Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas, Australia
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clock-o14 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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
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 Cafe Ayton before visiting 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.

Reviews

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N
, Aug 2017

fantastic trip and amazing very knowledgeable tour guide. Thanks

G
, Aug 2017

Excellent tour in every respect. Particular praise to our driver/guide for his explanations, background stories and driving over such a long day!

M
, Jun 2017

Our Tour Guide Cathy, was extremely knowledgable as well as a very safe and competent driver. Cathy made our day lots of fun and her local knowledge was amazing. The stops that we made along the way on The Bloomfield Track far exceeded our expectations. Our morning tea stop in The Daintree was so idyllic. We stopped at an Indiginous Gallery in Wujal Wujal. The artwork and jewellery, all done by women, was also amazing. We had a beautiful lunch and then went to visit the iconic Lions Den Hotel, established in 1875. Cooktown is a very quaint town. We traced some of Captain Cook's steps, ironically visiting on the 247th Anniversary of his landing in Cooktown.We returned to Port Douglas on The Mulligan Highway. We travelled as a party of 4 and all would highly recommend this tour to anyone with a sense of adventure and a love of our beautiful country. This tour has now whet our appetite and we are considering a trip further north to the tip of Cape York. Thank you for a fabulous day.

J
, Sep 2016

Not quite what I expected but our tour guide made it a truly memorable day.

C
, Mar 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.

k
, Dec 2015

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

W
, Oct 2015

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

j
, Oct 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

M
, Apr 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.

P
, Jul 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.


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