5 Day Cape York Camping Safari (Fly/Drive)

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The Cape York Compact is a 5 day fly/drive camping 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 in just 5 days. Perfect if you are time poor.

5 Day Cape York Camping Safari (Fly/Drive)
From$1795 aud

Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Great Barrier Reef flight
  • Thursday Island
  • Lockerbie Scrub
  • Twin Falls
  • Wenlock River
  • Moreton Telegraph Station
  • Musgrave, Coen
  • Quinkan" Aboriginal Rock Art
  • Outback Landscapes

Tour Info

Code WC-CYC5
  • Camping
Duration 5 Days
Price From $1795

Selected Days




04, 18


02, 16, 30


13, 27


10, 24

Vehicle Mini Bus / Ferry / Flight
Suitability 7+ Years
Start Cairns @ Morning
Finish Cairns @ 05.00 pm

Today you make your own way to Cairns Qantas Domestic Airport. Your adventure begins when you board your aircraft to fly over the Great Barrier Reef to Horn Island. Transfer by ferry to Thursday Island, commercial and administration hub of the Torres Strait Islands. Free time to explore the island (you may wish to take a guided bus tour at your own expense and arrangements). After lunch (own expense) transfer by ferry to the northern-most settlements of mainland Australia to be met by your Wilderness Challenge Guide. We overnight at our beachfront campsite on the tropical shores of Torres Strait.

Meal - Dinner

This morning enjoy a fascinating visit to the beautiful "Lockerbie Scrub", an isolated pocket of monsoon rainforest before an emotional walk to the very top of Australia - CAPE YORK. After a fitting celebration we head south across the mighty Jardine River and travel through Cape York's wilderness. This afternoon you'll be enchanted by the magic of Twin Falls - swimming here, in pristine spring-fed pools landscaped by nature, will be a life long memory. We camp here tonight in the company of millions of stars.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4WD adventure and fun on Cape York's rugged Telegraph Track this morning. Cross rivers and creeks, see prehistoric palms, giant termite mounds and carnivorous plants. This afternoon we cross the Wenlock River at historic Moreton Telegraph Office before travelling on to our overnight camp at the Archer River Roadhouse. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch

South to Coen then on to the historic telegraph station of Musgrave. Travel on into Lakefield National Park, Queensland's second largest at 537,000 hectares (1.25 million acres) and a great wildlife spotting opportunity. Enjoy the peace of this remote outback location. In the evening relax around the campfire. We camp in the National Park tonight.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise to the morning chorus of the many bird species in Lakefield. We travel on to "Quinkan Country" near Laura, an outback landscape of termite mounds and cattle stations. Here we climb (suitable footwear and reasonable fitness required) the sandstone escarpment at Split Rock to view ancient Aboriginal rock art, dated in excess of 13,000 years old, depicting traditional activities and culture. Now we head east via the Palmer River, site of one of Australia's greatest gold rushes. Lunch (own expense) along the way. Now over the Great Dividing Range to the coastal plain and Port Douglas or Cairns completing your fascinating adventure of discovery and fun in Australia's far north.

Meal - Breakfast


  • Meals as coded
  • Accommodated Safaris - Twin-share accommodation (sole travellers must pay the Single Supplement)
  • Camping Safaris - twin-share safari tent, self-inflating 100mm thick mattress and fitted bottom sheet.
  • Guided tours and entry fees as specified
  • National Parks and Aboriginal Site fees.


  • Alcohol or soft drinks, tours and activities specified as "optional" in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags for camping safari (available for hire $25).
  • On Accommodated Safaris in remote areas most of the comforts and facilities of home are not available ... please do not expect them - this is the outback.

What To Bring

  • Comfortable and Casual Clothing.  It is possible to wash clothes periodically.
  • Footwear with ankle support and good grip soles 
  • Swimwear and insect repellent. 
  • Personal toiletries 
  • Medication. 
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. 
  • Towel 
  • Pillow
  • Binoculars & camera


  • Cairns to  Darwin  tour is also available (Jun - 02)
  • This tour operates with a minimum of 6 passengers and a maximum of 13 passengers.
  • Flight times to be confirmed. Guests are to make their own way to the airport
  • Safaris are not suitable for children under 7 years. But We have carried many children who have had exciting and enriching experiences with their parents. 
  • Early season (May/June) tends to be the most adventurous time. late season (September/October) the weather is more settled. The most popular time is June, July and August
  • A maximum weight limit of 10kg per person

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