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.
Enjoy a stunning coastal scenic flight from Cairns to Cooktown; catching glimpses of the Coral Sea, World Heritage Rainforest and rugged coastline. Arrive and explore historic Cooktown with comprehensive commentary from our driver guide as you visit the town’s iconic locations. Enjoy a return coach journey via the Mulligan Highway, seeing the distinct difference between the two bordering environments of the Coastal Rainforest and Outback.
Departs: Flight departs Hinterland Aviation Cairns @ 6:45am. Passengers staying in Cairns make their own way to Hinterland Aviation, 7 Tom McDonald Drive, Cairns. Passengers staying in Northern Beaches receive a transfer- pickup approx. 5:15am.
Passengers staying in Port Douglas receive a transfer- pickup approx. 4:30am.
Returns: Port Douglas approx. 6:00pm. Northern Beaches approx. 6:45pm. Cairns approx. 7:15pm
Scenic coastal flight over the Coral Sea • Experienced driver-guide • Driver-guided tour of Cooktown including Grassy Hill • Free time in Cooktown • Heritage listed Cooktown Cemetery • James Cook Museum guided tour • Driver-guided walk at the Cooktown Botanic Gardens • Nature's Powerhouse: Case, Art Gallery & Visitor Information Centre • Lunch • Black Mountain • Return journey via the Mulligan Highway • Outback drive
What to bring
Hat, sunscreen & bottle of water
Cairns passengers make their own way to Hinterland Aviation [7 Tom McDonald Drive]. Northern Beaches and Port Douglas passengers receive a transfer from their accommodation.
Enjoy a scenic flight over the same waters that Captain Cook sailed through in 1770. Marvel at the views of the Coral sea, catch glimpses of the Great Barrier Reef, rugged coastline, World Heritage rainforest and mountains.
Cooktown: Our driver/guide will meet you at Cooktown’s airport then our first stop is Grassy Hill. From here Captain Cook surveyed his route through the Great Barrier Reef. We then make our way to the quaint township of Cooktown for a guided walk of the esplanade and its many points of interest, before some free time.
The Heritage listed Cooktown Cemetery is next, then visit the James Cook Museum for a guided tour and see an original anchor and cannon from Cook’s HMB Endeavour amongst many other interesting exhibits. Established in 1878, the Cooktown Botanic Gardens are one of Queensland’s oldest regional botanic gardens. A driver/guided walk shows 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.
Outback: Travelling the Mulligan Highway, we stop briefly at Black Mountain, Byerstown Range Lookout & 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.