Cooktown and Cape York with APT

The Tip of Australia, the northernmost point of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula, is the iconic feather in the cap adventurers need to claim before they can truly say they have explored Australia’s four corners.

  • Experiences in 18 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 29 meals
  • The services of an expert APT tour director and driver
  • Embark on the Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk in Daintree National Park’s Mossman Gorge
  • Explore stunning Cape Tribulation, where the reef meets the rainforest
  • Journey along the Bloomfield Track, one of Australia’s most iconic outback roads
  • Set out on a scenic helicopter flight over the tip of Cape York
  • Visit the Kazu Pearl Farm and learn about the cultivation, harvesting and extraction of pearls

Day 1: Arrive Cairns, Port Douglas (D)
Your adventure begins in Cairns today, where we meet you on arrival and transfer you to your resort in Port Douglas. The remainder of the a ternoon is yours to spend at leisure. You might like to go for a dip in one of the resort's many pools, or head into Port Douglas for a wander through town. This evening, a relaxed welcome dinner provides the perfect opportunity for you to meet your fellow travellers. Stay: Port Douglas, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort

Day 2: Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park (B,L,D)

Travel to Mossman Gorge in Daintree National Park and set o f on the Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk, led by local Indigenous guides. Start with a smoking ceremony, before journeying along private, gentle tracks visiting culturally significant sites. Learn about traditional hunting and gathering techniques, hear stories of the Dreamtime and gain a deeper understanding of how the indigenous people have lived o f the land here for thousands of years.
Day 3: Cape Tribulation, Bloomfield Track, Cooktown (B,L,D)

Explore Cape Tribulation this morning, the only place in Australia where two World Heritage-listed phenomena meet – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Journey along the Bloomfield Track, one of Australia’s most iconic outback roads. Journey through dense sections of rainforest, tackling steep climbs and several challenging creek crossings. A ter a day of Signature Experiences, arrive in Cooktown and discover the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and the James Cook Museum. Just before sunset, savour views from Grassy Hill Lookout over the Endeavour River.

Day 4: Quinkan Country, Laura, Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (B,L,D)

Travel to Quinkan Country, ranked as one of the top 10 rock art areas in the world by UNESCO. Here, embark on a walk with an Indigenous guide to Split Rock, an intriguing rock art site where Quinkan figures depicting native animals, spirits and totems have been painted onto the rock face. A terwards, continue your journey to the Old Laura Homestead. Later, turn o f into Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, home to crocodiles, wallabies and an array of bird life. A terwards, arrive at Lotus Bird Lodge and retreat to your log-style cabin before a nature walk around the property's serene billabong. Set amidst shady eucalyptus trees, the aptly named Lotus Bird Lodge is a birdwatcher's paradise. During your stay, be sure to keep an eye out for kites, kookaburras, egrets, goshawks and jabirus.

Day 5: Musgrave, Coen, Gulf Country, Weipa (B,L,D)

Journey to Musgrave, the only remaining overland telegraph station on the peninsula. Explore the old gold mining town of Coen and stop at the well-known Archer River Roadhouse for lunch, which marks the halfway point of your journey. A terwards, continue to the town of Weipa, home to the largest community on the Cape York Peninsula.

Day 6: Weipa, Bramwell Station (B,L,D)

Set out on a boat trip in Weipa and relax as you learn about the region’s unique ecosystem, mining industry and Indigenous culture. Keep your eyes peeled for saltwater crocs lazing on the banks. A terwards, travel to Bramwell Station.

Day 7: Fruit Bat Falls, Punsand Bay (B,L,D)

Observe the towering termite mounds of Bramwell Junction before continuing on with your adventure. Stop at Fruit Bat Falls and cool o f with a refreshing swim in the pristine waters of the Ellio t River. Cross Jardine River by ferry, then skirt Jardine River National Park and continue through the traditional land of the Injinoo Indigenous people.

Day 8: Punsand Bay, Tip Of Cape York (B,L,D)

Awake this morning to sweeping views of the tip of Cape York and travel along a WD track to Frangipani Beach. A ter your tip of Cape York experience, travel to historic Somerset Hill, the site of a station established by John Jardine in 1863. On Somerset Beach, admire Albany Island, as well as discover the history of ‘Jackey Jackey’ and Frank Jardine.

Day 9: Thursday Island, Friday Island (B,L,D)

Ferry across Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island, which was once a base for pearling luggers. Step back in time with a visit to Green Hill Fort, located atop the island’s highest hill. Once used as ammunitions storage, the fort’s maze of underground tunnels and rooms now house the Torres Strait Museum. You’ll also enjoy time at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre. A ter exploring Thursday Island, board a ferry to Friday Island and visit the Kazu Pearl Farm. Here, learn about the cultivation, harvesting and extraction of pearls before enjoying a seafood lunch.

Day 10: Horn Island, Fly To Cairns (B,L,D)

Transfer to Horn Island aboard the local ferry. On a guided tour, visit the World War II Base and Torres Strait Heritage Museum, and learn how the island became an operational airbase following the bombing of Darwin. Later, board an included Qantas flight from Horn Island over the Great Barrier Reef and marvel at this spectacle from the air before arriving in Cairns. Reunite with your driver and later this evening, enjoy a special Signature Experience.

T&C's apply. Subject to availability at time of booking.

per person twin share
$8, 195.00
10 Nights

08 - 18 Jul 2021, 02 - 12 Jul 2021, 03 - 13 Aug 2021, 14 - 24 Aug 2021

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