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2023

Cape York & Torres Strait

11

DAYS
Discover the stunning Cape York & Torres Strait Islands region at a relaxed pace on this dedicated small-group tour exploring stunning locations and having unique experiences en route to 'The Tip' of Australia.

Day 1: Wednesday - Cairns

Your adventure begins with a Welcome Dinner at our tour hotel. Please check-in after 2.00pm. Meet fellow travellers and hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host.  Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns


Day 2: Thursday - Cooktown

We travel north along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives to Mossman; nestled in the World Heritage-Listed Daintree Rainforest. We’ll board the Daintree River Ferry for a short cable crossing of the famous Daintree River. Visit the Daintree Discovery Centre, an award-winning interpretive facility. Join a guided tour of the rainforest boardwalks. Follow the Bloomfield Track on a spectacular scenic journey hugging the Daintree Coast. Visit the Bana Yirriji Art and Cultural Centre in Wujal Wujal, a small coastal Aboriginal community on the banks of the Bloomfield River.   2 nights River of Gold Motel, Cooktown


Day 3: Friday - Cooktown

Discover Cooktown’s colourful history today. We’ll visit the Cooktown Cemetery where you’ll learn the intriguing story of a fair skinned woman known as the “Normanby Woman” who was seen living with Aboriginal people back in the 1800s. Visit James Cook Museum in the magnificent 19th Century Sisters of Mercy Convent.  Gain an insight into the grounding of the Endeavour and the most significant land based stay of Captain Cook’s east coast expedition. Wander the beautiful heritage-listed Cooktown Botanic Gardens and see the Vera Scarth-Johnson collection of original regional botanical illustrations. Enjoy some free time to stroll downtown Cooktown and a late afternoon tour of Grassy Hill with 360-degree views of Cooktown, the Endeavour River and the Great Barrier Reef.


Day 4: Saturday – Musgrave

Travel to Lakeland and Laura via the mysterious Black Mountains, a special story place for the Kuku Yalanji people. World-class Aboriginal rock art and wonderful locally grown coffee are two big drawcards for these small towns.  Best known are the Quinkan Rock Art Galleries, considered to be some of the most significant Aboriginal art sites in the world. We’ll join a guided tour of the Split Rock Galleries.  Travel along the Peninsula Developmental Road to the Hann River Roadhouse for a short break before continuing on to Musgrave Roadhouse. Overnight Musgrave Roadhouse


Day 5: Sunday- Weipa

We continue along the Peninsula Development Road to the old mining community of Coen.  The town was originally created around a repeater station in the Overland Telegraph Line to the Tip of Cape York Peninsula. We’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Archer River Roadhouse.  Located on the banks of the crystal clear Archer River, the Roadhouse is famous for the massive Archer Burger, best served with an icy cold drink under their shaded patio. Last stop for the day is Weipa, the Barramundi capital of Queensland. Originally an Aboriginal mission, Weipa grew to become a township after the discovery of bauxite. Late afternoon relax at your accommodation with sweeping views of Albatross Bay.  2 nights Albatross Bay Resort, Weipa


Day 6: Monday - Weipa

Learn about Weipa’s mining operations on a morning tour of the world’s largest bauxite mine, operated by Rio Tinto. Get up close and personal to the 190 tonne Belly Dumper Haul trucks while touring the working mine site and follow the rail and conveyor belt system as the bauxite makes its way to the loading dock. Join an Eco Cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria for a chance to spot local birdlife and crocodiles. Relax with drinks and nibbles as you learn about the incredible ecosystems and local culture. Witness a stunning sunset in one of the few places in Queensland where the sun sets over the ocean in the west.


Day 7: Tuesday - Bamaga

Follow the Old Telegraph Track to Moreton Telegraph Station on the banks of the Wenlock River. Part of the historic Overland Telegraph Line, Moreton Telegraph Station was completed in 1887 and ceased operations in 1987 with the introduction of microwave telecommunications. Spot giant termite mounds as the country changes to the open plains of Heathlands Resources Reserve. Cool off in the lush Fruit Bat Falls with its crystal clear water (croc free), a perfect swimming spot and one of the most special places on the Cape. Cross the Jardine River by cable ferry to Bamaga, the closest settlement to the Tip of Australia.  This evening enjoy a relaxed dinner overlooking tropical gardens. 2 nights Cape York Peninsula Lodge, Bamaga


Day 8: Wednesday - Bamaga

Experience the highlights of Cape York Peninsula, one of Australia’s last great wilderness areas. We begin with a drive to Pajinka. The 45-60 minute walk over rocky headland to ‘The Tip’ of Cape York requires a good level of fitness. Take that ‘bucket-list’ photo as you stand at the Tip of Australia; then savour a picnic lunch on Sommerset Beach with breathtaking views to Albany Island. Visit the iconic Croc Tent then enjoy some free time back at your accommodation.


Day 9: Thursday - Torres Strait Islands

Cruise the beautiful turquoise waters of the Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island; just one of 274 islands which lie between the northern tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Discover Thursday Island’s hidden past, including Green Hill Fort, on a guided history tour and a visit to Gab Titui Cultural Centre. Enjoy some free time to explore Thursday Island.  Overnight Jardine Motel, Thursday Island


Day 10: Friday - Cairns

Transfer to Horn Island this morning.  Join local guides on a tour of the World War II sites. See gun emplacements, an underground command post and an aircraft wreck with an epic tale. Walk in the steps of traditional owners, the Kaurareg People, and learn their stories. Following the tour you will have time to wander the Torres Strait Heritage Museum. Enjoy an Asian buffet lunch on Horn Island before transferring to Horn Island Airport for your QantasLink flight to Cairns. Tonight we’ll celebrate the end of our adventure with a Farewell Dinner at the Coral Hedge Brasserie Restaurant & Bar.  Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns


Day 11: Saturday - Homeward Bound

Your Cape York and Torres Strait adventure concludes after breakfast at Rydges Esplanade.  Own arrangements for your connecting flight or rail home.  Alternatively you may like to extend your stay in Cairns with one of our Post Tour packages – please contact us for further information.


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Prices (per person)

2023 Tour PricesTwin ShareSingle
11 DAY TOUR departing
Cairns
(CAPE11)
$7,999$9,399

Minimum tour numbers apply.  Itinerary subject to change.

* Included Economy flights are with an airline of Outback Aussie Tours choosing and subject to the airline’s booking and carriage conditions. Flight subject to availability.

Single rooms are limited on this tour.

Prices do not include:  travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.

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  • Just Do It Such an awesome experience touring Cairns To Cape York with Outback Aussie Tours. Dee and Geoff entertained us all the way. A great team. Thank you 🦋

    Jenny A
  • Cape York Wilderness tour We just completed the Cape York tour run by Outback Aussie Tours. We had the best time. I can't speak more highly about Dee and Geoff, our tour guides. They were funny, friendly and knowledgeable. Everyone got on so well that we quickly became a family of sorts. Best run tour we have ever had.

    Marilyn C
  • Bloody Fantastic My 86 year old Mum and i have just returned home from doing the Cape York Trip with OAT, we had an amazing experience the Hosts Dee and Geoff were absolutley Fantastic, they went above and beyond to ensure my mum was able to participate in all aspects of the tour .I highly recommend AOT and the trip to the Tip Of OZ and the Torres Strait YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED, " Ya Gotta Do It "

    Deb W
  • Cape York and Torres Strait Tour We did this trip in September 2019 with Brett and Cathy. It was an excellent trip and we would recommend it to anyone who wants to see the Tip and Torres Strait in 3/4 star comfort. Brett and Cathy are top class, well informed guides, if a tad protective and motherly at times. In a nice way. The vehicle is comfortable and dust free. Accommodation is mostly pretty good. Archer River was perhaps the only site not up to standard with most of the group housed in very small dongas and the others in motel style rooms with shared toilet and bathroom. Food was plentiful although quality varied. The two low points were Archer River Roadhouse with just a choice of burgers for dinner, and lunch at Albatross Bay Resort at Weipa, with everyone limited to fritatta (not all that nice either). The resort has been sold and the staff were generally a bit slack, which I think explains it. Elsewhere it was fine, particularly given where we were, and in several cases really good. Highlights were many: Cooktown, Weipa mine tour, walking to the Tip and the pearl farm on Friday Island were my favourites. But there were many other great moments too. Fellow travellers were a jovial lot and all 'of a certain age'.

    David L
  • Cape York &Torres Strait Islands From Go to Woe our trip was brilliant. We were ecstatic at reaching "The Tip", which was the initial reason for booking the trip. However after leaving Cairns everyday was so interesting and full on. Kathy & Brett our tour guides made the Adventure so interesting with their yarns, knowledge of the area and great humour. Would highly recommend this tour to everyone.

    Scenic742579
  • Cape York & Torres Strait Amazing! Our dynamic hosts - Brett and Kathy - were passionate, knowledgeable and personable. Our comfort was paramount. The Cape York &Torres Strait tour was everything we imagined and everything we hadn't imagined! Loved every minute of the tour.

    Jazzee704
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