Classic Travel

11 Day - Cooktown and Cape York Tour

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Package Details


From $7,099* pp

Tour Provider: APT
Region: Australia/NZ/South Pacific
Duration: 11 Days


Day 1. Arrive Cairns, Port Douglas

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 afternoon 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. Accommodation: Port Douglas, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Meals: Dinner

Day 2. Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park

After your Signature Experience, embark on a Daintree River Cruise and keep an eye out for crocodiles, birds, butterflies and a variety of reptile species. Tonight, dine amidst the rainforest in an open-air restaurant. Accommodation: Daintree National Park, Heritage Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3. Cape Tribulation, Bloomfield Track, Cooktown

After 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. Accommodation: Cooktown, Sovereign Resort Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4. Quinkan Country, Laura, Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park

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. Afterwards, continue your journey to the Old Laura Homestead. Later, turn off into Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, home to crocodiles, wallabies and an array of bird life. Afterwards, 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. Accommodation: Lotus Bird Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5. Musgrave, Coen, Gulf Country, Weipa

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. Afterwards, continue to the town of Weipa, home to the largest community on the Cape York Peninsula. Here, set out on a sunset boat trip and relax as you learn about the region’s unique ecosystem, mining industry and Indigenous culture. Enjoy nibbles and drinks on board as you keep your eyes peeled for crocs lazing on the banks. Accommodation: Weipa, Albatross Bay Resort Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6. Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, Bramwell Station

Today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey as you enjoy a visit to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, which is normally off-limits to the general public. Board a helicopter in Weipa and fly into the reserve, gaining an aerial perspective on this vast wilderness area. On arrival, you'll be welcomed by a ranger from Australia Zoo, who will provide an introduction to the wildlife and sonar detector tracking methods. After lunch at Camp Coolibah, discover the movement of the crocodiles in the area and the endangered Speartooth Shark. You'll also see a demonstration on how crocodile cages are deployed and operated. Later, 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. Accommodation: Bramwell Station Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7. Fruit Bat Falls, Punsand Bay

Observe the towering termite mounds of Bramwell Junction before continuing on with your adventure. Stop at Fruit Bat Falls and cool off with 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 Indigenous people. Accommodation: Two Nights, Punsand Bay Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8. Punsand Bay, Tip of Cape York

Awake this morning to sweeping views of the tip of Cape York and travel along a 4WD track to Frangipani Beach. After 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. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9. Thursday Island

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. Admire views of the mangrove-covered coastlines, azure waters and golden-sand beaches before visiting the local cemetery to see the memorial to the Japanese Pearl Divers. You’ll also enjoy time at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre. Accommodation: Thursday Island, Grand Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10. Horn Island, Fly to Cairns

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, toast the end of your adventure with a farewell dinner. Accommodation: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11. Depart Cairns

After breakfast this morning, be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight. Meals: Breakfast


Venture to the northernmost tip of Australia and discover one of the wildest tropical environments on Earth. Soar over Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands in a helicopter, wander through ancient rainforests, and admire Indigenous rock art.

Take a breathtaking helicopter flight into the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, with exclusive access to APT guests.

Journey to the most northern point of Australia with sweeping views of Torres Strait.

Your guided holiday includes:

    • 10 nights in superior accommodation
    • Locally inspired dining – a total of 29 meals
    • Experiences in 18 destinations
    • Expert APT tour director and driver
    • Qantas flights from Horn Island to Cairns

Price applies to 19 June & 20 June 2020 departures only

Tour Highlights:

Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve 

  • Take a breathtaking helicopter flight into the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, with exclusive access to APT guests.

The Northern Tip of Australia

  • Journey to the most northern point of Australia with sweeping views of Torres Strait.

Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk

  • Discover Indigenous culture and thousands of years of knowledge at Mossman Gorge and set off on a Dreamtime walk.



Terms & Conditions

Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Full supplier conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only. Prices valid at the time of publication. Prices are per person based on twin share occupancy unless otherwise stated and displayed in $AUD. Member savings are calculated using the original advertised price.

 Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking  Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 17 March 2020 and can be withdrawn without notice.  Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.


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