We explore one of Australia's last great wilderness regions - a land of history and ancient culture, crystal clear spring-fed creeks, huge termite mounds, and a vast and amazing variety of natural landscapes!
Highlights / Inclusions:
Luxury 4WD OKA vehicle, maximum 13 guests
Professional Qualified Guide
All Meals as coded
Pyramid-style safari tent / self-inflating mattress
Fruit Bat Falls
Iron Range National Park
Musgrave, Coen, Archer River
Guided tour of 'Quinkan' Aboriginal Rock Art
Guided Tour of Cooktown
One way air travel between Cairns and Bamaga
All National Park, Site and Ferry Fees
Day 1 - (LD) Your adventure begins as we travel over the Great Dividing Range into
"Quinkan Country" to view ancient Aboriginal rock art at Split Rock near Laura (reasonable fitness and suitable footwear required). Travel on into Lakefield National Park, Queensland’s second largest at 543,000 hectares (1.34 million acres) and a great wildlife spotting opportunity. We camp in the National Park tonight.
Day 2 - (BL) Waterlily covered billabongs, wildlife and a great variety of birdlife in Lakefield National Park this morning. Visit the historic telegraph office of Musgrave before travelling on to Coen and the Archer River, our overnight stop. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.
Day 3 - (BD) On to the bauxite mining town of Weipa on the Gulf of Carpentaria to stock up on supplies (lunch at own expense). Leaving Weipa, we travel east through Batavia Downs Station to our camp at the historic Moreton Telegraph Office on the Wenlock River.
Day 4 - (BLD) 4WD action, adventure and fun on Cape York's rugged Telegraph Track today. Cross rivers and creeks, swim and relax, see prehistoric cycads, giant termite mounds and carnivorous plants. You'll be enchanted by the magic of Twin Falls - swimming here, in pristine spring-fed pools landscaped by nature, will be a life long memory. We camp here tonight in the company of millions of stars.
Day 5 - (BLD) Time for a morning swim then onward across the mighty Jardine River by cable ferry to our beach front campsite on the tropical shores of Torres Strait.
Day 6 - (BL) A fascinating visit to the beautiful "Lockerbie Scrub", an isolated pocket of monsoon rainforest, on our way to historic Somerset on Albany Passage where you can ponder the past, our explorers, pioneers and the Cape’s traditional owners. Now, an emotional walk to the very top of Australia - CAPE YORK! We celebrate with a dinner (own expense) tonight at a local cafe. campervan townsville
Day 7 - (B) You'll be sad today when you leave this magical place, and your new friends … but you'll take unforgettable memories with you as you board your boat to cruise to Thursday Island, the commercial and administration hub of the Torres Strait Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the island. After lunch (own expense) transfer by ferry to Horn Island to board your aircraft to fly over The Great Barrier Reef to Cairns ending your fascinating safari of adventure and discovery in Australia’s far north. The safari terminates at Cairns airport.
Meal Codes: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
All alcoholic drinks
Sleeping Bag (available for hire) / Pillow
Transfer to Cairns General Aviation Airport
Items of a personal nature
General Gross Rate:
$1895 per person twin-share
$2045 per person sole-use
$1795 per child (7-14 years)
A $10.00 per person Fuel Levy applies to the safari sector and is payable on board.
Note: This tour is not suitable for children under 7 years of age
45 - 29 days prior to travel - 25% cancellation fee applies
28 - 14 days prior to travel - 50% cancellation fee applies
Less than 14 days prior to travel - 100% cancellation fee applies
Departure Dates: May 21, 23 / Jun 6, 7, 21, 22 / Jul 6, 7, 21, 23 / Aug 6, 8, 22 / Sep 5, 19 / Oct 4, 19 / Nov 3, 19
Pick-up and Drop-off Details:
Departs: Aerotropics Terminal, General Aviation, Cairns Airport at 7:45am flight times to be confirmed.
Guests are to make their own way to the airport. A Wilderness Challenge representative will be at the airport to assist with a group check-in.
Returns: Port Douglas / Beaches / Cairns hotels from approximately 5:30pm
$10 Fuel Levy payable on board; Sleeping Bag hire payable on board (if passengers to not have their own sleeping bag) - please advise when booking ; medical / dietary requirements (vegetarian etc - details please).