*7 Day Cape York Tour - Drive North/ Fly South - Camping OR Budget Accommodated 4WD Safari (#179)

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Cooktown and Cape York » *7 Day Cape York Tour - Drive North/ Fly South - Camping OR Budget Accommodated 4WD Safari (#179)

Type: Tours - Cape York Accommodated Tours

This seven day drive north and fly south 4WD camping safari has many departures available and is different from most tours in that you have a choice for where you sleep. There are two choices. You can either camp in pre-erected tents, or stay in outback accommodation with a few of the comforts from home. 

Departure Dates: All the following tours are guaranteed to depart on the follow dates with a minimum of ten passengers and road conditions permitting. We strongly advise to make a booking in advance. Some dates below may already be booked out, such is the popularity of these tours. This tour also operates in the exact reverse on different dates to those below.

Click here to see the dates and itinerary of the reverse itinerary. (Fly  North/ Drive South)

7 Day Cape York Tour - Drive North/ Fly South - Camping OR Budget Accommodated:

Click here to see Departure Dates for ALL the Cape York Tours in 2016.

2016 Dates

  • May 18,(full)24 (full)
  • June 1,(full)7,15,(full)21,29 (full)
  • July 5,(full)13,(full)19,(full) 27
  • Aug 2,10,(full)16,30
  • Sept 7,13,21,27
  • Oct 5,11,19

How to Book:  A Deposit of $400 per adult is required to confirm your place with the balance due 60 days before departure. Bookings made within 60 days of the travel date must be paid in full within 72 hours.  You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. Click on it and follow the prompts, or, call to book on  1800 681 685 (free call) from within Australia.  Your booking confirmation/ receipt will be emailed to you shortly after your booking request and deposit payment has been received.

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More Information About the Tour:

The minimum number of people per trip required for the trip to run is 10. (Of course you can book with as few as one person - you will be matched up with other people) The maximum number is 25 however these are amongst the most modern and comfortable 4WD tour vehicles available  featuring on-board toilets, TV/ DVD, road cam and all forward facing, reclinable seats.

Each day the campers and non campers come together for the safari and enjoy lovely camp style meal times, which brings the price down for everyone and allows friends to travel together who have different needs when it comes to sleeping.

With pre erected tents, there is less time spent setting up and taking down camps sites each day and in fact on the first night you will sleep in a motel room (shared bathroom) instead of a tent. The people who chose to stay in accommodation every night are not far away from the campers and everyone on tour, eats and tours together. 

You’ll travel in a modern luxury 4WD vehicle the entire way and have an excellent guide and driver to show you the highlights of Cape York.

You have the time to explore the National Parks and landmarks because you drive one way, and fly back in the other direction. 

Tour Itinerary:

All fares include meals as per itinerary code: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch and (D) Dinner. All camping and/or  accommodation costs and entrance fees as per itinerary. (S) Showers, (T) Toilet, (Bc) Bush Camp, (L) Laundry
Pre erected tent option - twin share tents and mattresses for 5 nights, and a motel room for one night are provided to all passengers on the pre-erected tent camping safaris.

DAY 1 CAIRNS – COOKTOWN (LD)

After an early morning pick up from your accommodation your adventure begins. Travelling north along the scenic Captain Cook Highway, through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. Then making our way along the jungle shrouded Bloomfield Track, stopping off at the unique Lion’s Den Hotel, and the mysterious Black Mountain, arriving at the old gold port of Cooktown. Visit Captain Cooks Landing and Grassy Hill Lookout. Overnight accommodation at the Seaview Motel in Cooktown – ensuite facilities.  (Tonight only, everyone's will stay together at this landmark motel – with ensuite facilities. No tents tonight.) (STL)

DAY 2 COOKTOWN - LAKEFIELD NATIONAL PARK - MUSGRAVE (BLD)

Heading west into the outback, we travel over the legendary Battle Camp Range to the Old Laura Homestead and Lakefield National Park (toad conditions permitted). An amalgamation of 3 huge cattle stations, now a haven for the many birds and animals native to this area. Lagoons, billabongs, and wide river lakes are home to both fresh and saltwater crocodiles. The afternoon finds us arriving at our overnight stop at the old Musgrave telegraph station. (Accommodation option: share bathroom facilities) (Camping option: permanent campsite at the old Musgrave Telegraph station).(ST)

DAY 3 MUSGRAVE - COEN – ARCHER RIVER – WEIPA (BLD)

After a leisurely morning, we continue north stopping off at the historic frontier gold town of Coen and the picturesque Archer River, before making our way to the bauxite-mining town of Weipa. Enjoy the spectacular sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria. (Accommodation option: Heritage Resort – ensuite facilities) (Camping option: The permanent pre-erected campsite is located close to the beach, to enjoy spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.) (STL)

DAY 4 WEIPA - WENLOCK RIVER – BRAMWELL STATION (BD)

This morning you may wish to take an informative tour of the Weipa mining operation (own expense) or just relax by the pool. After lunch, we head for our overnight stay at a true blue Aussie cattle station, Bramwell Station. (Accommodation option: share facilities) (Camping option: overnight permanent camp site at a true blue Aussie cattle station, Bramwell Station.) (ST)

DAY 5 BRAMWELL – FRUIT BAT FALLS – CAPE YORK (BLD)

After an early start, we head north travelling along part of the Old Telegraph Track to arrive at Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Relax, swim, and enjoy this unique area with its enchanting waterfall. Then northwards across the Jardine River, to arrive at Cape York! We will be staying at Seisia. Seisia is ideally located for our next few days, being in walking distance from the Seisia Wharf, the departure point for the ferry to Thursday Island and a famous fishing spot. (Accommodation option: Lodge accommodation at Seisia Holiday Park – share facilities.) (Camping option: permanent pre-erected base camp at Seisia campground) (STL)

DAY 6 CAPE YORK - SOMERSET (BLD)

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 lunch on palm fringed Anchorage Beach which overlooks the Albany Passage. A walk on the beach completes your day before returning to base. (Accommodation option: Lodge accommodation at Seisia Holiday Park – share facilities.)  (Camping option: permanent pre-erected base camp at Seisia campground) (STL)

DAY 7 CAPE YORK – THURSDAY ISLAND - CAIRNS (B)

An early morning departure as we cruise through island studded straits to explore our northern community, Thursday Island. Here you will be taken on a informative guided bus tour of the island and its picturesque Harbour, once home to the romantic pearl lugger fleet. Then board your plane at Horn Island for a scenic flight back to Cairns. ETA 5.30pm, but to be advised later.     

OPTIONAL DAY 8 THURSDAY ISLAND - HORN ISLAND - CAIRNS (DBL)

You will have the option to stay an extra day at Horn Island. Dinner included on day 7. This day includes a tour of Horn Island, entry to the Torres Strait Heritage Museum. You will stay the night at the Gateway Torres Strait Resort at Horn Island. Late afternoon you board your plane at Horn Island for a scenic flight back to Cairns. ETA to be advised. Optional extra day cost is $285 per person on twin share basis, or $385 for sole use.

Features & Inclusions

  • Option to camp in pre-erected tents or stay in outback accommodation
  • Less time spent setting up for sleeping each night - More time to spend relaxing
  • The most modern 4WD vehicles, featuring on-board toilets, TV/ DVD, road cam and comfortable seats.
  • Second staff member on board as a host when tour reaches 12 or more people.
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Daintree National Park
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Cooktown
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Musgrave Telegraph Station
  • Weipa
  • Bramwell Station
  • Twin Falls
  • Thursday Island
  • Cape York - Most Northern Tip of Australia

Specials & Packages

Horn Island Optional Extra 8th Day

Price: $285.00
Valid until: 31st Oct 2016

  • You will have the option to stay an extra day at Horn Island. Dinner included on day 7.
  • This day includes a tour of Horn Island, entry to the Torres Strait Heritage Museum. You
  • will stay the night at the Gateway Torres Strait Resort at Horn Island. Late afternoon you
  • board your plane at Horn Island for a scenic flight back to Cairns. ETA to be advised.
  • Optional day cost $ 285.00 per person twin share, single $ 385.00.

* Conditions may apply

PRE-POST TOUR CAIRNS ACCOMMODATION SPECIAL

Price: $55.00
Valid until: 31st Oct 2016

  • Includes 3.5 Star Standard Twin Share Hotel Room + continental breakfast
  • * $55 per person per night twin share
  • * $110 per person per night single room

* Conditions may apply

Rates and Tariffs

2016 Season
1st May 2016 to 31st Oct 2016
Pre-erected Tent Camping Safari: Twin share $2449.00 adult
Budget Accommodated Safari - Twin Share $2999.00 adult
Pre-erected Tent Camping Safari: Single Person $2549.00 adult
Single Supplement - budget accomodated $3409.00 adult
* Booking terms and conditions may apply, please details below.

* All prices are inclusive of GST and in Australian Dollars ($AUD)

Booking Information

Departure Dates: All the following tours are guaranteed to depart on the follow dates with a minimum of ten passengers and road conditions permitting. We strongly advise to make a booking in advance. Some dates below may already be booked out, such is the popularity of these tours. This tour also operates in reverse on different dates to those below.

7 Day Cape York Tour - Drive North/ Fly South - Camping OR Budget Accommodated:

How to Book: A Deposit of $400 per adult is required to confirm your place with the balance due 60 days before departure. Bookings made within 60 days of the travel date must be paid in full within 72 hours. You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. Click on it and follow the prompts. Or, call to book on 1800 681 685 (free call) from within Australia. The minimum number of people per trip required for the trip to run is 10. (Of course you can book with as few as one person - you will be matched up with other people) The maximum number is 25.

Departure time from Cairns: Between 6am - 7am. Guests should make arrangements to stay in Cairns on the day before the tour is due to begin.

Return time to Cairns: Approx 5.00pm - to be advised. Guests should make arrangements to stay in Cairns on the date of return because the time of return may be different by several hours.

Camping safari with permanent camps:

Heritage Tours provides twin share headroom high dome tents which are fully fly screened and are already set up for your convenience. We also provide a 2 inch high density foam mattress. For more comfort we have camp stretchers for hire at an additional charge of $60.00 per person per tour. You can bring your own sleeping bag, sheet and pillow or you can hire this from us at a charge of $15.00 per sleeping bag, $5.00 per sheet and $5.00 per pillow with pillow case for the duration of the tour.

Budget Accommodated Safari with outdoor camp meals:
Instead of camping you can join this tour where you sleep in a room each night, you have 2 nights accommodation with an ensuite bathroom and 4 nights of basic twin share accommodation with shared bathroom facilities with all linen supplied


Pickup or Departure Point Details: Complimentary pick up from Cairns city accommodation.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Pre and Post tour accommodation. Meals, unless mentioned on day to day itinerary, sleeping bags and pillows, any personal items such as drinks, newspapers, telephone, laundry, souvenirs, personal and holiday insurance.

HIRE OF CAMPING EQUIPMENT - FOR CAMPERS
Campers are supplied with a pre-erected tent and high density foam mattress. You can either bring your own or hire the following items:
• Sleeping bags $15.00 for the entire safari
• Sheet $5.00 for the entire safari
• Pillows $5.00 for the entire safari
• Towel $5.00 for the entire safari
• Single tent $100.00 for the entire safari - not compulsory if you are willing to share a tent with someone else on tour.
• Camp stretcher beds $60.00 for the entire safari

WEIPA MINE TOUR - FOR ANYONE

The Largest Bauxite Mine in the World
A fascinating and informative tour of this enormous open cast mining site and the remote mining town of Weipa. The tour covers just about everything you might want to know about the Western Cape Region and its history plus a comprehensive insight into the whole process of mining and a chance to see the enormous mining equipment, trucks, locomotives and other plant used on the 2,590 square Km. Site. The tour takes approximately 2.5 hours and costs $40.00 pp

Booking Policy

Child Policy: Children = 11- 14 years receive 10% discount off adult fares. Children 7 - 10 years receive 15% off the adult fares. This tour is not recommended for children under 7 years of age but you are welcome to enquire if you think your child can manage 7 days of extended touring.

Single Traveller Policy: Where possible, if asked, we will try to match you up with a fellow (same sex) single traveller. If not possible or if you want to sleep on your own, you will have to pay a single supplement of $380 for accommodated trips as per the price table above or camping $100

Please also advise the following if you know it:
The name of your Holiday Accommodation and/ or a mobile telephone contact in case the tour director can’t find you. We also book accommodation at the best locally available rates so if we can help you with that, please let us know.

Cancellation Policy:
•60 – 30 days prior to travel, a 25% cancellation fee applies
•30 – 14 days prior to travel, a 50% cancellation fee applies
•Less than 14 days prior to travel, a 100% cancellation fee applies
A $400 per person cancellation and administration fee applies to every cancellation greater than 60 days prior to the date of travel.

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