Early morning pick up from selected Oz Tours selected locations only, as we travel via the pristine Daintree Rainforests and over the soaring verdant heights of the Bloomfield Track to historic Cooktown. A step back in time as we explore this historic port. Overnight Cooktown Caravan Park with facilities.
A morning of sightseeing and visiting significant landmarks and sites of Cooktown. After lunch (own cost) we continue our journey along Battle Camp Road, via Old Laura Homestead, onto the massive wildlife haven of Rinyirru National Park. Overnight Rinyirru National Park.
Historic interludes as we visit the last remaining Telegraph Station Musgrave, and the once vibrant gold rush town of Coen, before reaching our overnight stop at the Archer River Roadhouse Campground with facilities.
We cross the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers before entering Kutini – Payamu National Park. This 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 camp in Kutini – Payamu National Park 2 nights.
There is impressive coastal and mountain range scenery. Portland Roads, a former sea port, 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 the area around the airfield, where there were major military installations and visit the renowned Lockhart River Art Centre.
Travel west to visit the old Batavia (Wenlock) Goldfields, an abandoned mining town. Then travel North by West across Piccaninny Plains and boundless savannah to Weipa, on the Gulf of Carpentaria. A veritable “Oasis in the wilderness” and providing further contrast to your experience of this last frontier. Overnight Weipa Camp Ground with facilities.
This morning we have an cco boat cruise (included). Discover the waterways and diverse wildlife habitat, including saltwater Crocodiles, numerous bird species and mining history. After lunch (own cost) we pass through huge cattle runs to arrive at the fast flowing Wenlock River. Overnight accommodation 2 nights. Cabin Tent share facilities. Twin share fully screened tents with beds and linen. No power in tents.
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 destination the picturesque Twin Falls on the Eliot River (subject to road/river conditions). Time to swim and explore or photograph the enchanting rock pools, and waterfalls.
We continue negotiating bush tracks and the northern bypass road to reach the swift flowing Jardine River. A short stop at Bamaga Aboriginal and Islander settlement, before proceeding to our northern base camp overlooking the scattered islands of the Torres Strait. Camp Loyalty Beach Campground with facilities for 3 nights.
After breakfast we head off for a day of sightseeing. Mutee Head renowned for World War II 52 Radar Station moved from NSW to Townsville and finally to Mutee Head.
Today’s highlight is a ferry transfer through the island dotted Straits to explore historic Thursday Island. A conducted bus tour of Thursday Island and Horn Island with lunch is included. Afternoon ferry return to mainland.
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. Overnight Punsand Bay. 2 nights air conditioned Cabins with ensuite facilities.
Anticipation and excitement as we commence our overland trek. Retracing the paths of our earliest overlanders, we cross the Jardine River to Fruit Bat Falls, a natural icon of Jardine River National Park. Enjoy a refreshing swim and lunch before we continue to Moreton Telegraph Station, on the banks of the Wenlock River. Overnight accommodation. Cabin Tent share facilities. Twin share fully screened tents with beds and linen. No power in tents.
Today we travel south following the route of the Overland Telegraph Line, crossing the Archer River and passing through Oyala Thumotang National Park. We visit historic Coen for lunch then onto our overnight stay at Musgrave Telegraph Station, the last remaining telegraph station in Cape York. Overnight Air Conditioned rooms.
Off to Laura for a visit of the Cultural Centre and Split Rock Art Gallery where we join an informative tour with a local guide, images of Quinkan spirits, totem animals and people adorn the rock shelter, this area ranks alongside the Kimberley and the Arnhem Land escarpment as Australia’s most important rock art regions. Via Lakeland to Mareeba, onto Cairns. Your Adventure ends with a transfer to Oz Tours selected locations.
|Twin Share||$4,500.00 per person|