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Wilderness Adventures

Cooktown and Cape York

Cairns Return
12 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: GOCY12
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
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Trip Highlights

The northern Tip of Australia

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

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.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in up to 21 locations
  • Expert two person crew – Driver-Guide and Tour Director
  • Small group travel with a maximum of 20 guests
  • Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
  • Qantas flight from Horn Island to Cairns
  • All meals, sightseeing, national park fees and airport transfers

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

Be met by your Driver-Guide and Tour Director, and transfer to Port Douglas, where your beautiful resort awaits. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers during a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort

Daily :
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At Mossman Gorge in Daintree National Park, set off on the enthralling Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk, led by local Indigenous guides.


Embark on a Daintree River Cruise where you can spot crocodiles, birds, butterflies and a variety of reptile species.

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 trails.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Explore Cape Tribulation, where ancient rainforest meets the spectacular coastline. Named Cape Tribulation by James Cook when his ship grounded on the off shore reef.


After the morning’s activities you’ll arrive in Cooktown, an unspoilt coastal town full of natural beauty and fascinating history.

Stay: Cooktown, Sovereign Resort Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your journey through the small farming community of Lakelands takes you to a magnificent escarpment, known as Quinkan country, ranked by UNESCO as one of the top 10 rock art areas in the world. Here, an Indigenous guide will take you to Split Rock. Afterwards, continue your journey with a visit to the Old Laura Homestead, then to Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, before arriving at Lotus Bird Lodge.

Stay: Lotus Bird Lodge

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Stop at Musgrave, the only remaining overland telegraph station on the peninsula. Explore the fascinating old gold mining town of Coen, then continue to the town of Weipa, on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria, where you will enjoy a lovely sunset cruise.

Stay: Weipa, Albatross Bay Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning you will discover the Western Cape Cultural Centre (WCCC). Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the region at the centre, which is unique and an engaging attraction for the local community and visitors. The centre showcases the history of Weipa and its surrounding communities. It plays an important role in preserving traditional language and culture from the region, through its informative displays and artworks. The Cultural Centre was refurbished in 2012, following a $250,000 investment from Rio Tinto. In late 2016 the centre was purchased by the Western Cape Communities Trust and now owned and managed by 11 Traditional Owner Groups who are signatories to the Western Cape Communities Coexistence Agreement. Continue along rugged dirt roads through remote areas of Cape York to Moreton Telegraph Station, which was completed in 1887 and only ceased communication operations in 1987. Today, it is now a holiday park located beside the Wenlock River, which is the idyllic spot to spend an afternoon at leisure.

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.


After lunch at Camp Coolibah visit Bluebottle Creek.

Stay: Bramwell Station

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today’s journey becomes adventurous when you travel on some of the original sections of the Old Telegraph Track.


Observe the amazing termite mounds of Bramwell Junction.

Stay: Two Nights, Punsand Bay

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Walk to the tip of the peninsula to experience being at the Australian mainland’s most northerly point.


Travel along a 4WD track through lush dense rainforest to spectacular Frangipani Beach.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Take a ferry across Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island, and join a local guide to discover the island’s intriguing history.

Stay: Thursday Island, Jardine Motel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Transfer to nearby Horn Island aboard the local ferry. Enjoy a guided tour, then fly to Cairns. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.

Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the 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

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.