This is the ultimate 4WD Adventure, showcasing the best FNQ has to offer. We explore coastal tracks and beaches, mountain trails, waterfalls and hidden swimming holes in the Daintree Rainforest. We also visit several National Parks and the Old Telegraph Track, all whilst cooking over open fires and sleeping under the stars.
The road conditions are challenging with many steep ascents, descents, and river/creek crossings. The flora and fauna changes with the environment as we drive higher up into the Cape. The diversity of the landscape includes huge sand dunes and rugged hills to rainforest, broad planes, woodlands and wetlands.
The wildlife on route are too numerous to give a comprehensive list, but as a rough guide, in the rivers, creeks you will find – salt water crocodiles, fresh water crocodiles, jungle perch, barramundi and turtles.
On the land – kangaroos, water buffalo, wild boar, wallabies, monitor lizards, snakes, cassowaries, and eagles.
This is a great trip for the photographer with a number of scenic stops providing chances to “capture the moment” of Far North Queensland’s unique flora and fauna.
DAY 1: Port Douglas to Rinyirru National Park
Departing Port Douglas at 7-00am, we head north on the Peninsular Development Road to Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park.
Rinyirru National Park covers an area spanning more than 5,000 sq. kilometres. The Park contains various 4WD tracks, historic sites and an abundance of wildlife, large rivers and extensive wetlands.
After setting up camp, you can decide whether to explore the area or just sit back and relax around the campfire whilst sharing a few sundowners. You will enjoy a delicious barbeque and soak up the ambience before retiring to your swag under the stars.
Camp: We stay overnight at Kalpowar, where amenities include toilets and cold-water showers.
DAY 2: Rinyirru N.P. to Oyala Thumotang National Park (Coen)
Oyala Thumotang National Park covers an area of 4,000 sq. kilometres. Its land mass is home to sections of both the Archer and Coen Rivers. The park is also home to Savannah Woodlands and Melaleuca- fringed swamps and lagoons. During the late 1800’s, the area was renowned for its Gold Prospecting.
Camp: We stay overnight on the banks of the Coen River or the Archer River Road House.
DAY 3: Oyala Thumotang N.P. to Chili Beach Kutini – Payamu (Iron Range) N. P.
This is a costal park that backs onto the heath-covered Tozer Range. The park preserves the largest remaining area of low land rainforest in Australia. The rainforest is home to birds such as the eclectus parrot that are only found here and in Papua New Guinea.
Camp: We stay overnight at Cape Weymouth (Chili Beach).
Moreton Telegraph Station is on Wenlock River northern bank. The original Telegraph Station was demolished in 1960. The dawn chorus is superb and commonly seen birds include the wompoo pigeon, scrub fowl and bush turkeys.
Camp: We stay overnight in the grounds of the Old Telegraph Station or on the banks of the Wenlock River.
DAY 5: Moreton Telegraph Station to Fruit Bat Falls, Jardine National Park.
Fruit Bat Falls are the scenic highlight of the Old Telegraph Track. It is a natural weir that stretches across Eliot Creek, a major contributory to the Jardine River, creating a number of beautiful swimming holes.
Camp: We stay overnight at Eliot Falls.
DAY 6: Jardine N.P. to Cape York
The most Northern Tip of Cape York Peninsular features a broad diversity in its landscape. We travel through areas of eucalypt woodland and rain forest that is best known as the Lockerbie Scrub. This is one of Australia’s most important biological sites. You will discover flora and fauna that include a number of species ONLY found in New Guinea and at the Tip.
Camp: We stay overnight at Punsand Bay.
DAY 7: Cape York
Free Day – take a drive or hike and explore the TIP of Cape York. Sail over to Thursday Island on the ferry (pick up and drop off at the terminal included).
Camp: We stay overnight at Punsand Bay.
DAY 8: Cape York (fly back to Cairns)
Fly out to Cairns, (transport can be arranged to take you back to Port Douglas if requested).
Drinking water is available at all times
Limited wine and beer (due to restrictions in the Cape)