Cape York / Thursday Island – 13 days

Sat 24 Aug – Thu 05 Sep 2019 
$5,500 pp (Seniors $5,350) Single Supplement $960

Bordered by the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Coral Sea, Cape York Peninsula is an untouched wilderness dominated by mighty meandering rivers and vast flood plains. It’s the place where you can stand on the very tip of the Australian continent and discover the oldest rainforest in the world. You will also discover the beauty of Thursday Island.

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Day 1

Fly to Cairns where you are met by the Aussie Redback Tours team and transferred to your motel. Settle in for a good nights’ sleep before the Cape York adventure begins. (D)

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Day 2

Up through the Atherton Tablelands to Mareeba to Lakeland and Cooktown on Cape York Peninsula, where James Cook beached his ship, the Endeavour, for repairs in 1770. We enjoy a 2-night stopover here. (B,D)

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Day 3

We spend a full day in and around Cooktown visiting the Botanical Gardens, the James Cook Museum, the lookout on Grassy Hill, and taking a river cruise on the Endeavour River in the afternoon. (James Cook Museum and cruise included in fare) (B)

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Day 4

We continue our journey through the Barrons Range to the Peninsula Development Rd, stopping for morning tea at the  Split Rock Art Site, home to prehistoric rock paintings. We continue to Laura and Musgrave which was first built as an overland telegraph station in 1887, along with Palmerville, Fairview, Coen, Mein, Moreton, McDonnell and Paterson. Coen is our stop for the night. (B,D)

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Day 5

Coen has an amazing array of birdlife with representatives from rainforest, monsoon forest and coastal forests. Keep your eyes open to spot these creatures of the forest. We travel over the Archer River and arrive in Weipa for a 2-night stopover. (B,D)

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Day 6

Weipa comprises two townships and is on Albatross Bay at the confluence of Mission and Embley Rivers. It faces the Gulf of Carpentaria on the west side of Cape York Peninsula. The tranquil surroundings will transport you into a spiritual world of culture and history. Discover waterways and diverse wildlife including saltwater crocodiles and numerous bird species.

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Day 7

Today it’s on to Fruit Bat Falls, one of far north Qld’s most iconic watering holes, and as the tip gets nearer the journey becomes increasingly beautiful.  We travel through the Heathlands Resource Reserve and cross the Jardine River on the vehicle ferry and then to Bamaga. In the afternoon we arrive in Seisia for a 3-night stopover. (B,L,D)

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Day 8

Today we take the final slow drive through thick forest to the northern-most point of Australia named by James Cook on 21 August 1770. We drive as far as we can but then have to walk out over the rocks to the tip. From there it is 160km to New Guinea across the Torres Strait. We return to Seisia to celebrate reaching the tip of Australia! (B,D)

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Day 9

Today we take the ferry to Thursday Island, administrative and commercial centre of the Torres Strait Islands set up in 1877. Since then TI has been a pearling centre and defence base during WWII. We visit the WWII tunnels and emplacements, and then the afternoon is free before we return to the mainland. (B,D)

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Day 10

We head to Bramwell Station, stopping to look at the WWII plane wreck site just past Bamaga, before arriving back at the Jardine River Crossing. We continue to Bramwell Station, Australia’s most northern cattle station. (B,D)

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Day 11

This morning we travel to the Moreton Telegraph Station, on the banks of the Wenlock River. We continue through Archer River, Coen and onto Laura, an important supply centre for the gold rush towns of Palmerville and Maytown in the 1870s. This will be our stop for the night. (B,D)

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Day 12

This morning we follow the Laura Heritage Trail from the centre of town where you will get a feel for those early years. Relics from the era remain, and you can visit the old Laura homestead to experience the confinement of an early police lock up. We continue to Lakelands, Palmer River, Mareeba and Cairns, stopping along the way. We arrive back in Cairns, settle into our accommodation and then enjoy our last meal together. (B,D)

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Day 13

We check out the Beautiful Cairns Botanical Gardens before making our way to the airport for our flights home, after an amazing thirteen days at the Top End of Australia. (B)

 Fights Perth – Cairns – Perth

 Captain Cook Landing

 Gulf of Carpentaria

 Historic Cooktown

 James Cook Museum

 Black Mountain

 Split Rock Art Site

 Fruit Bat Falls

 Weipa Eco Cruise

 Thursday Island Cruise / Tour

 Seisia

 Jardine River Ferry

 The Famous Croc Tent

 Bramwell Station

 Punsand Bay

 The Tip of Australia

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