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13-day Cape York 4X4 Tagalong Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Meet and greet and vehicle induction in Cairns at 0700hrs. Depart Cairns approximately 0900hrs and head north along the scenic coast road and take the Daintree River ferry before stepping back in time as we enter the ancient World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.
We meander through the rainforest past Cape Tribulation where we engage 4wd for the first time on the Bloomfield Track. With its steep and often slippery ascents the Bloomfield is a different yet challenging drive to the rest of the trip. We follow the track through the remote community of Wujal Wujal for tonight’s destination the Historic Lion’s Den Hotel.
Day 2: Depart Lion’s Den Hotel for Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park via Cooktown. On our way to Cooktown we will stop at Black Mountain, an amazing boulder studded mountain, culturally significant to the local Indigenous people.
While in Cooktown you can have a tour of the Cooktown Museum (included in tour costs) or try your luck at fishing from the town jetty. After leaving Cooktown and driving over the Great Dividing Range we enter Lakefield National Park with it's numerous waterholes teaming with bird life.
We stop at the Old Laura Homestead before pulling up for the night at Kalpowar Crossing where you can fish the banks of the Normanby River for Barra, throw in some nets (provided) for Cherabin, search for Saltwater Crocs or just relax under the stars by the campfire.
Day 3: Today you’ll have an opportunity to get up for an early morning fish, in hope of catching tonight’s dinner.
We have a relatively long drive to our camp on the Coen River via the Running Creek Track and the Lama Lama NP. The day’s drive also takes us past several picturesque creeks and lagoons in Rinyirru NP where you will see ample wildlife.
Day 4: Today we aim to camp somewhere on the Old Telegraph Track.
How far we get will largely be determined by the road conditions. Some of the road is now sealed however there are sections with deep bulldust holes and numerous corrugations.
We will stop for breaks at the Archer River Roadhouse and Bramwell Junction Roadhouse before we arrive at Palm Creek, the first creek crossing on the Old Telegraph Track (OTT). Although Palm creek is one of the drier creek crossings its entry and exit can be very steep and challenging.
Day 5: Today the adventure continues as we pass through several challenging crossings, including the infamous Gunshot Creek, before making camp for the night at the beautiful Eliot Falls.
There will be plenty of opportunities today for swimming in the safe creek crossings, tea brakes and photos.
Day 6: Today we depart Eliot Falls for Loyalty Beach Campground for the next three nights.
On our way, we catch the Jardine River ferry, drive across a log bridge at Cypress Creek and through Sam, Mistake, and Cannibal Creek Crossings as well as Nolan’s Brook a notoriously deep crossing responsible for drowning numerous vehicles each year.
In July 2014 there were 30 vehicles were written-off, from water damage, in Nolan’s Brook alone!
Day 7: Today we step foot on the northern most tip of mainland Australia.
On the way to the tip we will stop for souvenirs at the Croc Tent a must stop spot on a trip to the top. After some time at the tip for photos, reflection or some more fishing, we will return to camp via the 5 Beaches drive for another diverse 4x4 challenge and great coastal scenery.
Day 8 & 9: The next two days are itinerary free.
You can choose to do what you like whether it be; a day/night trip to Thursday Island, sightseeing or fishing at the Jardine River mouth and Mutee Head, lounging around camp, hiring a boat to explore the waterways and islands or exploring the many WW2 plane wrecks and historical sites.
Day 10: Today we head south for camp at Captain Billy’s Landing on the east coast of the peninsula. On our way we will stop for lunch and a swim in the crystal clear and croc safe waters of Fruit Bat Falls.
Day 11: After an early morning to experience the amazing sunrise (optional) we depart Captain Billy Landing and continue our journey south, this time along the Peninsula Development Road.
We will stop for lunch at the Archer River Roadhouse for an opportunity to try the famous Archer River Burger, before returning to the banks of the Coen River for tonights camp.
Day 12: We depart Coen and return to Kalpowar crossing for our final night of the journey. This will be your last opportunity to land that elusive Barramundi.
Day 13: Today we depart Lakefield NP for Cairns on our final leg of the journey.
On our way we will visit the Quinkan Cultural Centre and Split Rock Art Gallery a display of some of the world’s finest ancient Indigenous rock paintings.
What’s included in your 13-day Cape York Tagalong Tour:
⦁ A fully equipped Land Rover Perentie 4x4 vehicle including; double bed, 30L 12v Waeco fridge, crockery and cutlery, camp chairs, table, lighting, annex, 240 volt power inverter and recovery gear)
⦁ Fully catered (breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea and coffee)
⦁ All National Park entry and camping fees
⦁ A Cooktown Museum Tour
⦁ Entry to the Quinkan Cultural Centre and Split Rock Art Gallery
⦁ Jardine River ferry
⦁ Daintree River ferry
⦁ The services of a passionate and enthusiastic tour leader with over a decade of experience as a Parks and Wildlife Ranger working across South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland
⦁ Tips and assistance on 4x4 driving, camping, fishing, campfire cooking and much more
⦁ Guided evening spotlighting walks with information on local flora and fauna. This provides a greater opportunity to spot elusive critters such as crocodiles (fresh and estuarine), cuscus, tree kangaroo, striped possum and many more of the unique animals of Northern Queensland
⦁ UHF radio and emergency first aid kits are supplied in all vehicles. Spot tracker emergency beacons are also carried by our experienced and 1st Aid trained tour leaders
⦁ Minor mechanical and electrical repairs
⦁ Bush shower
⦁ Bush toilet
⦁ An edited video of your tour
⦁ The use of a range of field guides and books on local flora, fauna, culture and history
⦁ The use fishing rods and tackle
What you need to bring:
⦁ Personal toiletries (please bring environmentally friendly soaps and shampoos)
⦁ Snacks and drinks (Alcohol is welcome, however there are restrictions on what and how much can be taken into Indigenous communities and north of the Jardine River, please discuss with your tour leader)
⦁ Pillow, sheets/sleeping bag
⦁ Camera, fishing gear, binoculars, torch/headlamp
⦁ A sense of adventure
A detailed list of required and recommended personal items will be provided to you in your information pack upon booking.