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A Day in Cooktown – Tour from Cairns

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Key Highlights

  • Travel by a 4WD vehicle on the scenic route from Cairns to Cooktown
  • Explore Cooktown, named after Captain James Cook, who was the first European to have landed on Australian shores
  • Visit the Black Mountain range and enjoy a cable ferry ride over the picturesque Daintree River
  • Encounter the famous Grassy Hill from where you can enjoy marvelous 360 degree views of the Coral Sea, the Endeavour River and Cooktown
  • Enter the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park region and travel on the Bloomfield Track
  • Stop for lunch at the Lion’s Den Hotel which is Queensland’s oldest bush pub
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

    Duration

    14 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0700 (07:00am)
    Duration: 14 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Cairns.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Cairns

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    A former European colony, Cooktown is named after the legendary European voyager, Captain James Cook, who was the first European to have landed on Australian shores.

    This small historic town is famous for the James Cook Museum which houses the anchor and cannon of the HMS Bark Endeavour. Chalotte Street has a quaint charm and is dotted with small shops, pubs, cafes and memorials of Captain Cook and other explorers.

    This tour will show you the natural beauty of this region, notably the Black Mountain range and you will also enjoy a cable ferry ride over the picturesque Daintree River.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Cairns and will travel in an air-conditioned four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle. As you travel north along the Captain Cook Highway, which is one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives, listen to your driver-guide tell you more about this region. Upon reaching the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park. Your driver-guide will take you to the starting point to board the cable car and you will cross the Daintree River by cable ferry. Enjoy the scenic beauty and see a variety of plants below.

    After the ferry ride, board the 4WD and travel on the Bloomfield Track. This 32-kilometre track will take you through some of the most spectacular scenery. You will cross rivers and mountains and then stop for lunch at the Lion’s Den Hotel which is Queensland’s oldest bush pub.

    After lunch, board the 4WD vehicle and travel to the fascinating Black Mountain. We continue to the unique geological oddity, which is Black Mountain, surrounded in a rare geological formation which is surrounded in mystery and spoken of in ancient Aboriginal legend. Your driver-guide will tell you about the legends associated with it!

    Upon arrival at Cooktown, you will be taken first to Grassy Hill from where you can enjoy marvelous 360 degree views of the Coral Sea, the Endeavour River and Cooktown. There will be a photo opportunity here.

    Enjoy free time to explore Cooktown on your own. You may see the James Cook Museum which houses the anchor and cannon of the HMS Bark Endeavour. Captain James Cook was the first European to have landed in Australia.

    Later board the vehicle and travel on the Mulligan Highway crossing cattle stations and traveling through the outback of Far North Queensland which offers amazing scenic beauty.

    You will then be taken back to your hotel in Cairns where the tour ends.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Air conditioned 4WD travel to Cooktown
    • Professional driver-guide (English Speaking)
    • Daintree River cable ferry
    • Grassy Hill
    • Entrance into World Heritage listed Daintree National Park
    • Morning tea
    • 4WD Bloomfield Track
    • Lunch at the famous The famous Lions Den Hotel
    • Enjoy free time to explore Cooktown
    • Return by 4WD on the inland route

    Exclusions

    • Dinner
    • Entry into James Cook Museum
    • Fuel levy
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details
    There should be minimum 4 passengers for guaranteed departure

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.