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Cooktown and Cape York

  Avg. Trip Rating 3.7 Based on 3 Reviews. No Booking FeesDedicated Consultant
Fully Guided Adventure Small Group 4WD Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
11 Days
 Trip Starts
Cairns
 Trip Finishes
Cairns
11 Day Cooktown and Cape York Itinerary (APT)
Countries Explored: Australia
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Accommodation
4 - 4.5 Star
Max. Group Size
22
Trip Style
4WD Adventure
Trip Code
GOCY11

Overview

Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 11 Day Cooktown and Cape York. Travel to the northernmost tip of Queensland on a land journey with APT. Explore Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation, the only place in Australia where two World Heritage-listed phenomena meet.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins in Cairns today, where we meet you on arrival and transfer you to your resort in Port Douglas. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. You might like to go for a dip in one of the resort's many pools, or head into Port Douglas for a wander through town. This evening, a relaxed welcome dinner provides the perfect opportunity for you to meet your fellow travellers. Stay: Port Douglas, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort (D)

After your Signature Experience, embark on a Daintree River Cruise and keep an eye out for crocodiles, birds, butterflies and a variety of reptile species. Tonight, dine amidst the rainforest in an open-air restaurant. Stay: Daintree National Park, Heritage Lodge (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Travel to Mossman Gorge in Daintree National Park and set off on the Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk, led by local Indigenous guides. Start with a smoking ceremony, before journeying along private, gentle tracks visiting culturally significant sites. Learn about traditional hunting and gathering techniques, hear stories of the Dreamtime and gain a deeper understanding of how the Indigenous people have lived off the land here for thousands of years.

After a day of Signature Experiences, arrive in Cooktown and discover the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and the James Cook Museum. Just before sunset, savour views from Grassy Hill Lookout over the Endeavour River. Stay: Cooktown, Sovereign Resort Hotel (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Explore Cape Tribulation this morning, the only place in Australia where two World Heritage-listed phenomena meet – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Journey along the Bloomfield Track, one of Australia's most iconic outback roads. Journey through dense sections of rainforest, tackling steep climbs and several challenging creek crossings.

Travel to Quinkan Country, ranked by UNESCO as one of the top 10 rock art areas in the world. Here, embark on a walk with an Indigenous guide to Split Rock, an intriguing rock art site where Quinkan figures depicting native animals, spirits and totems have been painted onto the rock face. Later, turn off into Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, home to crocodiles, wallabies and an array of bird life. Then arrive at Lotus Bird Lodge and retreat to your log-style cabin before a nature walk around the property's serene billabong. Set amid shady eucalyptus trees, the aptly named Lotus Bird Lodge is a birdwatcher's paradise. During your stay, be sure to keep an eye out for kites, kookaburras, egrets, goshawks and jabirus. Stay: Lotus Bird Lodge (B/L/D)

Journey to Musgrave, the only remaining overland telegraph station on the peninsula. Explore the old gold mining town of Coen and stop at the well-known Archer River Roadhouse for lunch, which marks the halfway point of your journey. Afterwards, continue to the town of Weipa, home to the largest community on the Cape York Peninsula. Stay: Weipa, Albatross Bay Resort (B/L/D)

Set out on a boat trip in Weipa and relax as you learn about the region's unique ecosystem, mining industry and Indigenous culture. Keep your eyes peeled for saltwater crocs lazing on the banks. Afterwards, travel to Bramwell Station. Stay: Bramwell Station (B/L/D)

Observe the towering termite mounds of Bramwell Junction before continuing on with your adventure. Stop at Fruit Bat Falls and cool off with a refreshing swim in the pristine waters of the Elliott River. Cross Jardine River by ferry, then skirt Jardine River National Park and continue through the traditional land of the Injinoo Indigenous people. Stay Two Nights: Cape York Peninsula Lodge (B/L/D)

Awake this morning to sweeping views of the tip of Cape York and travel along a 4WD track to Frangipani Beach. After your Cape York experience, travel to historic Somerset Hill, the site of a station established by John Jardine in 1863. On Somerset Beach, admire Albany Island, as well as discover the history of ‘Jackey Jackey' and Frank Jardine. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Take a mildly challenging but thoroughly awe-inspiring walk to the tip of the peninsula to experience being at the Australian mainland's most northerly point. Take in the stunning vistas over the Torres Strait, then afterwards, take to the skies as you embark on a scenic helicopter flight over the tip of Cape York.

Ferry across Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island, which was once a base for pearling luggers. Step back in time with a visit to Green Hill Fort, located atop the island's highest hill. Once used as ammunitions storage, the fort's maze of underground tunnels and rooms now houses the Torres Strait Museum. You'll also enjoy time at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre. After exploring Thursday Island, board a ferry to Friday Island and visit the Kazu Pearl Farm. Here, learn about the cultivation, harvesting and extraction of pearls before enjoying a seafood lunch. Stay: Thursday Island, Grand Hotel (B/L/D)

Transfer to Horn Island aboard the local ferry. On a guided tour, visit the World War II Base and Torres Strait Heritage Museum, and learn how the island became an operational airbase following the bombing of Darwin. Later, board an included Qantas flight from Horn Island over the Great Barrier Reef and marvel at this spectacle from the air before arriving in Cairns. Reunite with your driver, and later this evening enjoy a special Signature Experience. Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Board a sailing catamaran and enjoy a glass of bubbly as you set sail for Trinity Inlet on a relaxing sunset cruise. Enjoy onboard entertainment and indulge in a delicious buffet dinner, including fresh seafood.

After breakfast this morning, be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Embark on the Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk in Daintree National Park's Mossman Gorge
  • Explore stunning Cape Tribulation, where the reef meets the rainforest
  • Journey along the Bloomfield Track, one of Australia's most iconic outback roads
  • Set out on a scenic helicopter flight over the tip of Cape York
  • Visit the Kazu Pearl Farm and learn about the cultivation, harvesting and extraction of pearls

  • Experiences in 18 destinations
  • The services of an expert APT tour director and driver
  • Airport transfers, port charges and park fees
  • Qantas flight from Horn island to Cairns

  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 29 meals

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • APT highly recommends travel insurance
  • This tour includes mainly easy walks over uneven terrain, with some optional more challenging hikes

Trip Reviews (3) Most Recent 'Cooktown and Cape York' Reviews

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Great tour of Cape York 0 , VIC, Australia, Jun 2019
Great to walk to the top of Cape York then get a helicopter view the same afternoon. Day of great adventure.
Trip of a lifetime   2 , VIC, Australia, Jul 2018
A fascinating, educational and impressive tour of far North Queensland to The Tip by 4WD with 2 ferry rides to Thursday and Horn Islands and a direct flight back to Cairns. In particular learning about flora and fauna through out the national parks, the indigenous knowledge of their lands, the history of white pioneers who hacked their way through unforgiving ...read more landscapes to provide the first telegraph lines and so much more. Accommodation was 5 star to rustic with really good meals throughout. The small group of 16 allowed for friendly interactions at all times. A thoroughly well organised APT tour.
Exploration to WA 7 , QLD, Australia, Aug 2016
We travelled with APT and had a great mix of people, from driver, guide, to 14 other passengers. Two highlights come to mind - the first was our visit to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and the other was finally standing on the mainland tip of Australia, after long , bouncy travel days. The itinerary was varied and interesting, with some fantastic ...read more local guides. The only sour points was the terrible accommodation at Bramwell Station, east of Weipa, and the tents at Punsund Bay were acceptable, but could have been better with a little thought. Overall, we were pleased we undertook the trip, which was our first with APT. The driver we had gave us some fantastic local stories he had researched, which included early explorers, setters and problems associated with settling the northern tip - we all loved these stories, as it kept us entertained while we bounced our way north.
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