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JOIN THE WAITLIST: Tour Cape York with the Travel at 60 Community (Jun & Aug 2022)

An exciting journey to the northernmost tip of mainland Australia!

Join a great group of like-minded over-60s on an adventure north to the very tip of Queensland! On this fun-filled itinerary you'll encounter lush rainforests, beautiful scenic coastal roads, historic towns, outback trails, unique wildlife, and some truly magnificent sunsets!

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About this holiday

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See the spectacular Gulf of Carpentaria sunset

Two departures only!
20 June 2022 and 29 August 2022

Commencing and ending in Cairns, this roundtrip will show you the staggering variety of Tropical and Outback North Queensland. This itinerary includes the mining town of Weipa, a stay at a true blue Aussie cattle station, historic Cooktown (where Captain James Cook landed the Endeavour), and the prehistoric landscapes of Cape York - full of gigantic termite mounds, crystal clear creeks and unique plant life.

More highlights
  • Cruise to Thursday Island
  • Visit the beautiful Lockerbie Scrub
  • Uncover the history of the old gold mining town of Coen
  • Explore unique Lakefield National Park
  • Travel the Bloomfield Track
  • Walk on Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim at Fruit Bat Falls
  • Stand on the very Top of Mainland Australia
  • Take an included flight from Horn Island back to Cairns
  • Inclusions

    • 8 nights' accommodation
    • Experienced Tour Leader
    • Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
    • Small group experience with maximum 24 guests
    • Flight between Horn Island & Cairns
    • 8 Breakfasts
    • 5 Lunches
    • 6 Dinners


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    Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes

    • Sovereign Hotel
    • Musgrave Station
    • Heritage Motel, Weipa
    • Bramwell Cattle Station
    • Seisia Holiday Park

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    Please note that below prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.

    From $4789 pp twin share / From $5999 sole use
    Don't want to pay a single supplement? You can request to share with another solo traveller of the same gender and pay twin share rates.

    • 20 June 2022 - SOLD OUT!
    • 29 August 2022 - SOLD OUT!

    Call our friendly local travel team to find out more of this great tour! We're just a quick local call away on 1300 414 198.



    Please note the following itinerary is subject to change without notice.

    Day 1 - Arrive in Cairns

    This evening at 6:00pm, we suggest you make your way to the hotel bar "Gin Social", where you may run in to your fellow Travel at 60 community travellers. This evening's arrangements are not included, however your hotel is located within walking distance to a number of terrific restaurants and cafes. If you don't feel like venturing out too far, we can recommend the award-winning Mondo on the Waterfront, located in front of the hotel.

    Overnight: Hilton Cairns

    Day 2 - Cairns – Cooktown

    After an early morning pick up from Cairns accommodation your adventure begins. Travelling north along the scenic Captain Cook Highway, through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. Then making our way along the jungle shrouded Bloomfield Track (road conditions permitted), stopping off at the unique Lion’s Den Hotel, and the mysterious Black Mountain, arriving at the old gold port of Cooktown, where we visit Captain Cooks Landing, before settling in our accommodation.

    Hotel: Sovereign Hotel

    Included Meals: Boxed Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 3 – Cooktown - Lakefield National Park - Musgrave

    Heading west into the outback to explore Lakefield National Park (road conditions permitted), a haven for the many birds and animals native to this area. Lagoons, billabongs, and wide river lakes are home to both fresh and saltwater crocodiles. The afternoon finds us arriving at our overnight accommodation. 

    Hotel: The Old Musgrave telegraph station 

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 4 – Musgrave - Coen - Archer River - Weipa

    This morning, we continue north stopping off at the historic frontier gold town of Coen and the picturesque Archer River, before making our way to the bauxite-mining town of Weipa. Enjoy the spectacular sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

    Hotel: Heritage Motel

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 5 – Weipa -Wenlock River - Bramwell Station

    This morning you have the option to join a Wildlife Eco River Cruise (own expense).
    After lunch, we head for our overnight accommodation at a ‘true blue’ Aussie cattle station, Bramwell Station.

    Hotel: Bramwell Station

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 6 – Bramwell - Fruit Bat Falls - Cape York

    After an early start, we head north travelling along part of the Old Telegraph Track to arrive at Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Relax, swim, and enjoy this unique area with its enchanting waterfall. Then northwards across the Jardine River, to arrive at Cape York! We will be staying at Seisia, ideally located for our next few days, being in walking distance from the Seisia Wharf, the departure point for the ferry to Thursday Island and a famous fishing spot.

    Hotel: Seisia Holiday Park

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 7 – Cape York - Somerset

    An unforgettable day! Stand at the very top of mainland Australia. We then visit Somerset (road conditions permitted), once the home of the legendary Jardine family. We have lunch on palm fringed Anchorage Beach which overlooks the Albany Passage. A walk on the beach completes your day before returning to Seisia.

    Hotel: Seisia Holiday Park

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 8 – Cape York, Thursday Island, Cairns

    An early morning departure as you cruise through island studded straits to explore our northern community, Thursday Island. Here you will be taken on an informative guided bus tour of the island and its picturesque Harbour, once home to the romantic pearl lugger fleet. Then board your plane at Horn Island for your flight back to Cairns. Arriving late afternoon in Cairns, where you will spend the night. Dinner this evening is not included, however your hotel is located within walking distance to a number of terrific restaurants and cafes. If you don't feel like venturing out too far we can recommend the award-winning Mondo on the Waterfront, located in front of the hotel.

    Hotel: Hilton Cairns

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 9 - Depart Cairns

    This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you check-out of the hotel and bid farewell to your fellow travellers.

    Included Meals: Breakfast


    Fitness Requirements
    • Moderate level of fitness as walks to locations may be on uneven ground
    • Swimming at Fruit Bat Falls - Boardwalk to the water, the distance is approx. 400metres. If passengers chose to swim, the entrance to the water is a little difficult with rocky bottom and slippery river rocks
    • Cape York TipWalk - The walk to the tip is approx. a 2kms return trip. The walk is fairly difficult with rocky, uneven surfaces and steep at times. Passengers may choose to sit it out (wait on the beach, chairs supplied).
    • Supplier Fitness Form to be completed and return prior to travel.

    Entry in and out of the tour vehicle: There are 4 steps to navigate to enter the vehicle. There is a handrail to assist. Passengers can bring a walking stick to assist with the walks, however, the tour is not suitable for passengers who depend on a walker.Travel these remote areas in our purpose built Isuzu off road 4WD tour-vehicles with forward facing reclining seats, footrests, and retractable seatbelts. The vehicles are equipped with standard features as a P.A. System, on-board toilet, T.V and road cam, portable satellite phone and first aid kits and all necessary off road equipment you can think of. With small groups, minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 passengers, you will have the ultimate opportunity to enjoy the areas at its best.

    Flight Information

    Please ensure when booking flights you arrive and depart as per the below:

    • Day 1 – Flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport
    • Day 9 - Flights to depart anytime tour ends after breakfast

    Airport transfers at own expense

    What to Bring:

    • Luggage restriction: 1 small soft travel bag per person (maximum size: 30 x 30 x 70cm, preferably without wheels, cannot exceed 10kg)
    • Cabin baggage: 1 small daypack per person
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent
    • Water Bottle
    • Warm layers in cooler months
    • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)
    • Torch
    • Binoculars
    • Toiletries
    • Water is available in the vehicles at all times. Any soft drinks, alcohol, fruit juices etc. are at your own expense. An esky is provided for the passengers’ drinks.
    • option of joining a Wildlife Eco River Cruise.These optional tours need to be pre-booked but are payable on board.
    • Laundry is available along the way at Cooktown, Weipa, and Seisia. The washing machines and dryers take $ 1 coins. Bring along some washing powder.
    • Mobile phone coverage can be available along the way at some points if you have Telstra Next G coverage (available at Cooktown, Coen, Weipa, limited at Seisia and Thursday Island); however you are not able to access this all the time. There is no Wi-Fi available on tour.
    • QANTASLINK – Air leg is Horn Island to Cairns. Your aircraft is a 50 to 70 seater Dash 8 with inflight facilities. Cruise speed is approximately 520 km / hr and cruising at 25,000 feet. Light refreshments are provided. As this is a snack flight special dietary requirements are not catered for. Please be aware that the airline has a ONE CHECKED IN PIECE AND ONE HAND LUGGAGE policy per person. Approximate travel time is 2 hours. Don’t forget your photo I.D. for check in.

    Willing to share?:
    One of the advantages of travelling on a Travel at 60 dedicated group departure is that we have the ability to match solo travellers, so that you they can avoid paying the single supplement. Subject to availability of another traveller of the same gender willing to share.

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    Fine print


    Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.Properties used in the tour is subject to change without notice.

    • Minimum numbers required for group to run.
    • Same gender solo pair up is subject to availability. If we are unable to match you with another traveller the sole use price will be charged.
    • A non-refundable deposit of $700 per person required within 7 days of booking.
    • Final payment required no later than 95 days prior.