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Cooktown and Cape York

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 18 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 29 meals
  • The services of an expert APT tour director and driver
  • 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

Map & Itinerary

APT OWA GOCY11 Map 2021 V2
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
View of pool and exterior lined by palm trees at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Port Douglas.

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

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.

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.


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.

Stay: Weipa, Albatross Bay Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
Discover the crystal blue waters of Punsand Bay on and Outback Wilderness Adventure 4WD journey

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
Taking a picture with the sign at the Tip of Cake York in North Queensland.

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. 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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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.


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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast

From the Australian Outback and Europe’s waterways to the icescapes of Antarctica and far beyond, we won’t just take you there, we’ll immerse you in the wonders of each and every place you visit

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