Cape York

Cape York Tours 2023

If you missed out on Cape York this year, definitely check out our Gulf Savannah (NT) tours, and get your name on the waiting list for Cape York 2024 so you don't miss out!

Cape York tours are the pinnacle of Australian outback adventures!  These tours visit the best of Cape York and are designed to have strong cultural aspects and brilliant insights into the region’s history and ecology. 

Enjoy two weeks of camping, relaxing, exploring the outback and observing wildlife.  Swim in pristine water, bird watch, fish and stare blankly into a campfire!  

Our job is to ensure each Cockatourer has a true and unique Cape York outback experience so our aim is to create unique and exclusive adventures that are relaxed, a little more flexible and exciting. 

See our tour dates in an easy to read calendar here.

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Please note: all Cape York tours from 2019-2022 booked out!

How we release tours

Unlike the big companies, we don’t announce tours until the current season is complete.  We usually release tours in October, about 6 months before tours depart.  We like to review the year past and do our best to improve our itinerary.  We also like to wait for other Cape York events to release their dates. 

If you are wanting to go on a tour a year in advance, we have a waiting list which you can put your name on.  When tour dates for that season are finalised, we contact people on the waiting list in the order they contacted us.

If you would like to be put on the waiting list for a future tour please email us and provide:

  • Preferred tour & month of tour
  • A contact mobile phone number
  • Full names of all travellers
  • City and state of all travellers

Dates, itineraries & prices
Dates and itineraries will be similar to the current listings, with tours running May-September. 

Cape York Tours 2023

Click on a tour image or title to see the specific details of the tour (inc. itinerary) & book. This year there are 2 types of Cape York tour: Our "Best of Cape York" in the MAN truck, as well as a tour dedicated to wildlife enthusiasts!
camping by a river

Best of Cape York

15 Days
Depart & Return: Cairns
Max People : 19

MAN 14 Series Truck
BBQ at Tip of Australia
Secret camps & incredible food
Laura Split Rock, Aboriginal Art Site
Welcome to Country & Culture
Thursday Island Tour
Weipa Croc & Bird Boat-Tour
Fruitbat Falls & Taste of Tele Track
Rinyirru (Lakefield) NP Wildlife Day
Cape Tribulation & Daintree
Bloomfield Track
T3: 9-23 July 2 seats have become available!
T4: 30 July – 13 Aug Fully booked!
T5: 20 Aug – 3 Sept Fully booked!
T6: 10-24 Sept 1 seat has become available!
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bird eating a snake

Cape York Wildlife Tour

9 Days
Depart & Return: Cairns
Max People : 15

Isuzu NPS 300 Truck
Solar Whisper Croc & Wildlife Cruise
Rinyirru (Lakefield) NP & wetlands!
Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) NP
Wildlife spotting, spotlighting, birding
Endemic birds, mammals & reptiles
Cultural Welcome to Country
Green pythons, palm cockatoos, golden-shouldered parrots & more!
Good fitness & wildlife passion essential!
T7: 6-14 October, 2023 Only 5 seats left!
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Intro Special!
4WD ute on muddy cape york road

Private Tours: Cape York East

9 Days
Max People : 4

Nissan or Isuzu 4WD Ute
Heli Flight over Pajinka
Secret locations & great food
Laura Split Rock, Aboriginal Art Site
Starcke Cultural Experience & Welcome to Country
Thursday & Horne Island
Fruitbat Falls & Taste of Tele Track
Kutini-Payamu NP Wildlife Day
Bloomfield Track & Daintree NP
P1: 6-14 June, 2023 Fully booked!
P2: 13-21 July Fully booked!
P3: 9-17 August Fully booked!
Enquire for custom dates
Absolute private tour, 1-on-1: $19,900
2 people: $10,900 pp
3 people: $8,900 pp (discounted to $7,990 in 2023)
4 people: $7,300 pp
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Top Reviews 2022

“A wonderful experience and tour. Everything is well thought out and it all runs so smoothly. Joe and Kody our guides were professional, knowledgeable and very friendly. They made the trip so enjoyable. We are asked to choose a highlight, but everyday had a new one. If you like the great outdoors then don’t hesitate to book your tour with Cockatours. The tour is excellent value and you won’t be disappointed.”
Charlene, 2022

“Rossy takes so much care to ensure you are going to have a great trip! I went to Cape York on the MAN truck with Joe and Kody and you can just tell that Rossy chooses his guides and cooks with such thought and care to know you will have a great time! Yes it is real camping, yes there are mattresses and good linen, yes they really do have everything on the truck! Highly recommend pre-buying the souvenir shirt, they keep you warm in the water and cool in the sun!”
Catherine, 2022

“A trip to The Tip with the amazing Joe and Kody was definitely a life changing and very memorable experience. They were fun, knowledgeable guys who made every day exciting and different to all the other days. Joe handled the 12-ton truck admirably, so that, coupled with his knowledge of the tricky road conditions and the comfort of the truck, made our travel something we could eagerly anticipate each time we boarded. Kody’s main role was to cook our meals, which he did superbly. Each meal was delicious, different every day, and served hot and plentifully. But he also took great care of us in many other ways, and had a fantastic sense of humour. Nothing was too much trouble for these chaps and they made every day a true delight.

The trip itself was superb. I’m sure we saw many sights, and heard much information that other travellers might not, especially if they did the trip on their own. I can’t recommend Cockatours highly enough and have put my name on the wait list for next year’s Gulf Savannah trip. There were too many exceptional experiences and places visited to pick a favourite, so I’d prefer to leave that for future travellers to discover for themselves.”
Brodwyn, 2022


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