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Wilderness Adventures

Cooktown and Cape York

Cairns Return
Trip Code: GOCY11
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve

Take a breathtaking helicopter flight into the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, with exclusive access to APT guests.

The Northern Tip of Australia

Journey to the most northern point of Australia with sweeping views of Torres Strait.

Mossman Gorge Dreamtime walk

Discover Indigenous culture and thousands of years of knowledge at Mossman Gorge and set off on a Dreamtime walk.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 18 destinations
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Expert APT tour director and driver
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 29 meals
  • QANTAS flight from Horn Island to Cairns

Map & Itinerary

APT OWA GOCY11 Map 2020
Cairns Return

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

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

Daily :
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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 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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Journey through Mossman Gorge and see the beauty of outback Australia

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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.


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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to Quinkan Country, ranked as one of the top 10 rock art areas in the world by UNESCO. 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. Afterwards, continue your journey to the Old Laura Homestead. Later, turn off into Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, home to crocodiles, wallabies and an array of bird life. Afterwards, arrive at Lotus Bird Lodge and retreat to your log-style cabin before a nature walk around the property's serene billabong. Set amidst 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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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. Here, set out on a sunset boat trip and relax as you learn about the region’s unique ecosystem, mining industry and Indigenous culture. Enjoy nibbles and drinks on board as you keep your eyes peeled for crocs lazing on the banks.

Stay: Weipa, Albatross Bay Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board a helicopter and fly into the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, normally off-limits to the public.


Today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey as you enjoy a visit to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, which is normally off-limits to the general public. Board a helicopter in Weipa and fly into the reserve, gaining an aerial perspective on this vast wilderness area. On arrival, you'll be welcomed by a ranger from Australia Zoo, who will provide an introduction to the wildlife and sonar detector tracking methods. After lunch at Camp Coolibah, discover the movement of the crocodiles in the area and the endangered Speartooth Shark. You'll also see a demonstration on how crocodile cages are deployed and operated. Later, visit Bluebottle Creek and uncover the geology of the region, the significance of bauxite and how the plateau filters water to ensure survival of endangered species. You will also learn about bush tucker and the native flora, including the Sarsaparilla Bush and Hanguana Malayana.

Stay: Bramwell Station

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Stand on the river banks of Steve Irwin Wilderness Reserve and appreciate the beauty on an outback 4WD adventure

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, Punsand Bay

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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.


Awake this morning to sweeping views of the tip of Cape York and travel along a 4WD track to Frangipani Beach. After your tip of 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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 house the Torres Strait Museum. Admire views of the mangrove-covered coastlines, azure waters and golden-sand beaches before visiting the local cemetery to see the memorial to the Japanese Pearl Divers. You’ll also enjoy time at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre.

Stay: Thursday Island, Grand Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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, toast the end of your adventure with a farewell dinner.

Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Explore structural remains of WW2 in Outback Queensland on an Outback Wilderness Adventure

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Dedicated Two-Person Crew

Throughout your Outback Wilderness Adventure, enjoy the expertise of a Tour Director and Driver-Guide.

Best Located Accommodation

At the end of each day's exploration, stay in each region's best located accommodation.

Custom-designed 4WD vehicles

Our specially engineered vehicles have an impeccable reliability record, traversing some of the roughest terrain.

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.

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