Cape York 4WD Adventure (Mixed) - Tip to Cairns
FNQ (Ex Bamaga) Queensland - Sat 22nd October 2022

Max Participants:
11
Location:
FNQ (Ex Bamaga) Queensland
Date:
Sat 22nd October 2022
Start Time:
7:00am
End Time:
10:00am
Duration:
9 Days
Meals:
9 Lunches 8 Dinners 8 Breakfasts
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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Adventurous Women, grab the man or men in your life and join us on this epic self drive 4WD trip of a lifetime travelling from the northernmost tip of Australia along some of the toughest and most iconic off road tracks in the country and finishing up in Cairns. 


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 self drive trip is fully supported by 4WD expert leaders and includes everything you need for the journey, just fly in to Bamaga (from 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, touring tent 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 it turns in being passenger or driver for the duration of the trip (of course this is optional if you don't wish to drive at all). -

If it's just you and your partner or friend, then the price is $5990.00 each for this tour,

or if there are 3 of you travelling together in the one vehicle the price reduces to $4990.00 per person.

 

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!

 

Click here if you prefer a women's only version heading from Cairns to Bamaga 

Gallery

Tip of Australia
Mossman Gorge - Photo by Szabolcs Toth
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
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
Horn Island - photo by Tourism and Events Queensland

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Highlights

● TOO MANY TO LIST - CHECK OUT THIS ITINERARY!!!

Itinerary

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 Peninsula 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.

Note for Day 1: Flights are not included from Cairns to Bamaga – airfares start from approx. $300 one way with Rex Airlines to Bamaga.

Alternatively you can arrive via Torres Strait Island if you'd like to participate in an optional tour or spend time their prior to the beginning of the tour.

Fares from Cairns at 0800 to Horn Island 1025 start from approx. $180

**Our Operations Staff can help coordinate and arrange airfares and tours for you **

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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 Beast. 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 where we enjoy a traditional ‘Fish and Chips” sunset dinner on the beach at the Loyalty Beach Restaurant and Bar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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 Peninsula 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Another exciting and fun filled 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 terrain 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

You spend most of today on backroads enjoying beautiful Aussie bush scenery and good photographic 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Rustic Cabin or Rainforest Camp

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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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 Escorts - Sue & Brad Hile

9 Lunches

8 Dinners

8 Breakfasts

Excludes

Flights to/from Cairns

Flights to The Tip from Cairns at the start 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 or partner, 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 as one of three in a vehicle, you will either be sharing together with one other person 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.

More Information



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


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.

 

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. 




Option to arrive Via Torres Strait Islands : 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
  • $320 per person

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 provided to you upon booking, along with a link to make payment of a deposit to confirm your place.
 



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