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Cape York Frontier – Cape York to Cairns

7 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns Return

A week, two World Heritage Sites, and the chance to stand at the very tip of mainland Australia at Cape York – sounds like all the ingredients you need for an epic Far North Queensland tour. Bring your stamina, because the waterfalls, rainforest, wetlands and outback cattle stations between Cape York and Cairns are as enormous as they are eye-opening. It’s remarkable how much you can pack in to a Queensland short break if you have the right people at the helm.      

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Cape York Frontier – Cape York to Cairns

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7 Day Guided Vacation

Cairns Return

A week, two World Heritage Sites, and the chance to stand at the very tip of mainland Australia at Cape York – sounds like all the ingredients you need for an epic Far North Queensland tour. Bring your stamina, because the waterfalls, rainforest, wetlands and outback cattle stations between Cape York and Cairns are as enormous as they are eye-opening. It’s remarkable how much you can pack in to a Queensland short break if you have the right people at the helm.      

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

Wildlife across Far North Queensland never fails to impress, as you’ll discover on an Eco Cruise from Weipa on the Cape York Peninsula.

Time For You

Cool down and wash off the dust of the day at Fruit Bat Falls, a blissful (croc-free) waterhole where you’ll want to linger.

Iconic Sites

Few people get to say they’ve stood at the very top of mainland Australia. You’ll join a very exclusive club of lucky travellers.

Sustainable Travel

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

Natural Wonders

There’s something hypnotic about the Queensland outback, from the vast stretches of nothingness to the horizon-bending skies.

Itinerary

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Your adventure toward the very top of Australia starts on a high – literally. All aboard your plane bound for Horn Island; but first a twirl over the Great Barrier Reef. Your ferry transfer from Horn takes you to Thursday Island, the capital of the Torres Strait Islands, and an archipelago rich in Aboriginal culture, history and natural beauty, Time might stand still here, but you won’t – you’re on a guided tour of Thursday Island, ringed by some of the bluest water you’ll ever see, before transferring to your base and one of the northernmost settlements in Australia.

  Hotel: Seisia Holiday Village, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Dinner

There are just a few hundred kilometers of water (and almost as many islands) separating you from Papua New Guinea when you reach Cape York on your Far North Queensland tour. Not many people can say they’ve stood at the very top of mainland Australia. Closer to home is Somerset, a long-abandoned 1864 settlement of the larger-than-life Australian pioneer Frank Jardine. 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. It’s a patina that will sear into your memory.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cross the Jardine River and you’re well on your way to one of Far North Queensland’s coolest attractions: Fruit Bat Falls. Linger here over lunch, with time to dive in, splash about and chill out. You’ll be happy to hear the waterhole you’re swimming about in is croc free… Continuing south along the Old Telegraph Track, you’ll soon reach Bramwell Station, Australia’s northernmost cattle station and your base for the night.

  Hotel: Bramwell Cattle Station

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Before you roll out of bed this morning, decide how you want to spend your afternoon in Weipa, a tiny town that began its life thanks to the mining of bauxite. You might decide to dig deep and discover how these rocks (the world’s main source of aluminium) are pulled from the ground. Or join an optional Weipa Wildlife & Eco Cruise around the harbour and up the Embley River to Hay Point, revealing Aboriginal culture and the abundance of animals that call this part of the Cape home. Wherever you wander, be sure to catch a blazing sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

  Hotel: Albatross Bay Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

More of Far North Queensland’s mining history awaits in the historic gold town of Coen – small in size, but with plenty of country swagger. And lots of cold beer, which is essential in these steamy parts of Australia. Your base for tonight was once the Musgrave Telegraph Station, a slice of Aussie history dating back to 1887. The Martian landscape that surrounds is all red dirt spiked with green shrubs. You could be forgiven for thinking you’re on the set of a Mad Max movie.  

  Hotel: Musgrave Roadhouse

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nature looms large today, your expedition beginning in Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park – in Queensland, there’s only one expanse of wilderness that’s larger, and that’s and that’s the Simpson Desert. Rinyirru is wild, wide and wonderful, a place where enormous waterlily-covered billabongs are home to an unfathomable number of birds. Continuing through Lakeland takes you to Quinkan Country – home to one of Australia best-preserved rock-art sites – near Laura before arriving in the old gold port of Cooktown.  

  Hotel: Sovereign Resort Hotel

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your Far North Queensland tour ends with myths and legends aplenty at Black Mountain, sometimes dubbed the Bermuda Triangle of Australia. We’ll make sure you arrive safely to quench your thirst at the legendary Lion’s Den Hotel. Don’t over-indulge – you’re about to hit the rugged, 4WD Bloomfield Track, crossing the Bloomfield River near the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal. From Cape Tribulation to Cairns, you’re hemmed by two World Heritage Sites: the rainforest of the Wet Tropics of Queensland on one side, and the Great Barrier Reef on the other. What a way to end a week, road tripping from Cape York to Cairns.  

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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

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. 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: Flight to depart after 9:00pm from Cairns Airport (recommended next day)

Cape York Frontier – Cape York to Cairns

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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.

Highlights

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.

Itinerary

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This morning you are transferred from 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. accommodation.

  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.  We have lunch on palm fringed Anchorage Beach which overlooks the Albany Passage.  A walk on the beach completes 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 Weipa. This afternoon there will be the opportunity of a Wildlife Eco River Cruise or Bauxite Mine Tour (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.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning explore Lakefield National Park, Queensland’s second largest at 542,856 hectares. Waterlily covered billabongs, wildlife and a great variety of birdlife makes for a memorable day, before travelling on to Quinkan Country near Laura. Continue to the old gold port of Cooktown.

  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.


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

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 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. 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

  • • Comfortable walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle
  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Camera

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 Breakfasts
  • • 5 Lunches
  • • 6 Dinners

Flight Information

  • • Day prior: Flights to arrive Cairns Airport
  • • Day 7: Flights to depart after 9:00pm from Cairns Airport (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, etc.)

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