2023 – “Cape York Adventure” departing 1st September, 2023 - 12 Days

Is Cape York on your "Bucket List"?

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01/09/2023 - 12/09/2023Guaranteed $8,883.00
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If you have always had Cape York on your “bucket list” now is the time to do it. Cape York Peninsula is the largest unspoiled wilderness in northern Australia and one of the last remaining wilderness areas on earth.  Follow in the steps of the early explorers on an epic adventure through natural wilderness to the northern most tip of Australia that features un-spoilt beauty. Visit remote savannah and rainforest clad National Parks, capturing amazing wildlife, cultural experiences, characters and adventure as well as spending some time in tropical Cairns.

Images courtesy of Felicity Elms.

Your tour commences in Cairns at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort right near the Esplanade. Upon arrival, check in after 2pm, and then meet the rest of your fellow passengers in the lobby prior to dinner.

Dinner

Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day exploring at your own leisure.  The Cairns Esplanade which is close by, is lined with bars and restaurants, and has a beautiful swimming lagoon.

Breakfast

Our early morning flight takes you to Horn Island. Upon arrival, we take a tour of the island before visiting the Torres Strait Heritage Museum learning about WWII history. As this is an early morning flight, we may have a boxed breakfast this morning.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we take the ferry from Horn Island to Thursday Island. Upon arrival, you will be taken on an informative guided bus tour of the island and its picturesque Harbour, once home to the romantic pearl lugger fleet. This afternoon board your ferry to the mainland, where you will be met by your guide, who will take you to Seisia. Seisia is ideally located for our next few days, being in walking distance from the Seisia Wharf, a famous fishing spot.

Breakfast, Dinner

An unforgettable day! Stand at the very top of mainland Australia. We then visit Somerset (road conditions permitted), once the home of the legendary Jardine family and government outpost established in 1864. We have lunch on the palm fringed Anchorage Beach, which overlooks the Albany Passage. A walk on the beach will complete your day before returning to Seisia.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Southward bound, we cross the mighty Jardine River, stopping at Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Relax, swim and enjoy this unique area with its enchanting waterfall. Travel along part of the Old Telegraph Track, before we make our way to a ‘true blue’ Aussie cattle station, Bramwell Station our home for tonight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A southerly run through the wilderness with all its varied landscapes to cross the Wenlock River. We head for the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria and Weipa. Upon arrival in Weipa, we enjoy the Weipa Wildlife Eco River Cruise which is designed for the person who truly wants a unique experience and to engage and immerse themselves in our beautiful eco systems and local culture of Weipa. The boat can seat 28 passengers with 2 crew, has a toilet on board. Cruise the harbour, the Embley River to Hay Point and learn about the local culture, history and view the abundance of wildlife this area has to offer. Cruise takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.

Breakfast, Dinner

We continue south, stopping off at the picturesque Archer River, then on to the historic frontier gold town of Coen. The afternoon finds us arriving at our overnight accommodation.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early start, we head east towards Princess Charlotte Bay where we explore Lakefield National Park (road conditions permitted), a haven for the many birds and animals native to this area. Lagoons, billabongs, and wide river lakes are home to both fresh and saltwater crocodiles. Travelling on, we visit Split Rock, Aboriginal Rock Art, before arriving in the old gold port of Cooktown, where we visit Captain Cooks Landing, before settling in to our accommodation in Cooktown.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our final day on the road, but before returning to Cairns, we make our way south passing the mysterious Black Mountain and the historic Lions Den Hotel. Traversing the jungle shrouded Bloomfield Track (road conditions permitted) we see where the ‘rainforest meets the reef’ at Cape Tribulation. We travel through the splendour of a World Heritage listed rainforest and a scenic drive along the Marlin Coast back to Cairns and our accommodation.

Breakfast, Lunch

We are transferred by bus to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where we take you on a fascinating journey of discovery over and deep into Australia’s Wet Tropics – World Heritage listed rainforest. Glide mere metres above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at Red Peak and Barron Falls. Immerse yourself in the unique sights, sounds, smells and feel of the rainforest. Once at the top in Kuranda, take a short walk up into the main street into the Kuranda Village (the Village in the Rainforest).  Spend some time exploring the Village or perhaps visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary while there. Later this afternoon we return to Cairns via the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway as it meanders its way down the mountain back into Cairns. This famous railway opened in 1891 and is 328 metres above sea level. Your historic journey is in fully refurbished vintage carriages with commentary and a short photo opportunity stop at Barron Falls. Upon arrival into Cairns Railway Station, it is only a short walk back to your accommodation.

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning is our last meal on the tour and we say goodbye at checkout.  We are sure you will have many stories to tell of your Cape York Adventure.

Breakfast

Stand at the very top of mainland Australia with Girls On Tour

We will be travelling in a purpose built Isuzu off road 4WD tour vehicle with reclining seats, footrests, retractable seatbelts, panoramic windows, road cam and on-board toilet. With maximum of 21 passengers, you will have the ultimate opportunity to enjoy Cape York at its best. You are promised nothing short of a high-class adventure into remote Australia on a unique and quality tour.

Price $8,883pp* twin share.  Single supplement# for hotels and other stays for a total of 11 nights $1,489.

Accommodation will be in a mixture of hotel, holiday park and station accommodation, all with ensuite facilities.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

o Free day in Cairns
o Horn Island
o Thursday Island
o Jardine River
o Weipa
o Weipa Eco Cruise
o Cooktown
o Bloomfield Track
o Cape Tribulation
o Meals as Indicated, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners.
o Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
o Flight to Horn Island
o Torres Strait Heritage Museum
o Cape York – Most Northern Tip of Australia
o Fruit Bat Falls
o Bramwell Station
o Musgrave Telegraph Station
o Split Rock – Aboriginal Rock Art
o Lakefield National Park
o World Heritage Daintree National Park
o Air-Con 4WD Vehicle
o Historic Kuranda Scenic Railway

* Flights to/from Cairns are not included in the per person rate.

#please note that single supplement is not payable if you are willing to twin share with a friend or another member of the group.  This is only payable if you require single use of a room throughout the tour.

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INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

  • 11 nights twin share accommodation including 4 nights at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
  • All Park Entry Fees & permits as shown on itinerary
  • Meals as specified
  • Local experts and guides
  • Domestic flight Horn Island.
  • Ferries and other transfers as shown on itinerary
  • Private 4WD purpose-built vehicle with onboard toilet**

EXCLUSIONS

  • Pre/Post tour flights.
  • Meals other than shown.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal items, travel insurance
I'm travelling alone, do I have to pay the single supplement?

No, the single supplement is only payable if you require single use accommodation throughout the tour.

What size bus will we be travelling in?

We will be travelling in a private, purpose-built Isuzu off road 4WD tour-vehicle with reclining seats, footrests, retractable seatbelts and panoramic windows, road cam, TV and onboard toilet.

How fit do I need to be?

All Girls On Tour trips require travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness.

How many ladies will be in our group.

A maximum of 21 including your tour escort Judy.

What about COVID?

Girls On Tour and 3rd party providers will adhere to any restrictions and requirements imposed by local, state and federal governments.

It is a condition of joining the tour that you be fully immunised for Covid 19 and carry proof of same with you on tour.

Are entry fees included?

The cost of the tour includes all entries, activities and park fees as shown on the itinerary.

What about comfort stops?

These will be made on a regular basis and where safe and possible. There is a toilet onboard as well.

Are meals included?

Meals as per itinerary code: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch and (D) Dinner are included as shown.
Whilst on 4WD tour, you will enjoy 3 continental breakfasts and 4 cooked breakfasts.
Lunch will be served at suitable lunch stops: Salads and sandwiches/wraps which will be make at the lunch stop each day.
Dinners on the 4WD tour will be 2 course, Main course, dessert, tea or coffee.

What deposit is required to secure my place on the tour?

A deposit of $1,000 along with your completed and signed booking form.

What clothing should I bring?

Casual gear is a must. You will need minimal changes of clothing. T-shirts, jeans, shorts, bathers, a pair of rubber soled shoes or joggers, a warm jumper or jacket, hat, torch, insect repellent and toiletries. A track suit is most useful too.

Is there a luggage limit?

Yes. Due to Government Workplace Health and Safety Regulations, luggage cannot exceed 10kg.
Luggage space is VERY limited on the 4WD and aircraft so please restrict your luggage to:
– ONE small SOFT travel bag (300mm x 300mm x 700mm)
– and a small day pack per person
– No hard suitcases or bags with wheels please.

You can however bring a normal size suitcase with additional gear which can be stored at the Novotel whilst we’re on the road.

Are flights included?

No. Flights to/from Cairns are not included in price shown on the brochure or on our website. It does however include the flight to Horn Island as shown on the itinerary on day 3.

Join us as we journey to the top of mainland Australia

  • 12 days
  • $1,000
  • 14/5/2023
  • Judy Polkinghorne

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