Enjoy the incredible beauty of Cape York and Northern Australia with Off Road Adventure Safaris.
These trips into the Australian Outback are primarily journeys of discovery that will take you back in time tens of thousands of years, into areas of Cape York and northern Auatralia where you can experience sights, sounds and scenery that can be found no where else on earth.
BEGINNING at the historic settlement of Cooktown, Cape York Peninsular is a vast area of unexplored wilderness, magnificent National Parks, sacred Aboriginal sites, unexplored rain forest, rugged mountains and beautiful wetlands. Cape York is a land of climatic extremes where the creeks run dry or 10 feet high.
So if you love bush walking, four wheel driving, wildlife, fishing, bird watching or camping then Cape York is the place for you. Located at the northern-most tip of Australia, Cape York Peninsular is a wild and sparsely populated area that is only accessible through the dry months of April to December.
A holiday to Cape York can be an amazing experience, something that you will remember forever.So come and discover this ancient and beautiful land with us! Learn about Aboriginal culture, customs & their traditional way of life. Visit ancient art sites and shelters that reveal more than 40,000 years of Aboriginal occupation. View beautiful waterfalls, rugged gorges, swim in crystal clear rock pools, and photograph unique scenery and wildlife while enjoying the experience from remote bush camping sites or comfortable wilderness lodges.
The Cape's most well known visitor was Captain Cook in 1770 when he repaired his ship on the Endeavour River where Cook town stands today. Later, significant influences began with Kennedy's 1848 expedition to be followed by the Jardine family who established the outpost of Somerset in the 1860's. However, it was the discovery of gold at the Palmer River that brought significant population and the establishment of Cook town in 1873. In the years that followed, the Cape York Telegraph, pastoralism, World War II, bauxite mining at Weipa and the emerging tourism industry have all added their intriguing stories to the region. With an Off Road Adventure's tour the focus is not just on sightseeing, but you will learn all about Cape Yorks Aboriginal and European history.
So why not come with us on a 4WD adventure of a life time through this ancient and beautiful land for an outback experience that you will never forget.
Off Road Adventure Safaris also offers a variety of tours to different areas all accross Northern Australia not just Cape York. With our industry partners such as Wilderness Challenge and Venture North, Off Road Adventures can put together a variety of travel packages and experiences incorperating Cape york, the Gulf of Carpentaria as well as Kakadu and Arnhem land. Not to mention exclusive Aboriginal Cultural experiences and a wide variety of private charter options all over Australia.
10 Day Cape York Accommodated Safari.
Maximum of only 6 passengers per departure.
Day 1: Pick up from your accommodation in Cairns before departing on your adventure of a lifetime.
Our trip this morning takes us up and over the Karanda Ranges through Mareeba, Mt. Molloy, Mt. Carbine and on into Lakeland Downs where we will stop for morning tea at the famous Lakeland Coffee House. From this point onwards the sealed roads end and our outback adventure begins. Our next stop is the small township of Laura where we will visit the Quinkan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, before heading out across a cattle station to Jowalbinna Rock Art Safari Camp, an epicentre of Aboriginal rock art. Walk to ancient sites on Jowalbinna's sandstone escarpments and investigate the lives of the original inhabitants, and enjoy a refreshing creek swim. In the evening chat around a bush campfire. Bush Cabin accommodation tonight. (D).
Day 2: This morning we travel into Lakefield National Park, Queensland's second largest. At 537,000 hectares (1.25 million acres) Waterlily covered billabongs, wildlife and a great variety of birdlife and hopefully some fresh water crocodiles, makes for a memorable day before arriving at the century old Telegraph Station and now working cattle station of Musgrave, our overnight stop. (B)
Day 3: This morning we cross the Great Dividing Range to visit the old gold mining town of Coen. Onward we cross the sprawling sandbanks of the Archer River and the Wenlock River, site of the historic Moreton Telegraph Station, before arriving at Branwell Station and our accommodation for the night. (B).
Day 4: From Bramwell we travel north along the Overland Telegraph Line through numerous creek crossings before arriving at Heathlands Nature Reserve. From here we head out on to the southern bypass track before arriving at spectacular Fruit Bat, Elliot and Twin Falls. After a relaxing afternoon swim we continue on to the Jardine River Ferry Crossing and through to our tropical beachside camp just outside the small township of Seisia. (B) (L)
Day 5: Today it is off to CAPE YORK,SOMERSET.
An unforgettable day of achievement and interest. Stand at the very 'Tip' of our continent, where oceans meet and where very few travellers visit. Somerset, the ruins of the grandiose failed 'Singapore of the Pacific'. As well as a fascinating visit to 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. Drive along pristine beaches, rocky headlands, explore cool shaded forest walks and finaly ending the daywith a twilight stroll to watch another spectacular Torres Strait sunset. (B) (L).
Day 6: This morning we head out to explore the remnants of Cape York's World War ll history with a visit to the DC3 and Beaufort Bomber crash sites near the old Jacky Jacky air strip as well as the old radar installation and port at Mutee Heads, before heading south to our accommodation at Merluna Station. (B) (L)
Day 7: Today we head across through Batavia Downs Station to visit the Bauxite mining town of Weipa where we will see one of Australia's largeat mining export ports in action as well as visit ancient Aboriginal shell midden sites before heading south again to spend the night once again at beautiful Merluna station. (B).
Day 8: From Merluna it's off through the Archer River and on down towards Cooktown through Coen, Musgrave and Battle Camp Station and our overnight Motel accommodation at the Cooktown Holiday Park. (B) (D).
Day 9: Today we head into Cooktown for a wonderfulday enjoying the sights and sounds of this historic town. Visiting the famous James Cook Museum and historic monuments along the foreshore. This afternoon is free for you to explore the town at your leisure. (B).
Day 10: This morning we make our way out of Cooktown through the mysterious Black Mountains to visit the historic Lions Den Hotel for a morning coffe before heading into the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park along the Bloomfield track into Cape Tribulation before returning via the scenic northern beaches to your accommodation in Cairns. (B).
On this journey we are travelling to very remote regions. Occasionally things happen which may require a change to the itinerary. To enjoy the full benefit of your journey you should not be rigid with your expectations. Be flexible, open-minded and prepared for the unexpected because after all, this is outback Australia.