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Wilderness Adventures

Cooktown and Cape York

Cairns Return
Trip Code: GOCY12
  • Remote Journey
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Pricing & Availability

Trip Highlights

The northern Tip of Australia

Journey to the most northern point of Australia before embarking on a scenic helicopter flight over the Tip of Australia

Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve

Exclusive visit to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve normally off-limits to the general public

Mossman Gorge Dreamtime walk

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

Inclusions

  • Qantas flight from Horn Island to Cairns
  • All meals, sightseeing, national park fees and airport transfers
  • A total of 32 meals

Map & Itinerary

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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

Arrive in Cairns today, located in the heart of tropical North Queensland. Be met at the airport, then take your early afternoon transfer to Port Douglas, where your beautiful, recently refurbished resort awaits. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. Take some time out to relax at your stylish hotel, unwind on glittering white sandy beaches or explore the oldest, continuously surviving rainforest on the planet. You may also like to take some time to enjoy the resort’s sparkling saltwater lagoon pools. This evening, get to know
your fellow travellers, Driver-Guide and Tour Director during a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.


Stay: Port Douglas, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort

Daily :
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Set off on the enthralling Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk, led by local Indigenous guides.


A special cultural experience awaits today as you travel to stunning Mossman Gorge in Daintree National Park. Starting with a smoking ceremony, APT guests will enjoy a journey along private, gentle tracks, visiting culturally significant sites and traditional bark shelters, meandering past cool rainforest streams. Later, embark on a Daintree River Cruise. The tidal convergence of freshwater and saltwater here has enabled a plethora of wildlife to inhabit this beautiful mangrove estuary. Spot crocodiles, birds, butterflies and a variety of reptile species. Tonight, dine amidst the rainforest in an open-air restaurant.


Stay: Daintree, Heritage Lodge and Spa

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Set off along the remote and rugged 4WD Bloomfield Track, one of Australia’s most iconic Outback roads. This spectacular coastal route winds its way along the breathtaking coastline.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Explore Cape Tribulation, where ancient rainforest meets the spectacular coastline. This is the only place in Australia where you can experience the splendour of tropical rainforest in close proximity to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. This astoundingly beautiful region was named Cape Tribulation by James Cook when his ship grounded on the off-shore reef.


Following breakfast today, set off on your Signature Experience. Later, journey through dense sections of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, tackling steep climbs and several challenging creek crossings. Later, arrive in Cooktown and discover the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and the James Cook Museum. Just before sunset this evening, enjoy a tour of Grassy Hill Lookout, which boasts simply stunning 
views across the Endeavour River.


Stay: Cooktown, Sovereign Resort Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to Quinkan Country, which is ranked by UNESCO as one of the top 10 rock art areas in the world. Here, you will embark on an informative walk with an Indigenous guide to the site of Split Rock. Afterwards, continue your journey to the Old Laura Homestead. Constructed in 1879, with the establishment of the cattle industry on the Cape York Peninsula, learn about its historical significance during some time here. Later, turn off into Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, where numerous wallabies can be seen frolicking amongst the open woodland. Freshwater crocodiles are also often found lazing along the banks of the many rivers here. Afterwards, arrive at Lotus Bird Lodge. Retreat to your log-style cabin set amongst shady eucalyptus. Relax on your own private verandah overlooking the billabong, before enjoying a delicious dinner this evening.

Stay: Lotus Bird Lodge

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Journey to Musgrave today, the only remaining overland telegraph station on the peninsula. Explore the fascinating old gold mining town of Coen, which first attracted gold miners and prospectors in 1876 after gold deposits were found in the Coen River. It wasn’t until 1883, however, that Coen became the centre for several regional goldmines. Stop at the well-known Archer River Roadhouse for lunch, then continue to the town of Weipa, home to the largest community on the Cape York Peninsula. Along the exquisite shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Western Cape offers a unique insight into the history of Cape York. Here, board a stunning sunset cruise and relax as you discover the region’s beautiful ecosystem as well as gain a further insight into the local culture. Later, settle into your accommodation in Weipa before enjoying dinner this evening.


Stay: Weipa, Albatross Bay Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning after breakfast, set off to discover the enthralling history behind Weipa. Embark on a fascinating mining tour of the largest bauxite mine in the world, which includes a visit to Rocky Point and the Regeneration Unit. You will get up close to the 190-tonne Belly Dumper Haul Trucks while touring the working mine site and follow the conveyor belt system as the bauxite makes its way to the loading dock. Continue along rugged dirt roads through remote areas of Cape York on your way to Moreton Telegraph Station. This station was completed in 1887 and only ceased communication operations in 1987. Today,
it is now a unique holiday park located beside the Wenlock River, which is the idyllic spot to spend an afternoon at leisure. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner with your Driver-Guide, Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Stay: Moreton Telegraph Station

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today, enjoy a visit to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, which is normally off-limits to the general public. You will be welcomed by a ranger from Australia Zoo, who will provide an introduction to the wildlife, sonar detector tracking, as well as the important research programs that take place at the property.


Today, enjoy a visit to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, which is normally off-limits to the general public. You will be welcomed by a ranger from Australia Zoo, who will provide an introduction to the wildlife, sonar detector tracking, as well as the important research programs that take place at the property. After lunch at Camp Coolibah, located beside Stone’s Crossing, discover the movement of the crocodiles in the area and the endangered Speartooth Shark. Here, you will also see a demonstration on how crocodile cages are deployed and operated. 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. This evening, stay at Bramwell Station, a working cattle station.

Stay: Bramwell Station

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

The journey becomes adventurous when you travel on some of the original sections of the Old Telegraph Track, carved out in the 1880s and where some of the first telegraph poles can still be seen.


Observe the amazing termite mounds of Bramwell Junction. Marvel while crossing the Heathland Reserve, the vegetation is reflective of the complex water table in this area. Stop at Fruit Bat Falls and enjoy 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. Tonight, unpack and relax for two nights on the shores of Punsand Bay.


Stay: Two Nights, Punsand Bay

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

From here, 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. Soak up this truly once-in-a-lifetime moment and take in the sweeping views over the Torres Strait.


Punsand Bay is the perfect starting point for your adventure to the most northerly tip of mainland Australia. Awake this morning to sweeping views of the tip and travel along a 4WD track to spectacular Frangipani Beach. Later, embark on a scenic helicopter flight over Cape York, taking in this iconic location from above. There is no better vantage point to truly appreciate the stunning beauty of the Tip of Australia.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Take a ferry across Endeavour Strait
to Thursday Island, home to around 3,000 people, primarily of Melanesian descent. Whilst today it is a multicultural outpost, Thursday Island was once a base for pearling luggers. Join a local guide to discover the island’s intriguing history. tep back in time with a visit to Green Hill Fort, located atop the island’s highest hill. Once used as ammunitions storage space, the fort’s maze of underground tunnels and rooms now house the interesting Torres Strait Museum. Admire views of the mangrove-covered coastlines, azure waters and golden-sand beaches before visiting the local cemetery to see the poignant memorial to the Japanese Pearl Divers. You’ll also enjoy time at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre.

Stay: Thursday Island, Jardine Motel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, transfer to nearby Horn Island aboard the local ferry. Located around 30 kilometres off Queensland’s coast, Horn Island offers a fascinating blend of tropical scenery and important Australian military history. During your guided tour today, you’ll visit the World War II Base and Torres Strait Heritage Museum, and learn how the island became an advanced operational airbase following the bombing of Darwin. 
This afternoon, board an included Qantas flight from Horn Island over the Great Barrier Reef. Marvel at this spectacle from the air before arriving in Cairns. Reunite with your Driver-Guide and later, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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

Travel & Accommodation

Dedicated Two-Person Crew

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

Custom-designed 4WD vehicles

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

Best accommodation around

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

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family

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