CAPE YORK 4wd TOURS

CAPE YORK 4wd TOURS

OUR TOURS

Our tours embrace a great mix of 4WD icons and attractions that the Cape offers. 

We hit many 4WD tracks, including the Old Telegraph Track, the 5 Beaches Run, the Frenchman’s Track, the Bloomfield Track, Running Creek Road, Lakefield Road and many more. Enjoy the best Aussie bush camping experience, including great tucker, campfires under the stars, refreshing swims in welcoming streams and in the mornings rise to the call of wild birds heralding new adventures. 

There are also optional, additional tours available. Check them out here.

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Tour Options

9 Days

Fly/Drive

Option to drive to the Tip and fly back to Cairns or fly to the tip and drive back to Cairns

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16 Days

Cape York Unplugged

This tour is the Classic Cape York Itinerary. Includes the best of Cape York 4WD icons and must do’s.

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9 Days

Fly/Drive

Option to drive to the Tip and fly back to Cairns or fly to the tip and drive back to Cairns


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14 Days

Cape York Unplugged

This tour is the Classic Cape York Itinerary. It includes every Cape 4WD icon and must do...


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15 Days

Cape York Unplugged+

The classic tour with an extra day to participate in the biennial Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.


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16 Days

Cape York In depth

Extra 2 days that includes Weipa, the histroic Palmer River Gold fields, and a night at Chillagoe.


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14 Days

Cape York Unplugged

This tour is the Classic Cape York Itinerary. It includes every Cape 4WD icon and must do...


Learn More

15 Days

Cape York Unplugged+

The classic tour with an extra day to participate in the biennial Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.


Learn More

16 Days

Cape York In depth

Extra 2 days that includes Weipa, the histroic Palmer River Gold fields, and a night at Chillagoe.


Learn More

9 DAYS - CAPE YORK DRIVE/FLY

CAIRNS TO THE TIP

Designed for anyone with limited time to explore the Cape’s many attractions and includes the essential Cape York 4WD icons and attractions.

Itinerary: (Northbound) - Drive Cairns to the Tip

This itinerary is the proposed itinerary only. Though highly unlikely, changes may be made before, or during the holiday, due to circumstances beyond our control, e.g., slower travel times or diversions due to weather or track conditions at the time. Unless otherwise noted on the itinerary, all campsites have excellent amenities including toilets and hot showers.

Approx 162 Km

Meet your fellow adventurers for breakfast at the Thirsty Flamingo Eatery and Bar, poolside at our Cairns base, the Cairns Colonial Club Resort. A team briefing will be conducted. Following breakfast, you will be introduced to your Croc and once final paperwork is completed, and you pack your vehicle, it’s time to depart Cairns. Items not required on tour can be left in storage at the Resort. First stop is the supermarket to stock your fridge with snack items and drinks. It’s a leisurely drive this morning northward along the scenic Captain Cook Highway. You stop at Mossman Gorge to explore a fascinating remnant of the world’s oldest rainforest, before a break for lunch. After lunch enjoy a crocodile spotting cruise on the Daintree River, with ecofriendly operator Solar Whisper. This is more than a croc cruise as the local guide, is an expert on all the wildlife in the area. After crossing the Daintree River by ferry, journey along the coast to Cape Tribulation where rainforest meets the reef when two world heritage listed areas join – the Daintree National Park and The Great Barrier Reef. Tonight, camp, or stay in cabin accommodation at a jungle camp. (BLD)

Approx: 110Km

Heading off this morning at a leisurely pace through the rainforest surrounding Cape Tribulation, it’s not long before you arrive at the start of the sealed Bloomfield Track. The Bloomfield Track provides an easy introduction to 4wdriving. After completing this section, it’s a short drive to historic Cooktown where there will be some free time to explore. Highly recommended is a visit to the Cooktown Museum. Other attractions today include Black Mountain with its amazing rock formations. Tonight’s camp at the historic 1880’s Lions Den Hotel is a very popular stopover for Cape bound adventurers. (BLD)

Approx: 303Km

Today your adventure will absorb you into beautiful Aussie bush scenery providing good photography opportunities. Driving mainly on gravel backroads, the pace will be leisurely. Highlights include the journey through Lakefield National Park, with its many lagoon areas. Late afternoon you will arrive at the main Cape Road at Musgrave Roadhouse, one of the many legendary Cape Roadhouses you will visit on your adventure. This will be your campsite tonight. At sunset, the manager feeds the freshwater crocs in the campsite dam. (BLD)

Approx: 280Km

As is our policy, to enjoy the Aussie bush to the fullest, today you will travel the less used roads and tracks, away from the main tourist route. After leaving camp, head off the main highway and follow a variety of tracks and backroads. Still heading northwards, the changes in terrain and scenery will keep you fascinated. Driving conditions are comfortable, but you must always be alert and attentive to potential road hazards which can appear around any corner. Be prepared to navigate a washout or two and the occasionally deeply rutted sections. The small historic township of Coen (pop:364) is a welcome stop for snack and water resupply. If time allows a visit to the museum and one quick cold beverage at the quirky S-Exchange Hotel may be possible.  On every day, your guide ‘carries the billy’ and will be on the lookout for a suitable rest stop to stretch the legs and for a morning or afternoon tea break. Camp tonight is one of our favourites. Chuulangun is a peaceful bush camp with a basic but clean bush toilet and a classic ‘donkey’ hot water shower setup. (BLD)

Approx: 154 Km

An exciting and fun 4wdriving day as you tackle one of our favourite Cape Tracks, the 53K Frenchmans Track. It meanders narrowly in places, through a variety of terrains including dense forest areas. The track is seldom, if ever, used by ‘tourist traffic’ and only keen 4wdrivers take it on. Remember, your Guide will be with you every inch of the way to assist you navigate the tricky sections and teach you the occasional 4wd trick. This track also has an infamous reputation due to its two river crossings, the Pascoe and the Wenlock Rivers. Both these rivers feature steepish approach and exit angles and water levels fluctuate throughout the season, sometimes making one or both nearly impassable. Though we only travel in the ‘best weather months’, on all occasions you will be directed by your Guide as to safety and viability of attempting these crossings. You must be aware that on any day, you may not be able to achieve your daily itinerary due to road or weather conditions. In that case, an alternative plan may have to be designed. It’s all part of exploration in the Cape. Dinner tonight is provided by your campsite hosts at Bramwell Station, a working cattle property offering spacious camping grounds, and on most visits while enjoying dinner and a beverage from the bar, their staff provide entertainment. (BLD)

Approx: 90Km

Get set for another adventure as today you tackle the Overland Telegraph Track (OTT). Famous worldwide and acknowledged by 4WD enthusiasts as one of Australia’s most iconic 4WD experiences, it will be one of the many highlights of your holiday. It is a short drive from Bramwell Station to Bramwell Junction and the much-photographed signpost marking the starting point for the OTT. After the compulsory group pic, the fun begins. This morning you will be negotiating the obstacles on the southern portion of the track. The aim is to camp tonight on the OTT at Eliot Falls National Parks Camp site. There will be plenty to chat about over dinner tonight. Overcoming the obstacles that punctuate the OTT is a lot of fun. At Gunshot, one of the most notorious creek crossings of the many you will encounter, a good-natured crowd of fellow 4wdrivers sometimes gather to cheer and encourage everyone through. On all trips, it is possible that occasionally, some OTT obstacles will not be tackled if your Guide believes conditions are not favourable. There are several alternative tracks known as cheat tracks that can sometimes be utilised. Overall, this day will be remembered as one of your most exciting 4wd experiences. Campsite tonight has toilets but no showers. A refreshing swim at Eliot Falls, without soap, is a better substitute than a shower. (BLD)

Approx: 120Km

Up early for breakfast and set off to complete sections of track at the northern end of the OTT. If all goes to plan, you will finish the OTT this morning and cross the famous croc infested Jardine River by ferry. The Jardine River effectively cuts off the tip of Cape York from the rest of the cape. A stop for resupply in the town of Bamaga (pop:1,200), the administration centre for the Northern Peninsular Area, before a short drive to the coast and the beachfront campsite at Loyalty Beach. This will be your base for the next two nights as you complete the final part of your journey to the Tip of Australia. (BLD)

Approx: 100Km

An exciting day ahead as you depart camp after breakfast to reach the most northern Tip of Australia. After a short drive through a variety of scenic bushland, and a brisk walk, you will arrive at Pajinka, and the Tip sign, ready to pose for your commemorative pic.
It was a great achievement to have driven from Cairns to the Tip of Australia and a journey we feel sure will only bring back happy memories for years to come. The action does not stop here. You still have the Five Beaches Track to drive, and if so inclined, last minute souvenir shopping at the Croc Tent, a cape institution and fashion house. Thongs and t shirts are their fashion speciality. If you look hard enough you might even find a Cape York snow shaker. Back to Loyalty to enjoy the traditional ‘Fish and Chips’ farewell dinner at the Loyalty Beach Restaurant. Sunsets can be spectacular. A lovely way to finish your last night at the cape. (BLD)

Unless you are staying on at the cape for a prebooked optional tour, today your guides will transport you to the Bamaga Airport to connect with a scheduled flight back to Cairns. Tour finishes on arrival in Cairns. (B)

ITINERARY NOTES:
1. Depending on when you wish to arrive in Cairns before your tour commences, a minimum of one nights pre booked accommodation at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort, is required for the night before your scheduled tour departure. That night, an informal ‘Meet and Greet’, hosted by your Tour Guide has been arranged for 7.30pm at the Thirsty Flamingo Eatery and Bar, poolside at the resort. This informal social provides an opportunity to meet your fellow adventurers.
2. On Day 9, your flight to Cairns from Bamaga will have been arranged by us before your holiday commenced. As detailed with our prices, this flight cost is not included in the tour price. On arrival in Cairns, take a short taxi drive to the Cairns Colonial Club Resort to collect any left luggage and continue your travels.
3. We are ready to assist with organising additional pre or post tour accommodation and additional tours if required. We also have excellent flight deals from all points in Australia to and from Cairns. Please contact us to discuss.

Costs

One person per vehicle: $9,990 sole use

Two people per vehicle: $5,990 / person

Additional people per vehicle: $4,990 / person

Note: Maximum of 3 adults OR 2 adults + 2 children (aged 7-17 years inclusive) per vehicle
Required: Minimum of 4 vehicles with 8 passengers booked, before tour is confirmed.

Provision of a spacious and comfortable, automatic Nissan GU Patrol, airconditioned with power steering. All camp equipment, including camp chairs, and camp lighting, camp beds and mattress, all cutlery and eating utensils. Unlimited mileage, fuel, UHF radio for fleet communication, small medical kit, fire extinguisher. Support provided from two vehicles with up to 4 crew members attending to smooth operation of tour. Also included are: National Park fees, Mossman Gorge walk, Daintree croc cruise, all ferry fees, accommodation and camp fees, plus all restaurant and camp meals as indicated on itinerary, (B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner).
Flights, travel insurance, bottled drinking water, personal snack items, alcohol, sleeping bag and pillow due to hygiene reasons, optional tours at The Tip and in or around Cairns, plus any additional accommodation before or after tours at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort.
This tour does require some very limited camp site participation. Each day, we always try our best to provide a full camp set up and take down to allow you full rest and relaxation time. However, we do request that all participants pack and unpack their camp bed and mattress daily and on a rare occasion, if camp arrival or departure times are late, we do appreciate any help in the easy task of setting or taking down the tents.

Dates

Cairns to Tip

Tour Days Start Cairns Finish the Tip Check Availability
1
9
11 June 2022
19 June 2022
Fully Booked
7
9
8 October 2022
16 October 2022
Fully Booked

The Tip to Cairns

Tour Days Start the Tip Finish Cairns Check Availability
2
9
25 June 2022
3 July 2022
8
9
22 October 2022
30 October 2022
Fully Booked

9 DAYS - CAPE YORK FLY/DRIVE

THE TIP TO CAIRNS

Designed for anyone with limited time to explore the Cape’s many attractions and includes the essential Cape York 4WD icons and attractions.

Itinerary: (Southbound) - Drive the Tip to Cairns

This itinerary is the proposed itinerary only. Though highly unlikely, changes may be made before, or during the holiday, due to circumstances beyond our control, e.g., slower travel times or diversions due to weather or track conditions at the time. Unless otherwise noted on the itinerary, all campsites have excellent amenities including toilets and hot showers.

Welcome to Cape York. You are met on arrival at Bamaga Airport by your Guide with your vehicle. First up, a short drive into Bamaga (pop:1,200), the administration centre for the Northern Peninsular Area, where you can stock up on personal snack and beverage items at the Bamaga supermarket. Your fridge will be cold and ready. From Bamaga another short drive to your first night campsite at charming Loyalty Beach. Here final paperwork will be completed followed by a full introduction to your vehicle and a team briefing. Dinner tonight at your beachfront camp. (LD)

Approx: 100Km

After breakfast, head off on a relaxed scenic drive, followed by a short walk to arrive at Pajinka, the most northern point of Australia. What a great way to start your adventure. After the compulsory picture at the famous Tip sign, next up is an exhilarating driving experience along the beautiful Five Beaches Track. This track provides the perfect venue for you to learn more about the handling characteristics of your personal Cape Croc. Remember, your Guide will be with you every inch of the journey to assist if necessary. Additionally, all vehicles are connected by UHF radio for easy communication. Once off the Five Beaches Track, a stop at the Croc Tent is compulsory as no Cape York trip is complete without a Croc Tent souvenir. Back to Loyalty Beach campsite and a traditional ‘Fish and Chips” sunset dinner on the beach at the Loyalty Beach Restaurant and Bar. (BLD)

Approx: 120Km

Up early for breakfast and set off to complete sections of the northern part of the Old Telegraph Track (OTT). Famous worldwide and acknowledged by 4wd enthusiasts as one of Australia’s most iconic 4wd experiences, it will be one of the many highlights of your holiday. First off, you must cross the crocodile infested Jardine River by ferry. The Jardine River effectively separates the Tip of Australia from the rest of Cape York. Once on the OTT, you can enjoy a refreshing swim at Fruit Bat Falls and navigate some of the 4wd obstacles that make the OTT legendary. Bush camp tonight is at the National Parks campsite at Eliot Falls. Toilets available but no showers. A refreshing dip at the falls, without soap is a better substitute than a shower. (BLD)

Approx: 90Km

Get set for a full day of 4wd action as you tackle the southern section of the OTT. Overcoming the obstacles that punctuate the OTT is a lot of fun. At Gunshot, one of the most notorious creek crossings of the many you will encounter today, a good-natured crowd of fellow 4wdrivers sometimes gather to cheer and encourage everyone through. On all trips, it is possible that some obstacles will not be tackled if your Guide believes conditions are not favourable. There are several alternative tracks known as cheat tracks that can be utilised if required. Overall, this day will be remembered as one of your most exciting 4wd experiences. As you depart the track at Bramwell Junction, stop and take a commemorative pic at the track signpost. From here it is a short drive down a section of the main Cape Road, called the Peninsular Development Road (PDR), to your camp at Bramwell Station, a working cattle station with spacious campgrounds popular with all Cape travellers. Dinner and entertainment tonight is provided by the station staff. There will be a lot to chat about over dinner as you recount the adventures of the previous two days. (BLD)

Approx: 154 Km

Another exciting and fun 4wdriving day awaits as you tackle the 53Km Frenchmans Track. One of our favourite cape tracks, it meanders narrowly in places, through a variety of terrains including dense forest areas. The track is seldom used by ‘tourist traffic’ and only keen 4wdrivers take it on. Your Guide will assist you in navigating the tricky sections and teach you the occasional 4wd trick. This track also has an infamous reputation due to its two river crossings, the Pascoe and the Wenlock Rivers. Both rivers feature steepish approach and exit angles and water levels can fluctuate throughout the season, sometimes making one or both nearly impassable. On all occasions you will be directed by your Guide as to the safety and viability of attempting these crossings. If a river is unpassable, which is highly unlikely, an alternative route will be required. Camp tonight at Chuulangun, a peaceful bush camp with a basic but clean bush toilet and a classic ‘donkey’ hot water shower setup. (BLD)

Approx: 280Km

When you leave camp today you will soon reconnect to the PDR. Once past the Archer River Roadhouse you continue south to the small historic township of Coen (pop:364) for a fuel stop and personal snack and beverage resupply. If time allows, it might be possible to visit the museum and have one cold beverage at the quirky S-Exchange Hotel. As is our policy to enjoy the Aussie bush to the fullest, you depart the main road at Coen and will travel less used roads and tracks. Still heading southwards, the changes in terrain and scenery will keep you fascinated. Driving conditions are comfortable, but you must always be alert and attentive to potential road hazards which can appear around any corner. Be prepared to navigate a washout and the occasional deeply rutted section. On every day, your Guide ‘carries the billy’ and will be on the lookout for suitable rest stops to stretch the legs and for a morning or afternoon tea break. Another nice campsite tonight at Musgrave Roadhouse. Late each afternoon, the manager feeds the freshwater crocs in the campsite dam.(BLD)

Approx: 303Km

You spend most of today on backroads enjoying beautiful Aussie bush scenery and good photography opportunities as you journey through Lakefield National Park. With many beautiful lagoon areas, the park provides a wonderful haven for a large variety of birdlife. Camp tonight at the 1880’s Lions Den Hotel, a famous stopover for adventurers journeying to and from Cape York. (BLD)

Approx: 110Km

A leisurely day, and a first up visit to Cooktown with free time to explore. The museum is a must see. From Cooktown head down the Bloomfield Track, your last and easy 4WD experience for the trip. Your destination is Cape Tribulation, a unique spot where reef meets rainforest and two world heritage areas collide, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. The region features lush rainforest, with waterfalls and lookouts to enjoy. Your last night is either in rustic cabins or camped at a rainforest camp area with bar facilities. Farewell group dinner tonight. (BLD)

Approx 162 Km

A relaxed drive this morning through lush tropical scenery. After crossing the Daintree River by ferry, enjoy a crocodile spotting cruise on the Daintree River, with ecofriendly operator Solar Whisper. This is more than a croc cruise as your local guide is an expert on all the wildlife in the area. After lunch, stop at Mossman Gorge to explore a fascinating remnant of the world’s oldest rainforest. The Captain Cook Highway which hugs the ocean shore provides a wonderful drive into Cairns to conclude your adventure.

Your adventure finishes on arrival at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort. (BL)

ITINERARY NOTES:
1. Participation on this tour requires a flight on Day 1 from Cairns to Bamaga. It is recommended that we arrange this for you.

2. Depending on when you arrive in Cairns and your pre tour plans, we also recommend that you take advantage of our excellent group accommodation rates at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort and at a minimum have the night booked at the resort before your Day 1 departure from Cairns. This will also allow you to conveniently store any unwanted luggage for the tour at the resort for collection on return.

3. As the tour finishes at the Resort mid to late afternoon on Day 9, it may also be convenient for you to have this night accommodation booked by us at the resort. This will enable a leisurely unloading of your vehicle and an unrushed and comfortable end of your holiday arrangements. If you wish to extend your holiday in the Cairns area, we can also assist with those arrangements. Please contact us to discuss.

Costs

One person per vehicle: $9,990 sole use

Two people per vehicle: $5,990 / person

Additional people per vehicle: $4,990 / person

Note: Maximum of 3 adults OR 2 adults + 2 children (aged 7-17 years inclusive) per vehicle
Required: Minimum of 4 vehicles with 8 passengers booked, before tour is confirmed.

Provision of a spacious and comfortable, automatic Nissan GU Patrol, airconditioned with power steering. All camp equipment, including camp chairs, and camp lighting, camp beds and mattress, all cutlery and eating utensils. Unlimited mileage, fuel, UHF radio for fleet communication, small medical kit, fire extinguisher. Support provided from two vehicles with up to 4 crew members attending to smooth operation of tour. Also included are: National Park fees, Mossman Gorge walk, Daintree croc cruise, all ferry fees, accommodation and camp fees, plus all restaurant and camp meals as indicated on itinerary, (B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner).
Flights, travel insurance, bottled drinking water, personal snack items, alcohol, sleeping bag and pillow due to hygiene reasons, optional tours at The Tip and in or around Cairns, plus any additional accommodation before or after tours at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort.
This tour does require some very limited camp site participation. Each day, we always try our best to provide a full camp set up and take down to allow you full rest and relaxation time. However, we do request that all participants pack and unpack their camp bed and mattress daily and on a rare occasion, if camp arrival or departure times are late, we do appreciate any help in the easy task of setting or taking down the tents.

Dates

Cairns to Tip

Tour Days Start Cairns Finish the Tip Check Availability
1
9
11 June 2022
19 June 2022
Fully Booked
7
9
8 October 2022
16 October 2022
Fully Booked

The Tip to Cairns

Tour Days Start the Tip Finish Cairns Check Availability
2
9
25 June 2022
3 July 2022
8
9
22 October 2022
30 October 2022
Fully Booked

14 DAYS - CAPE YORK UNPLUGGED

THE CLASSIC

  • 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.

Itinerary

On arrival in Cairns, make your way to our Cairns base, the very comfortable Cairns Colonial Club Resort and check in. If you fly, take a taxi. It is a short 5-minute drive. Meet your Guides, and your Team. Introduction to your Beast. Stock your Beast fridge with snack items and drinks. Team briefing. First night dinner. Twin share accommodation Cairns Colonial Club Resort. (D)

For even more adventure, consider arriving early or staying on and extend your tour.

4 days in beautiful Aussie bush. This section includes Mossman Gorge jungle walk, Daintree Croc cruise, restaurant dinners at Lion’s Den hotel and Bramwell Junction Park. Visit Cooktown, historic old Laura Homestead, Moreton Telegraph Station, Chilli Beach and if time allows a cold beverage at the S-exchange Hotel in Coen. Camp at Lion’s Den Hotel, Lakefield National Park, Archer River Roadhouse, Bramwell Station. First up tackle the Bloomfield Track an easy introductory 4wd experience before knocking over the infamous Frenchman’s Track with the Pascoe and Wenlock River crossings. (BLD)

Day 1 of 2 days completing the entire Old Telegraph Track. From Palm Creek in the South and Gunshot in the middle, push on to finish with a refreshing swim at the beautiful Eliot Falls. (BLD)

Finish the northern end of the Old Telegraph Track including notorious Nolan’s Brook. Cross the croc infested Jardine River by ferry to end the day at Australia’s most northerly camp site at Punsand Bay. Dinner in the restaurant tonight. (BLD)

Up early for Sunrise at the Tip of Australia. Explore Somerset. Finish on the exhilarating 5 Beach’s Track and a visit to the Croc Tent. Camp on the beach at beautiful Seisia. (BLD)

Fish, chill out, or explore the area. Loyalty Beach restaurant dinner on one night. Optional tour available to Thursday and Horn Island (LINK). Lunch and dinners not provided while participating on optional tours. (BLD)

Early start with a swim at Fruit Bat Falls. On to Captain Billy’s Landing and then to camp at historic Moreton Telegraph Station. (BLD)

Cruising day at a leisurely pace on reasonable roads. Get in a good lunch stop and swim. Tick off the remaining iconic Cape York waypoints, Musgrave River Roadhouse, and Hann River roadhouse. Bush Camp tonight. (BLD)

Saved a highlight for the end. Face the challenge of the heritage listed Old Coach Road linking Laura to historic Maytown. Considered one of the most challenging 4wd tracks on the Cape. Last night party at the Palmer River Roadhouse. Overlander’s Certificate and t-shirt presentation. (BLD)

A very scenic drive on good roads. Time to stop in Kuranda for a quick ‘latte’. Tour arrangements officially finish after arrival at our base at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort. (B)

NOTE: If return home flights from Cairns do not link this evening, overnight accommodation is easily arranged at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort.

Consider staying in Cairns and extend your holiday

Dates

Tour Days Start Cairns Finish Cairns Check Availability
11
14
Sat 02 Oct
Fri 14 Oct

Costs

Three people per vehicle: $4,741 / person
Two people per vehicle: $5,690 / person
One person per vehicle: $10,370 / person

Provision of comfortable, automatic Nissan GU Patrol, airconditioned with power steering. Fully outfitted with all camp equipment, camp chairs, table, awnings, awning tents, swags, camp lighting, crockery, cutlery. Unlimited mileage, fuel, UHF radio, medical kit, fire extinguisher, 2 guides attending to smooth operation of tour, 4WD guidance and assistance if/when required, all camp and restaurant meals and accommodation as indicated on itinerary, camp fees, ferries, National Park fees, Mossman Gorge walk, Daintree croc cruise.

Alcohol, bottled drinking water, snack items, travel insurance. Sleeping bag and pillow due to hygiene reasons. These items can be supplied for a small fee and will remain your property at the end of tour. Optional tours at The Tip and in or around Cairns.

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

Itinerary

On arrival in Cairns, make your way to our Cairns base, the very comfortable Cairns Colonial Club Resort and check in. If you fly, take a taxi. It is a short 5-minute drive. Meet your Guides, and your Team. Introduction to your Beast. Stock your Beast fridge with snack items and drinks. Team briefing. First night dinner. Twin share accommodation Cairns Colonial Club Resort. (D)

For even more adventure, consider arriving early or staying on and extend your tour.

4 days in beautiful Aussie bush. This section includes Mossman Gorge jungle walk, Daintree Croc cruise, restaurant dinners at Lion’s Den hotel and Bramwell Junction Park. Visit Cooktown, historic old Laura Homestead, Moreton Telegraph Station, Chilli Beach and if time allows a cold beverage at the S-exchange Hotel in Coen. Camp at Lion’s Den Hotel, Lakefield National Park, Archer River Roadhouse, Bramwell Station. First up tackle the Bloomfield Track an easy introductory 4wd experience before knocking over the infamous Frenchman’s Track with the Pascoe
and Wenlock River crossings. (BLD)

Day 1 of 2 days completing the entire Old Telegraph Track. From Palm Creek in the South and Gunshot in the middle, push on to finish with a refreshing swim at the beautiful Eliot Falls. (BLD)

Finish the northern end of the Old Telegraph Track including notorious Nolan’s Brook. Cross the croc infested Jardine River by ferry to end the day at Australia’s most northerly camp site at Punsand Bay. Dinner in the restaurant tonight. (BLD)

Up early for Sunrise at the Tip of Australia. Explore Somerset. Finish on the exhilarating 5 Beach’s Track and a visit to the Croc Tent. Camp on the beach at beautiful Seisia. (BLD)

Fish, chill out, or explore the area. Loyalty Beach restaurant dinner on one night. Optional tour available to Thursday and Horn Island (LINK). Lunch and dinners not provided while participating on optional tours. (BLD)

Early start with a swim at Fruit Bat Falls. On to Captain Billy’s Landing and then to camp at historic Moreton Telegraph Station. (BLD)

Cruising day at a leisurely pace on reasonable roads. Get in a good lunch stop and swim. Tick off the remaining iconic Cape York waypoints, Musgrave River Roadhouse, and Hann River roadhouse. Bush Camp tonight. (BLD)

After Breakfast, leave most of the Beasts in camp and travel out to the Laura Bora Ring to attend the world class Aboriginal Dance Festival. (BLD)

Saved a highlight for the end. Face the challenge of the heritage listed Old Coach Road linking Laura to historic Maytown. Considered one of the most challenging 4wd tracks on the Cape. Last night party at the Palmer River Roadhouse. Overlander’s Certificate and t-shirt presentation. (BLD)

A very scenic drive on good roads. Time to stop in Kuranda for a quick ‘latte’. Tour arrangements officially finish after arrival at our base at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort. (B) NOTE: If return home flights from Cairns do not link this evening, overnight accommodation is easily arranged at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort. Consider staying in Cairns and extend your holiday

Dates

Tour Days Start Cairns Finish Cairns Check Availability

Costs

Three people per vehicle: $4,900 / person
Two people per vehicle: $5,880 / person
One person per vehicle: $10,710 / person

One extra day to attend the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.

Provision of comfortable, automatic Nissan GU Patrol, airconditioned with power steering. Fully outfitted with all camp equipment, camp chairs, table, awnings, awning tents, swags, camp lighting, crockery, cutlery. Unlimited mileage, fuel, UHF radio, medical kit, fire extinguisher, 2 guides attending to smooth operation of tour, 4WD guidance and assistance if/when required, all camp and restaurant meals and accommodation as indicated on itinerary, camp fees, ferries, National Park fees, Mossman Gorge walk, Daintree croc cruise.

Alcohol, bottled drinking water, snack items, travel insurance. Sleeping bag and pillow due to hygiene reasons. These items can be supplied for a small fee and will remain your property at the end of tour. Optional tours at The Tip and in or around Cairns.

16 DAYS - CAPE YORK UNPLUGGED

This tour is the Classic Cape York Itinerary.

An in-depth adventure from Cairns to The Tip and back.

Travelling with Australian 4wd Adventures you are in good hands. Our 4WD Guides and crew are fun loving professional adventurers, knowledgeable and experienced in 4×4 driving in the Cape.

You will explore roads, tracks and 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 Australian bush experience. All Aussies love campfires at night, good tucker, a refreshing swim in a welcoming stream. Rise in the morning to the call of wild birds heralding new adventures. All this and more awaits on your 16-day Cape York Unplugged adventure.

This itinerary is the proposed itinerary only. Though highly unlikely, changes may be made before, or during the holiday, due to circumstances beyond our control, e.g., slower travel times or diversions due to weather or track conditions at the time. Unless otherwise noted on the itinerary, all campsites have excellent amenities including toilets and hot showers.

Itinerary

Make your way to our Cairns base, the very comfortable Cairns Colonial Club Resort.   The resort check in time is officially 2PM. If your allocated rooms are available, you may be able to check in earlier. Your booking details will be on file at Reception.
At 7.30pm, meet your Guide and fellow group members for a team briefing at the Thirsty Flamingo Bar and Eatery located poolside at the resort.  A table will be reserved for your group and a full dinner menu and drinks are available. (Today, no meals provided as part of the tour)

Approx: 162Km
Early rise for breakfast with the group at the Thirsty Flamingo.   Following breakfast, you will be introduced to your Croc and once final paperwork is completed, and you pack your vehicle, it’s time to depart Cairns. Items not required on tour can be left in storage at the Resort. First stop is the supermarket to stock your fridge with snack items and drinks. It’s a leisurely drive this morning northward along the scenic Captain Cook Highway.  You stop at Mossman Gorge to explore a fascinating remnant of the world’s oldest rainforest, before a break for lunch. After lunch enjoy a crocodile spotting cruise on the Daintree River, with ecofriendly operator Solar Whisper.  This is more than a croc cruise as the local guide, is an expert on all the wildlife in the area.   After crossing the Daintree River by ferry, journey along the coast to Cape Tribulation where rainforest meets the reef when two world heritage listed areas join – the Daintree National Park and The Great Barrier Reef.  Tonight, you will camp, or stay in cabin accommodation at a jungle camp. (BLD)

Approx: 110Km
Heading off this morning at a leisurely pace along the coastline road through the Daintree National Park, it’s not long before you arrive at the start of the Bloomfield Track. The Bloomfield Track provides a very easy introduction to 4wdriving. After completing this section, it’s a short drive to historic Cooktown where there will be some free time to explore. Highly recommended is a visit to the Cooktown Museum. Other attractions today include Black Mountain with its amazing rock formations. Tonight’s camp at the historic 1880’s Lions Den Hotel is a very popular stopover for Cape bound adventurers.  (BLD)

Approx: 303Km
Today your adventure will absorb you into beautiful Aussie bush scenery providing good photography opportunities. Highlights include the journey through Lakefield National Park, with its many lagoon areas that host an amazing variety of birdlife.  Late afternoon you will arrive at the main Cape Road at Musgrave Roadhouse, one of the legendary Cape Roadhouses you will visit on your adventure. This will be your campsite tonight. At sunset, the manager feeds the freshwater crocs in the campsite dam.   (BLD)

Approx: 220 Km
As is our policy, to enjoy the Aussie bush to the fullest, today you will travel the less used roads and tracks, away from the main tourist route. After leaving camp, head off the main highway and follow a variety of tracks and backroads. Still heading northwards, the changes in terrain and scenery will keep you fascinated. Driving conditions are comfortable, but you must always be alert and attentive to potential road hazards which can appear around any corner. Be prepared to navigate a washout or two and the occasionally deeply rutted sections. The small historic township of Coen (pop:364) is a welcome stop for resupply of snacks and water. If time allows a visit to the museum and one quick cold beverage at the quirky S-Exchange Hotel may be possible.  On every day, your guide ‘carries the billy’ and will be on the lookout for a suitable rest stop to stretch the legs and for a morning or afternoon tea break. Camp tonight is at Archer River Roadhouse, another of the legendary Cape Roadhouses. (BLD)

Approx:196Km
A morning drive on the Cape’s famous red soil roads to the Capes largest town of Weipa. The red dust that covers your vehicle has been given the title of a ‘Cape Tattoo’. Once obtained it must be proudly worn, as it is nearly impossible to remove without a good car wash. With a population of 4,000, mostly miners, this lively mining town is famous for its large aluminium mine, great fishing and beautiful sunsets. After establishing camp at the waterfront camping ground, catch up on washing, enjoy the pool, or head off to the shops. The sunset boat cruise is a very popular local tour, and we will need to prebook this for you before the trip departure, as an optional extra tour. A nice way to enjoy the sunset while on the water with a glass of bubbly, or two.  After breakfast the next morning, another optional tour of the town and mine site is highly recommended, which will also need to be prebooked.  (BLD)

Approx: 173Km
Relax this morning at your campsite or head off on the optional mine tour. After lunch, you will be travelling a backroad from Weipa that links up with the main Cape Road known as the PDR, the Peninsular Development Road.  Sections of the PDR have become infamous in Cape folklore as the corrugations can in places be ‘memorable’. The ‘Cape massage’ as it is known is all part of the cape experience, but it’s good to know that with the right tyre pressure, your Croc’s modified suspension and larger wheels and strengthened tyres, your Croc can handle it and the journey becomes a far more comfortable experience. You camp tonight at Bramwell Station, a working cattle property and popular campsite for everyone heading to the tip and about to take on The Overland Telegraph Track (OTT).  Your Bramwell Station hosts will provide dinner and, on most nights, entertainment. (BLD)

Approx: 92Km
Get set for more adventure as you tackle the Overland telegraph Track, (OTT). Famous worldwide and acknowledged by 4WD enthusiasts as one of Australia’s most iconic 4WD experiences, it will be one of the many highlights of your holiday.  It is a short drive from Bramwell Station to Bramwell Junction and the famous signpost marking the starting point for the OTT.  After the compulsory group pic, the fun begins.  Today you will be negotiating the obstacles on the southern portion of the track.  The aim is to camp tonight on the track at the beautiful National Parks Camp site at Eliot Falls. There will be plenty to chat about tonight over dinner. Remember your Guide will be with you to assist and guide you every inch of the way. Overcoming the obstacles that punctuate the OTT is a lot of fun. At Gunshot, one of the most notorious creek crossings of the dozens you will encounter, a good-natured crowd of fellow 4wdrivers gather to cheer and encourage everyone through. On all trips, it is possible that some obstacles will not be tackled if your guide believes conditions are not favourable. At some obstacles there are alternative tracks, known as cheat tracks, that can be utilised. Overall, this day will be remembered as one of your most exciting 4wd experiences. (BLD)

Approx: 128Km.
Up early for breakfast and set off to complete sections of track at the northern end of the OTT.  If all goes to plan, you will finish the OTT this morning and cross the famous croc infested Jardine River by ferry. The Jardine River effectively cuts off the tip of Cape York from the rest of the cape.  If time permits, stop for resupply in the town of Bamaga (pop:1,200), the administration centre for the Northern Peninsular Area before a short drive to camp beachside at Punsand Bay, Australia’s most northerly campsite.  A famous Punsand Bay pizza is on the menu for dinner tonight enjoyed in the beachfront dinning and bar area.  (BLD)

APPROX 90Km on Day 10.
After breakfast it’s only a short drive and a brisk walk to arrive at Pajinka and the famous Tip of Australia sign for the compulsory group pic.
It is a great achievement to have driven from Cairns to the Tip of Australia and a journey that will bring back happy memories for years to come. The action does not stop here. You still have the Five Beaches Track to drive, and if so inclined, last minute souvenir shopping at the Croc Tent, a cape institution and fashion house. Thongs and t shirts are their fashion speciality.  If you browse, you might even find a Cape York snow shaker. From there its back through Bamaga and if you didn’t have time the day before, you can now stock up your snacks and drinks.  For the next two days, from your base camp at nearby beautiful Seisia Beach, the time is all yours to enjoy how you wish. Drive out and explore the area or join a prebooked day tour to Thursday Island and other islands in the Torres Strait. If you like to fish, there are many places nearby, including the renowned Seisia Jetty to wet a line. On your last night, you head out for a Fish and Chips dinner at nearby Loyalty Beachside Restaurant. (Day 10: BLD) (Day 11: BD) (Day 12: BD)

Approx :260Km
A leisurely start to the day and after crossing the Jardine River skip back on to the OTT for a swim and a lunch stop at one of the beautiful OTT swimming holes. Continue down the Bamaga Road and camp tonight at historic Moreton Telegraph Station. (BLD)

Approx. 125Km
 An early breakfast and a short drive to arrive at an inconspicuous turnoff that marks the start of one of the Capes most potentially challenging 4WD tracks.  The 53Km Frenchmans Track, meanders through forest and thick bush and is a fun and enjoyable driving experience. It is infamously renowned for its 2 river crossings, the Wenlock and the Pascoe. Both these crossings feature steep entry and exit ramps and water levels can rise and fall.  This is one of our Guides favourite days on the trip. The driving requires maximum attention. By this stage of your holiday, you will be a very relaxed and confident driver. Your guide will be directing and assisting where required. Safety is always our major priority and if the river crossings are determined by your Guide as being unpassable, an alternative itinerary will be designed for this day. If all goes to plan, your bush camp tonight is also one of our favourites and even though the campsite is very secluded, it offers a bush toilet and a unique ‘donkey’ hot water system for the showers.  (BLD)

Approx:296 Km
Today’s journey will not be rushed and takes you down the Peninsular Development Road with rest stops at Archer River and Musgrave Station Roadhouses , as well as the small township of Coen. All names familiar from your early journey north.   Depending on road conditions, stops will be timed to suit the needs of the group. Camp tonight at Hann River Roadhouse one of the nicest Roadhouses in the cape and a suitable spot for your last night dinner around the campfire.  A chance to  say your farewells  and recall the adventures you have all shared.  (BLD)

Approx: 384 km
An early start and you will still feel as though you are still driving well off the beaten track, till you suddenly rejoin the main highway through Mareeba and on to Kuranda. Depending on your travel times, suitable rest stops and a break for lunch will be arranged. The tourist centre of Kuranda is a favoured stop for lunch and offers a variety of restaurants. It’s a short drive down the range from Kuranda to Cairns.


Tour arrangements finish after arrival at our base at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort and your vehicle handover inspection with your Guide.


Sadly, it’s now time to unpack your vehicle, collect any left luggage from reception and complete your last farewells, if you are not staying an extra night at the resort. (B) are not staying an extra night at the resort. (B)

ITINERARY NOTES:

We recommend an extra night in Cairns in case of any road delays on the last day. If you must depart Cairns by flight today, do not book flights before early evening on Day 16.

Costs

One person per vehicle: $14,990 sole use
Two people per vehicle: $8,990 / person
Additional people per vehicle: $7,990/ person

Note: Maximum of 3 adults OR 2 adults + 2 children (aged 7-17 years inclusive) per vehicle
Required: Minimum of 4 vehicles with 8 passengers booked, before tour is confirmed.

Provision of a spacious and comfortable, automatic Nissan GU Patrol, airconditioned with power steering. All camp equipment, including camp chairs, and camp lighting, camp beds and mattress, all cutlery and eating utensils. Unlimited mileage, fuel, UHF radio for fleet communication, small medical kit, fire extinguisher. Support provided from two vehicles with up to 4 crew members attending to smooth operation of tour.
Also included are: National Park fees, Mossman Gorge walk, Daintree croc cruise, all ferry fees, accommodation and camp fees, plus all restaurant and camp meals as indicated on itinerary, (B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner).

Flights, travel insurance, bottled drinking water, personal snack items, alcohol, sleeping bag and pillow due to hygiene reasons, optional tours at The Tip and in or around Cairns, plus, any additional accommodation before or after tours at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort.

This tour does require some very limited camp site participation. Each day, we always try our best to provide a full camp set up and take down to allow you full rest and relaxation time. However, we do request that all participants pack and unpack their camp bed and mattress daily and on a rare occasion, if camp arrival or departure times are late, we do appreciate any help in the easy task of setting or taking down the tents.

Dates

Tour Days Start Cairns Finish Cairns Check Availability
3
16
9 July 2022
24 July 2022
4
16
30 July 2022
14 August 2022
Fully Booked
5
16
27 August 2022
11 September 2022
6
16
17 September 2022
2 October 2022

Optional Extra Tours:

Roko Island Fishing Charters

Just a short 20 minute boat ride from the Tip of Australia is Roko Island, an exclusive little piece of paradise. You can try your hand at fishing, or just relax on the island with delicious fresh food and drink as you watch the sunset over the Torres Strait. There are half day fishing tours, full day fishing tours or you can get a full island experience and spend the night in one of the onsite glamping tents.

Roko Island Fishing Charters is a family run business. What makes this area so unique for its fishing experience is the diversity, you could be in the estuaries chasing the elusive Barramundi just to find yourself minutes later pulling a Spanish Mackeral in the blue waters!

Contact us for more information on Roko Island

Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Located only 29 km off the coast of Cairns, the Island is a listed National Park.


Contact us for more information.

Lizard Island

The only resort located on a 1,013-hectare National Park and literally on the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island offers seclusion and natural privacy that you will cherish.

Exploring and experiencing Lizard Island can be enjoyed by taking part in a number of guided tours, either to the inner and outer reefs, the Research Station, or on nature walks and challenging hikes to the top of Cook’s Look. Or you can explore the island on a self-guided tour, taking in the beauty at your own pace.

Contact us for more information.

Green Island

With the choice of three convenient departure times, the Green Island Eco Adventure is perfect for a day of island relaxation or for visitors with limited time, offering a half or full day experience.

Contact us for more information.

Quicksilver Group

A pioneering reef tourism operator, the Quicksilver Group is Australia’s leading Great Barrier Reef cruise company and one of North Queensland’s largest private employers.

Choose from spectacular Outer Barrier Reef and island destinations, adventurous dive, and snorkel excursions, premier liveaboard dive boat trips and a luxury island resort – the Quicksilver Group offers the widest range of reef experiences to visitors to Tropical North Queensland

Contact us for more information.

Ocean Free

Ocean Free offers you the opportunity to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef as it was intended. Ocean Free is the only operator in Cairns to offer a personal sailing reef and island tour. Sail, snorkel, and scuba dive aboard personalised tours with fun and professional crew. Explore Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park with Ocean Free. Whether or not you have previous snorkel or dive experience, let us show you the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef and this stunning tropical island paradise. Sail Ocean Free for that personal touch.

Contact us for more information.

Thursday Island and Horn Island

Located between the northern tip of Australia and PNG in the Torres Strait is Thursday Island and Horn Island. This unique and tranquil destination is a little piece of paradise and home to indigenous Torres Strait Islanders. Experience WWII history on Horn Island at the many historical sites and local museum before hopping on the local ferry to Thursday Island. Visit the Green Hill Fort which once protected the island before stopping off at the Cultural Centre to view local contemporary art and artefacts. Checkout the selection of pearls from the local farms and drop in to Australia’s most northerly pub. All of this can be done in your free time up at The Tip.

Contact us for more information on day or overnight tours to this area.

Private Charters

We welcome enquiries for private group charter of our Beasts.

If you have a Cape York itinerary in mind we can help make it a reality.

Our 2021 Touring Calendar is just about full. Get in quickly to avoid disappointment.

Tagalong Tours

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.

The last word

4WD RESPONSIBLY

 

  1. DON’T RUBBISH THE CAPE.
    Everything in – everything out, use rubbish points, leave campsites better than on arrival
  2. Do not create new tracks especially in and around existing obstacles and campsites.
  3. Support local Cape business and communities whenever possible.
  4. Preserve, preserve, preserve for the generations to come.

 

FAQs

Yes! You drive one of our modified Nissan Patrols, each with its own Croc name and personality to match. With your Guides assistance you will drive the iconic 4×4 tracks included in our adventures – Old Telegraph Track, Frenchman’s Track, the 5 Beaches Track and the Bloomfield Track. Occasionally, tracks, and roads are added or taken from a particular tour date itinerary due to weather, safety, or time constraints.

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 first hand the 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.

There are two support vehicles. The Guides vehicle, known as “Croczilla” is just what its name suggests, a ‘beefed up beast’ of a 4WD vehicle, driven by your tour Guide. It is a 4WD garage on wheels, carrying spare parts, tyres, tools, extensive recovery gear, oils and lubricants, fridge and freezer and fitted with a winch, it’s very handy to have around if a difficult recovery is required. On the roads, you are guided and connected to your 4wd Guide by UHF radio and in challenging obstacles your guide will be out on the track directing you by sight in person. The Camp Truck known as “Old Salty” is a large truck fitted out with food fridge and freezer, stoves, bbq, generator, work benches and even has a kitchen sink. Additionally, it has storage room for all the camp equipment. Staffed by the cook and camp assistant, most days this vehicle will travel independently to the Croc Fleet and arrive in camp early to set up before you arrive.

Our programs are mostly fully inclusive, except for some personal items and optional tours available from 3rd party operators such as Fishing or Torres Strait Island tours. 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 and Exclusions lists detailed with each Tours pricing.

Not much! Just mainly, accommodation before the 9 Day trip starting in Cairns and after any tour that finishes in Cairns. If you are on one of our, Fly/Drive 9 day trips, we haven’t included the flight to or from The Tip and Cairns, as you may choose to extend your trip which will mean you have the option of flying in or out of Horn Island. Talk to us about the options available.  Other items not included are spending money, personal snacks and drinks and personal bottled drinking water.  

Our vehicles are covered for Third Party Property, Fire and Theft Insurance. Please refer to pages 44-55 of the following: https://www.nrma.com.au/sites/nrma/files/nrma/policy_booklets/car_pds_0721_nsw­­_act_tas_qld.pdf

We strongly 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. This may involve the loss of a day, to transport a replacement vehicle to the designated site.  Our 4WD Guides are also mechanical wizards and carry most parts required to maintain the fleet throughout the adventure.

Our Guides vehicle carries a Satellite phone in the event of an emergency. Our Guides are First Aid Trained. Comprehensive Insurance inclusive of Medical Cover and Emergency Evacuation cover is strongly recommended.

As we provide tents, stretcher and mattress for everyone, storage/carriage room can be a considerable problem. Call to discuss if necessary. For hygiene reasons you must provide your own sleeping bag (open out doona style recommended) and pillow.  If you have time before departure, these items can be readily and cheaply purchased in Cairns.

Your deposit is non-refundable, but if you need to cancel prior to final payment, you can transfer your deposit to another Australian 4WD Adventure. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure, any cancelation after this time incurs a 100% cancelation fee. Nil refund will also apply once tour has commenced. Please refer to our Booking Terms and Conditions for more information.

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. 

Our Cape Crocs have spacious interiors and are very comfortable with 3 adults, anymore and you may find yourselves a little too close.  Two adults with 2 children is still comfortable. We want you to have an awesome trip with space to spread out a little.

If we camp in the National Parks, there are toilets and sometimes a shower. At commercial campgrounds, including Roadhouses, you will find excellent facilities including daily serviced toilets and showers. Our bush camp at Chuulangun has toilet and shower facilities. If an emergency bush camp is required, we cannot provide shower or toilet facilities.

The commercial campgrounds we utilise have coin operated washing machines.  Clothes can be washed overnight. Additionally, you will have time to do your washing at the Tip on your free days. On average, a single wash load costs $4, Dryer load $4. ($1 coins are required).

Your personal drinks, water, soft drinks, and alcohol is not provided. Each Cape Croc has a 65-litre fridge ample to keep a daily supply of drinking water cold. You will have the opportunity to buy bulk water and other drinks on Day 1 of each trip. There will be the opportunity to refill drinking water at most commercial campgrounds, alternatively you can buy bottled water from Roadhouses and shops along the way. All water for meal preparation tea coffee etc is provided.

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. We pride ourselves on the quantity and quality of our meal menu, which has been designed and prepared by restaurant chefs.

Absolutely – just let us know, well in advance, your special requirements and we will do our best to accommodate.

A trip will only be confirmed and operate when a   minimum number of 8 people in 4 vehicles have booked.  There will only be a maximum of 6 ‘client’  vehicles on any trip. All trips are accompanied by the two support vehicles and crew.

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 our longer 16-day program 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.

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. Not promising, but there could be a couple of chances along the way to ‘wet a line’. Our Guides are all keen fishermen. Seisia Jetty and all the beach areas north of the Jardine are noted fishing hot spots.

There are several Optional Tours we can arrange for you. The most popular are the day trip to Thursday island, or, the one day, Three Islands tour. Depending on availability, it might be possible to arrange a Fishing trip. Other longer tours are available if you have the time.

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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