Cape York 4WD Adventure (Women Only) - Cairns to Tip
(Ex Cairns) Queensland - Sat 8th October 2022

Max Participants:
13
Location:
(Ex Cairns) Queensland
Date:
Sat 8th October 2022
Start Time:
7:00am
End Time:
12:00pm approx
Duration:
9 Days
Meals:
9 Breakfasts 8 Lunches 8 Dinners
Non-Member Cost:
$4990.00 per person
Member Cost:
$4990.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$600.00
Tagged:
4wd rainforest self-drive
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Join us on the 4WD trip of a lifetime travelling from Cairns to the northernmost tip of Australia along some of the toughest and most iconic off road tracks in the country.  If you have ever wanted to attempt the iconic tropical Queensland / Cape Tribulation 4WD tracks: The Bloomfield Track, The Old Telegraph Track and Frenchmans Track, this is the trip for you.


This women only self drive trip is fully supported by 4WD expert leaders and includes everything you need for the journey, just fly in to Cairns to meet the group and we take of the rest. 


You will be supplied with your very own "Beast", a comfortable, airconditioned automatic Nissan GU Patrol as well as all camping equipment, camp chairs, table, awnings, touring tents, camp lighting, crockery, cutlery etc. and a highly experienced guide team to get you through the toughest of sections.

 

There is a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 Drivers allowable for each "Beast" and all 2 or 3 in the vehicle take turns in being passenger or driver for the duration of the trip. 

- If you're a solo traveller and you'd like to be matched up with other solo travellers to make up a 2 or 3, we will assist in this process.  

- If you've already got 1 or 2 other travel buddies in mind to spend this adventure with, grab them and sign up.

 

Pricing per person for 3 in a vehicle is $4990.00

Pricing per person for 2 in a vehicle is $5990.00


A Little about the "Beasts" and the 4WD experience:

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!

 

If you simply couldn't imagine doing this trip without your significant other - co-ed version heading from Bamaga back to Cairns

 

Please note: To attend this event you must be COVID double vaccinated. Proof of vaccination MUST be supplied BEFORE the event by emailing a screen shot or appropriate document to office@adventurouswomen.com.au

Gallery

Our Adventurous Women in 4WD heaven!
Driving along the Bloomfield Track - photo by Tourism and Events Queensland
Lions Den Hotel - Photo by Stevie Smith
Cape Tribulation Beach - photo by Tourism and Events Queensland
Horn Island - photo by Tourism and Events Queensland

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Highlights

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Itinerary

Meet your Guides, Adventurous Women Host and fellow adventurers for breakfast at the Thirsty Flamingo Eatery and Bar, poolside at our Cairns base, the Cairns Colonial Club Resort, where the team briefing will be conducted.

Following breakfast, you will be introduced to your "Beast" and once final paperwork is completed, you pack your vehicle and 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp or stay in cabin accommodation at a jungle camp

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

An exciting and fun filled 4wdriving day ahead 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 though, 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 steep approach and exit angles, with water levels fluctuating 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, where on most visits while enjoying dinner and a beverage from the bar, their staff provide entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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's a great achievement to have driven from Cairns to the Tip of Australia and a journey we feel sure will bring back happy memories for years to come.

The action does not stop here but!! 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’ ... our farewell dinner at the Loyalty Beach Restaurant where sunsets can be spectacular. A lovely way to finish your last night at the cape.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Unless you are staying on at the cape for a pre-booked 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.

There are two options for departure today: (flights not included in package)

1. Mid Afternoon flight departing Bamaga Airport at 16:30, arrive Cairns airport 18:30. Fares start from approx. $300

2. Extend your trip with a ferry trip to Thursday island at 08:00, take tour of Thursday and Horn Island prior to the flight departing at 15:35, arriving Cairns 17:15 Fares start from approx. $180

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

Provision of a comfortable, automatic Nissan GU Patrol, airconditioned with power steering "The Beast"

All camp equipment, camp chairs, table, awnings, touring tents, stretcher beds, camp lighting, crockery, cutlery.

Unlimited vehicle mileage, fuel, UHF radio, medical kit, fire extinguisher

Two vehicles and up to 4 crew attending to smooth operation of tour, 4WD guidance and assistance if/when required

All Accommodation/Camp fees, Ferries, National Park fees

All restaurant and camp meals as indicated on the itinerary

Mossman Gorge walk, Daintree croc cruise

Adventurous Women Tour Escort - Owner of AW, Sue Hile

9 Breakfasts

8 Lunches

8 Dinners

Excludes

Flights to/from Cairns

Flights from The Tip to Cairns on completion of the tour

Food/Drink in addition to that supplied

Thursday Island / Horn Island Ferry optional excursions - Please ask for details if you wish to look at these options.

Accommodation

For the duration of our road trip to the tip, each night will be spent in either National Parks (where there is a toilet and sometimes shower), Commercial Campgrounds where you'll find a nice shower & toilet or Bush Camps with our own portable shower & toilet

 

Sleeping arrangements :

If you're booking with a friend, you will be sharing together for the duration, in a very roomy canvas Touring Tent, whereby each of you to be allocated your own stretcher bed & self inflating mattress.

 

If you're booking independently and are hoping to be one of three travellers in the one vehicle, you will either be sharing together with one other traveller from your vehicle for the duration in a very roomy canvas Touring Tent, whereby each of you to be allocated your own stretcher bed & self inflating mattress or you'll be allocated your own Single Stretcher Tent (these are limited subject to availability at the time of booking).

 

For hygiene reasons we cannot rotate guests through the different tents and we do not supply sleeping bag or pillow. For a small charge, sleeping bag and pillow can be supplied to collect at tour start. These items remain your property. 

What To Bring/Wear

- A detailed pre-departure info pack will provided to you well in advance of your adventure to help you plan/prepare.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR BOOKING
 
ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED A BOOKING WITH ADVENTUROUS WOMEN, WE'LL BE IN TOUCH TO PROVIDE YOU WITH DETAILS ON HOW TO PAY YOUR DEPOSIT TO CONFIRM A PLACE, ALONG WITH BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS FROM OUR SUPPLIER AND A MORE COMPREHENSIVE BOOKING FORM REQUESTING DETAILS SPECIFIC TO THIS STYLE OF TOUR.  ie: licence, experience, etc.
 

Pricing per person for 3 in a vehicle is $4990.00
 
Pricing per person for 2 in a vehicle is $ 5990.00 
  
ITINERARY NOTES:
1. Depending on when you wish to arrive in Cairns before your tour commences, a minimum of one night's 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 gathering 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. 
 

Option to depart Via Torres Strait Islands if you wish to extend and do this tour (please enquire): 
 
Two Islands in one day:
Tour of Thursday and Horn Island inc all ferries, transfers and lunch
Ferry from Seisia to Thursday Island or vv
Small group tour of Thursday Island
Entry to the Green Hill fort and museum
Souvenir booklet
Ferry fares from Thursday to Horn Island or vv
Horn Island wharf transfers
The small group 'In Their Steps' WW2 tour in an air-conditioned bus
Colour historical booklet
Entry to the Torres Strait Heritage Museum
Assistance with personal research ( if requested)
Lunch with a selection of hot and cold dishes, dessert, tea/coffee
Transfers from the restaurant to the Torres Strait Heritage Museum

No Princess Policy

Princess crossed out

This tour by it's very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller. It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a unique and rewarding 'experience' (Once in a Lifetime)! You should be able to adopt a "Go With The Flow" attitude. 


Participation:  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.

Cancellation & Refunds

Prior to making payment of your deposit, please ensure you read a copy of the Booking Terms & Conditions of our third party supplier.  These terms are over and above those of Adventurous Women who act as Agent Only for this particular tour.  A copy of the Terms & Conditions will be emailed to you, along with an invoice for a deposit which will confirm your place.

Please see our COVID-19 specific Terms and Conditions if you're impacted by border changes, close contact requirements etc.



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