CAPE YORK 4WD TOURS

You drive, have fun.
We'll take care of the rest

HIT THE CAPE IN 2021

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime

Drive a 4WD Beast to the Tip of Cape York

With auto gear box, power steering and air con, you drive in comfort and style. 4WD enthusiasts will love the tours, but no previous 4WD experience is required, just be a confident and competent driver. Our guides will assist.

Our tours embrace every 4WD icon and must do that the Cape offers.

You miss nothing.

Hit all the famous 4WD tracks and enjoy the best of the Aussie bush, including great tucker, camp fires under the stars,  refreshing swims  in welcoming streams and in the mornings rise to the call of wild birds heralding new adventures.

So grab your mates, girlfriends, boyfriends, family, club and reserve a tour date now.

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Meet the Beasts

Each Beast is a ‘Cape York friendly’ Nissan GU Patrol, workshopped from head to toe for vigorous 4WD fun. 

Kermit was our prototype rig, specifically modified to perform on Cape York’s tracks as a very capable 4WD weapon and comfortable tourer. Kermit enjoyed and survived all the Cape could throw at it. Tried and tested, fun to drive, we love him and so will you. Kermit will be back on the Cape’s Tracks in 2021.

All Beasts are raptor painted and decaled with their own identity, but have the same modifications as Kermit with slight variations in appointments throughout the fleet.
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Cape York 4WD Tours

  • 9 Days

    Cape York - Fly/Drive
    Cairns to Tip or Tip to Cairns
  • 14 Days

    Cape York Unplugged
    The Classic Cape York Itinerary
  • 15 Days

    Cape York Unplugged
    w/Laura Aboriginal Dance Fest
  • 16 Days

    Cape York In Depth
    Includes Weipa & Chillagoe

9 DAYS – CAPE YORK – FLY/DRIVE

THE TIP TO CAIRNS (OR VICE VERSA)

Designed for anyone with limited time to explore the Cape’s treasures. Can be completed from the Tip to Cairns, or from Cairns to the Tip. Includes the essential Cape York 4wd icons.

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14 DAYS – CAPE YORK UNPLUGGED

  • This tour is the Classic Cape York Itinerary. Includes every Cape 4wd icon and must do.
  • Travelling with Australian 4wd Adventures you are in good hands. Our Guides are fun loving professional adventurers, knowledgeable and experienced in 4×4 driving in the Cape.
  • You will explore sites opened to us by our indigenous peoples, the early explorers, gold hunters, cattlemen and more recently a generation of 4wd adventurers.
  • Enjoy the full bush experience. All Aussies love campfires at night, good tucker, a refreshing swim in a welcoming stream. Each morning rise to the call of wild birds heralding new adventures. All this and more awaits the adventurous on your 14-day Cape York Unplugged.

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15 DAYS – CAPE YORK UNPLUGGED

INC LAURA ABORIGINAL DANCE FESTIVAL

  • The classic 14-day Cape York Unplugged itinerary, but we have added an extra day to participate in the biennial Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival. Check it out on You tube. It is spectacular.
  • Includes every Cape 4wd icon and must do.
  • Travelling with Australian 4wd Adventures you are in good hands. Our Guides are fun loving professional adventurers, knowledgeable and experienced in 4×4 driving in the Cape. You will explore sites opened to us by our indigenous peoples, the early explorers, gold hunters, cattlemen and more recently a generation of 4wd adventurers.
  • Enjoy the full bush experience. All Aussies love campfires at night, good tucker, a refreshing swim in a welcoming stream. Each morning rise to the call of wild birds heralding new adventures. All this and more awaits the adventurous on your 15-day Cape York Unplugged

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16 DAYS – CAPE YORK IN DEPTH

INCLUDES WEIPA & CHILLAGOE

  • The Classic 14-day Cape York Unplugged itinerary, but we have added 2 days to include a stopover in Weipa and extra time exploring in the historic Palmer River Gold fields and finishing up with a night at Chillagoe. We love the history of the Palmer Goldfields and if you have the time, we would love to share the history with you.
  • Includes every Cape 4wd icon and must do.
  • Travelling with Australian 4wd Adventures you are in good hands. Our Guides are fun loving professional adventurers, knowledgeable and experienced in 4×4 driving in the Cape.
  • You will explore sites opened to us by our indigenous peoples, the early explorers, gold hunters, cattlemen and more recently a generation of 4wd adventurers.
  • Enjoy the full bush experience. All Aussies love campfires at night, good tucker, a refreshing swim in a welcoming stream. Each morning rise to the call of wild birds heralding new adventures. All this and more awaits the adventurous on your 16-day Cape York Unplugged

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FAQs

Yes! You drive one of our modified Nissan Patrols, lovingly known as a “Beast” over all of the iconic 4×4 tracks included in our programs – Old Telegraph Track, Frenchman’s Track The Old Coach Road, The 5 Beaches Track, The Bloomfield Track.

You need to be over the age of 21, have held a license for a minimum of 2 years, be a competent and confident driver and we will help with the rest. There is a 4×4 guide on each trip to guide you through the tough spots and assist you to improve your 4wd skills.

Yes! You will get to experience firsthand the complete Old Telegraph Track, Australia’s most iconic 4×4 Track! Followed by the Frenchman’s Track as well as the Bloomfield and 5 Beaches Tracks. If you are joining one of our 14-day programs you also get to take on The Old Coach Road.

The support vehicle is just that, a support vehicle driven by one of our 4×4 Guides. It carries spare parts, tyres, tools, extensive recovery gear, oils and lubricants, fridge and freezer, full kitchen, all the crockery and cutlery. Slightly more mechanically ‘beefed up’ then the Beasts and with front and rear winches, very handy to have around if a difficult recovery is required.

Our programs are fully inclusive – we aim to take away all the worry of planning and give you more time to kick back and enjoy your holiday. Please refer to our Inclusions list detailed with each Tours pricing.
Not much! Just mainly your personal belongings, spending money, daily snacks and drinks. If you are on one of our one way 9 day trips we haven’t included the flight to or from The Tip to Cairns as you may choose to extend and try your hand at fishing or visit the Torres Strait Island which means you can fly home from Horn Island. Talk to us about the many options available.
Our vehicles are covered for Third Party Property, Fire and Theft Insurance. Please refer to page 40-51 of the following: https://www.nrma.com.au/sites/nrma/files/nrma/policy_booklets/car_pds_0620_all.pdf

We highly recommend taking out Comprehensive Insurance to cover the following suggested but not limited to: personal belongings, cancellation, emergency evacuation, personal liability, death and disability. Please refer to our Booking Terms and conditions for more information.

Please contact us for further information.

No! we cover the cost of your fuel.
In the event of mechanical breakdown not caused by negligent driving Australian 4WD Adventurers will provide alternative transport for you to continue.
Our support vehicles carry Satellite phones in the event of Emergency and our Leaders are First Aid Trained. Comprehensive Insurance inclusive of Medical Cover and Emergency Evacuation is highly recommended.
Sure! As long as we can fit it in, just let us know what you would like to bring.
Your deposit is nonrefundable, but if you need to cancel prior to final payment, you can transfer your deposit to another Back Track operated tour, or because we are also a Travel Agency, your money can be used as a Travel Credit for any domestic or international travel. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure, any cancelation after this time is 100% cancelation fee. Nil refund will also apply once tour has commenced. Please refer to our Booking Terms and Conditions for more information.
In these forever changing times, we will work through case by care for each departure impacted by Government border closures.

Our fully inclusive trips are all designed around our unique 4WD’s. We know we can look after these vehicles in remote areas with our support crew and gear.  BUT!!!  If you have a group just wanting the support of our guides and mechanics, we can definitely arrange something – just give us a call or drop us an email.

Our Beasts are comfortable with 3 adults, anymore and you may find yourselves a little too close!

We want you to have an awesome trip with space to spread out a little.

When we camp in the National Parks there is a toilet and sometimes a shower. At commercial campgrounds you will find a nice toilet and shower. Our bush camps are simply that for all facilities!
The commercial campgrounds we stay in have coin operated washing machines. You will have time to do your washing at the Tip on your free days.
Each Beast has facilities to carry 20 Litres of drinking quality water for your use. You will also have the chance to buy water in Cairns before departure and pop it in your fridge. There will be the chance to refill in some commercial campgrounds, alternatively you can buy bottled water from Roadhouses and shops along the way
We provide your main meals: Breakfast is a combination of continental and cooked. Lunch is a range of wraps and sandwiches. Dinner is a mix of camp oven dishes and BBQ’s.
Absolutely – just let us know your special requirements and we will do our best to accommodate.

We have a minimum of 6 people in 3 vehicles and a maximum of 12 people in 6 vehicles

BUT…. If you have a larger group just let us know.

You will just need to bring money for snacks and drinks and any souvenirs and Optional Tours – please refer to our website.
They all have EFTPOS facilities however the internet in these areas is unreliable. Its good to take come cash with you as a back up.
There is limited Telstra coverage only at Cooktown / Laura / Coen / Weipa and Bamaga. There is a public pay phone at Mt Molloy, Mt Carbine, Palmer River Roadhouse, Laura, Hann River Roadhouse, Musgrave Roadhouse, Coen, Archer River Roadhouse, Moreton Telegraph Station and the Jardine River Ferry. Remember to bring coins for these phones.
There will be USB chargers in the vehicles to charge throughout the day as you are travelling.

A lot of land in Cape York is Aboriginal Land where special rules and restrictions apply, not only in the communities, but throughout the whole shire.

You can check the following website for the latest updates: https://www.qld.gov.au/atsi/health-staying-active/alcohol-smoking-drugs/community-alcohol-restrictions

We also like to support all businesses in the Cape Region and buy as much as possible locally.

If you are on one of our longer 14 day or 16 day programs there is some free time when you get to the Tip. Whilst we are travelling throughout the Cape we ask everyone to stay as a group for safety reasons. Each vehicle comes with an awning, camping table and chairs for you to enjoy the surroundings and relax away from the group should you choose.
Absolutely! If fishing is your thing then it’s a MUST to throw in a line on a trip to the Cape. There is a chance to do half day, full day or overnight fishing tours from Bamaga. There will be a couple of chances along the way also at Weipa and Kalpowar National Park and Seisia Jetty.
There are a number of Optional Tours we can arrange for you from fishing, croc spotting, a trip to Thursday Island, Horn Island WWII history tours, Pearl Farm Tour or just relax and take in the serenity and incredible peaceful surrounds.

Should COVID-19 government border restrictions impact travel, you will receive a 100% credit for your tour booking.

Outside of these conditions, our normal booking terms and conditions apply.

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