Cooktown 1 day fly/drive discovery tour. Our guests take a low level scenic flight from Cairns to explore historic Cooktown's fascinating sites. A fully immersive day of history and intrigue about the pioneering days of Australia.
Join our luxury fly/drive 1 day Cooktown tour from Cairns or Port Douglas that begins with a wonderfully scenic low level airplane flight along the east coast of Australia flying over the Daintree and Cape Tribulation rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef on our way to meet your tour guide and host in Cooktown.
During the day in Cooktown you will visit the charming old seaside township and hear stories about the landing of Captain James Cook and his ship Endeavour, explore Cooktowns historic sites and Art Galleries.
Outstanding views and exciting attractions are what you’ll be treated to on this specialised small group 1 day tour.
Your tour guide will lead you to fascinating heritage sites and interesting attractions including the James Cook Museum and beautiful botanic gardens.
Enjoy the picturesque panorama from Grassy Hill before returning through the enchanting vistas of outback Queensland and the gold mine region via the Mulligan outback Queensland Highway.
Itinerary: Cooktown 1 day tour Fly/Drive
Cairns passengers make their own way to Hinterland Aviation at the Cairns Airport General Aviation centre for the flight departure to Cooktown
Cairns Northern Beaches and Port Douglas passengers will receive a transfer from their accomodation to Hinterland Aviation
We then enjoy a low level scenic flight up the Australian coastline and along the Great Barrier Reef encompassing views of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation Rainforests.
Our tour guide in Cooktown will meet your incoming flight and then take you to your first interesting location for the day at Grassy Hill lookout.
From here Captain Cook surveyed his route through the Great Barrier Reef.
Next up is a tour of the township of Cooktown and a guided walk on the esplanade where our tour guide will point out many points of interest before giving you some free time to yourself
We all then meet up again and make our way to the famous Cooktown cemetery where your tour guide will tell you stories of the souls that rest here.
It's then onto the James Cook Museum for a guided tour where we will see an original anchor and cannon from Captain Cooks HMB Endeavour amongst many other interesting artifacts.
The Cooktown Botanic Gardens are one of Queensland's oldest regional botanic gardens and you will find 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.
It's then time to relax at Nature's Powerhouse cafe, art gallery and Visitor information Centre
Drive Tour From Cooktown back to Cairns on Mulligan Highway
Travelling the Mulligan Highway, we stop briefly at Black Mountain, Byerstown Range Lookout & and the Palmer River Roadhouse.
The outback landscape is dotted with termite mounds and many different eucalypt species.
As this is Far North Queenslands cattle country you will see grazing bullocks as we are on our return journey to Cairns.
Small group touring minimum 4 guests, maximum 16 guests
Seasonal; May to November
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Departure is on a low level scenic flight from the Cairns General Aviation airport
May - November
Cairns Guests 6.00am to 7.15pm
Norhtern Beaches Guests 5.15am to 6.45pm
Port Douglas Guests 4.30am to 6.00pm
This was a BRILLIANT tour! We covered a lot of ground & Brandon (Brendan?) our driver & guide provided lots of interesting information about the places we visited. Plenty of stops to stretch our legs & go to the loo - VERY important! The advantage of a smaller group tour than offered by bigger operators meant we were able to cover as much ground as possible.
Response From Barrier Reef Australia
Thanks Anne! The Tour Specialists are please to hear your visit to the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest was enjoyable. We are lucky to have some really enthusiastic and experienced guides on many of our tours. The smaller groups are certainly the way to go as it offers the time and the opportunity to make the most of your day. We look forward to assisting you with your next holiday to Far North QLD.
Most enjoyable tour. Well organized. Tour guide Kathy is a fountain of knowledge
Response From Barrier Reef Australia
Dear Vilos, Thank you for your feedback. Great tour guide really makes a difference, we are glad you had a wonderful time in Cape Tribulation and Cooktown.
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