Cape York 1 - an adventure like no other

Uncover the hidden gems of Cape York with eXpedition10 on an adventure to one of Australia’s last wilderness areas. Discover incredible Aboriginal and early European history, stroll along secluded sandy beaches or maybe wet a line.
Take a refreshing swim in cool clear waters at Twin Falls and spot waterbirds in the extensive wetlands in some of The Cape’s many National Parks.
Complete your adventure by standing on the most northern tip of our huge continent.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Daintree Rainforest Walking Tour
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Bloomfield Track
  • Wujal Wujal Falls
  • Lions Den Hotel
  • Cooktown Highlights
  • Gold Fossicking in Palmerville
  • Lockhart River Region
  • Weipa Wildlife Cruise
  • Elliot and Twin Falls
  • Standing on the tip of Cape York
  • Thursday Island Stay and tour
  • In Their Steps tour Horn Island and more...

Cape York is somewhere everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.

Departing
03/06/2023
Duration
15 Days
Maximum Tour Size
10
Physical Rating
Medium +

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Uncover the hidden gems of Cape York with eXpedition10 on an adventure to one of Australia’s last wilderness areas.
Discover incredible Aboriginal and early European history, stroll along secluded sandy beaches or maybe wet a line.
Take a refreshing swim in cool clear waters at Twin Falls and spot waterbirds in the extensive wetlands in some of The Cape’s many National Parks.
Complete your adventure by standing on the most northern tip of our huge continent.
Cape York is somewhere everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Saturday, 3 June 2023
Cairns to Daintree Meals (D)
Your adventure to Cape York begins travelling north following the beautifully scenic coastal route from Cairns to The Daintree region. On arrival, board a Daintree River cruise spotting crocodiles and all types of native creatures. Lunch (own cost) will be at Thornton Beach followed by a guided rainforest walk. 
Accommodation Heritage Lodge in the Daintree
DAY 2: Sunday, 4 June 2023
Daintree to Cooktown Meals (BD)
Depart Daintree Rainforest this morning travelling north to Cape Tribulation beside palm lined beaches and through pristine rainforests. From Cape Tribulation, follow the Bloomfield Track*, one of Australia’s most scenic and challenging drives. Some of the many highlights today will include Wujal Wujal Falls* and the Lions Den Hotel. On arrival in Cooktown, discover its unique history and colourful past on a town tour.
Accommodation Sovereign Resort
DAY 3: Monday, 5 June 2023
Cooktown to Palmerville Station Meals (BLD)
From Cooktown the journey takes a western route to Lakeland where eXpedition10 has arranged an exclusive visit to a local property. Peter will show us around his cattle station* and show a massive dam he created to provide irrigation for some of the districts banana farms. Continue to Palmer River for a lunch break prior to taking a detour into the north Queensland Palmer River gold mining region, home for the next two nights.
Accommodation Palmerville Station Prospectors Cabins

Day 4     Tuesday, 6 June 2023
Palmerville Prospecting Meals BLD

There is a modern day gold-rush happening right now in Palmerville. Hundreds of visitors come here armed with metal detectors and gold pans hopeful of unearthing a fortune in gold – and many do! Today is your turn to ‘hit the jackpot’, or at least have the best possible chance of doing so. We have arranged for professional prospectors to take you into the goldfields and show you how to use gold detectors and point you in the best direction to find gold. Good Luck!

Accommodation Palmerville Station Prospectors Cabins
Day 5     Wednesday, 7 June 2023
Palmerville to Coen         Meals BLD

Departing Palmerville gold camp, travel to Old Maytown ruins – a former bustling gold mining village beside the Palmer River, then travel through vast cattle stations prior to arriving in Laura on the Peninsula Developmental Road. Just before arriving in Coen for the night, pass through another former mining region which boasted a yield of more than 52,000 ounces of gold. Tonight, take a stroll to the local hotel and maybe enquire how the pub came by its unusual name.

Accommodation Coen Guesthouse
Day 6     Thursday, 8 June 2023
Coen to Lockhart River   Meals BLD
Just north of Archer River, take another detour from the PDR today, this time toward Lockhart River. The road conditions can be quite difficult at times but the journey is well worth the effort, crossing the might Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers. On arrival in Lockhart, visit the Lockhart River Art Centre, home to the famous ‘Art Gang’. The Art Gang, a group of local artists, produce stunning works of art across many media including acrylic painting, ceramics, weaving and carving. Artists from the Gang have received international recognition for their works. Many invited to travel throughout Australia and overseas to display them. Take a drive through the community then the beach where many boulders protruding from the sea make a wonderful backdrop for any photographer.
Accommodation - Greenhoose, Lockhart Region

Day 7 Friday, 9 June 2023
Lockhart River Meals BL
Today is a day to explore the landscape, connect with nature and discover unique and endemic wildlife. Visit Portland Road, take a wander through ancient rainforest on an exclusive guided tour,  stroll along beautiful palm lined Chilli Beach. For those who want to view the region from above, optional helicopter scenic flights will be available (own cost). You will be amazed at what there is to do and see in the Lockhart Region.
Accommodation - Greenhoose, Lockhart Region
 Day 8 Saturday, 10 June 2023
Lockhart River to Merluna Station Meals BLD
Today’s journey will travel from the east coast to the heart of the peninsula – from Lockhart River to Merluna Station, a working cattle property. The first half of the journey will cover familiar territory from Lockhart River to the PDR which will then be our route into Merluna Station. Cameron and Michelle MacLean have owned this 416,000 acre cattle station since 2004 and have since created a large shaded campground providing genuine country hospitality in a peaceful, tranquil setting. There’s something for everyone whether it’s just to listen and watch the birds and native animals in their natural environment, or kick back and relax and enjoy a break from the corrugations.
Accommodation eXpedition10 tents with stretcher beds and linen
Day 9 Sunday, 11 June 2023
Merluna Station to Weipa Meals B
This morning travel through the bauxite mines en route to Weipa. Bauxite is loaded on to ships here and sent to Gladstone and China to be smelted into aluminium. Weipa is a well serviced town with a major grocery store, two hotels, motels and even mobile phone service. There will be time to shop and freshen up in our motel accommodation and a swim in the cool pool. Tonight, join a delightful bird and croc spotting sunset cruise on the Embley River. 
Accommodation - Albatross Hotel, Weipa
Day 10 Monday, 12 June 2023
Weipa to Bramwell Station Meals BLD
The PDR terminates at Weipa and the road to the north is now named the Telegraph Road. From Weipa, travel east through Batavia Downs to link with the Telegraph Road, then north, crossing the Wenlock River at Moreton Telegraph Station. From here on it is likely you may spot the Palm Cockatoo, also known as the goliath cockatoo or great black cockatoo, which is native to New Guinea, Aru Islands, and Cape York Peninsula. The further north our journey takes us you may notice the termite mounds growing taller – some much higher than the vehicle. Home for tonight will be at Bramwell Station complete with welcoming bar and live entertainment.
Accommodation Moreton or Bramwell Station
Day 11 Tuesday, 13 June 2023
Bramwell Station to Eliot Falls Meals BLD
Nowadays, most of the original Telegraph Track has been bypassed but the abandoned sections still remain as a gruelling route for 4x4 enthusiasts enroute to ‘The Tip’. Our adventure will take us into Cockatoo Creek, on the old track to watch some of these adventurers try to make it through rugged creek crossings without flooding their vehicles and making it to the other side in one piece. There are not too many safe places to swim on Cape York, however, Fruit Bat Falls, Twin Falls and Eliot Falls are natural barriers to stop the nasties from getting through. Tonight’s camp will be close to Eliot and Twin Falls with ample time to enjoy the refreshing waters.
Accommodation eXpedition10 tents with stretcher beds and linen
Day 12 Wednesday, 14 June 2023
Eliot Falls to Loyalty Beach Meals BLD
North of Eliot Falls is the once formidable barrier of the Jardine River. The old crossing has claimed many vehicles trying to reach the other bank. However, these days there is a cable ferry to take vehicles safely across. From the Jardine River, travel north to Mutee Heads to discover a beautiful sheltered beach, then toward bamaga to discover some plain wreck remains scattered in the local forest. Its only a fairly short drive now to the top of Australia. Basic shopping is available at Bamaga and Seisia where a brief stop will be made prior to arriving at tonight’s accommodation.
Accommodation Loyalty Beach
Day 13 Thursday, 15 June 2023
Loyalty Beach and the Tip Meals BLD
No trip to ‘The Tip’ would be complete without a visit to the famous Croc Tent. There are plenty of Cape York souvenirs available to prove travellers completed the journey. Continuing on, travel to the eastern side of Cape York to Somerset to admire views from Somerset Lookout. If the tide and conditions are right, we may even take a drive on the beach. The time has now come to stand on the most northern point on mainland Australia. From the carpark we will climb over a rocky hill with amazing views of the north, east and west coastlines of Queensland. There probably aren’t too many places this can be achieved. There will be plenty of time once at the tip to take pictures or just sit and take in your achievement. Should you choose, the return walk is not so hilly, but it does cross some rugged boulders until the track reaches the beach then returns to the carpark. This evening we will enjoy dinner while watching the sun set on Cape York. 
Accommodation Loyalty Beach
Day 14 Friday, 16 June 2023
Loyalty Beach to Thursday Island Meals BD
Thursday Island, just a small island in Torres Strait – just 3.5 square kilometres, is the administrative centre of all the Australian islands between Cape York and New Guinea. Travel by ferry to Thursday Island today, approximately a one hour trip cruising by some of the many island in the region. On arrival, board a local bus for an informative tour of the island. Some Free time this afternoon will allow time to explore the islands shops and galleries and to get acquainted with the locals. 
Accommodation - Grand Hotel, Thursday Island
Day 15 Friday, 17 June 2022
Thursday Island to Horn Island and Cairns Meals BL
Board another ferry this morning bound for Horn Island to partake in a Heritage tour with a local historian. During the tour, the guide will explain how Horn Island became a significant northern outpost during the Pacific War with an airport and a base which over that time housed over 5000 men and women, including 830 men from the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion. The airfield was the target of eight air raids between 1942-43 suffering heavy damage. Following the tour, return to the village for lunch before being transferred to the airport for flights back to Cairns.

Includes:

  • Flight Horn Island to Cairns

Accommodation

  • 12 nights Motel/Hotel/Cabins

  • 2 nights in eXpedition10 tents

Meals

  • 14 Breakfasts

  • 11 Lunches

  • 12 Dinners

Attractions listed except those stated optional

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE - 10

Testimonials

Earlier this year we were invited as ‘guinea pigs’ on a tour up Cape York with eXpedition10. These fantastic hosts are now ready for bookings. 4WD adventures at their best.

Catherine.

Departing
03/06/2023
Duration
15 Days
Maximum Tour Size
10
Physical Rating
Medium +
Price
AUD $9,495
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