Cape York Frontier

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Your safari starts en route to the Daintree rainforest. See historic Cooktown and the farm district of Lakeland. In Quinkan Country view Aboriginal art. Explore Lakefield National Park, the gold town of Coen and the Archer River. Delve into Weipa and go off-road in Bramwell. Explore ancient Cape York and cruise to Thursday Island.

Tour Highlights

  • Thursday Island
  • The Top of mainland Australia
  • Somerset Fruit Bat Falls
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Cape Tribulation

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: QCY

1
Cairns – Cooktown (L, D)
Day 1
Cairns – Cooktown (L, D)
Your Cairns to Cape York tour toward the very top of Australia doesn’t waste any time, immersing you in World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of Queensland rainforest just moments after departing Cairns. Cross the Daintree River by cable ferry, and you’re well on your way to Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets another World Heritage Site: the Great Barrier Reef. But you’re not here to dive into the water – your journey involves going off-road along the rugged, 4WD Bloomfield Track. Steel yourself for this epic ride, which crosses the Bloomfield River near the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal. Exploring this outback is thirsty work – quench your thirst at the legendary Lion’s Den Hotel. More legends (and myths) await at Black Mountain, sometimes dubbed the Bermuda Triangle of Australia. We’ll make sure you arrive safely at your next destination, where your Cooktown tour explains how this is the site of Australia’s first colonial ‘settlement’.
Sovereign Resort Hotel, Cooktown
This resort is located in the centre of Cooktown and is set in large tropical gardens featuring a lagoon-style swimming pool.
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Cooktown – Musgrave (B, L, D)
Day 2
Cooktown – Musgrave (B, L, D)
Nature rules today, your expedition through Lakeland taking you to Quinkan Country – home to one of Australia best-preserved rock-art sites – near Laura. In Queensland, there’s only one expanse of wilderness bigger than Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, and that’s the Simpson Desert. Rinyirru is big in more ways than one, from its enormous waterlily-covered billabongs to its unfathomable number of birds, it’s a fitting entrée to this northern wilderness frontier.
Musgrave Roadhouse, Cape York
The Musgrave Roadhouse is located 136 kilometres north of Laura, and is halfway between Cairns and Weipa, providing an ideal resting place for travellers heading north to the Cape York Peninsula. 
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Musgrave – Weipa (B, L, D)
Day 3
Musgrave – Weipa (B, L, D)
The historic gold town of Coen may be small in size, but it’s got plenty of country swagger – and lots of cold beer, which is essential in these steamy parts of Australia. More mining (this time bauxite) was the reason the tiny town of Weipa was formed. Today, visitors on Far North Queensland tours come here for the blazing sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Albatross Bay Resort or Heritage Motel, Weipa
Located in the heart of Weipa in Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula, Abatross Bay Resort’s secluded waterfront location is surrounded by natural beauty and offers a unique dining and accommodation experience. Or alternatively - The Heritage Resort is a 30 room tropical oasis located in the town of Weipa. Situated right in the centre of town.
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Weipa – Bramwell Station (B, D)
Day 4
Weipa – Bramwell Station (B, D)
Before you roll out of bed this morning, decide how you want to spend your pre-lunch hours. Perhaps on an optional Weipa Wildlife & Eco Cruise around the harbour and up the Embley River to Hay Point, revealing Indigenous culture and the abundance of animals that call this part of the Cape home. Or dig deep on a bauxite mine tour. How these rocks (the world’s main source of aluminium) are pulled from the ground is head-scratching. As is the size of Bramwell Station, Australia’s northernmost cattle station and your base for the night.
Bramwell Cattle Station, Cape York
Bramwell Station is the most northerly cattle station in Australia and offers a wide variety of services to the Cape York Peninsula.
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5
Bramwell – Seisia (B. L, D)
Day 5
Bramwell – Seisia (B. L, D)
Your early start today, along the Old Telegraph Track, is worth it when you arrive at Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Dive in, splash about, cool off, unwind. You’ll be happy to hear the waterhole you’re swimming about in is croc free… There’s not much now between you and Cape York; cross the Jardine River and you’re there. Seisia is the departure point for ferries bound for Thursday Island tours and fishing charters. It’s also the gateway to tomorrow’s adventures.
Seisia Holiday Village
Located just 40km south of the tip of Cape York Peninsula is the island community of Seisia the most northern community on mainland Australia.
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Cape York (B, L, D)
Day 6
Cape York (B, L, D)
Not many people can say they’ve stood at the very top of mainland Australia on a Cape York tour, just a few hundred kilometres of water separating you from Papua New Guinea. Closer to home is Somerset, a long-abandoned settlement of the larger-than-life Australian pioneer Frank Jardine, who came here in 1864. This was the first European settlement on the Cape York Peninsula; all that remains today are bits of masonry, rusted cannons and a handful of tombstones, including that of Jardine and his wife. Lunch is served on palm fringed Anchorage Beach overlooking the Albany Passage. If there are prettier places to soak up the serenity, we’re yet to find them.
Seisia Holiday Village
Located just 40km south of the tip of Cape York Peninsula is the island community of Seisia the most northern community on mainland Australia.
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7
Seisia – Thursday Island – Cairns (B)
Day 7
Seisia – Thursday Island – Cairns (B)
Rich in Indigenous culture, history and natural beauty, Thursday Island is the capital of the Torres Strait Islands. Time might stand still here, but you won’t – you’re on a guided tour before heading to Horn Island to board your aircraft, flying over the Great Barrier Reef back to Cairns. Wait, how did this week pass so quickly?

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Thursday Island
  • The Top of mainland Australia
  • Somerset Fruit Bat Falls
  • Lakefield National Park
  • Cape Tribulation

Coach Features

  • 48 Seat coach
  • Restroom
  • Air conditioned

Experiences Included

  • Specialist highly experienced Travel Director/Driver
  • Centrally located basic accommodation

Meals Included

  • 6 Full Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners

Fitness Requirements

  • Heritage Tours – High level of fitness required
    If you have any mobility issues or over 80 years of age, it is a requirement to complete the “Fit to Travel & Mobility Questionnaire” and return these to Heritage Tours. A doctor’s clearance may be required before booking can be confirmed.

Visited Locations

  • Cooktown
    Cooktown is a beautiful, unspoilt, small historic coastal town surrounded by stunning countryside. It is also Australia’s closest town to the Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Weipa
    Weipa is a coastal mining town in the local government area of Weipa Town in Queensland. It is the largest town on the Cape York Peninsula.
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  • Bramwell
    Bramwell Station is the most northerly cattle station in Australia and offers a wide variety of services to the Cape York Peninsula. Located 2 hours North of Weipa or Archer River and 4 hours South of The Tip, the station is a well known and well-loved stop for visitors to the Cape.
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  • Cape York
    Cape York Peninsula is a large peninsula located in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is the largest unspoiled wilderness in northern Australia. The land is mostly flat and about half of the area is used for grazing cattle.
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  • Cairns
    Cairns is the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef in tropical Far North Queensland.  It is a thriving tropical city where unparalleled natural beauty, spectacular reefs, ancient rainforests, rich culture, and an alfresco dining scene blend into one. 
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  • Musgrave
    Musgrave is a small township in Queensland, Australia. It is within the locality of Yarraden in the local government authority of the Shire of Cook. It bordered on the tribal lands of the Yetteneru to the east. 
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  • Thursday Island
    Thursday Island is the main island of the the Torres Strait Islands which sit between Papua New Guinea and mainland Australia.
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Attractions

  • Guided Bus Tour of Thursday Island
    This tour brings the island’s history to life.  Your guides easy storytelling style, driven by pure passion for their island home will transport you into another time.
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02 Sep 2024 - 08 Sep 2024 $4,299$5,198
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Cape York Frontier
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7
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AUD $4,299