Cape York Peninsula

21 August - 3 September 2022
21 August - 3 September 2022
21 August - 3 September 2022
21 August - 3 September 2022
21 August - 3 September 2022
21 August - 3 September 2022
Tour Summary

Amaco Small Group Tours invites you to join us on our Cape York Peninsula Small Group Tour & Conference departing 21 August 2022. This is our first, in-depth tour to the largest remote peninsula in Far North Queensland and is sure to be a highlight for all participants.

Bordered by the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Coral Sea, Cape York Peninsula is an untouched wilderness dominated by mighty meandering rivers and vast flood plains.

It’s the place where you can stand on the very tip of the Australian continent, discover the oldest rainforest in the world, and travel deep into our country’s wild frontier country.

We’ve partnered with the most experienced local operators to showcase this region to you in the best possible way. The unique 14-day itinerary, coupled with the best available accommodation and industry-leading guides will ensure that your journey up the wild and sparsely populated Cape York Peninsula is a trip you’ll never forget.

Along the way, you’ll enjoy incredible highlights, including the exceptionally rated ‘Quinkan Galleries‘, the vast wilderness of Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, the ancient Daintree and a fascinating tour of Kazu Pearl Farm on Friday Island. 

A rugged destination requires a sufficiently rugged mode of transportation and we’ve got this covered as well. By using the purpose-built 5-star Mercedes Benz 4WD coach, there won’t be a river, swamp, or track that we can’t access.

Inside, the air-conditioned vehicle, each guest will be allocated their own reclining seat… with business-class style legroom while the USB charging points at each seat and satellite communication will mean you’re never out of contact with loved ones at home.

In these COVID times, we understand the concerns of our participants and have carefully selected operators who we know will be able to maintain the high standard we expect of them.

Uncompromising cleaning and hygiene practices are already a feature of every Amaco tour and this hasn’t changed. If anything, we’re more fastidious now and ensure that additional cleaning, sanitising, and hygiene practices have been implemented in all areas with particular emphasis on high touch points and hard surfaces.

All coaches, vessels, planes, vehicles, and lodges we will be using are fully equipped with all that you will need. Hand sanitising stations will be available in all public areas and personal hygiene kits will also be provided where appropriate.

We certainly hope that you can join us as we travel through the Cape York Peninsula in August 2022.

For your comfort and touring pleasure, we’ve limited the number of participants that can be apart of our conference to just 16 participants. Register today or you will miss out!

Why Travel With Amaco Small Group Tours?

  • All Inclusive Travel Packages
  • Small Groups
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • 25+ Years Experience

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Far North Queensland


14 Days / 13 Nights

Value For Money

All Inclusive Travel Package

Start & End Location

Starts: Port Douglas, Queensland

Ends: Cairns, Queensland

Start Date & Time

21 August 2022 @ 6:30pm

End Date & Time

3 September 2022 @ 9:00am

Registration Fees

Conference Participant: $995 pp
Non-Conference Participant: $795 pp

Travel Packages

Amaco Family Price (for previous Amaco Conference Participants): $13,995 pp*

Early Bird Price (if booked on or before 30 September 2021): $14,495 pp*

Standard Price (if booked on or after 1 October 2021): $14,995 pp*

Single Supplement (if traveling alone): On Application

* Based on double occupancy. Due to the small number of rooms at some lodges being used, we will only be accepting single occupancy registrations as a last resort. Single travellers are encouraged to contact us and we will attempt to find an appropriate person to share with.

Price Includes

  • 2 x nights accommodation at Sheraton Port Douglas (21 & 22 Aug 2022)
  • 1 x night accommodation at Heritage Lodge & Spa Daintree (23 Aug 2022)
  • 1 x night accommodation at Soveriegn Resort Cooktown (24 Aug 2022)
  • 2 x night accommodation at Lotusbird Lodge (25 & 26 Aug 2022)
  • 1 x night accommodation at Albatross Bay Resort Weipa (27 Aug 2022)
  • 2 x nights accommodation at Moreton Wilderness Lodge (28 & 29 Aug 2022)
  • 2 x nights accommodation at Cape York Peninsula Lodge (30 & 31 Aug 2022)
  • 1 x night accommodation at Jardine Hotel Thursday Island (1 Sep 2022)
  • 1 x night accommodation at Crystalbrook Riley Resort Cairns (2 Sep 2022)
  • QANTAS Domestic Flight from Horn Island to Cairns (2 Sep 2022)
  • 13 x Breakfasts, 12 x Lunches, 13 x Dinners
  • Welcome Networking Dinner (21 Aug 2022)
  • Port Douglas Introductory Tour (22 Aug 2022)
  • Mossman Gorge Centre (23 Aug 2022)
  • Indigenous Smoking Ceremony Dreamtime Gorge Walk (23 Aug)
  • Daintree River Cruise (23 Aug 2022)
  • Cooper Creek Guided Wilderness Walk (23 Aug 2022)
  • Bloomfield Falls Visit (24 Aug 2022)
  • Cooktown Tour inc. James Cook Museum & Botanic Gardens (24 Aug 2022)
  • Old Laura Homestead Visit (25 Aug 2022)
  • 'Quinkan Galleries' Tour with Indigenous Guide (25 Aug 2022)
  • Quinkan Cultural Centre Visit (25 Aug 2022)
  • Red Lily Lagoon Visit (25 Aug 2022)
  • Helicopter Flight over Lakefield National Park (26 Aug 2022)
  • Peninsula Development Road Trip (27 Aug 2022)
  • Western Cape Eco Tour & Cruise (28 Aug 2022)
  • Picanninny Plains Wildlife Tour (29 Aug 2022)
  • Fruit Bat Falls & Eliot Creek Visit (30 Aug 2022)
  • Tip of Australia Walk (31 Aug 2022)
  • Somerset Visit (31 Aug 2022)
  • Endeavour Strait Crossing (1 Sep 2022)
  • Thursday Island Tour (1 Sep 2022)
  • Kazu Pearls Visit & Demonstration (1 Sep 2022)
  • Horn Island 2nd World War Airbase Tour (2 Sep 2022)
  • Horn Island to Cairns Domestic flight - Economy Class (2 Sep 2022)
  • Farewell Networking Dinner (2 Sep 2022)

Gold Amaco Standard Inclusions

  • Airport transfer as detailed in the itinerary for group arrivals and departures
  • Services of specialist guides and naturalist throughout itinerary
  • All applicable entrance fees, taxes, gratuities and porterage throughout the itinerary
  • Amaco staff escort
  • Hassle free luggage management
  • Tips to guides and drivers

Price Excludes

  • Airfares to and from the conference
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, mini bar, room service, laundry and business communications
  • Beverages with meals
  • Travel, optional tours & excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance

Day 1 (Sun 21 Aug 2022) Arrive in North Queensland

After arriving at Cairns Airport you will be met by Amaco staff and our local operators and transferred to our group hotel in Port Douglas. Following check-in, you are free to relax in your room or begin enjoying the area surrounding the hotel.

Enjoy a Networking Welcome Dinner this evening. Here you will have the opportunity to meet other participants and their partners as well as your Amaco hosts.

Overnight: Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas

Included Meals: Welcome Networking Dinner

Day 2 (Mon 22 Aug 2022)Port Douglas

Conference Session 1 & 2 will take place this morning followed by a lunch at the hotel.

Following lunch, you’re welcome to join other participants on an introductory tour of Port Douglas or remain at the hotel and make the most of the amazing facilities on offer. The remainder of the afternoon will is at leisure.

We’ll come together again as a group for dinner at the hotel. 

Overnight: Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Tue 23 Aug 2022)Port Douglas – Mossman Gorge – Daintree National Park

This morning you continue your journey north and visit the award-winning Mossman Gorge Centre. Here you enjoy the Dreamtime Gorge Walk, which begins with a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse and ward off bad spirits.

Setting off on the walk, you’ll be accompanied by experienced Indigenous guides who’ll demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush food sources and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest. At the end of the walk, you will enjoy some traditional bush tea and damper.

This afternoon you venture into the World Heritage Listed Daintree, the oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest in the world. First up, enjoy an informative cruise on the Daintree River before an exclusive guided tour at Cooper Creek Wilderness. Situated directly below Thornton Peak, the epicentre of refugial significance in the Daintree, Cooper Creek is home to pristine old-growth rainforest and extraordinary fan palm galleries.

Take a guided tour along the forest floor with expert, inhabitant guides; an exclusive experience that’s far removed from other mass tourism offerings in the area.

Late this afternoon you will arrive at the Heritage Lodge and Spa for your overnight stay.

Overnight: Heritage Lodge and Spa

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Wed 24 Aug 2022)Cape Tribulation – Bloomfield Track – Cooktown

This morning you continue your journey through the Daintree to Cape Tribulation, a headland named by Lieutenant James Cook after his ship struck the Great Barrier Reef in 1770.

After a stroll along the beach and a cup of tea, continue north and tackle the infamous Bloomfield Track. Impassable during the Wet Season, the track passes through some wild country and should only be tackled by 4WD vehicles.

There are numerous steep climbs through the rainforest and several creek crossings to negotiate, so sit back and enjoy the scenery as your experienced tour driver does the hard work.

Once you’re across the Bloomfield River you will visit Bloomfield Falls before lunch at the Lion’s Den Hotel, one of QLD’s oldest bush pubs.

You then depart for Cooktown, where Lieutenant Cook beached the Endeavour for repairs after hitting the reef. Upon arrival enjoy a town tour including Grassy Hill lookout, the James Cook Museum and Cooktown Botanic Gardens.

Late afternoon you will check in to the 4-star Sovereign Resort Hotel for your overnight stay.

Overnight: Sovereign Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Thu 25 Aug 2022)The ‘Quinkan Galleries’

Depart Cooktown along the Battle Camp Road and visit the Old Laura Homestead before arriving in Laura. Known as ‘Quinkan Country’, this area is famous for its rock art. Here, you’ll get off the beaten track and enjoy an exclusive safari to the ‘Quinkan Galleries’, a large and dramatic body of prehistoric rock paintings identified as being at least 15,000 years old. Due to their significance, they have been included on the Australian Heritage Estate and listed by UNESCO as being among the top 10 rock art sites in the world.

There are various public access art sites in the Laura area, including Split Rock which is visited by most tour groups. However, the larger and more spectacular sites, including the Quinkan Galleries, require permission from local elders to access.

As the track into the Quinkan Galleries is unsuitable for large 4WD coaches, we’ve arranged for two six-wheel-drive safari vehicles to be positioned here for this exclusive adventure. An experienced Aboriginal guide will accompany the group to interpret the art and explain the significance of this culturally sacred site.

Arriving back in Laura you will enjoy lunch and a visit to the Quinkan Cultural Centre. you will then travel through the grassy plains and woodlands of Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, tackling several creek crossings along the way. We’ve included a stop at Kalpowar on the Normanby River for afternoon tea, followed by a visit to Red Lily Lagoon, home to a vast array of flora and fauna. Admire the tall lotus lily with its spectacular pink flowers and dense yellow stamens, and keep an eye out for Brolgas and Sarus cranes striding through the lilies searching for sedge tubers.

This afternoon you will pass through Nifold Plain, an open savannah characterised by thousands of magnetic termite mounds, and then continue through to Lotusbird Lodge, beautifully located on the edge of a tranquil billabong. Enjoy an exclusive 2-night stay to discover the area.

Overnight: Lotusbird Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Fri 26 Aug 2022)Rinyirru (Lakefield) from the Air

Today enjoy a breathtaking helicopter flight over Rinyirru (Lakefield).

Board the exclusively chartered Bell Jet Ranger and fly over swamps, plains and forests before following the Kennedy River to Princess Charlotte Bay. You’ll spot crocodiles, pigs, cattle and all sorts of other wildlife on this mesmerising flight.

It really is the only way to get a true appreciation of the area and adds a great perspective of the Cape York Peninsula.

Conference Sessions 3 & 4 will take place after lunch with some time allocated later in the afternoon for a walk around the lodge’s billabong or some birdwatching. 

Overnight: Lotusbird Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Sat 27 Aug 2022)Coen – Weipa

Today you’ll farewell Lotusbird Lodge and make your way north along the Peninsula Development Road.

The journey today will see you pass through Coen before arriving at Archer River roadhouse for lunch.

You then continue to Weipa, arriving mid-afternoon to check in to the Albatross Bay Resort. 

Overnight: Albatross Bay Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sun 28 Aug 2022)Wildlife Cruise - Batavia Downs - Moreton Telegraph Station

This morning the group joins Western Cape Eco Tours for a cruise on the Embley River.

Explore diverse wildlife habitats, learn about local culture and keep an eye out for some big saltwater crocodiles! Your skipper will also provide a detailed insight into Weipa’s bauxite mining industry. as well.

Afterwards, visit the Western Cape Cultural Centre which showcases the history of Weipa and its surrounding communities. The centre enjoys an enviable location overlooking the bay, so it’s a great place for a picnic lunch.

This afternoon depart Weipa and make your way towards Moreton Telegraph Station. You’ll pass Batavia downs before heading north along the Telegraph Track, arriving at Moreton mid-afternoon.

Situated on the banks of the Wenlock River, Moreton served as a repeater station for the Overland Telegraph Line established in the 1880’s. The last Morse telegram code was sent from Brisbane to Thursday Island on the 24th June 1964, yet the line remained in use until 1987 as the local telephone line.

Upon our arrival at Moreton, check in to the exclusive wilderness lodge for two nights to relax and explore the local area. The newly refurbished rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, quality furnishings and air-conditioning.

Overnight: Moreton Telegraph Station

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Mon 29 Aug 2022)Piccaninny Plains Wildlife Sanctuary

This morning you’ll head south down the Telegraph Track to Piccaninny Plains, a wildlife sanctuary jointly owned by Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) & the Tony and Lisette Lewis Foundation – WildlifeLink. The sanctuary covers 420,000 acres of stunning ecological diversity, decorated by a mosaic of rainforests, woodlands & wetlands.

Cape York was connected to New Guinea for much of the last 250,000 years. The repeated interchange of flora and fauna has bequeathed a rich biological legacy on the Peninsula, and Piccaninny Plains captures a superb representation of this evolutionary blend.

Its woodlands are distinctly Australian, dominated by antipodean species such as eucalypts, acacias and kangaroos. In contrast, the rainforests that thread their way across the property have a strong New Guinean flavour, supporting charismatic species like the Spotted Cuscus. The juxtaposition of Australian & New Guinean wildlife explains why Piccaninny Plains supports such a high number of species (over 400 mammals, birds, reptiles & amphibians plus 900 plants).

AWC is responsible for delivering land management and science programs across Piccaninny, and this morning you’ll chat to some of the sanctuary’s managers to get an insight into how AWC is securing the future for Cape York wildlife.

Return to Moreton for lunch, followed by Conference Session 5 & 6. There is also time in the late afternoon to join the guides for an interpretive walk along the Wenlock River, which contains the highest diversity of freshwater fish of all Australian rivers. Species include the Freshwater Sawfish, Speartooth Shark, and more common fish like the Sooty Grunter and Barramundi.

Overnight: Moreton Telegraph Station

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Tue 30 Aug 2022)Telegraph Track – Heathlands – Fruit Bat Falls – Punsand Bay

Today your journey continues north along the Telegraph Track, which passes through some wild and rugged countryside. However, as some sections of the track may be impassable we may have to divert to onto the northern and southern bypass roads on the journey north from Moreton.

This afternoon, enjoy a visit to Fruit Bat Falls for a swim in the crystal-clear water of Eliot Creek, followed by a picnic lunch. Then, continue north and cross the Jardine River by vehicular ferry, arriving at Bamaga late afternoon.

Enjoy the next two nights in spacious cabins with ensuite bathrooms at Cape York Peninsula Lodge, the perfect base from which to explore ‘the tip’.

Overnight: Cape York Peninsula Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Wed 31 Aug 2022)Bamaga - The Tip of Cape York

Today you venture to the northernmost point on the Australian Mainland, a Cape traveller’s ultimate destination.

The walking track commences at Pajinka and requires a good level of fitness, but is well worth the effort!

Get your picture taken next to the iconic signpost and soak up the views of the Torres Strait as your guide fills you in on the history of the area.

In the afternoon the group will visit Somerset, once the home of Frank Jardine and the official government residence on the Cape protected by British Marines.

After a BBQ lunch, we return to Bamaga.

Tonight, enjoy a cultural dance performance.

Overnight: Cape York Peninsula Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Thu 1 Sep 2022)Endeavour Strait – Thursday Island – Kazu Pearls Friday Island

This morning you head to Seisia and board the ferry for our cruise across Endeavour Strait. Enjoy informative commentary about the Torres Strait Islands from the captain as you make your wake to Thursday Island, situated 35km northwest of the tip of Cape York. The island has a population of approximately 3000 people and is the main administrative centre of the Torres Strait.

Upon our arrival on Thursday Island, enjoy a tour with a local expert before the short ferry trip across to Friday Island, home to Kazu Pearls. Here you will enjoy a Pearl Demonstration and a chance to purchase some of their exquisite pearl jewellery.

You will return to Thursday Island later in the afternoon for your overnight stay at the Jardine Motel.

Overnight: Jardine Motel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Fri 2 Sep 2022)Horn Island – Cairns

This morning you will catch a ferry across to Horn Island and enjoy a tour of this once prominent WWII airbase.

After lunch you have the chance to visit the Torres Strait Heritage Museum before boarding the included QANTAS flight back to Cairns, arriving late afternoon.

For the groups final evening together, everyone will check in to the luxurious Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, located on the esplanade. A Farewell Networking Dinner will take place.

Overnight: Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Networking Dinner

Day 14 (Sat 3 Sep 2022)Farewell Cairns

After breakfast enjoy a relaxing morning before your transfer to Cairns airport for your onward flight. Bon voyage, until your next incredible Amaco adventure!

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel Options & Extensions

Given everything that has happened in the travel industry of late – you’re correct to be vigilant about where you spend your travel dollar.

Amaco is not only a member of AFTA, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents but we are also ATAS Travel Accredited – our latest compliance audit being completed in June 2021. This means we have met strict industry financial, operational, and management standards and criteria. Only the best industry agents achieve this accreditation meaning that you can travel with us knowing that you’re in safe and very capable hands.

With almost 30 years of experience in planning and running conferences, we understand that participants often want to add additional travel destinations and adventures either before or after the all-inclusive packages we provide.

Other operators might discourage you from doing this. Sometimes, it’s because of the added complexity it creates and at other times they’ll try to talk you out of it simply because they don’t have capable or experienced consultants with the breadth and depth of the consultants we employ.

We encourage all participants to make the most of the time away. This might mean departing earlier than the rest of the group and visiting other destinations before meeting up with the main group at the conference or staying on at the conclusion and doing some additional travel.

Either way – our consultants are perfectly positioned to assist you with making these arrangements and will do all the hard work for you – seamlessly combining your personalised itinerary with the group program.


Yes… not a problem. We understand that people may have a preferred Travel Agent they want to use and we don’t have any issues with you doing so. We’ll advise you of suggested arrival and departure times to allow you to make use of our group transfers.

That said though… we do have experienced consultants who are ready and waiting to help… even if that means just giving you a comparison price – nothing wrong with some competition.

We do ask for a copy of your itinerary so that we can double-check it to ensure that it fits with our program and group itinerary.

One word of warning, however, when booking flights independently – as the non-ticketing Agent we’re not notified of any changes or cancellations to your booking. If anything changes with your booking, it will be up to your agent to contact you and then for you to contact us.

It is also worth pointing out that even though we’ll have experienced staff members escorting the group during the conference, as the non-ticketing Agent we are unable to make contact or deal with the airline on your behalf.


We used to include flights in our travel package but found that in many cases the fares were more expensive than the best available daily fares or were not applicable for people who were looking to extend pre or post the main conference travel dates.

We also felt it was unfair on you, as a participant, to unknowingly pay a premium for a more flexible group fare when you are already committed to attending the conference.

By not including the airfare in the package, you are able to work with one of our experienced and knowledgeable Travel Consultants to arrange flights on any airline and from any destination depending on your preferences…. including the class of travel.


In short….. Yes!

You’re encouraged to talk to our experienced travel consultants to learn more about the options open to you either before or after the conference itineraries. We will gladly work with you to put together a personalised itinerary that can include as much or as little as you want.

We believe it is important for your own peace of mind to know that our consultants are all employed directly by Amaco Small Group Tours and are located in our office.

We don’t subcontract out the travel to a third party which means you can be comfortable knowing that whatever arrangements you make through Amaco will be tied together with the conference program to make one continuous, seamless travel itinerary. We’ll put as much care and effort into your extension as we put into the planning of the conference.

Whether it is simply booking some airport transfers with a couple of nights accommodation through to more elaborate arrangements we are perfectly positioned to incorporate any individual travel plans into your overall conference itinerary.

Email or call us so we can put together your perfect itinerary.


Much has been said about the value of travel insurance – especially given the broad-based exclusion policies many underwriters have in place which protects them from claims resulting from pandemics and epidemics.

Amaco provides travel insurance from some of the most reputable companies in the industry including Cover-More and nib-SureSave – and always at competitive rates. Over the last few months, there have been a number of enhancements to the policies available which many of the credit card policies do not include.

Please call our office and we will gladly work with you to obtain a quote from any or all of our insurance suppliers.


Amaco is an Accredited Education Provider for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine.

Each conference we run includes an education syllabus that assists GP’s, pharmacists and health professionals to improve the quality of care they provide to patients and customers while at the same time providing them with the opportunity to travel to and experience new and exciting destinations.

Our conference will allow delegates the opportunity to earn CPD points based on the content and time in session. As has been the case with past conferences, we will work closely with participants affiliated with other associations to ensure that they receive maximum recognition for attending the conference.

The content of the education sessions will be relevant to GPs, Medical Specialists, Pharmacists, Dentists, Nurses and other health providers. We encourage all attendees to register for the conference sessions.

The Education Committee for the Cape York Peninsula Conference will be selected in the coming months with final conference topics to be chosen based on the feedback from our previous conference attendees and with input from the RACGP, ACRRM and Medical Journals. Suitable speakers will be approached based on the topics selected.

Subject to final accreditation, the Cape York Peninsula Conference will include an Education Activity (formerly Category 2 Activity) affording delegates the opportunity to earn between 16 – 20 points.

ACRRM members can also expect the education program to be accredited and to earn CPD points. RACGP and ACRRM accreditation will be applied for under the triennium 2020 to 2022.

As has been the case in the past, Amaco will work with pharmacy bodies and those affiliated with other associations to ensure that they receive maximum recognition for attending the conference.

We welcome applications from potential presenters and encourage anyone interested to contact us to obtain further information.

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