COVID NOTICE: We have made the difficult decision to close our Cooktown tours for the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19. Our Cooktown Tour travel season normally runs May to Nov.
This epic 4WD journey through UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest crosses unique terrain along the 4WD only Bloomfield Track in our purpose-built vehicle. The 2 Day Cooktown Explorer includes an overnight stay in Cooktown with the following day is spent exploring more of this historic town. Enjoy a high level of service and comprehensive commentary en route as our driver guide shares stories of our region’s fascinating natural and cultural heritage. Return journey along the Mulligan Highway, the Outback
Departs: Cairns 6:15am, Northern Beaches 6:45am, Port Douglas 7:30am
Returns: Cairns 7:15pm, Northern Beaches 6:45pm, Port Douglas 6:00pm
• Scenic coastal drive
• Experienced driver-guide
• Courtesy return hotel transfers
• World Heritage Daintree National Park
• Morning tea and lunch (day one)
• Visit the iconic Lions Den Pub
• 4WD Bloomfield Track
• Grassy Hill lookout
• Free time in Cooktown
• Overnight accommodation in Cooktown
• Driver guided tour at Heritage listed Cooktown Cemetery
• Guided tour of James Cook Museum
• Driver guided walk at Cooktown Botanic Gardens
• Return journey via Outback
What to bring
Hat, sunscreen & bottle of water, small overnight bag (no suitcases please).
Day 1: Travel in air-conditioned comfort in our purpose-built 4WD vehicle, experiencing some of the most amazing scenery and natural beauty in Australia. Your experienced guide will enlighten your journey with fascinating stories and history along the famous 4WD- only Bloomfield Track. Enjoy lunch at the infamous Lions Den Hotel. You will arrive in historic Cooktown in the early afternoon where we visit Grassy Hill for panoramic views before you are transferred to your accommodation for the night.
Overnight: 1 night accommodation in Cooktown
Today we explore Cooktown, our first stop is the Heritage listed Cooktown Cemetery which bears testimony to the diverse nationalities who came to Cooktown and the Palmer Goldfields in the late 19th century. Visit the James Cook Museum for a guided tour and see an original anchor and cannon from Cook’s HMB Endeavour amongst many of the interesting exhibits.
Next visit the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and enjoy a driver/guided walk viewing many of the same plants collected by botanists, Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, as well as plants traditionally used by the local Aboriginal people. Relax at Nature’s Powerhouse café, Art Gallery and Visitor Information Centre.
Travelling the Mulligan Highway, we briefly stop at Black Mountain, Byerstown Range lookout and the Palmer River Roadhouse. The outback landscape is dotted with termite mounds and many different eucalypt species. Keep an eye out for livestock that graze along the roadside before we return you to your accommodation.
Liz C – Canberra, Australia
Our highlight was seeing a Cassowary and his chick darting out from the rainforest! We spotted crocodiles and an array of different birds along the journey. Food offered was fabulous… The Endeavour River at Cooktown is quite spectacular.
We would highly recommend this tour to anyone. The Tour guides were great and very knowable,. The Bloomfield Track was a highlight however we enjoyed every aspect of the tour. Accommodation was great in Cooktown.