This exclusive 3-day tour takes in the best bits of North Queensland’s history and amazing natural beauty, with everything taken care of. It ticks all the scenic boxes, with stops at the Daintree National Park, Cooktown and the Atherton Tablelands, touring with a small group in air-conditioned comfort. Visit historic Cooktown and its many surrounding attractions, learning about the region’s interesting history from Captain Cook’s first encounters through to the Gold Rush. This tour also spends time in the iconic Daintree Rainforest and visits Cape Tribulation, where the reef meets the rainforest. Our very experienced local Naturalist Guide will provide informative commentary throughout. A showcase of people, place and past.
- Please note this tour is not suitable for children under 4, unless on a Private Charter.
- Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear
Inclusions: Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation in Cooktown Single/ Twin/ Double (ensuite)
After pick-up from your accommodation, we ascend the Lamb Range above Cairns enjoying amazing views over the city and beyond. We arrive at the Cairns water catchment area, Copperload Dam and Lake Morris. From here our ‘exclusive permit’ allows us to 4WD through the rainforest and river crossings, to view rare King Ferns, one of the earliest vascular plant forms dating back 325 million years. We then visit a World Heritage Rainforest Boardwalk where you’ll see giant Strangler Fig Trees. We then head to Bob’s Lookout before going to the Palmer River Roadhouse for lunch. Continuing north towards Cooktown and the mysterious Black Mountain, we climb some rugged terrain for a visit to Archer Point Lighthouse, a beacon to guide ships along the Great Barrier Reef. From here, we travel into Cooktown and our accommodation.
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation in Cape Tribulation. Single/ Twin/ Double (ensuite)
After breakfast, enjoy a town tour of Cooktown and head up to the Grassy Hill lookout for fantastic views over the town and its famous “River of Gold”. Then it’s onto the historic Captain James Cook Museum, which is one of Queensland’s best museums, showcasing the remarkable history of this historic town. The museum follows the story of Captain James Cook’s enforced seven-week stay at the Endeavour River, during which the first meaningful contact between Europeans and Indigenous Australians took place. It covers the days of the Palmer River gold rush, as well as showcasing personal stories and items from Cooktown’s early residents. Now that you’ve been enriched in Australia’s true history, we head down to the famous, historical Lion’s Den Hotel for lunch (included) and a refreshing drink (own expense). This truly is an Aussie icon built on the banks of the little Annan River, surrounded by 100-year-old mango trees. You can sign the wall, like 100’s of visitors from all over Australia and the world have done before you, over many years. From here, we head south to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest. Engaging 4WD we travel along the Bloomfield Track, enjoying many scenic spots including the Bloomfield Falls, Cedar Bay National Park, a boardwalk and more. After arriving at Cape Tribulation, you’re free to take a walk on the beach and head up to Kulki Lookout. We then go to our overnight accommodation.
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch & Return to Accommodation
After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to Thornton Beach, which is adjacent to Queensland’s fourth highest mountain, Thornton Peak (1,374m). Stopping here, you get the chance to stretch your legs on the beach and grab some amazing photos. We then continue to the Alexandra Lookout for spectacular views over the Daintree River and beyond, to the Great Barrier Reef and Snapper Island. We arrive at the famous Daintree River for our cable ferry crossing. Once on the other side, it’s time for a 1-hour cruise on the Daintree River, where crocodiles and varied native bird species are spotted. This is your chance to see one of the longest and most diverse river systems in the world, through the eyes of a local, naturalist guide. After the cruise, it’s a short drive to the Daintree Tea House for a special lunch, at one of the Daintree region’s oldest established restaurants. You have the choice to try delicious Barramundi fish (other menu items are available) and exotic tropical fruits. After lunch, we head to Mossman Gorge, which is located in the southern section of the Daintree National Park. You’ll be immersed in the rich traditions of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal culture on a 1.5-hour guided walk. Finally, we head south along one of the nicest coastal drives in the world, the picturesque Captain Cook Highway, towards Cairns with an optional stop at Port Douglas. Your guide will drop you back to your accommodation in Cairns or Port Douglas in the early evening.
|RATES & DATES|
|Departs Cairns & Northern Beaches|
|Adult (Twin Share)||$1,550|
|Child (4 – 14 years)||$1,350|
|Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)||$5,450|
|Private Charter||Rates on Request|
This tour departs every Monday and Thursday, with a minimum of 4 passengers (subject to availability).
Departing Cairns City: Departure 7am
Departing Northern Beaches: Departure 7.45am
Returns: Early evening
- Luggage is restricted to One Soft Bag per passenger (no suitcases), weighing no more than 10kgs + One Small Backpack/Day Pack