12 Day Cape York Overland / Sea – Featuring ‘Kutini – Payamu’ (Iron Range) National Park Accommodated (A12OS)

Tour Highlights

Tour Highlights

  • NEW AND EXCLUSIVE INCLUSION
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Historic Cooktown
  • Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park
  • Musgrave Telegraph Station
  • Kutini Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (2 nights)
  • Moreton Telegraph Station (2 nights)
  • Weipa Eco Boat Cruise
  • Cape York “The Tip”
  • Punsand Bay (3 nights)
  • Thursday Island Tour
  • Horn Island Tour
  • Torres Straits
  • Cargo Ship Voyage
  • Great Barrier Reef

Itinerary

Itinerary

CAIRNS, CAPE TRIBULATION, COOKTOWN. Day 1

CAIRNS, CAPE TRIBULATION, COOKTOWN. - (LD)

Early morning pick up from Oz Tours selected locations as we travel via the beautiful coastal road until we cross the Daintree River and enter the majestic expanse of the World Heritage Cape Tribulation Rainforest. Over the Bloomfield Track to historic Cooktown. Perhaps a chance to shop for souvenirs in original colonial era shops. Overnight accommodation with ensuite facilities.

RINYIRRU (LAKEFIELD) NATIONAL PARK, MUSGRAVE TELEGRAPH STATION. Day 2

RINYIRRU (LAKEFIELD) NATIONAL PARK, MUSGRAVE TELEGRAPH STATION. - (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 via Battle Camp Ranges and Old Laura Station to Rinyirru National Park. Experience living outback history as we approach Musgrave Telegraph Station, the last remaining telegraph station in Cape York. Overnight accommodation with share facilities.

COEN, ARCHER RIVER, KUTINI  PAYAMU (IRON RANGE) NATIONAL PARK. Day 3

COEN, ARCHER RIVER, KUTINI PAYAMU (IRON RANGE) NATIONAL PARK. - (BLD)

Via historic Coen we travel north to cross the wide sandy Archer River and after lunch we cross the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers before entering Kutini – Payamu National Park. This area features the largest area of tropical lowland rainforest remaining in Australia. Rare fauna and flora include Cuscus, Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots, Green Pythons, palms and orchids.
Overnight accommodation 2 nights. Unique bush style cabins with share facilities.

PORTLAND ROADS, CHILLI BEACH, WW2 SITES Day 4

PORTLAND ROADS, CHILLI BEACH, WW2 SITES - (BLD)

An exciting day visiting significant historic sites and breath-taking coastal scenery. Portland Roads, once a vital sea port for miners and the wartime airfields, now affords the locals a relaxed lifestyle in an idyllic tropical setting. Visit Chilli Beach overlooking Restoration Island, Bligh’s first landing site in 1792. We explore and learn about the gold workings of the 1930’s and the area around the airfield at Iron Range where there were major military installations. We also visit the renowned Lockhart River Aboriginal Art Centre and Quintel Beach overlooking Lloyd Bay.

BATAVIA GOLDFIELDS, MORETON TELEGRAPH STATION. Day 5

BATAVIA GOLDFIELDS, MORETON TELEGRAPH STATION. - (BLD)

Via scenic Tozers Gap travel west to visit the old Batavia Goldfields, an abandoned mining town. Then travel North via Piccaninny Plains and Batavia Downs Station to arrive at Moreton a former telegraph station that carried the morse code signal linking Brisbane to Thursday Island. Overnight accommodation 2 nights. Cabin Tent share facilities. Twin share fully screened tents with beds and linen. No power in tents.

WEIPA, MORETON TELEGRAPH STATION, WENLOCK RIVER. Day 6

WEIPA, MORETON TELEGRAPH STATION, WENLOCK RIVER. - (BD)

Through huge cattle runs, travel west to arrive at the 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. Today we have an eco boat cruise included. Discover the waterways and diverse wildlife habitat including saltwater Crocodiles, numerous bird species and mining history. Lunch at own expense.

FRUIT BAT FALLS, JARDINE RIVER, PUNSAND BAY. Day 7

FRUIT BAT FALLS, JARDINE RIVER, PUNSAND BAY. - (BLD)

Be awakened by the dawn chorus of birdlife endemic to the Wenlock River. Today’s journey, travels sections of the old Telegraph Track through ever changing landscapes of zamias and heath forests to reach today’s lunch destination the picturesque Fruit Bat Falls on the Eliot River. Time to swim and explore or photograph the enchanting rock pools, and waterfalls. This afternoon we cross the Jardine River, followed by a short visit to Bamaga Aboriginal and Islander settlement. Accommodation at Punsand Bay overlooking the Torres Strait. 3 nights’ accommodation with ensuite facilities.

THURSDAY ISLAND, HORN ISLAND. Day 8

THURSDAY ISLAND, HORN ISLAND. - (BLD)

Today’s highlight is a ferry transfer through the island dotted Straits to explore historic Thursday Island and Horn Island. A conducted 2 island bus tour with lunch is included. Afternoon Ferry return to mainland.

CAPE YORK, SOMERSET. Day 9

CAPE YORK, SOMERSET. - (BLD)

An unforgettable day of achievement and interest. We stand at the very ‘Tip’ of our continent, Visit the ruins of the pioneer settlement Somerset, overlooking Albany Passage with pristine beaches and rocky headlands.

SEISIA, COMMENCE SEA-LEG. Day 10

SEISIA, COMMENCE SEA-LEG. - (BLD)

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

GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK. Day 11

GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK. - (BLD)

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

DISEMBARK CAIRNS. Day 12

DISEMBARK CAIRNS. - (B)

Your Oz Tours adventure ends on arrival at Trinity Wharf Cairns. Make your own way to your accommodation venue.

Dates / Rates

2019 Rates

June, July, August & September
Twin Share Cabin (Share Facilities)$5,763.00 per person
Triple Share Cabin (Share Facilities)$5,609.00 per person
Single Land Supp$850.00
October
Twin Share Cabin (Share Facilities)$5,454.00 per person
Triple Share Cabin (Share Facilities)$5,299.00 per person
Single Land Supp$747.00

Dates

  • 29 May, 2019
  • 19 June, 2019
  • 10 July, 2019
  • 31 July, 2019
  • 21 August, 2019
  • 11 September, 2019
  • 2 October, 2019

Map

Cooktown
Musgrave
Chilli Beach
Moreton Station
Weipa – Western Cape
Punsand Bay
Thursday Island
Cape York
Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
Cairns