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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.      

* Please note, this tour is operated by a third- party*

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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 unless otherwise indicated.

$4273

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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.      

* Please note, this tour is operated by a third- party*

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

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

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)
  • • Airline schedules may change at short notice. Please consider possible flight disruption when booking your flights.​

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