard from time to time.

7 Day Guided Holiday


Selected departures between May - October. Departures subject to availability and may be waitlisted until minimum numbers have been met.


Start End
May 25 May 31
Jun 08 Jun 14
Jun 22 Jun 28
Jul 06 Jul 12
Jul 20 Jul 26
Aug 03 Aug 09
Aug 17 Aug 23
Aug 31 Sep 06
Sep 14 Sep 20
Sep 28 Oct 04
Oct 12 Oct 18

Flight Information

Flights to and from your holiday are not included in the price.

Day Prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport

Day 7 – We recommend guests fly out the day after the tour returns to Cairns, as the tour may be delayed getting back to Cairns, due to flight delays, roadworks, traffic accidents.

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Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast (6)
  • Lunch (6)
  • Dinner (5)
  • Experienced Safari Leader
  • Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Small group experience with maximum 24 guests
  • Flight between Horn Island & Cairns

What to bring

Please note luggage cannot exceed 10kg per person. Suitcases, including suitcases with wheels are not recommended. Airlines also have luggage restrictions of 1 piece per person. There will also be opportunity to laundry your clothes.

  • Soft bag (overnight or duffle bag) approx 30 x 30 x 70cm
  • Small day pack
  • Photo ID
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sandals
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Light jacket
  • Swimmers & towel
  • Torch
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellant

Fitness requirement

Moderate level of fitness as walks to locations may be on uneven ground.

Accommodation Standards & Prices

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Cape York Frontier – Cape York to Cairns (QYC)

Standard Room Albatross Bay Resort
Where you'll be staying
  • Seisia Holiday Village  
  • Bramwell Cattle Station  
  • Albatross Bay Resort  
  • Musgrave Roadhouse  
  • Sovereign Resort Hotel  
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Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Your choice of accommodation standards

Choose from a range of accommodation standards. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

  • Standard (R)

  • Seisia Holiday Village
    6 Koraba Rd, Seisia, QLD 4876
    • Kitchen in Cottage Rooms at Seisia Holiday Village
    • Front of the Cottage Room at Seisia Holiday Villag
    • Cottage Verandah at Seisia Holiday Village
    • Exterior of the Cottage at Seisia Holiday Park

    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
  • Bramwell Cattle Station
    100 Bamaga Road Bramwell 4892
    • Exterior view of Bramwell Cattle Station

    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
  • Albatross Bay Resort
    10 Duyfken Crs, Weipa, QLD 4874
    • Interior Deck Bar at Albatross Bay Resort
    • Dining Area at Albatross Bay Resort Weipa
    • Exterior of Albatross Bay Resort Weipa
    • Standard Room at Albatross Bay Resort Weipa

    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
  • Musgrave Roadhouse
    Musgrave, Peninsula Developmental Rd, Yarraden, QLD 4871
    • Cabins at Musgrave Roadhouse in Cape York
    • Exterior building & grounds of Musgrave Roadhouse
    • Grass area & seating at Musgrave Roadhouse
    • Kiosk facilities at Musgrave Roadhouse Cape York
    • Pool Table entertainment at Musgrave Roadhouse

    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
  • Sovereign Resort Hotel
    128 Charlotte St Cooktown QLD 4895
    • Swimming pool at Sovereign Resort Hotel Cooktown
    • Pool and hotel grounds at Sovereign Resort Hotel
    • Reception entry at Sovereign Resort Hotel Cooktown
    • Reception area at Sovereign Resort Hotel Cooktown
    • Resort Room at Sovereign Resort Hotel Cooktown

    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
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