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Not quite what I expected but our tour guide made it a truly memorable day.
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.
what a great tour with friendly travellers and many thanks to Nick for his expert knowledge.
I think the tour is OK, not much happening in Cooktown
The Bloomfield Track would be much more pleasant if the Greenies allowed a Grader in to take out the deep culverts, the Track needs attention. We were told by the Driver that a lot of the guest Houses were closing due to lack of patronage this is understandable the Track is not fit for any vehicles other than heavy 4 wheel drive. Also we were told that vehicles are not allowed to carry alcohol.
Cook Town was a very interesting place, Capt Cook History, the fantastic old Convent that is now a great Museum. The Accomodation was good, but they did not include Breakfast in the Tariff. The return Trip to Pt Douglas on the made roAd was very interesting and much smoother- driving through Cattle Stations, a vey good commentary by Driver big Al. Those who did not stay the night in Cook Town would have only had about 1 hour to see the Town, which would be impossible. On the way to Cook Town we had a nice morning Tea, Scones, Jam amd Cream and a pot of Tea, very nice
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
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 ... Australia
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.
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