12 Day Cruise/Drive Cape York 4WD Camping Safari (#398)

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Cooktown and Cape York » 12 Day Cruise/Drive Cape York 4WD Camping Safari (#398)

Type: Tours - Cape York Camping Tours

12 Day Cruise to  Cape York, 4wd Drive to Cairns.  Start this amazing journey by boarding the M.V Trinity in Cairns and cruise your way up the coast passing through the Great Barrier Reef, stopping off at remote Torres Strait communities. Then drive south by 4WD with no more than 15 passengers per vehicle. You'll experience good comfortable camping and food along the way with all camping gear included.

This tour also operates in reverse on the dates listed below.

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Departure Dates for Cruise/Drive 2016: All tours are guaranteed to depart on the follow dates with a minimum of four passengers and road conditions permitting.

  • May 17,31
  • June 14,28
  • July 12,26
  • August 9,23

 Reverse Itinerary

  • May 11,25

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

How to Book: A $400 per person deposit payment is required at the time of booking and the remaining balance is due at least two months prior to departure. This trip is very popular and should be booked as far in advance as is possible. Bookings made within two months 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.

Min/ Max Numbers for this tour: The minimum number of people per trip required for the trip to run is 4.

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Trip Highlights

  • Cargo Ship voyage
  •  Great Barrier Reef
  • Torres Straits
  • Thursday Island
  • Horn Island
  • Loyalty Beah
  • Cape York “The Tip”
  • Twin falls
  • Weipa
  • Port Stewart
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Cooktown
  •  Cape Tribulation   

Tour Itinerary:


DAY 1 FRIDAY (D) - Depart Cairns, M.V. "Trinity Bay".
Mid-day transfer from your accommodation. At 80 metres and over 3000 tonnes the Trinity Bay is the largest cargo vessel servicing the Torres Strait communities.

DAY 2 SATURDAY (BLD) - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Total relaxation as you enjoy the company of the crew and ship board companions.

DAY 3 SUNDAY (BLD) - Thursday Island, Horn Island, "Barge Day".
The focus of all attention today is the wharves on Thursday & Horn Islands as the MV Trinity Bay disgorges its cargo of fuel, building materials, indeed everything needed by these remote island communities. Time to explore legendary Thursday Island. (Conducted bus tour at own cost).

DAY 4 MONDAY (BLD) - Seisia, Bamaga, Loyalty Beach.
Another "barge day" but at Seisia wharf, the sea port for Bamaga's five aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Transfer to Loyalty Beach, our northern base camp for two nights.

DAY 5 TUESDAY (BLD) - Cape York, Somerset.
An unforgettable day of achievement and interest. We stand at the very tip of our continent. Visit the ruins of Somerset, (Roads permitting) with pristine beaches and rocky headlands.

DAY 6 WEDNESDAY (BLD) - Cape York, Twin Falls
We cross the mighty Jardine River, through the wilderness of forests and heath to Twin Falls and a cooling dip in the rapids and waterfalls before setting up camp in this unique spot. Basic camp facilities.

DAY 7 THURSDAY (BLD) - Telegraph Road, Wenlock River.
An exciting day negotiating river crossings and bush roads, while absorbing the unfamiliar landscape of eucalyptus scrub, heathlands, plains and exotic zamia forests. Camp on the Wenlock River at Moreton Telegraph Station. Campground facilities

DAY 8 FRIDAY (BD) - Weipa.
Travel South to Batavia Downs Station then West to the Gulf of Carpentaria through huge cattle runs and Aboriginal lands to the bauxite mining town of Weipa, a veritable “oasis in the wilderness”. An optional Weipa Mine Tour mid-afternoon (own cost). Overnight campground with facilities.

DAY 9 SATURDAY (BLD) - Archer River, Coen, Port Stewart.
Across rolling Picaninny Plains, before a pause at the wide sandy Archer River. We visit historic Coen before heading to Port Stewart, a former sea port for the Ebagoolah, Coen and Batavia Goldfields. We virtually travel the entire length of the Stewart River – a recently declared Wild River due to its intact and healthy river system. We explore Port Stewart, a natural and culturally significant place, also the traditional homelands of the Lama Lama Aboriginal People. Overnight Yintjingga campground with facilities.

DAY 10 SUNDAY (BLD) - Musgrave, Lakefield National Park.
Learn about the Lama Lama Rangers work to assess and document the natural and cultural values and threats, and how they maintain these values. We venture West then South to arrive at Musgrave, the last remaining Telegraph Station in Cape York. East towards the Coral Sea to arrive at the massive wildlife haven, Lakefield National Park.

DAY 11 MONDAY (BD) - Cooktown.
Continuing through Lakefield, past Old Laura Station and over the rugged Battlecamp Range to historic Cooktown. An eventful day of sightseeing and viewing significant landmarks and sites so important to all Australians. Overnight Cooktown - Campground facilities

DAY 12 TUESDAY (BL) - Daintree Rainforests, Cairns.
We cross the Bloomfield River, through the famous World Heritage rainforest across the Daintree River. Then travel via the scenic coastal road to Cairns and journeys end.

Features & Inclusions

  • Most meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Return to Cairns on board the M.V Trinity
  • All camping fees and equipment
  • Entry fees
  • National Park Fees
  • Cargo Ship voyage
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Torres Straits
  • Thursday Island
  • Horn Island
  • Loyalty Beah
  • Cape York “The Tip”
  • Twin falls
  • Weipa
  • Port Stewart
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Cooktown
  • Cape Tribulation

Specials & Packages

PRE-POST TOUR CAIRNS ACCOMMODATION SPECIAL

Price: $139.00
Valid until: 31st Oct 2016

  • Includes 3.5 Star Standard Twin Share Hotel Room
  • * $139 per person per night single room

* Conditions may apply

Rates and Tariffs

2016 Cruise/Drive Low Season
1st May 2016 to 31st May 2016
12 Day $3950.00 adult
2016 Cruise/Drive Season
1st Jun 2016 to 31st Aug 2016
12 Day $4350.00 adult
2016 Drive/Cruise Season
1st May 2016 to 31st May 2016
12 Day $4150.00 adult
* Booking terms and conditions may apply, please details below.

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

Booking Information

All tours are guaranteed to depart on the follow dates with a minimum of four passengers and road conditions permit.

How to Book: A $400 per person deposit payment is required at the time of booking and the remaining balance is due at least two months prior to departure. This trip is very popular and should be booked as far in advance as is possible. Bookings made within two months 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.

Min/ Max Numbers for this tour: The minimum number of people per trip required for the trip to run is 4

Booking Policy

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received more than 60 days prior to departure are subject to a $400 per person fee.
Cancellations between 60 and 30 days are subject to a 75% refund.
Cancellations between 30 and 21 days are subject to a 50% refund.
Cancellations 21 days or less are subject to no refund whatsoever.

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