Wilderness Challenge – 7 Day Cape York Adventurer Drive/Fly

The Cape York “Frontier” is a 7-day drive/fly or fly/drive accommodated safari that explores one of Australia’s last great wilderness regions – a land of history and ancient culture, crystal clear spring-fed creeks, huge termite mounds, and a vast and amazing variety of natural landscapes.

Split Rock “Quinkan” rock art
Lakefield National Park
Musgrave, Coen, Archer River & Merluna Station
Weipa, Wenlock River & Moreton
The “Telegraph Track”
Eliot (Twin/Indian Head) Falls
Thursday Island
Lockerbie Scrub
The Top Of Australia – CAPE YORK!
Scenic flight from Horn Island to Cairns.

2015 Departures
Departs from Cairns, Northern Beaches & Port Douglas:
May: 20
Jun: 03, 17
Jul: 01, 15, 29
Aug: 12, 26
Sep: 09, 23

Tour Code: CY07C

Rates are per person, inclusive of GST, and in AUD$. Rates are valid until 31 March 2016.

Twin Share: $2,395.00
Sole Use: $2,545.00
Child (7-14) – Sharing: $2,295.00

This tour is for a maximum of 13 guests. The tour is not suitable for children under 7 years of age


  • Meals as coded
  • Camping equipment except for sleeping bags
  • All National Park and Aboriginal Site fees
  • The flight between Cairns and Bamaga (Cape York)


  • All soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Optional tours
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transfers from Cairns airport


Day 1 (LD) Your adventure begins as we travel over the Great Dividing Range into “Quinkan Country” to view ancient Aboriginal rock art at Split Rock near Laura (reasonable fitness and suitable footwear required). Travel on into Lakefield National Park, Queensland’s second largest at 543,000 hectares (1.34 million acres), and a great wildlife spotting opportunity. We camp in the National Park tonight.

Day 2 (BL) Waterlily covered billabongs, wildlife, and a great variety of birdlife in Lakefield National Park this morning. Visit the historic telegraph office of Musgrave before traveling on to Coen and the Archer River, our overnight stop. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Day 3 (BD) On to the bauxite mining town of Weipa on the Gulf of Carpentaria to stock up on supplies (lunch at own expense). Leaving Weipa, we travel east through Batavia Downs Station to our camp at the historic Moreton Telegraph Office on the Wenlock River.

Day 4 (BLD) 4WD action, adventure, and fun on Cape York’s rugged Telegraph Track today. Cross rivers and creeks, swim and relax, and see prehistoric cycads, giant termite mounds, and carnivorous plants. You’ll be enchanted by the magic of Twin Falls – swimming here, in pristine spring-fed pools landscaped by nature, will be a lifelong memory. We camp here tonight in the company of millions of stars.

Day 5 (BLD) Time for morning swims then onward across the mighty Jardine River by cable ferry to our beachfront campsite on the tropical shores of Torres Strait.

Day 6(BL) A fascinating visit the beautiful “Lockerbie Scrub”, an isolated pocket of monsoon rainforest, on our way to historic Somerset on Albany Passage where you can ponder the past, our explorers, pioneers, and the Cape’s traditional owners. Now, an emotional walk to the very top of Australia – CAPE YORK! We celebrate with a dinner (own expense) tonight at a local cafe.

Day 7 (B) You’ll be sad today when you leave this magical place, and your new friends … but you’ll take unforgettable memories with you as you board your boat to cruise to Thursday Island, the commercial and administration hub of the Torres Strait Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the island. After lunch (own expense) transfer by ferry to Horn Island to board your aircraft to fly over The Great Barrier Reef to Cairns ending your fascinating safari of adventure and discovery in Australia’s far north. The safari terminates at Cairns airport.