This Cape York camping tour is a 15-day overland adventure starting from Cairns, taking you to Pajinka, the northern-most tip of Australia! Enjoy two weeks of camping, relaxing, exploring the outback, observing rare wildlife and learning the unique culture and history of Cape York.
Each year we refine our tours more and more! In the past couple years we have built an itinerary with many exciting new tours and activities, with a few special tweaks by Rossy, based on his experience as an Ecologist and local in Cape York. We head up inland and make our way back home through the coastal roads of Cape Tribulation. You will visit the most iconic, well-known places of Cape York including a full-day experience of Thursday Island with Peddells (includes Ferry ride over plus Air-conditioned Bus Tour), a night in Coen to receive a welcome to country and partake in cultural activities, jump on a boat tour to spot crocs and birds with Western Cape Eco Tours in Weipa, swim in the most refreshing waters at the beautiful Fruit Bat Falls and of course, to top off your adventure, celebrate reaching Pajinka, the tip of Australia, with our unforgettable true blue sunset sausage sizzle at the Tip of Australia!
Ensure to read each itinerary to choose the perfect Cape York Safari for you. Remember we are limited to 19 seats and WE SELL OUT every year!
All itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, unexpected circumstances or driver’s decision based on what is best for the group. This itinerary is ONLY a guide. Whilst an itinerary is important, at Cockatours, we believe being flexible and having the ability to explore and deviate is also incredibly important.
Cockatours is a family-owned business who aim to create unforgettable experiences for everyone. We would love to share our experience and knowledge of the remote top end of Australia with you and show you places, experiences and wildlife you never thought existed! We run smaller tours with a maximum of 15 (Isuzu) or 19 (MAN) people so it still feels private and we expect everyone to be friendly, considerate and work together as a team to create a positive experience for all.
As a small business, we have the ability to be flexible and use this as an advantage for creating great experiences and adventures. Tours are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, unexpected circumstances and the guide’s decision to best suit the group.
If you decide to join us on an adventure, please note the following:
In 2024, our ‘Best of Cape York’ tour will have two different itineraries. As Rinyirru (Lakefield) NP often doesn’t allow camping until late June, due to the wet season, we have included the Iron Range as our wildlife days option. Iron Range NP is famous for its incredible wildlife, boasting many endemic species and is an exciting new addition!
We call them…BUS-TRUCKS! You will either travel on our 19-seater tour truck, Herc, or our new tour truck (yet to be christened)
Both trucks are setup specifically for the hard conditions in the outback and the rough dirt roads. They are both very comfortable trucks. The air-conditioning works extremely well and the tinted windows in the cab help keep the glare & heat out!
Herc is a fully contained unit, with the storage and kitchen incorporated into the body. Our new truck is like our smaller tour truck and tows a trailer with our kitchen and gear in it.
On camping tours, we take a maximum of 19 people and there is a small client fridge for your own drinks!
We are very particular about a few things that make a trip comfortable; good food and sleeping gear are two of those. We do our best to maintain our gear to a high standard and turn over our camping gear frequently.
Our single or duo tents are 6.5 ft high, very spacious and easy to put up. The fly can also be removed, making it a big mozzie dome, for those starry nights so you can watch the stars go over head!
The mattresses are high-quality, high-density dunlop foam mattresses that stack (not rollable) and are comfy! We have sheets and micro-fibre blankets (NO yucky sleeping bags) for bedding and a mattress case as well. The pillows are real pillows and are covered with hygienic pillow covers as well as a standard pillow case. We even supply bath mats for the front of your tent! The chairs and mattresses vary between trucks due to storage space.
We have provided a handy camping checklist for you to help with your preparations. This list was built from suggestions from past clients!
This tour was everything & more that I could have wished for on a trip to the tip – the sights, scenery & experiences, great camping spots (especially those by a river), comfy truck, & delicious food were all the best ever. We were very lucky to have the hard working team of knowledgeable tour guide/driver Joe, & talented chef Cass. Thank you 🙂.