Cape York Frontier – Cape York to Cairns

7 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns Return

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Cape York Frontier – Cape York to Cairns

7 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns Return

Cape York Frontier - Cape York to Cairns

7 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns Return | Travel Period: 1 May 2020 – 30 Sep 2020

Cape York Frontier - Cape York to Cairns

7 Day Guided Vacation

Cairns Return

Your safari begins along the scenic coastal route to the World Heritage listed Daintree rainforest, encountering intriguing flora and fauna of the region. Walk in the footsteps of Captain Cook, taking in the views of Cooktown. You'll visit the mining town of Weipa, before staying at true blue Aussie cattle station, Bramwell Station. Cape York is full of adventure and fun, with gigantic termite mounds, crystal clear creeks, prehistoric plant life to explore before it’s time to bid a fond farewell from this fascinating region from Cairns. 

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Flexible Vacations

Spot the wildlife on an optional experience Eco River Cruise in Weipa.

Iconic Sites

Take in breathtaking views from the top of mainland Australia, Cape York!

Time For You

Relax at lunch with a swim at the enchanting waterfall at Fruit Bat Falls.

Sustainable Travel

Your visit to three National Parks supports the conservation of these pockets of treasure.

This morning you are transferred from your selected 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 (included). After lunch (own expense today) transfer by ferry to the northern-most settlements of mainland Australia where we stay for two nights.

Hotel: Seisia Holiday Village, 2 nights

Included Meals: Dinner

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, Dinner

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

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Wildlife Eco River Cruise (own expense).

Hotel: Albatross Bay Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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; uneven surfaces) 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

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Lunch

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

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

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
 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

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

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 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
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. Find out more

  • Quality accommodation
  • Experienced Tour Leader
  • Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Small group experience with maximum 24 guests
  • Flight between Horn Island & Cairns

What to Bring

  • Luggage restriction: 1 small soft travel bag per person (maximum size: 30 x 30 x 70cm, preferably without wheels, cannot exceed 10kg)
  • Cabin baggage: 1 small daypack per person
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sandals
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)
  • Torch
  • Binoculars

Fitness Requirements

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

Dining

  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners

Flight Information

  • Day prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport
  • Day 7 – We recommend guests fly out the day after the tour returns to Cairns.

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