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Cape York

10 Days

$6415 Per Person

Single Supplement $1445

21st June 2024

Set off on a 10-day adventure that takes you from the bustling city of Melbourne to the tropical charm of Cairns, through historic Cooktown, across the diverse landscapes of Lakefield National Park and Musgrave, to the remote wilderness of Cape York, and the cultural richness of Thursday Island.

This tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Australia’s northern frontier, blending natural wonders, historical insights, and cultural experiences into an unforgettable journey through some of the country’s most remote and beautiful regions.


Day 1 – Friday 21st June 2024 - Melbourne – Cairns

Welcome Aboard! Today we make our way down to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport for your flight to Cairns. Welcome to Tropical Cairns! On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your overnight’s accommodation: Novotel Oasis Cairns Resort. The resort is in great location to explore the Esplanade.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 – Saturday 22nd June 2024 - Cairns – Cooktown

After an early morning pick up from selected Cairns accommodation your adventure begins. Travelling north along the scenic Captain Cook Highway, through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. Then making our way along the jungle shrouded Bloomfield Track (road conditions permitted), stopping off at the unique Lion’s Den Hotel, and the mysterious Black Mountain, arriving at the old gold port of Cooktown, where we visit Captain Cooks Landing, before settling in our accommodation with ensuite facilities.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Sunday 23rd June 2024 - Cooktown- Lakefield National Park – Musgrave

Heading west into the outback to explore Lakefield National Park (road conditions permitted), a haven for the many birds and animals native to this area. Lagoons, billabongs, and wide river lakes are home to both fresh and saltwater crocodiles. The afternoon finds us arriving at our overnight accommodation at The Old Musgrave Telegraph Station – ensuite facilities.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Monday 24th June 2024 - Musgrave-Coen -Archer River -Weipa

This morning, we continue north stopping off at the historic frontier gold town of Coen and the picturesque Archer River, before making our way to the bauxite-mining town of Weipa. Enjoy the spectacular sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria. Accommodation with ensuite facilities.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Tuesday 25th June 2024 - Weipa – Wenlock River – Bramwell Station

This morning you have the option to join a Wildlife Eco River Cruise (own expense). After lunch, we head for our overnight accommodation with ensuite facilities at a ‘true blue’ Aussie cattle station, Bramwell Station.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Wednesday 26th June 2024 - Bramwell - Fruit Bat Falls- Cape York

After an early start, we head north travelling along part of the Old Telegraph Track to arrive at Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Relax, swim, and enjoy this unique area with its enchanting waterfall. Then northwards across the Jardine River, to arrive at Cape York! We will be staying at Seisia. Seisia is ideally located for our next few days, being in walking distance from the Seisia Wharf, the departure point for the ferry to Thursday Island and a famous fishing spot. Our accommodation at Seisia Holiday Park are cottages with ensuite facilities.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Thursday 27th June 2024 - Cape York – Somerset

An unforgettable day! Stand at the very top of mainland Australia. We then visit Somerset (road conditions permitted), once the home of the legendary Jardine family. We have lunch on palm fringed Anchorage Beach which overlooks the Albany Passage. A walk on the beach completes your day before returning to Seisia.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – Friday 28th June 2024 - Cape York- Thursday Island- Cairns

An early morning departure as you cruise through island studded straits to explore our northern community, Thursday Island. Here you will be taken on an informative guided bus tour of the island and its picturesque Harbour, once home to the romantic pearl lugger fleet. Then board your plane at Horn Island for your flight back to Cairns. Arriving late afternoon in Cairns your tour finishes with a drop off to selected Cairns hotel accommodation or caravan parks.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 – Saturday 29th June 2024 - Cairns

Today is a free day a leisure to explore Cairns, you might like to take it easy or Cardwells can organise an activity for you.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Sunday 30th June 2024 - Cairns – Melbourne

Today our adventure comes to an end. Transfer to the Cairns airport for your flight back to Melbourne. On arrival into Melbourne you will be met by a Cardwell representative that will take you back to your original locations. This tour is very popular, we recommend booking early to avoid missing out.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Tour Terms and Conditions:

DEPOSIT: $950 per person upon booking

FINAL PAYMENT: Due on 15th March 2024

FREE PASSENGER PICKUP & RETURN SERVICE: For the convenience of all our passengers CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL provide Free Passenger Pickup & Return Service from most major Towns in North, North-East, Central Victoria & Southern NSW.  (For Example:  Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla, Seymour, Bendigo, Finley, Kerang, Echuca, Deniliquin, Yarrawonga, Corowa, and towns within these areas). For Passenger’s who live outside these areas Cardwell’s provide Overnight accommodation in Numurkah and ‘Free lock up car storage’ at our Numurkah depot.

CANCELLATION POLICY: The deposit is un-refundable. Cancel before the balance due date it will be a refund less the deposit. Cancel on or after the balance due date NO REFUND.

FARES & ITINERARIES: CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL costs published & outlined in the brochure are frozen, errors or printing mistakes are subject to correction. However, policy changes by rail/air/sea operators or changes in Government duties or taxes are outside the control of CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL. Air fares and other discount travel arrangements may be subject to availability of seats/berths, as determined by transport companies.  No increases apply once full fare is paid. The Tour duration includes the day of departure and the day of return. Fares shown make no allowance for extra accommodation or transfers necessitated by en-route stop-overs caused by rail/air/boat schedules, strikes or other reasons.  Your Travel Agent will forward deposits and other payments to us on your behalf.  Receipt of deposits and also subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipts of those monies by us.  There is no liability on our part in respect of any monies paid to your Travel Agent unless and until we notify you (by way of Booking Confirmation Advice or Payment Receipt Advice) that monies have been received by us.  CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or to refuse to carry any passenger where payment has not been received by CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL and has the right to accept wait listed passengers in place of those failing to finalise within the prescribed time.

ELIGIBILITY: No passenger will be permitted to embark or continue on the tour while their mental or physical condition is, in the opinion of CARDWELLS’ COACH TRAVEL, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or they become objectionable to other passengers.  However, any person/s who cannot travel independently or needs special assistance must be accompanied by a companion.

ITINERARY CHANGES:   Itineraries, tours and cruises are subject to alteration with or without notice and intended as a guide only. Alterations may come about due to road or weather conditions, strikes, non-performance by a supplier or any other reasons CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL act in your best interest in any such changes.

FUEL SURCHARGE: Due to the instability of world oil prices, in the event that fuel reaches $2.00/liter a Fuel Surcharge of $5/person per day will apply to the final payment. Subject to change.

SEAT CHANGES: A seat rotation system everyday ensures that all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy similar seating arrangements.

LUGGAGE: One medium suitcase per person, not exceeding 20kg (42lbs) and one carry bag for Motel in Cairns. Over limit luggage cannot be carried. On the 4WD bus for the trip from Cairns to Cape York one bag only without wheels not exceeding 10kg is allowed.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We can arrange for passengers to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances which may arise (including cancellation fees, medical & curtailment expenses, loss of luggage, early departure from tour due to death or illness etc.)  Ask your travel agent for details at time of booking.

FORCE MAJEURE: If by any means of any event of force majeure (which shall include terrorism, pandemic or any cause or event outside our control) we shall be delayed in or prevented from performing our obligations, then such delay or non-performance shall not be deemed a breach or entitle a damage claim. Our obligations shall be suspended whilst such event of force majeure continues. New Terms and Conditions will apply.


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