Join us on our fantastic Cape York Accommodated tour!
Just after New Years I had a lovely couple from WA get in touch with me. The request originally was for a tour along the Kimberley coast, however after discussing the limited options of a land based tour in that area we started talking about what else Tracks 4×4 Tagalong could offer.
With a couple keen to see some coast line I though that Cape York might be the best destination for them and as it was somewhere they had never been they seemed keen to explore all that it has to offer. The one request they had though, was that being in their early 70’s and normally visiting Europe once a year as their getaway, the concept of camping was not very appealing.
Not a problem I assured them….leave it with me and I would see what I could put together.
My plans for the rest of the day disappeared out the window and one of the things that I love about this job had to be done….a whole new trip needed to be put together.
It took 2 days, around 50-60 phone calls and countless hours talking to the wonderful people who call Cape York home, but at the end of it we had another cracker of a tagalong locked away…no camping under the stars this time, rather a mix of different styles of accommodation along the way that made for a very different tour.
I then rang the couple back and put to them what I had had planned and a tentative costing on where I thought it would be. They loved it but suggested an extra day at the Tip, so now we have it…3 full days and 4 nights in your own cabin with ensuite right on the beach! What more could you want?!
So here it is…a little taste of what we do and where we will go on our Cape York Accommodated Tagalong Tour.
We meet in Cairns and have a casual run out to Chillagoe where we will have a ranger guided tour of the caves in the afternoon. After a lovely night at the observatory and motel style accommodation, the next morning we start heading for the Peninsula Development Road, the less travelled way, to our overnight stop at Musgrave. Another night in motel style accommodation and the opportunity to buy a meal at the roadhouse where the food here is always great!
Day 3 we are heading for Archer River and the Roadhouse where they serve the best hamburger on the Cape! We’ll stop at Coen on the way through and look through the museum and pick up any forgotten essentials! The accomodation here is a mixture of Donga and Motel accommodation with the beautiful river beckoning just a short stroll away…I’m always keen for a dip here!
Bramwell station is our next overnight stop, the evening meal here is included in your tour price and there is live music too…you’re guaranteed a great night. During the afternoon we will head a bit further north to take in some of the major must see parts of the Old Telegraph Line…a taste of where we go on our camping tour.
The next day dawns and it’s off for a visit to Fruit Bat, Twin and Elliott falls for a swim or a photo then it’s across the river on the Jardine ferry and up to the much anticipated Tip.
Four amazing nights…a great restaurant, pool and your own beach front Cabin. On our first day I’ll take you to the ‘Tip’ to get that famous photo, we’ll visit Somerset and see the Jardines grave sites, have a beach drive and if we’re lucky we may be able to crack some oysters off the rocks on the way through!
The next two full days are yours…I highly recommend the ferry to Thursday Island, maybe book a fishing charter, Helicopter flight anyone? Or I am always keen for an explore, so tagalong with me and we may find hidden swimming spots, old radar stations, or plane wrecks. There really is just so much to do up there.
And then just like that, we turn south, back over the Jardine and we’re now on our way to Captain Billys Landing for lunch at the beach where we can still see the old landing ramp from the failed cattle export business. The drive in is simply beautiful, in and out of rainforest sections and greeted with some fabulous views.
We are back at Bramwell again tonight another meal on me, more music and a great night together again.
Where to next? A little hidden gem….luxury on the coast with a mix of accomodation, stunning views and all meals included. Steeped in history, it used to be a naval gun battery during world war 2, and nearby there are some amazing indigenous artists, or the resort has its own boat so why not book a charter to go fishing, snorkelling or maybe head over to Restoration island…the choice is yours.
From here we have our longest days drive heading for another roadhouse where the accommodation is clean and inviting. A meal is available to purchase here, then the next morning we’re off to Litchfield national park. Stunning scenery, water lillies, bird life, early settler farm houses and a swim at a magnificent water fall on our way into Cooktown.
Here we have our last two nights together in the best resort in town. We’ll have a free day where you can visit the James Cook Museum, go and see the rainbow sands, take a drive up Grassy Hill and take in the spectacular view of the Endeavour river, or if you love your golf, have a round at Quarantine bay. On the last night the meal is on me as a thank you and a farewell, for the next morning we take the gorgeous Bloomfield track back to Cairns with the final run down from Port Douglas on one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Australia.
Whetted your appetite? This tour is sure to fill fast, so call Adam from Tracks 4×4 Tagalong to secure your position on this once in a lifetime bucket list tour on 0408780072.