Cape York & Northern Islands (16 days)

Cape York. One of Australia’s last frontiers. A place every Australian should visit at least once in their lives. The stunning 16-day Cape York Air Safari & Northern Island Adventure takes you to the very tip of Australia, outback Queensland, Torres Strait Islands, the Great Barrier Reef and fishing in remote Northern Territory waters.

Travelling in our luxurious Beechcraft King Air, this tour is an incredible way to see so many iconic locations: magnificent vistas from the air and ground, interesting characters, unique birds and wildlife and fantastic fishing. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

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Cape York Tip


Sep 08 - Sep 23, 2021

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Flying to Cape York was for me, at 80 years of age, the trip of my lifetime. I have travelled in many parts of the world & Australia but this capped everything else. Every bed was comfortable, every meal fresh & nutritious, every ground tour interesting. The plane & our pilot were superb.
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Tour Highlights
  • Spectacular flightseeing over the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Islands
  • Historic Burke and Wills’ Dig Tree
  • Outback Birdsville
  • Picturesque Adels Grove
  • Tropical Torres Strait Islands
  • Bucket List helicopter to the very tip of mainland Australia
  • Remote Bremer Island and Bathurst Island fishing
  • Exclusive and luxurious Lizard Island
  • Incredible UNESCO Laura Aboriginal Rock Art tour
  • Impressive Qantas Founders Museum
  • Photogenic Carnarvon Gorge
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Itinerary: Cape York & Northern Islands (16 days)

Days 1 & 2

Day 1: Melbourne to The Dig Tree and Birdsville (L,D)

It’s an action-packed first day of the Cape York Air Safari as you depart Moorabbin Airport at 8.00am.

Fly over NSW and into Queensland, landing at the Dig Tree, where the explorers Burke and Wills famously set up camp. Learn more about this pioneering pair and their ill-fated expedition.

Off to Birdsville, where sunset drinks are at Big Red, the first of 1,140 parallel sand dunes marking the edge of the Simpson Desert. Look out over the vast expanse of not very much and you’ll truly know you’ve made it to the outback! To end the day, stay and dine in one of Australia’s most iconic pubs — the Birdsville Hotel.

Overnight: Birdsville Hotel

Day 2: Birdsville to Lawn Hill (B,L,D)

Flying north towards the Gulf of Carpentaria, your aircraft will land a short walk from your room or cabin at Adels Grove, in Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, overlooking the stunning Lawn Hill Creek.

Lawn Hill Gorge is one of the most spectacular gorges in the Gulf Country, with luscious tropical vegetation, sheer red cliffs and enchanting green water. A solar-electric-powered pontoon boat will take you on a cruise through the gorge to its summit, where you’ll find yourself in a small oasis with a beautiful waterfall. Swim at the falls and nearby bubbling spa, subject to conditions, then it’s back to Adels Grove for pre-dinner drinks in the open-air restaurant.

Overnight: Adels Grove, room or cabin

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