10 DAY CAPE YORK CAMPING EXPERIENCE WITH NORTHERN ADVENTURES
With a Maximum of 4 to 6 Passengers Per Vehicle.
Price Per Person. $4,950.
Cape York Tour Introduction.
Cape York is one of Australia’s last great wilderness regions, extending more than 1000 kilometers north from Cairns.
This vast, remote region is approximately the size of our State of Victoria. Or of England, Scotland and Wales combined. Covering some 115,000 square kilometers.
Our Cape York tours cover a vast region of diverse and beautiful landscapes, untamed wilderness and pristine coast line. So come along on one of our 10 Day Cape York Tours for an adventure of a life time and explore Australia’s last great wilderness.
Even today Cape York is an important and relatively untouched area, supporting a diverse range of environments from tropical rain forest, open forest, Savannah grassland and heath communities. In a region that remains unaffected by our busy industrialized society. Cape York has quite a few National Parks that protect these natural assets, the most notable being Lakefield and Jardine River National Parks along with the famous World Heritage listed Wet Tropics a short distance from Cairns.
Many of Cape York’s 25,000 inhabitants of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. Rely on the annual migration of tourists to supplement the peninsula’s mining, fishing and pastoral industries which are the basis of its relatively small economy.
Cape York’s indigenous history is a combination of the rich cultures of the Australian Aborigine and Torres Strait Islander groups. A visit to Split Rock, near Laura, to view ancient rock art is a highlight of the area. Known as “Quinkan” rock art, there are literally hundreds of galleries hidden in the sandstone escarpment of the Great Dividing Range. The collection is held to be one of the largest bodies of primitive art in the world which depict the activities and culture of Indigenous Aboriginal people for more than thirty thousand years.
One of the Cape’s most well known visitor was Captain Cook. Who arrived in 1770 when he had to repair his ship “Endeavour” where the township of Cooktown stands today. Later, significant European influences began with Kennedy’s 1848 expedition to be followed by the Jardine family who established the outpost of Somerset in the 1860’s.
However, it was the discovery of gold at the Palmer River that brought significant population and the establishment of Cooktown in 1873. In the years that followed, the Cape York Telegraph line, pastoralism, World War II, bauxite mining at Weipa and the emerging tourism industry have all added their intriguing stories to the region.
With Northern Adventures, no two Cape York trips are ever the same.
We are able to vary our itineraries to cater for all your individual needs.
CAPE YORK – 10 DAY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Day 1. Cairns, Mareeba, Mt Molloy, Mt Carbine, Lake Land, Laura, Laura River, Jarramali Rock Art Tours and bush camp.
Day 2. Old Laura Station, Lake field National Park, Camp Salt Water Creek Crossing.
Day 3. Musgrave, Cohen, Archer River, Bramwell Junction, Camp Old Telegraph line.
Day 4. Fruit Bat Falls, Twin Falls, Elliot Falls, Jardine River Ferry, Seisia and Bamaga.
Day 5. Northern Beaches, Sommerset, Tip of Cape York.
Day 6. Sesia, D.C.3 and Beaufort Bomber crash sites, Mutee Heads W.W.II Radar Instilations camp Bramwell Junction.
Day 7. Bramwell, Batavia Downs, Wiepa.
Day 8. Archer River, Coen, Musgrave, Hann River road house and Horse shoe lagoon.
Day 9. Laura to Cooktown.
Day 10. Black Mountains Nat Park, Daintree Nat Park, Bloomfield track Cape Tribulation and on to Cairns.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR PERSONALISED SMALL GROUP CAPE YORK TOUR.
- Experienced Guide/Camp Assistant with local knowledge and experience
- Comfortable air conditioned 4 Wheel Drive Vehicles modified to suit challenging outback conditions.
- Large Off Road Trailer
- Individual twin share tents
- Large comfortable camp beds & pillows
- Ice Boxes for cold drinks
- Camp Fees
- and all other necessary camping equipment
Cape York 10 Day Camping Tour Itinerary.
Day 1: Pick up from your accommodation in Cairns before departing for Cape York on an adventure of a lifetime.
Our trip this morning takes us up and over the Karanda Ranges through Mareeba, Mt. Molloy, Mt. Carbine and on into Lakeland Downs where we will stop for morning tea at the famous Lakeland Coffee House. From this point onwards the sealed roads end and our outback adventure begins. Our next stop is the small township of Laura where we will visit the Quinkan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, before heading out across to Jarramali Rock Art Safari Camp, an epicentre of Aboriginal rock art. Walk to ancient sites on Jowalbinna’s sandstone escarpments and investigate the lives of the original inhabitants, and enjoy a refreshing creek swim. In the evening chat around a bush campfire. (L.D).
Day 2: This morning we travel into Lakefield National Park, Queensland’s second largest. At 537,000 hectares (1.25 million acres) Waterlily covered billabongs, wildlife and a great variety of birdlife and hopefully some fresh water crocodiles, makes for a memorable day before arriving at the century old Telegraph Station and now working cattle station of Musgrave, our overnight stop. (B.L.D.)
Day 3: This morning we cross the Great Dividing Range to visit the old gold mining town of Coen. Onward we cross the sprawling sandbanks of the Archer River and the Wenlock River, site of the historic Moreton Telegraph Station, before arriving at Branwell Station and our camp for the night. (B.L.D).
Day 4: From Bramwell we travel north along the Overland Telegraph Line through numerous creek crossings before arriving at Heathlands Nature Reserve. From here we head out on to the southern bypass track before arriving at spectacular Fruit Bat, Elliot and Twin Falls. After a relaxing afternoon swim we continue on to the Jardine River Ferry Crossing and through to our tropical beach side camp just outside the small township of Seisia. (B.L.D.)
Day 5: Today it is off to the tip of CAPE YORK, SOMERSET.
An unforgettable day of achievement and interest. Stand at the very ‘Tip’ of our continent, where oceans meet and where very few travelers visit. Somerset, the ruins of the grandiose failed ‘Singapore of the Pacific’. As well as a fascinating visit to the beautiful “Lockerbie Scrub”, an isolated pocket of monsoon rain forest, on our way to historic Somerset on Albany passage where you can ponder the past, our explorers, pioneers and the Cape’s traditional owners. Drive along Cape York’s pristine northern beaches, rocky headlands, explore cool shaded forest walks and finally ending the day with a twilight stroll to watch another spectacular Torres Strait sunset. (B.L.D).
Day 6: This morning we head out to explore the remnants of Cape York’s World War ll history with a visit to the DC3 and Beaufort Bomber crash sites near the old Jacky Jacky air strip as well as the old radar installation and port at Mutee Heads, before heading south to our camp site at Merluna Station. (B.L.D.)
Day 7: Today we head across through Batavia Downs Station to visit the Bauxite mining town of Weipa where we will see one of Australia’s largest mining export ports in action as well as visit ancient Aboriginal shell midden sites before heading south again to spend the night at beautiful Merluna station. (B).
Day 8: From Merluna it’s off through the Archer River and on down the track towards Cooktown through Coen, Musgrave and Battle Camp Station before we arrive at the Endeavour River Escape Holiday Park, where we will stay for the next two nights (B.D.).
Day 9: Today we head into Cooktown for a wonderful day enjoying the sights and sounds of this historic town. Visiting the famous James Cook Museum and historic monuments along the foreshore. This afternoon is free for you to explore the town at your leisure. (B).
Day 10: This morning we make our way out of Cooktown through the mysterious Black Mountains to visit the historic Lions Den Hotel for a morning coffee before heading into the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park along the Bloomfield track into Cape Tribulation before returning via the scenic northern beaches to your accommodation in Cairns. (B).
10 Day Cape York Tour Departure Dates for 2020.
27th May to the 5th of June.
8th June to the 17th of June.
If you would like to reserve a place on our 10 Day Cape York Tour.
Please let us know by visiting our Tour Bookings Page or by calling on the number below.
Phone Jason on 0488 069 731
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
What vehicle will I be traveling in?
Tours are carried out in comfortable new air-conditioned Toyota Hilux or Toyota Land Cruiser Four Wheel Drive Vehicles.
With a maximum number of 4 to 6 passengers per vehicle.
Personal luggage is carried in our purpose built Off Road Trailers along with all other necessary equipment for the tour.
Is food supplied?
On our Cape York Tour we provide you with continental breakfasts daily, consisting of fruit juice, cereals, tea & coffee, toast and jams. Lunch and dinner will also be provided as indicated and these will consist of fresh salads and cold meats, sandwiches, pasta dishes, barbecues and cooked meals. We also provide storage for cold drinks and foods as we are traveling.
How much luggage can I bring?
Each passenger is encouraged to take one suitcase – although soft bags are preferred as they are easier to pack. Weight limit aprox 50 kilos. You should also have a small day bag or pack which you can carry on walks and day tours. Baggage over the prescribed limit cannot be carried without prior approval from the tour operator .
What else do I need to bring?
A jacket and warm clothes for the cooler months. Sleeping bag, Shorts, trousers and shirts for the tropics. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, and sun protection. Clothing should be casual and footwear comfortable. Personal toiletries. Don’t forget to bring your camera along with plenty spare batteries. Money or credit card for personal expenses such as drinks, souvenirs and optional day tours.
Do I Need Travel Insurance?
Travel Insurance is not included with this trip. We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances which may arise (including, but not limited to, health, baggage, loss of monies through cancellation, additional expenses incurred through illness or personal liability prior to travel and early return following death of a relative).
I’m not very fit, will I make it through to the tip?
Our tours have been designed to suit a reasonable level of fitness. Being able to do some walking along nature trails and cope with remoteness in the Outback is essential. People who suffer from lack of tolerance or are not of general good health should not consider going on an extended tour of this type.
Note: If you need special medication, it is advisable to bring your own adequate supply for the duration of the tour.
On this journey we are traveling to very remote regions. Occasionally things happen which may require a change to the itinerary. To enjoy the full benefit of your journey you should not be rigid with your expectations. Be flexible, open-minded and prepared for the unexpected because after all, this is outback Australia.