Australia’s Last Frontier. Big, enormous, gigantic are all words that describe Cape York. When you consider that the land area of Cape York is over 130,000 square kilometres, they are pretty accurate words. Cape York is Australia’s last frontier. It is also probably one of the last true frontiers on the planet. This itinerary is unique in its content and is designed for those travellers wanting to see the Cape from all angles.
Cairns, Cooktown, East Princess Charlotte Bay, West Princess Charlotte Bay, Lockhardt River, Cape York, Punsand Bay, Cairns
Please note that this itinerary is a conceptual itinerary only. We will put together an individual quote for you once we know your exact requirements.
In Flight Audio Tour
Each guest is provided with a headset, enabling easy communication between themselves and the pilot. Your pilot and guide knows this region well and will share stories on the major landmarks throughout your journey.
Daintree National Park
The itinerary starts from Cairns or Port Douglas. First we head north, to fly over the Daintree National Park. The Daintree is an international icon. A living natural museum, home to ancient plants and animals. It was added to the World Heritage list in 1988 and from above, is a thick carpet of green, extending from golden sandy beaches to the top of rugged mountain ranges. A spectacular start to the day.
We stop to refuel at Cooktown. This now small community was once a bustling hub of activity, providing coastal access to those heading to the Palmer River goldfields to try and strike it lucky. The town is named after Captain James Cook, who spent time here while repairing the Endeavour, after hitting a reef in 1770. Back in the air, we head towards East Princess Charlotte Bay.
East Princess Charlotte Bay
Landing here, it is time to stretch your legs, have some lunch and take in the unspolit beauty of this part of Australia. Princess Charlotte Bay is shielded from the south east trade winds and is a popular location for keen anglers. Offshore there’s several pristine reefs, part of the Great Barrier system and closer to land, an extensive mangrove river system.
Flying over water, we then head towards our next refueling stop which is Lockhardt River. This remote, coastal Aboriginal community is a place of great natural beauty and landscapes, which has inspired many of the local artists to create vibrant paintings and prints which are displayed in national and international galleries and museums. We then continue our journey, heading towards the tip of Australia, Cape York.
Landing at Punsand Bay, we reunite you with your vehicle that has been transported up to the Cape by barge. Punsand Bay is the most northern address in Australia and is just 5km west of the ‘tip’ of Cape York. There’s accommodation and restaurant facilities for your convenience. As well as a landscape large in beauty, colour and wilderness.
Cape York Peninsular
It is now time for us to say farewell as you depart to head back down to Cairns, driving the famed roads that make Cape York such a ‘must do’ experience. There’s plenty to see and do on the way back to Cairns, including stops of historic, cultural and natural significance. Make sure you check out Laura and Lakefield, Musgrave Station, Archer River and the Old Telegraph Line.