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Cooktown Daintree & Outback Discovery Tours

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

Small Group Tour
  • Keep your eyes peeled in the Daintree Rainforest as you may spot crocodiles, kangaroos, wallabies, monitor lizards and possibly even an amazing looking cassowary, with its high helmet and vivid blue neck.
  • Among the many amazing sites you’ll visit on this tour, Cooktown’s Grassy Hill showcases panoramic views of the Endeavour River, Coral Sea and Cooktown while the Bloomfield Track and Captain Cook Highway drive also offer spectacular scenery. With so many photo opportunities, ensure you keep your camera handy!
  • Bathe in the sheer peacefullness, cool and sheer beauty of the Daintree rainforest. Lie down and just breath it all in and listen carefully to the magical sounds of wildlife around you 

Explore the amazing attractions of the Daintree National Park, Cooktown and the Atherton Tablelands. In a small group, you’ll enjoy an exclusive 4WD tour with expert guides, including a rainforest walk led by a local Aboriginal guide.

For 3 unforgettable days and 2 nights, explore stunning attractions of Daintree Rainforest National Park, Cooktown and the Atherton Tablelands with expert naturalist guides.

Enjoy an exclusive tour with a small group travelling in a luxury 4WD vehicle. See rare King Ferns and the famous giant Strangler Fig Tree at the World Heritage Rainforest boardwalk.

At Cooktown, marvel at the Grassy Hill lookout views as well as the historic items showcased in the James Cook Museum.

Following lunch at the renowned Lion’s Den Hotel, the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation await, where the rainforest meets the reef.

You will stroll along pristine sand beaches with Alexandra Lookout offering spectacular views before cruising the Daintree River and maybe spotting a croc!

Highlighting Indigenous culture and history, this tour includes a fascinating and educational rainforest walk led by an Aboriginal guide in the lush Mossman Gorge.

Then you’ll be returned to your Cairns or Port Douglas accommodation.

Natural Beauty

Every day of this exciting three-day Cooktown tour is packed with amazing attractions. There’s something for people of all ages to enjoy!

Spectacular Scenery

Holding an exclusive licence to drive from Lake Morris through the jungle, towards the Atherton Tablelands’ green hills, makes the remote 4WD journey a special experience.

Also unique is the rugged beauty of the Bloomfield track and its many scenic spots including Bloomfield Falls, Cedar Bay National Park and a rainforest boardwalk.

Further enjoy Tropical Far North Queenslands natural beauty by walking in the world’s oldest rainforest, as well as sauntering along soft white sand beaches, viewing waterfalls and mysterious Black Mountain.

You’ll also marvel at the return drive to Cairns. One of the most beautiful stretches of Australian road, the Captain Cook Highway features the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef on your left with lush rainforest on your right.

Amazing Lookouts

After being picked up from your Cairns accommodation, you’ll travel up the Lamb Range above Cairns over Atherton Tablelands with amazing views over the city and beyond.

On the road to Cooktown, the road climbs across the Desailly Range where there are good views from the top.

At Bob’s Lookout, the country scenery and savannah seem to go on forever.

From Cooktown’s Grassy Hill Lookout there’s stunning views over the Coral Sea.

Further spectacular views await at Alexandra Lookout where the Daintree River spills into the Coral Sea, and picturesque scenes unfold of the Low Isles and Snapper Island on the Great Barrier Reef beyond.

At  Cape Tribulation, you can head up to Kulki Lookout where the boardwalk offers a viewing platform overlooking the pristine ocean and beach. 

Daintree Rainforest The World’s Oldest Rainforest

On day one, crossing creeks and going through a forest, see rare King Ferns and the famous giant Strangler Fig Tree at the World Heritage Rainforest boardwalk.

The next day, travel to the amazing Daintree Rainforest. Described by David Attenborough as “the most extraordinary place on earth” and 80 million years older than the Amazon, this oldest rainforest on earth has preserved rare flora and fauna since prehistoric times.

At Cape Tribulation, take a relaxing stroll on the beach where the rainforest grows down to the ocean, meeting  another World Heritage Listed site, the Great Barrier Reef.

Next is Mossman Gorge in the southern section of the Daintree Rainforest where you’ll enjoy a 1.5 hour guided walk through the rainforest led by a local Aboriginal guide.

Pristine Beaches

The many pretty beaches Australia is renowned for are exemplified in this 4WD tour.

In the shadow of Queensland’s fourth highest mountain, Thornton Peak, which is 1374m above sea level, is pristine Thornton Beach.

Here, enjoy a relaxing stroll to stretch your legs and take some beautiful photos of the scenery.

When you’re taken into the magnificent Daintree Rainforest, protected by a headland is Cape Tribulation’s beautiful white, soft sandy beach.

Here you can take a walk as well as observe the stunning views of the coastline and the meeting place of two globally significant World Heritage-listed sites, the rainforest with the Great Barrier Reef.

For a refreshing dip, you’ll love the opportunity at Mossman’s Gorge’s perfect swimming hole.

Daintree River Cruise

Cross on an old cable ferry to the other side of the Daintree River for a cruise. Aboard the boat, you’ll see wildlife in its natural habitat. As well as an array of water birds, you may spot a massive saltwater croc lazing in the sun or even a magnificent cassowary, a 1.5 to 2m emu-like  bird with rainbow plumes.

Journey under a canopy of ancient trees and through lush terrain on one of the longest river systems on the east coast.

Some of the wildlife here is found nowhere else on the planet and you’ll be enlightened as well as educated by your passionate naturalist guide.

Historic Cooktown

Cooktown features the James Cook Museum which showcases the very interesting history of this remarkable town.

Learn the history of the town, from Captain James Cook’s forced seven-week stay where the first significant contact between Europeans and Aboriginals was made, to the days of the Palmer River gold rush.

Check out the original cannon and anchor from James Cook’s vessel HMB Endeavour, that were thrown overboard in 1770, as well as personal items of Cooktown’s earliest residents and learn the stories of this intriguing and historic town.

Go up to Grassy Hill Lookout to take in the vistas and Cooktown’s famous ‘River of Gold’ down below.

Iconic Eating Spots

Following the first night’s stay at Cooktown’s beautiful Sovereign Hotel and exploring the town itself, you’ll  be taken to Aussie icon the Lion’s Den Hotel – one of the best-known pubs in Australia.

Built on the banks of the Little Annan River, it’s surrounded by 100-year-old mango trees.

Enjoy lunch here and observe the thousands of signatures on its walls from people who have visited from all over the world.

The next day you’ll lunch at another Aussie institution and one of the Daintree’s oldest established restaurants, the Daintree Teahouse.

Locally grown Daintree Tea is available here and do try the delicious Barramundi which the restaurant specialises in. Wild caught in Australian waters, this fish is a favourite with locals.

Cultural Showcase

The tour guides share their knowledge of Indigenous culture, fauna, flora, botany, geology and history of all the amazing places visited as well as utilising their extensive bush skills.

Within the southern section of the Daintree Rainforest in the lush Mossman Gorge, you’ll enjoy the 1.5 hour guided walk through the rainforest led by a local Aboriginal guide who will explain the significance of this ecosystem to the Kuku Yalanji Aborifinal people, who have lived here for thousands of years.

Cooktown Accommodation

Accommodation in Cooktown will be at either the Sovereign Hotel located in the heart of Cooktown or Seaview Motel located on the banks of the Endeavour River on the first night, for your second night you will stay in the Daintree Rainforest at either Lync Haven Rainforest Retreat or Ferntree Rainforest Resort.

Your accommodation option will be confirmed at the time of booking your Cooktown tour.

See more Cooktown tours and four wheel drive tours.

Included In Price

  • Daintree River Cruise
  • James Cook Museum entry fee
  • Quality accommodation with private facilities
  • All meals provided (except breakfast on the first day and dinner on last day)
  • For personalised service, tours carry a maximum of nine passengers per trip.
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time

7am

Departure Instructions

Operator picks up passengers at their accommodation in Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Palm Cove
  • Port Douglas
Destinations
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Cooktown
  • Daintree Rainforest
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Monday, Thursday

Duration

3 days 2 nights

Fitness Level Required

Medium

  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • 1 small bag (soft-sided; 80cm x 30cm x 30cm at the most; and no more than 10kgs)
  • Insect repellent
  • Swimming costume
  • Beach towel
  • Personal water bottle
  • Small daypack
  • Photo ID and cash for personal purchases
  • Comfortable clothing plus jacket and long pants
  • Torch
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Medications

  • Tour not suitable for children under 4 years old, unless on a private charter.
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • Children’s rate is 4-14 years.

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions page here for details prior to booking.

No refund if the tour is cancelled 14 days or less prior to travel.

Cooktown, Daintree, Outback 3 Day - 2 Night Tour

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

Small Group Tour

From

au$1,550.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$1,350.00
Family: au$5,450.00

Tour Code: 275

From

au$1,550.00

Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia

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