Although unable to take the Bloomfield Track (due to FNQ's notorious summer weather) the tour was most enjoyable with one of the best and most informative driver/guides I have experienced. Time constraints prevented an overnight stay in Cooktown but with so much to see, I strongly recommend that future 'tourists'
avail themselves of this option.
enjoyed the trip, but not the food, at the pub,very long day to do on so little food,up early no breakfast, back late and where we were staying no resturant, not your fault just pointing it out,other than that great trip.
We enjoyed the tour very much. Drivers were very informative, vehicle was comfortable. Accommodation in Cooktown was excellent..Museam and town of Cooktown delightful. Scones jam and cream for morning tea was a delightful in the Daintree... 8/10 rating...MH
Lorraine S Just ...
We were picked up right on time at our hotel and we were the only pick up in Cairns so we set off. Our driver and guide Mark was very good and attentive and we enjoyed our journey and the morning tea at the very pleasant resort. We picked up 4 other passengers and proceeded on to Cooktown. Up to this point everything was fine. Mark did a short tour of the town and we went up to the lookout and then we were dropped at our respective accommodations. We had selected the dearer option as we saw that it had a restuarant but upon checking in we were informed that the restuarant was closed for the holiday period. We then had to find somewhere else to go to dinner that night. Although there were other venues (RSL, Bowling Club, and another restuarant) we were disappointed. Mark told us that there would be someone to pick us up at the Motel about 4.00pm the next day. We had to check out from our motel by 10.00am and although they cloaked our luggage we feel that it would be better if we could have had access to our room for longer as it was very hot and there was nowhere to go to get out of the heat. When 4.00pm arrived we were met by Darryl who informed us that the large vehicle had broken down and we were all to go back to Cairns in a sedan. As there were 6 of us and there was another passenger already we were a little crowded. My husband and I sat in the back seat (I sat on the centre area which was not the most comfortable) but we felt sorry for the other three younger passengers who were squashed in the back seat. We did enjoy seeing Cooktown but feel that there was a long time to fill in on the second day when there was nowhere to go to rest or cool down.
Excellent, informative well guided trip. Flying back from Cooktown also added an insight into the day to day life of the community.
The trip was very good. Enjoyed by all.
The only problem was that the food did not cater for speciality diets eg Gluten free
I informed ahead of time about this, but the places that made the food had no idea. The driver ordered rib eye fillet for dinner, but they put gravy on it (which contains wheat flour). So this delayed the trip home as they had to re-cook the steak. It was the only item that was gluten free that was on the menu.
As well as the beautiful scenic trip through the Daintree Rainforest to get to Cooktown, the town itself is a great place to visit. Its a really charming little colonial town with very friendly locals. The views from Grassy Hill Lookout are spectacular and a beer on the verandah at the Cooktown Hotel can't be beaten. It's a long day trip to get there from Cairns or Port Douglas but well worth the effort!
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