Cape York with Reef Cruise - 2017
DestinationAustralia/NZ/South Pacific
Duration 15 days
Was: $10690pp
Save $1500* per couple
Exchange price $9940* pp
includes $199 exchange fee per couple/booking

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Features

Stand at the Australian mainland’s most northerly point. Learn about wilderness conservation at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve. Travel remote 4WD tracks, venture into the Daintree and conclude with a Great Barrier Reef cruise.

Trip Highlights

  •     Discover Mossman Gorge and set off on a Dreamtime Gorge Walk
  •     Stroll along sublime Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef
  •     Travel the rugged Bloomfield Track, one of Australia’s most iconic Outback trails
  •     EXCLUSIVE! Explore the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, normally off-limits to the general public
  •     Traverse the Old Telegraph Track, carved out in the 1880s
  •     Journey to the most northerly point of the Australian mainland, with sweeping views of the Torres Strait
  •     Cruise through the channel and around Hinchinbrook Island keeping watch for dolphins, dugongs and crocodiles


Included Experiences

  •     All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in up to 24 locations
  •     Two person crew on your 4WD adventure: Driver-Guide and Tour Director
  •     Outstanding two person Expedition Team throughout your cruise
  •     Small group - a maximum of 20 travellers on your 4WD adventure
  •     Daily excursions by tender vessels during your cruise
  •     All meals, park fees and airport transfers
  •     Finest dining - a total of 41 meals   


Trip Notes

  •     Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  •     Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary
  •     APT highly recommends travel insurance
  •     Price is for land only. Flights not included


Activity Level

    A good level of fitness and health is required to participate in APT’s holiday packages.  Some sightseeing excursions will involve the climbing of stairs and walking over uneven surfaces and in some cases walking over rocks and through shallow streams. This tour contains mainly easy walks with some more moderate walks.  Sturdy walking shoes are an absolute must on all adventures.  Please enquire about our Health and Fitness Mobility checklist at the time of booking

Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Cairns, Port Douglas
Arrive in Cairns today, located in the heart of tropical North Queensland. Be met at the airport by your Driver-Guide and Tour Director, then take your early afternoon transfer to Port Douglas, where your beautiful, recently refurbished resort awaits. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. Take some time out to relax at your stylish hotel, unwind on glittering white sandy beaches or explore the oldest, continuously surviving rainforest on the planet. You may also like to perhaps take some time to enjoy the resort’s sparkling saltwater lagoon pools. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers, Driver-Guide and Tour Director during a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.
Stay: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Dinner

Day 2. Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park
This morning, travel to stunning Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park. Here, set off on the enthralling Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk, before enjoying a Daintree River Cruise.
Stay: Daintree, Heritage Lodge and Spa

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 3. Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation, Bloomfield Track, Cooktown
Following breakfast today, explore Cape Tribulation, where ancient rainforest meets the spectacular coastline. This is the only place in Australia where you can experience the splendour of tropical rainforest in close proximity to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. This astoundingly beautiful region was named Cape Tribulation by James Cook when his ship grounded on the off shore reef. Later, set off along the remote and rugged 4WD Bloomfield Track, one of Australia’s most iconic Outback trails. This spectacular coastal route winds its way along the breathtaking coastline. Journey through dense sections of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, tackling steep climbs and several challenging creek crossings. Later, arrive in Cooktown, an unspoilt coastal town full of natural beauty and fascinating history. Here, discover the Cooktown Botanic Gardens, the James Cook Museum and the cemetery. Just before sunset this evening, enjoy a tour of Grassy Hill Lookout, which boasts simply stunning views across the Endeavour River. Later this evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a delicious dinner at your Cooktown hotel.
Stay: Cooktown, Sovereign Resort Hotel

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 4. Laura, Battle Camp Road, Isabella Falls
Your journey through the small farming community of Lakelands takes you to a magnificent escarpment, known as Quinkan country. This majestic place is ranked by Unesco as one of the top 10 rock art areas in the world and considered one of Queensland’s best kept secrets. Here, you will embark on an informative guided walk with an Indigenous guide to the site of Split Rock. Afterwards, continue your journey with a visit to the Old Laura Homestead, whose historic significance dates back to 1879 with the establishment of the cattle industry on the Cape York Peninsula. Later, turn off into Rinyirru Lakefield National Park, where numerous wallabies can be seen frolicking amongst the open woodland. Freshwater crocodiles are also often found lazing along the banks of the many rivers here. Afterwards, arrive at Lotus Bird Lodge. Retreat to your log-style cabin with a private ensuite, set amongst shady eucalypts. Relax on your own private verandah overlooking the billabong, before enjoying a delicious dinner this evening.
Stay: Lotus Bird Lodge

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 5. Rinyirru Lakefield National Park, Musgrave, Coen, Gulf Country, Weipa
Stop at Musgrave, the only remaining overland telegraph station on the peninsula, which is still in operation courtesy of its old wires been replaced. Explore the fascinating old gold mining town of Coen this morning. Coen first attracted gold miners and prospectors in 1876, after gold deposits were found in the Coen River. It wasn’t until 1883, however, that Coen became the centre for several regional goldmines. Stop at the well-known Archer River Roadhouse for lunch, then continue to the town of Weipa, home to the largest community on the Cape York Peninsula. Along the exquisite shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Western Cape offers a unique insight into the history of Cape York. Here, board a stunning sunset cruise and discover the region’s beautiful ecosystem and gain an insight into the local culture. Later, settle into your accommodation in Weipa before enjoying dinner this evening.
Stay: Weipa, Albatross Hotel Resort

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 6. Weipa, Moreton Telegraph Station
Discover the history behind Weipa as you embark on a mining tour, which includes a visit to Rocky Point and the Regeneration Unit. Get up close to the 190-tonne Belly Dumper Haul Trucks while touring the working mine site and follow the conveyor belt system as the bauxite makes its way to the loading dock. Continue along rugged dirt roads through remote areas of Cape York to Moreton Telegraph Station, which was completed in 1887 and only ceased communication operations in 1987. Today, it is now a holiday park located beside the Wenlock River, which is the idyllic spot to spend an afternoon at leisure. This evening, enjoy dinner with your Driver-Guide, Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Stay: Moreton Telegraph Station

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 7. Moreton Telegraph Station, Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve
Today, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, which is normally off-limits to the general public. You will be welcomed by a ranger from Australia Zoo, who will provide an introduction to the wildlife, sonar detector tracking, as well as the important research programs that take place at the property. After lunch at Camp Coolibah located beside Stone’s Crossing, discover the movement of the crocodiles in the area and the endangered Speartooth Shark. Here, you will also see a demonstration on how crocodile cages are deployed and operated. Visit Bluebottle Creek and uncover the geology of the region, the significance of bauxite and how the plateau filters water to ensure survival of endangered species. You will also learn about bush tucker and the native flora, including the Sarsaparilla Bush and Hanguana Malayana. Stay at Bramwell Station, a working cattle station.
Stay: Bramwell Station

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 8. Bramwell Station, Punsand Bay
Observe the amazing termite mounds of Bramwell Junction. The journey becomes adventurous when you travel on some of the original sections of the Old Telegraph Track, carved out in the 1880s and where some of the first telegraph poles can still be seen. Crossing the Heathland Reserve, the vegetation is reflective of the complex water table in this area. Stop at Fruit Bat Falls and enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine waters of the Elliott River. Cross Jardine River by ferry, then skirt Jardine River National Park and continue through the traditional land of the Injinoo Aboriginal people.
Stay: Two Nights: Punsand Bay

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 9. Punsand Bay, Tip of Cape York
Punsand Bay is the perfect starting point for your adventure to the most northerly tip of mainland Australia. Awake this morning to sweeping views of the tip and after breakfast, travel along a 4WD track through lush dense rainforest to spectacular Frangipani Beach. From here, take a mildly challenging but awe-inspiring walk to the tip of the peninsula to experience being at the Australian mainland’s most northerly point. Soak up this once-in-a-lifetime moment and take in the views over York and Eborac islands and the Torres Strait. Later, travel to historic Somerset Hill, once the official government residence of the cape and the site of a station established by John Jardine in 1863. On Somerset Beach, admire Albany Pass and Island, as well as discover the history of ‘Jackey Jackey’ and Frank Jardine.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 10. Punsand Bay, Thursday Island
Take a ferry across Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island, home to around 3,000 people, primarily of Melanesian descent. Whilst today it is a multicultural outpost, Thursday Island was once a base for pearling luggers. Join a local guide to discover the island’s intriguing history. Step back in time with a visit to Green Hill Fort, located atop the island’s highest hill. Once used as ammunitions storage space, the fort’s maze of underground tunnels and rooms now house the interesting Torres Strait Museum. Admire views of the mangrove-covered coastlines, azure waters and golden sand beaches before visiting the local cemetery to see the poignant memorial to the Japanese Pearl Divers. You’ll also enjoy time at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, which houses a range of historical artefacts and contemporary Indigenous art.
Stay: Thursday Island, Jardine Motel

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 11. Thursday Island, Horn Island, Cairns
This morning, transfer to nearby Horn Island aboard the local ferry. Located around 30 kilometres off Queensland’s coast, Horn Island offers a fascinating blend of tropical scenery and important Australian military history. During your guided tour today, you’ll visit the World War II Base and Torres Strait Heritage Museum, and learn how the island became an advanced operational airbase following the bombing of Darwin. This afternoon, board an included Qantas flight from Horn Island over the Great Barrier Reef. Marvel at this spectacle from the air before arriving in Cairns. Reunite with your Driver-Guide and later, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 12. Cairns, Embark Ship, Thetford Reef
Board the Coral Expeditions II for the start of your Great Barrier Reef cruise. Arrive at Thetford Reef where you can snorkel amidst the coral at your leisure, or join our staff for a guided snorkelling tour. You may also like to join a Marine Biologist for a tour aboard a glass bottom boat. Later, cruise to the tiny sand island of Sudbury Cay before dinner this evening.
Stay: Three Nights: Coral Expeditions II

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 13. Hinchinbrook Channel, Pelorus Island
Awake to the glittering waters of Hinchinbrook Channel. This 22-kilometre channel separates the Australian mainland from breathtaking Hinchinbrook Island. Cruise through the channel and around Hinchinbrook Island keeping watch for dolphins, dugongs, crocodiles and more. Admire the island’s picturesque landscapes of rugged mountains, sheer cliffs and mangrove forests. Later, enjoy exclusive access to private Pelorus Island. Travel ashore and delight in a traditional ‘Aussie’ BBQ lunch. Join a naturalist guide for a nature walk, then relish the opportunity to explore your own tropical island at leisure.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 14. Dunk Island, Nathan Reef
Step ashore to explore Dunk Island today, with its lush rainforest and secluded beaches. While you’re here, look out for the iconic blue-winged Ulysses butterfly. This afternoon, head to Nathan Reef and enjoy a range of water activities. Back on board this evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 15. Fitzroy Island, Disembark Ship, Depart Cairns
Cruise to Fitzroy Island for the perfect end to your Great Barrier Reef experience. Relax on a beach, swim or snorkel in the tropical waters, or set out on an idyllic bush walk. Enjoy a final lunch on board as you cross Trinity Bay on your way to Cairns. Disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

Cape York with Reef Cruise - 2017
*Pricing is per person double occupancy/twin share and based on the deposit of a resort week or equivalent points/credits per booking. All savings depicted are based off of Full Brochure Fare. Government Fees, fuel surcharges and Taxes are additional and subject to change unless otherwise specified. Special rates may not be applicable with other offers. Other restrictions may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and may change at any time and without notice. These offers cannot be used for group bookings. Cancellation, amendment and credit cards fees apply. Rates require a qualified two-bed room resort week deposit or equivalent points/credits. Price includes $199 exchange fee per couple/booking