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Cape York Cruises

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Cape York Cruises

Why not combine the excitement of a cargo ship voyage between Cairns and Cape York? In a style reminiscent of bygone coastal steamers, experience the colour and serenity of the sea plus the magnificent isolation of the Cape and Torres Straits. Your overnight stays will include: Forest shrouded resorts and lodges, hotels and motels to "No Frill" cattle station cabins and cabin tent accommodation along the track where no alternatives exist. All are clean and comfortable, the hospitality genuine, open and friendly, and the cuisine generous and appetizing.


Availability:  Black=Available Green=Nearly Full Red & Struck Through=Fully Booked Orange=Not Reached Minimum Numbers – Waitlist Available

2017 Departures
Sep22
2018 Departures
May11
01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Twin Share$ 4990
01 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
Twin Share$ 4890
Prices are per Person in AUD$

Discounts
$200 off when travelling on 22/09/2017
You must book and pay a deposit for your tour before 30 September 2017 to obtain the discount
Discount Conditions: A limited number of seats are offered on this per person discount, as soon as these seats are booked then the price reverts back to the normal price, book early to secure this discount.

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Cape York Cruises Map

Legend; B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

 

DAY 1 CAIRNS – CAPE TRIBULATION - COOKTOWN (LD)

After an early morning pick up at any of our three selected Cairns CBD hotels or our two selected Caravan Parks (after booking you will be given a list to choose from), the 4wd will head North and travel via the beautiful coastal road until we cross the Daintree River and enter the majestic expanse of the World Heritage listed Daintree/Cape Tribulation Rainforest. Over the jungle shrouded slopes of the controversial Bloomfield track to Cooktown. A chance to shop for souvenirs in original colonial era shops. Overnight accommodation is at the Sea View Motel with ensuite facilities.

 

DAY 2 COOKTOWN - LAURA - MUSGRAVE (BLD)

Assured of a unique place in the rich fabric of Australian history, Cooktown provides a visit of interest and excitement. Visit Cook's landing place, Grassy Hill Lookout and the century old cemetery. We travel to Laura and visit Quinkan Cultural Centre. Experience living outback history as we approach Musgrave pioneer telegraph station, which is over 100 years old. Overnight accommodation tonight is at Old Musgrave Station with share bathroom facilities.

 

DAY 3 COEN - ARCHER RIVER - MORETON STATION (BLD)

Via historic Coen we travel North to cross the wide sandy Archer River and after lunch travel via Piccaninny Plains and Batavia Downs Stations to arrive at Moreton a former Telegraph Station that carried the morse code signal linking Brisbane to Thursday Island. Time for a guided nature walk on established trails along this lightly forested waterway. The next two nights accommodation will be at Moreton Station in pre erected tent cabins which are fully screened tents with twin beds and linen. Toilet and Bathroom facilities are shared here.

 

DAY 4 WEIPA - MORETON STATION (BLD)

Through huge cattle runs travel West to arrive at bauxite-mining town of Weipa on the Gulf of Carpentaria. A veritable “Oasis in the wilderness” and providing further contrast to your experience of this last frontier. Perhaps a Weipa Mine Tour (own cost). Overnight is again at the lovely Moreton Station.

 

DAY 5 FRUITBAT FALLS - JARDINE RIVER - PUNSAND BAY (BLD)

Civilization far behind and we are really in four wheel drive country as we traverse streams, rocky crossings and the ever changing wilderness landscape of Zamias and eucalyptus forests to reach today's lunch destination. Then onto picturesque Fruitbat Falls on the Elliot River. Time to swim and explore or photograph the enchanting rock pools, and waterfall of this unique spot. This afternoon we cross the Jardine River, followed by a short visit to Bamaga Aboriginal and Islander settlement. Last stop is to check in at your accommodation for the next three nights at Punsand Bay Safari Lodge where you sleep in a Beachfront Cabin Tent which has ensuite facilities.

 

DAY 6 THURSDAY ISLAND, HORN ISLAND (BLD)

Early morning cruise through the islands of the Torres Strait to legendary Thursday Island, once home port of the romantic pearl diver fleet, now "Capital" of the scattered islander communities between Australia and New Guinea. Ample time for sightseeing and souvenir shopping. Both the Thursday Island and Horn Island bus tours are included today as well as all ferry's.

 

DAY 7 CAPE YORK - SOMERSET (BLD)

An unforgettable day of achievement and interest. We stand at the very "Tip" of our continent. Visit the ruins of Somerset, (road conditions permitting) with pristine beaches and rocky headlands.

 

DAY 8 SEISIA – M.V. TRINITY BAY (BLD)

"Barge Day" The focus of all attention today is Seisia wharf, where the cargo ships from Cairns disgorge their cargo of fuel, building materials, indeed everything needed by the island and local communities. At 80 meters and over 3000 tonnes the M.V. Trinity Bay is the largest cargo ship servicing the Torres Strait communities.

 

DAY 9 GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK, CARGO BOAT to CAIRNS (BLD)

Total relaxation as you enjoy the company of the crew and new shipboard companions.

 

DAY 10 CARGO BOAT to CAIRNS (B)

Today your Cargo Boat will arrival at Trinity Wharf in Cairns (anytime between 9.00am and 5.00pm depending on cargo logistics) where your Cape York cruise concludes with a guarantee that this trip has been one of the best holidays you have ever been on! 
Please note you will need to pay for your own transport from Trinity Wharf in the Cairns CBD back to your accommodation after the boat docks. A taxi will cost approximately $20 and take less than 10 minutes from Trinity Wharf to most of Cairns accommodation properties.

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Highlights

  • Daintree National Park
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Lions Den Hotel
  • Black Mountain
  • Cooktown
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Old Musgrave Telegraph Station
  • Old Telegraph Track
  • Coen
  • Archer River Roadhouse
  • Weipa
  • Old Moreton Telegraph Station
  • Wenlock River
  • Jardine River Ferry
  • Fruit Bat Falls
  • Punsand Bay Safari Lodge
  • Thursday Island
  • Thursday Island Ferry
  • Horn Island
  • Horn Island Ferry
  • Cape York - Most Northern Tip of Australia
  • Somerset
  • Lockerbie Scrub
  • M.V. TRINITY BAY Cargo boat from Cape York to Cairns
  • Quinkan Aboriginal Rock Art

Includes

  • 1 Driver/Guide plus 1 Hostess/Cook
  • Meals as indicated
  • Air-conditioned 19 passenger seat 4WD vehicle
  • 7 nights land accommodation
  • 2 nights boat accommodation
  • 4 nights ensuite accommodation
  • 3 nights shared bathroom facilities - Land
  • 2 nights shared bathroom facilities - Boat
  • Horn Island Ferry
  • Horn Island Museum
  • Horn Island Tour
  • Thursday Island Ferry
  • Thursday Island Tour
  • M.V. TRINITY BAY Cargo boat from Cape York to Cairns
  • Pick up at our selected Cairns Hotel/Caravan Park

Extras

  • After tour transfer from Trinity Wharf


Optional Extras
  • Weipa Mine Tour $40 Per Person


Cairns Accommodation Before & After Your Cape York Tour

  • For those wishing Caravan Park Accommodation we have an agreement with two caravan parks who will store your car and caravan combined for either $10 or $20 per day depending on which tour you choose. Sites will be available for booking before and after your tour departs. These parks are located a short distance from the Cairns CBD and if applicable your tour bus will pick up and drop off at the front door of the park. Were happy to make the booking for you or we will give you the parks details after you have booked your Cape York Tour.

 

  • For those wishing Motel Accommodation we have an agreement with a local motel located in the Cairns CBD who offers quality, clean and a range of good value room styles (see below). The room styles and rates listed below include free Wi-Fi, guest laundry, swimming pool & luggage storage whilst you are on tour. Your tour bus will pick up and drop off at the front door of the motel. Were happy to make the booking for you or we will give you the motels details after you have booked your Cape York Tour. Complimentary vehicle storage (not caravan) is available whilst you are on tour.

 

STANDARD ROOM (20-25 sqm)
1 Night $145 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast will be an additional $20 per person)

Rooms have 1 queen bed or 2 single beds

ROOM FACILITIES
Air Conditioning     42" LCD Television     Tea/Coffee Making Facilities     Small Fridge     Safe     Iron & Ironing Board     WiFi.

 

ONE BEDROOM SUITE (50 sqm)
1 Night $175 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast will be an additional $20 per person)

ROOM FACILITIES
Air Conditioning     42" LCD Television     Tea/Coffee Making Facilities     Small Fridge     Safe     Iron & Ironing Board     WiFi     Private Balcony.

We had a fantastic day - the trip north went like clockwork. Some cloud but the pilot managed to slip between or below to highlight the sights. The Airlines were terrific hosts - fed us well and ensured we had a safe walk for the final km to Cape York. I am happy to recommend the trip to anyone who may be interested.
Brian & Dianne

August 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the tip. Firstly our cruise on the cargo ship. Enjoyed the experience, the trip was comfortable. We even had the luck to see some whales which we didn't expect. It was interesting to see the cargo being transferred from ship to ship and ship to land.
Now to the food. OMG how spoilt were we.
Our trip to Horn Island and Thursday Island was very enjoyable.
Next part of the trip (the land). How did you find such wonderful guides. We received our tent instructions and how to make life easy for everyone by following simple instructions. We got into an excellent routine quickly which left us with plenty of time to see the sites. Both guides were very informative and knew what they were talking about.
Our Eco tour in Weipa was wonderful and again the guides were informative.
Our night times were extremely enjoyable. Listening to the guitar and eating awesome food. The best part of the tour was meeting people we otherwise would not have met.
So thank you for the wonderful tour it was thoroughly enjoyable and will certainly spread the word.
Cheers Monika and Damien August 2017
We did the 8 day drive/fly option with wonderful Mick as our driver and had a very entertaining and enjoyable trip. Mick had a great sense of humour, was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful in all respects and also a great driver through all that rough terrain. Loved the river crossings and the rough roads- we had 6 passengers so it was a full car, but it was comfortable and quite adequate and a lot of fun. The accommodation and food was good and we had ensuites in all places except for Loyalty Beach. We learnt a lot about the history of early Australia and about the native vegetation, travelling through beautiful and varied outback scenery. Loved staying at the Stations, particularly Bramwell Station, and also travelling through the Lakefield National Park and swimming under waterfalls. Although we were all there to reach the tip, the excitement of the journey was as much a highlight and it was all topped off by the visit to the Torres Strait islands. Couldn't recommend it more highly. A sensational trip to remember.
Helen & Gerry
July 2017
We were very happy with the tour we did to Cape York. All aspects were faultless and we felt that the money we spent was well worth it.
We were particularly lucky to have spent 2 nights at the Moreton Telegraph Station and also for the stay at the Peninsular Lodge at Barmega. These accommodations were of a higher standard than we expected in this area.
Thank you.
Angela and Bill
July 2017
We had an amazing time for the 12 days. We could not fault the food especially on the Trinity Bay and were astounded how our guide Dee on the camping could work hard all day and at the end of it present a meal in the open fire for all our campers. She was not only knowledgeable about fauna and animals, but a great cook and very personable. As for Geoff, he entertained us with his stories, information and his singing. Both the guides were outstanding and created a tour that we will never forget, singing around a camp fire under the stars wow.
This tour is not for anyone that wants to have everything done for them. We had to set up and undo our tents and some of the tent sites were very basic but that was part of the experience.
Overall this trip fulfilled everything we wanted from our visit to Cape York and would not of done it any other way. Thank you for the good times and memories.
Fiona and Tim.

June 2017
I did enjoy the tour. The tour guides were terrific. I especially enjoyed Port Stewart with the Aboringal Elder and at Laura Split Rock with Aboriginal guide. That was something very special. Thank you
Chris May 2017
My tour all went like clockwork and lived up to my expectations. On the cruise and camping trip we had excellent meals. The staff at our pre-tour accommodation were ultra friendly and helpful, especially when I left my mobile behind. I appreciate the pre-tour suggestions for the best date to travel to the far north and advice regarding Cairns tours and then help booking them.
It simplified everything for me and I'll certainly be recommending the trip to family and friends.
Hopefully down the track I can do another tour with you.
Many thanks
Pat
May 2017
My 15 daytrip to the top of Cape York was great. The two driver guides, Danny and Terry were excellent , their knowledge of the area especially the remote Lockhart River area was outstanding. I would highly recommend this trip and company to anybody who wanted a personalised small group tour to Cape York .
Regards from Graeme

December 2016
We loved our Cape York Adventure. The tour guides on both the Trinity Bay (Maurine) and on the 4WD land component (Hirani) were 'top class', our travelling companions in the group were very mixed and interesting people, and the staff generally throughout did their utmost to ensure we saw and did as much as possible to quench our adventurous thirst.
The 'Trinity Bay Experience' is now on our not to be missed travel guide 'to do' list. Excellent food and bevereges, welcoming crew and plenty to see and engage the senses along the way.
It was a bonus and pleasant surprise when we finally disembarked at Seisia, meet up with Hirani (our Squadron Leader, Friend and Mentor) and the trusty 4WD which would take us on the wonderful journey through a selection of FNQ offerings and back to Cairns. Truly a journey to cherish, and one that's up there with others in our most memorable journeys basket..
Jean & Noel

November 2016
Greg and I enjoyed every minute of the 8 day trip. Mick our driver/guide was extremely affable, A most competent driver, and also good at a BBQ. He had a great knowledge of the history of the pioneers and pastoralists in the areas he took us through. The accommodation and food was excellent. Especially the packed lunches.
Best Regards Jan Greg

October 2016
We both enjoyed our trip - an experience of a life time. The tour of Horn Island was great.
Loyalty Beach shared accommodation was also great and the staff were fantastic and the food was great. Fruit Bat Falls were another highlight. Bramwell Station (FANTASIC) Food there was great and the entertainment spot on.
Lakefield National Park was excellent. The total experience was amazing and we totally enjoyed the company of the other guests. The Driver Mick as very knowledgeable and entertaining. The booking process went so smoothly.
We have no hesitation on recommending Cape York Tours to our family and friends for a fantastic Holiday.
Kind Regards John and Lyn

October 2016
I very much enjoyed the camping tour. I thought it was very well organized and everything went perfectly, perhaps partly due to the military precision of our guide. It was a unique experience and I will probably never do anything quite like this again.
The procedure was very straightforward and I appreciated the follow up/ pre travel information and the prompt reply to my questions.
Regards, Dave



September 2016
We have just completed our tour of Cape York with Hirani as our guide. We have had a trip of a life time with so many memorable moments. We were most impressed with all aspects of the tour, and would highly recommend this tour to all.
We found the tour to be very relaxing and well organised.
Many thanks to Hirani for the wonderful job as our tour guide and driver.
Many thanks,
Robyn & Richard August 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. It was well organised. Pickup at Cairns was as said, Mick was a great driver and very skilled. Our cook, she was very orgainised and a great cook.
The route taken was great. I can't fault the organisation side and the actual trip.
Cherry Olson
August 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The guides were amazing, and the food excellent, taking in to consideration the remoteness of our adventure. The trip was value for money!!

Our trip to Thursday Island was very interesting, as was Horn Island.

Cheers Doreen


August 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Cape York, I would have to say everything was a highlight - I guess because it was so different to any other travel that I have done in recent years.
Andrew was an amazing driver/guide, his knowledge and enthusiasm was incredible and his eagerness in sharing ‘his' Australia was rewarding to we city dwellers. Also, I appreciated his attention to those of us with dietary requirements, especially my food allergies. A thoroughly friendly and personable man who certainly ‘made’ our trip.
The truck was more comfortable than I had anticipated and the rotation of seating worked well.
Accommodation was a bit rustic, but we expected that and it was more than adequate.
Regards Ruve

July 2016
Hi Tammy,
We returned last night from a memorable 15 day camping tour of Cape York and would like to commend you for your excellent service.
Our two guides, were outstanding with their knowledge of the natural environment & local history.
They were great company, provided wholesome meals,drove safely at all times & encouraged bonding of the group. We had a lot of fun & made some great new friends.
We're glad we chose to travel in in a smaller group & found the troup carrier vehicle ideal.
Our guides went out of her way to insure that we had the best time possible.
It certainly was money well spent & we will be recommending you to others considering a similar trip.
Regards Warren Sue & Anne

July 2016
We have just completed our tour of Cape York with Hirani as our guide. We have had a trip of a life time with so many memorable moments. We were most impressed with all aspects of the tour, and would highly recommend this tour to all.
We found the tour to be very relaxing and well organised.
Many thanks to Hirani for the wonderful job as our tour guide and driver.
Many thanks,
Robyn & Richard
July 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to "the tip". OUr guides were amazing and provided a huge amount of information, great meals and lots of fun.
I have to say that from my first contact with Cape York tours everything was confirmed immediately and any queries I had were responded to promptly. Thank you
Regards
Bob and Senny
June 2016
Hi
Booking & reservations: straightforward, 10/10
The Tour itself: fantastic - comfortable seating in the bus, a very informative & entertaining guide/driver (he always gave priority to our safety & comfort), interesting locations, accommodation was as to be expected & exceeded in Cooktown & Weipa, the food supplied was fresh & plentiful, so 10/10
Cheers
David
June 2016
Thanks I had a terrific tour. Good tour guide and driver Gave me great support enabling me to walk to the tip of Cape York with his help. Very knowledgeable and engaging. Encouraged participation within the group and respected those who didn't want to be as involved ie myself. Exceptional site visits and extraordinary views and scenery.
Our accommodation with en-suite was very good with only Bramwell Station being cramped and a little uncomfortable but given the environment and the uniqueness of this station it was reasonable.
All evening meals where good to excellent. Overall a good trip and enjoyed the many exceptional sites and history about the Cape as well as seeing the fauna and flora.
Jan
June 2016
Hello, I just wanted to let you know my husband and I did the 15 Day camping tour and we were thoroughly impressed with the whole tour. Our driver was very professional with his organisation but yet made us feel very relaxed with our holiday as well. We met great people which also made this a very enjoyable experience.
Thank you
Vanessa and Brian
June 2016
Me and my husband both had a great trip although the one day of very heavy rain we had in Weipa meant that the rivers were too high and/or roads closed which meant we couldn’t go to either Iron Range or Wakefield N.P.’s. Both the driver and operator are to be commended for filling our itinerary with other options when the weather proved tricky. We still enjoyed travelling through all the remote wild areas and up to Thursday and Horn Islands.
Our driver was an excellent driver and cook and looked after us all very well.
Finally, the booking process was straight-forward and staff were always quick to respond to any queries I had.
Thanks Ann



May 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed my tour to the Cape. I was impressed with the entire trip, the preliminary planning, organisation as well as the execution of the trip itself.
Regards Brian



May 2016
Thanks for your email - I had a wonderful time in Cape York - the whole trip was fantastic and thankyou for all your help. I just want to say a couple of things:
Hiranyi - the guide - was fantastic. Could you pass this on to the hierachy - she was very professional, a lovely person and, as I have said, was great in every aspect.
I think a day, or extra time, in Cooktown, and perhaps an overnight stay on Thursday Island would be great. There is a lot to see there.

This might be a little difficult to arrange and maybe an extra day or two would need to be incorporated, but I thought it was worthwhile mentioning.

However, I really did have a great time and, once again, thanks for organising it.

Thanks
Anne
November 2015
Brilliant! Did everything and saw everything we wanted. Danny was knowlegable and friendly and entertaining. This relaxed style made us enjoy every minute and if it wasn't for Mel at Cape York Tours organising it all for us, we would not have had such a great time. Even Danny was so relaxed he forgot what day it was.
Caroline October 2015
Hi Birgit

We had a fantastic trip to the cape. It was a real adventure and we didn't really know what to expect on reaching some destinations. The drivers were very friendly, safe drivers, and very knowledgeable on the history of the cape. We had a lovely bunch of fellow travellers with plenty of laughter.

Thanks
Julie
September 2015
Good afternoon Andrew

I had the most amazing trip and I was completely satisfied with every aspect.

Kind regards
Zeta
September 2015
Hi Andrew,
We had a wonderful trip through Cape York. It turned out that our driver was the owner who was getting to know his customers. he was very informative and entertaining. His assistant chef cooked amazing meals on the camp fire. WE were very satisfied with the tour and with the service provided by your company, regards,
Alistair & Carol
August 2015
Hello,

Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Everything worked out beautifully. The truck was a dream to travel in, considering the corrugations on some parts of the road and the tour director and assistant were very knowledgeable and helpful. The meals were outstanding, considering the facilities our cook worked with. The tents were easy to put up and pull down and were quite roomy, but we're glad we hired the stretchers. The camp sites were also better than I expected with quite good facilities (for a bush camp). Unfortunately, I do not have a computer (use the one at the library for emails) and am not very good at technology. I have no idea how to email photos but I am sure others in the group would do this. The group were all really nice, very compatible and made good travelling companions, enhancing the fun and socialability of the whole trip. Thank you for arranging it for us. We may be interested in a trip to the Kimberley/Darwin for next year but haven't began to look at it yet. I note that your company do that as well so will look into it further soon.

Yours faithfully,

Jackie
August 2015
Thank you for your part in enabling me to travel on a 15 day Cape York camping tour. I was really impressed with the owner's commitment to ensuring our tour was enjoyable and that we were able to complete the tour despite some unexpected vehicle issues. Given the roads we travelled nothing can ever be a surprise! Both her tour leaders were competent and committed to ensuring that every person enjoyed the tour. They have a wonderful knowledge and interest in the history, flora and fauna of the Cape.

I would also like to thank Cathy and Danny for catering for my special diet needs being gluten and lactose free. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them.

I certainly would, and have recommended this company to others. I had a wonderful time, met some lovely people and learnt a lot of new things about my country.

Thank you once again.

Lyn
July 2015
Hello Girls,

Thanks for a great tour. Dee and Geoff, a great couple who gave us great food and good company. We were lucky our group got along quite well so that was a great assets.
I have certainly past on what a great time we had a lent the pamphlet you gave us, to show people what you had on offer.
It was very educational and I learnt a great deal from thoroughly enjoyed the Lama Lama people and Elaine an amazing woman.
Also this was my first camping trip. I learnt how to put up and take down the tent in no time. Geoff being a good teacher. Dee a great cook and I am sure that we all gained a few kgs.
But who cares I loved every morsel.

The boat trip up amazing and Jude and the crew all polite and the food amazing.

Thanks for a great time and I will still keep telling everyone about you.

Thanks regards
Fiona
July 2015
Hi Tammy,

I had a great trip to Cape York and one to remember for a long time,
the success of the trip is to the great work and knowledge of Uncle Nev who kept everyone alive with his great commentary, jokes and making sure each person
didn't miss out on anything .

thank you forma great trip :)

Mick
June 2015
Hi
Having just returned to my home in the UK after having been on the 15 day tour from Cairns to The Tip with your company I thought you might like some feedback on how the trip turned out.

Firstly, the itinerary looked interesting and the idea of making such a trip in a small group was intriguing after having previously been on a 21 day tour from Perth to Darwin as a member of a much larger group.

Secondly and most importantly, I was very glad that we did go with your company because the tour was excellent in every respect. It more than met my expectations and as the tour progressed it became obvious that a lot of thought had gone into how the schedule would unfold and for that Cathy should be congratulated.

Thirdly, our driver/cook/guide and outback mentor, Danny, played a massive part in making the tour the success it undoubtably was. He has all the attributes required of a successful group leader and with him in charge I'm sure all trips in the future will be as successful as ours.

Many thanks for getting it right.

Kind regards
Rob
June 2015
Hi

Thank you for your email. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of seeing the 'tip'. It was a fabulous trip and Hirani was a very competent and capable guide and driver. We were extremely lucky to have such good weather at the end of the season. My only comment/suggestion would be to have more time in Cooktown. This was a very interesting place and unfortunately we didn't arrive until late and were off early the next morning. Again, I would have loved to have extra time on Thursday Island perhaps missing Weipa. I must thank all the overnight destinations on their wonderful food and hospitality. For such remote destinations they were fantastic. I was in the travel industry for 20 years and would rate this trip among one of my best.
Thank you for the opportunity of feed back.
Mary
May 2015

If on a camping tour - all camping equipment including tents with a floor built into them, mattresses, National Park fees, land access and usage fees to local communities, all camping fees. If on an accommodated tour - all accommodation costs whilst on tour. Meals as indicated: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D).

Any costs incurred before or after departure. Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary. Any personal items such as newspapers, telephone, alcohol and drinks, laundry, personal and travel insurance. It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance which specifically covers cancellation fees, most claims arise from either personnel or close-family illness before departure resulting in cancellation charges. We suggest you talk to your car, home or life insurer and purchase a policy that will cover you for cancellation fees in the unlikely event that you need to cancel your Cape York tour.

We suggest about $300 per person. Credit cards and EFTPOS machines are accessible in most places throughout Cape York.

It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance which specifically covers cancellation fees, most claims arise from either personnel or close-family illness before departure resulting in cancellation charges. We suggest you talk to your car, home or life insurer and purchase a policy that will cover you for cancellation fees in the unlikely event that you need to cancel your Cape York tour.

Generally medium sized air planes with a capacity of 20 to 50 passengers are used. During peak season when services are in demand we occasionally use smaller aircraft carrying 8 or less passengers.

M.V Trinity Bay carries 38 passengers stopping at Horn Island, Thursday Island and Bamaga. The trip normally takes 2.5 days and you will sleep on the boat for 2 nights. Accommodation is in either twin cabins or 3-4 passengers per cabin, all cabins have share bathroom facilities. A licensed bar is on the ship and your trip includes meals as indicated in the tour itinerary.

Vehicle seats are individual, padded bucket seats with lap and sash seat belts. Vehicle suspensions are modified to ride as comfortably as possible to Cape York. A seat rotation is normally done each day.

4 tee shirts

4 shorts or skirts

Swimmers/Towel

Water bottle

A spray jacket/warm jacket

1 pair of sandals

Shady hat

Torch

Toiletries

Laundry powder

Insect repellent

Small day pack

Track suit pants/jeans

NB: clothes line & pegs are supplied by us (campers only) PLEASE AVOID ARTICLES OF WHITE/LIGHT CLOTHING AS DUST MAY STAIN

Baggage space is limited. One soft sided sausage style bag per person measuring approximately 600mm x 500mm x 300mm with a maximum weight of about 10kgs plus one small day pack per person for inside the vehicle. Excess luggage may be stored at your accommodation.

All tours are conducted on a partial participation basis, it generates friendship and conversation. The Tour Leader does all cooking however assistance with vegetable peeling, firewood collection and filling water buckets is greatly appreciated. Passengers assist with washing and wiping and erect their own tents (unless on pre-erected tent camping tour or on accommodated tour) after a demonstration, those less agile will be given assistance.

The maximum number of passengers depends on the seating in the 4WD vehicles which range from 4 to 22 seats.

These tours are designed to show the very best of Cape York Peninsula. The day normally starts around 8.00am ending approximately 4.00pm covering 300 kilometers per day. During the normal course of the day you will stop for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. The tour also stops at places of interest, towns, communities and any notable flora or fauna features.

Toilets are either flushing or National Park composting type and showers are available most nights and if not, a long, soaking soap free swim in a shallow, safe stream is available.

Your Guides / Chefs work extremely hard to provide passengers with excellent, wholesome meals. Breakfast consists of a choice of at least 3 cereals, toast and spreads. Lunch has a variety of cold meats and an abundant selection of salad vegetables on rolls or sandwiches. Evening meals begin with happy hour followed by a 2 course meal which could be a grill, roast, casserole, BBQ, fresh fish and appropriate selection of vegetables followed by a tasty dessert.

If a passenger is on a medically prescribed diet, we will do our absolute utmost to cater suitable meals for that person. Please contact our office to discuss any diet needs.

Currently the cost is $5 per day for a car or $8 per day for a car and caravan combined. We can book this for you or give you the details to book directly after you have locked in your tour booking.

As per Government regulations, smoking is not permitted in vehicles. Ample stops provide time for smoking breaks.

The Government has imposed very strict alcohol regulations throughout Cape York Peninsula and our company has a permit to carry certain quantities of alcohol and complies with all regulations and laws. Please contact our office for further, more recent information.

Telephones, cameras and other electrical devises can be charged using mains power in Cooktown, Musgrave, Coen, Weipa, Bramwell Station and Cape York.

Digital mobile telephones only operate in Cooktown. Telstra NEXT G telephones work in Cooktown, Laura, Coen, Weipa and Thursday Island. Email access via internet cafes is generally not available. Most phones these days can recieve emails.

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