9-Day Cape York & Torres Strait with Crooked Compass

Where the rainforest meets the sea and the most northern tip of Australia’s mainland meets a scattering of islands rich in history, culture and natural beauty, our Cape York and Torres Strait Explorer is a journey of soft adventure into Australia’s last frontier via 4WD.

From wild Indigenous encounters and European explorer history, through to WWII relics, incredible sunsets and remote glamping at a pearl farm, this adventure north has something for everyone.

Savour the countries freshest seafood prepared fresh from the azure waters that surround you. Swim in crystal clear waterfalls and bob in horizon pools. Hike through contrasting landscapes of rainforest to savannahs and try your hand at spearfishing and mud crabbing as you wade through lagoons of mangroves.


  • Arrival airport transfer in Cairns
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Services of a local expert guide
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • National Park fees
  • Private transportation
  • Local taxes and levies


  • Stay at Thala Beach Resort and enjoy complimentary experiences such as nature/wildlife walks, star gazing nights and specialist talks from local experts
  • Participate in a traditional fishing activity of spear throwing and handling as is still practiced today. Hunt whilst stalking and observing wildlife, and how to find plants used for bush tucker and bush medicine.
  • Early morning hike to the summit of Mt Cook. The spectacular vantage point from the top of Mount Cook offers incredible views of Quarantine Bay and Walker Bay.
  • Stay at the Lotusbird Lodge is perched on the edge of a magnificent billabong and named after the native birds that inhabit the area.
  • Cruise the tranquil waters of the Embley River into the golden glow of a sunset over the water, whilst enjoying a cold drink and canapes – keep your eyes peeled to spot crocodiles and native birds along the way.
  • Visit the stunning Fruit Bat Falls. This is a fantastic place to refresh and wash off the dust from your adventure so far! The broad, natural weir is croc-free and has plenty of shady picnic tables, making it the ideal place for a pit stop. Enjoy a swim and cool off in the crystal clear waters.
  • Take a private boat for a short 20-minute transfer to Roko Island. Roko is a part of 274 islands which form the Torres Strait, and at less than 9,000 m2, it is one of the smallest. It consists of only 2 permanent residents and will be your base for the next 2 nights in a stunning Glamping Tent. Enjoy a sundowner with your hosts and experiencing the sunset over the ocean, before a specially prepared dinner.
  • Enjoy lunch and a visit to the Heritage Museum on Horn Island - Visit the The Gab Titui Cultural Centre, a contemporary art gallery located on Thursday Island
  • See the Kazo Pearl Farm on Friday Island and be treated to a 7 course Japanese style lunch with fresh sushi, sashimi, tempura, all using locally caught reef fish.
  • Cruise through rainforest tracks towards Cape York, before the ocean is able to be seen on both sides of the vehicle – you know you are getting close! The last 400 metres to the tip is on foot, as you climb across rocks to arrive at the most northerly point of mainland Australia. Enjoy the wild and pristine views out across the Torres Strait. An amazing and truly iconic Australian experience.

Pricing: $10,495 per person*

Departure dates: 4th Jun 2022, 3rd Sep 2022, 4th Jun 2023, 3rd Sep 2023.

*Terms and Conditions apply. Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures. * Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received. * A minimum of 4 adults is required to guarantee this departure. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass.

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