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How Long to Do Cape York?

How long should we take to do Cape York?

Once a potential client asked me if he could do the Cape with me in 5 days and for $500.  I’ll leave it to your creativity to imagine how that went!  Cape York is an absolutely breathtaking place in Australia.  It was once our last frontier and has some exceptional historical values, as well as amazing culture and incredible natural values as well!  To rush Cape York would do it no justice.  I recently visited the NT and was surprised by bitumen running through Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks.  Cape York feels so much more wild, and deserves your time!

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Cape York: It’s worth the time! The slower you go, the more you’ll see and the less you’ll break!

My Recommendation for Duration of Cape York Holidays

Minimum, 2 weeks (from Cairns).  I’ll elaborate now…

You can do it in 7 days, if you’re a local, and you just want to say you’ve done it.  It will be fast, and I guarantee something will break.  You’ll also be lucky to make it in that time with the repairs you’ll need time to make.  10 days is getting closer, but it will feel rushed.  On our tours (see right), we do the Cape in 14-days and do it at a decent pace (15 days on our 2021 Cape York Tours).  We do plenty of outsourced tours, travel a little bit throughout the day, but spend a healthy amount of time relaxing as well.  If you’re really wanting to relax, 3 weeks would be great.  This would be a nice, slow paced Cape York trip!  But, if you only have 2 weeks to do it in (from Cairns), that’s great!  An added bonus of going slower is you’ll probably damage your vehicle less!  I advise people to budget on average $3,000 in repairs per vehicle!  The slower you go, the less damage you’ll cause and the more money you’ll save!

See our Cape York Itinerary on this page for an idea on how many nights we spend at certain locations and for other great Cape York travel ideas!

This article here should answer most of your questions:

>> All Your Cape York Questions Answered! <<<

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An example of how many nights we spend at different locations on tour. Click the map to take you to the itinerary page to see the full size map.

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We honestly believe our tours are some of the best tours in Australia! Our Cape York, Gulf Savannah & Kimberley tours are hand-crafted to design the best tour you could imagine! We are adventurers and travellers at heart but also perfectionists, so we spend a LOT of time researching our tours. We believe these tours are the most comprehensive, best value tours for all of these regions. I’ll buy you a beer if I’m wrong!

With Cockatours owner & ecologist, plus either his phenomenal Kimberley/NT guide or Cape York chef, these tours are jam packed with experiences and tasty food! We hate to say, but our job isn’t letting you go home skinny! Being owner-operated we can be very flexible on the road, make for a fun, stress-free tour! We are super excited with the tours we’ve produced for 2020 & we can’t wait to share the adventure! We aim to make our tours senior friendly tours and we craft each tour with that in mind! Tours operate between May – September each year, departing from Cairns.

We also run leadership development camps for youth, speak in schools and do photography tours and lessons. Customised bookings, bus hire and bucks & hens parties are also welcome!

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