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Tour code: 5101COOKTOWN
Enjoy a spectacular journey that is just as pleasurable as the destination: the historic township of Cooktown, home of Australia's first European settlement. Travel by 4WD through the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Daintree National Park and the Bloomfield Track, two highlights of northern Queensland. Venture into the rainforest and cross the Daintree River before reaching Cooktown, where you have free time to visit the James Cook Museum (optional). Includes round-trip transport by 4WD and an optional flight for hotels in Cairns, the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.

Highlights

  • Travel by air-conditioned 4WD to historic Cooktown
  • Experience the serenity of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park
  • Free time to explore Cooktown at own leisure
  • Cross the Daintree River by cable ferry
  • Enjoy lunch at an Aussie pub
  • Travel through remote tropical Far North Queensland
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Friendly and informative guide
  • Traveling in a small group for a unique and intimate experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas

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What You Can Expect

Cooktown 4WD Adventure Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

Take the option to return to Cairns by air

From Cairns, travel north along one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives — the Captain Cook Highway — towards Daintree National Park.

Cross the Daintree River in a cable ferry then continue by 4WD to the Bloomfield Track. Stop for lunch at the Lion's Den Hotel, established in 1875 and one of North Queensland's oldest pubs. Continue to Black Mountain, and hear from your guide about local Aboriginal legends. Before arriving in Cooktown, stop at Grassy Hill lookout for sweeping photo ops of the Coral Sea, Cooktown and the Endeavour River. Throughout your tour, your knowledgeable guide shares fascinating facts about the region's history, and animal and plant life.

In Cooktown, have about one hour of free time to look around and visit the James Cook Museum (admission not included). Next up, leave Cooktown on the Mulligan Highway, traveling inland past cattle stations and the Palmer River goldfields. Pull into the Mt Molloy Hotel for an evening meal (own expense) then continue on your return to Cairns after 9pm.

Alternatively, enjoy a scenic 45-minute flight to return to Cairns, and take in views of the Daintree Coast and Great Barrier Reef. The flight from Cooktown departs around 6pm and arrives at 6:45pm at Cairns General Aviation Airport. From May to August, you can get spectacular sunset views during the flight. Upon arrival in Cairns, make your own way back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Carol W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The tour to Cooktown via the Daintree National Park was the spectacular highlight of our visit to the Cairns region. Our driver Greg was very knowledgeable about the environment and history of the region. He was also very helpful throughout the day, friendly and interesting, all while driving safely on some quite difficult roads. Morning tea in the forest was really good with fresh scones. Lunch was a choice from a fairly limited menu but the food was well-prepared and tasty. The only low spot was the stop for dinner - the timing was too early due to the constraints of the schedule and the food was pretty ordinary. I realize it's probably the only place to stop and some might want to eat before getting back to Cairns.

Overall it was a great tour, with a lot to see packed into a single day. I learned a lot about the history, culture and natural environment of the area.

karen c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

what a great tour with friendly travellers and many thanks to Nick for his expert knowledge.

joy r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

the tour was fantastic and our tour guide daryl was very imformative and friendly,which made the tour even better. chris and joy fron melbourne

Murray A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

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.

Peter L

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

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.

Julian B

4 star rating: Recommended November 2011

Excellent, informative well guided trip. Flying back from Cooktown also added an insight into the day to day life of the community.

Margaret W

4 star rating: Recommended July 2011

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.

Wai Ping W

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2015

I think the tour is OK, not much happening in Cooktown

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