Tour ID: 10039635
Want to see Cooktown and more in a 3 Day Tour with everything taken care of? This very small group tour takes you on an exclusive guided 4WD tour to the Daintree National Park, Cooktown, and the Northern Atherton Tablelands. This tour ticks all the boxes in terms of showing people the best of Far North Queensland! Visit Cooktown and its many surrounding attractions as you learn about the amazing history of the area and much more, from our very experienced local Naturalist Guide.
On this all inclusive hotel and meals package tour, you will travel in small groups, with a maximum of only 6 people
DAY 1 - CAIRNS TO COOKTOWN VIA WET TROPICS & NORTHERN ATHERTON TABLELANDS
After pick up from your accommodation, we ascend the Lamb Range above Cairns with amazing views over the city and beyond. We arrive at Copperlode Dam and Lake Morris, Cairns water catchment area. Our‘exclusive permit’allows us to 4WD through the rainforest and river crossings to view rare King Ferns, one of our earliest vascular plant forms dating back to 325 million years. We then visit a World Heritage Rainforest Boardwalk where you’ll view giant Strangler Fig Trees. From here we travel north checking out Bob’s Lookout before heading to Palmer River Roadhouse for lunch. Heading on towards Cooktown & 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 will head to Cooktown to our accommodation at the beautiful Sovereign Hotel.
Overnight: Cooktown. Single/ Twin/ Double (ensuite)
DAY 2 - EXPLORE COOKTOWN
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, we enjoy a town tour of Cooktown and head up to Grassy Hill lookout for a look at fantastic views of Cooktown and its famous "River of Gold". It’s then onto the Historic Captain James Cook Museum which is one of Queensland best museums, showcasing the remarkable history of this remarkable town.The museum follows the story of Captain James Cook’s enforced seven week stay at the Endeavor River, during which the first meaningful contact between Europeans and Indigenous Australian took place, to the days of the Palmer River gold rush, as well as personal stories and items from Cooktown’s early residents.
Now that you have been enriched in Australia’s true history, we then head down to the famous historical Lion’s Den Hotel for lunch and a refreshing drink (own expense). This is truly an Aussie icon built on the banks of the little Annan River, surrounded by 100 year old mango trees. Sign the wall like 100’s of visitor’s from all over Australia and the world have done for many years.
From here we will head south towards Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest. Engaging 4WD we travel along the Bloomfield Track enjoying many scenic spots including Bloomfield Falls, Cedar Bay National Park, a boardwalk and more. After arriving at Cape Tribulation, you are free to take a walk on the beach and head up to Kulki Lookout. We then head towards our overnight accommodation.
Overnight: Cape Tribulation. Single/ Twin/ Double (ensuite)
DAY 3 - COOKTOWN TO CAIRNS/ MOSSMAN GORGE & PORT DOUGLAS (OPTIONAL)
After a leisurely breakfast, we head on towards Thornton Beach, adjacent to Queensland's fourth highest mountain, Thornton Peak at 1374 m. Here you will get a chance to stretch your legs on the beach and grab some amazing photo opportunities. We then continue on to the Alexandra Lookout for spectacular views over the Daintree River mouth and beyond to Low isles on the Great Barrier Reef and Snapper Island. We arrive at the famous Daintree River for our cable ferry crossing and onto our river cruise on one of the most diverse river systems in the world. He you will enjoy our one 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 river systems on the east coast of Australia through the eyes of a local, naturalist guide.
After the cruise we will have a short drive to the Daintree Tea House for a special lunch at one of the Daintree region’s oldest established restaurants with a choice to try delicious Barramundi Fish (other menu items are available) and exotic tropical fruits.
Finally, we head south along one of the nicest coastal drives in the world, the picturesque Captain Cook Highway towards Cairns, stopping at Mossman Gorge (the south-east corner of the Daintree World Heritage area) for a guided walk in the National Park, then followed by a 1.5 hour Dreamtime Walk and Traditional Smoking Ceremony, learning the traditions and culture of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people. From here we will continue our journey to Cairns with a Port Douglas optional stop. Your guide will drop you back to your accommodation in Cairns or Port Douglas in the early evening.
Tour Departs Monday's & Thursdays - Please inquire about alternate departure days as others maybe available.
Please remember that Single Travelers must purchase the optional extra "single supplement" if you prefer your own private room, otherwise you may be roomed with another single traveller.
Seasonal weather conditions and operational requirements may cause a variation in the tour itinerary. The operator reserves the right to subsitute or modify if required Please read our terms and conditions carefully. Departure and Return times are approximate. Tour is not suitable for infants.
All light breakfasts,light lunches and evening meals as per itinerary, National Park entry fees and permits, Experienced local naturalist driver guide, comfortable late model well appointed vehicles, Quality accommodation with private facilities, Small group numbers offering unrivaled, friendly and personalized service.
3 days, 2 nights
7:15 AM Mon, Thu
Pick Up from accommodation is included
Camera, sunscreen 30+, hat, Insect repellent, Swimmers,Towel,Comfortable walking shoes / clothing
Wallet - Cash for personal expenses
Only bring a small soft sided bag or small day soft pack, maximum 10 kg and no suitcases. Luggage space is limited and you will need to make alternate arrangements to have it stored whilst on this tour.
Please enquire with operator as to suitably for children
This tour requires a minimum of 4 guests to operate, you will be wait listed until minimum numbers are reached
Please note that tour departs ONLY Mondays and Thursdays
Cape Tribulation, Cooktown, Daintree, Atherton Tablelands, Black Mountain and Clohesy River
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