Cooktown Tours - Fly/Drive 1 Day Tour

Tour Code: 203

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

Luxury 4WD Tour
  • Exploring the historic wharf area on the banks of the Endeavour River not far from where Captain Cook beached the boat of the same name in Cooktown
  • See it all on this 1 day Fly/Drive Cooktown tour, James Cook Museum, Cooktown Cemetary, Grassy Hill Lookout, original anchors and cannons from the Endeavour and more
  • On the return journey to Cairns stop off in the outback at the mysterious Black Mountains, Byerstown Range Lookout and the Palmer River Roadhouse
  • The low level scenic flight is a big highlight of the Cooktown tour as you get to see the rugged Australian coastline, the Great Barrier Reef and outback Queensland
  • Experience all the history of Cooktown and take in the stories as told by your naturalist guide.

Included In Price

  • Cooktown Museum
  • Cooktown Botanic Gardens
  • Cooktown Cemetary
  • 4WD purpose built air-conditioned vehicle
  • Natures Powerhouse: Cafe, Art Gallery & Visitor Information Centre
  • Grassy Hill Lookout in Cooktown
  • Free time in Cooktown
  • Black Mountains
  • Far North Queensland's outback. 
  • Scenic coastal road to Port Douglas
  • Friendly knowledgeable driver-guide
  • Travel thru the Queensland outback
  • Return transfers to your accommodation - Cairns Beaches & Port Douglas only

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. 

New Cooktown Tour - Fly/Drive 1 Day Tour

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.

Cooktown Tour 

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.

Fly/Drive Inclusions

  • Local driver/tour guide
  • Low level scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Guided tour of Cooktown and Grassy Hill
  • Wallk thru Cooktown Cemetery
  • James Cook Museum guided tour (seasonal opening hours) 
  • Guide tour thru the Cooktown Botanic Gardens
  • Natures Powerhouse Cafe, Art Gallery & Visitor Information Centre
  • Lunch
  • Return journey to Cairns along the Mulligan Highway

Small group touring minimum 4 guests, maximum 16 guests

Seasonal; May to November 

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Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Cairns: 6:00 am - approx. Cairns guests make own way to Cairns General Aviation
  • Northern Beaches: 5:15am pick up approx.
  • Port Douglas: 4:30am pick up approx.
Departure Instructions

Departure is on a low level scenic flight from the Cairns General Aviation airport

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Port Douglas
  • Pick up times to be advised on booking
  • Cooktown
  • Black Mountain
  • Byerstown Range Lookout
  • Palmer River Roadhouse
Months of Operation

May - November

Days of Operation

Tuesday, Friday


Cairns Guests 6.00am to 7.15pm
Northern Beaches Guests 5.15am to 6.45pm
Port Douglas Guests 4.30am to 6.00pm

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • James Cook Museum (Seasonal Opening)
  • Souvenirs, drinks and snacks
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

Additional Information
  • Not suitable for disabled people
  • The operator cannot guarantee pick up or drop off times and are not liable for passenger failure to connect with other services
  • Whilst the operator make every effort to safeguard clients and their belongings we cannot be held responsible for personal injury or loss due to events which are beyond our control
  • Travel insurance is not included
  • Fuel charges and taxes included (GST included)
  • Tours operate with a driver-guide. Foreign speaking guides on request
Eco Certifications
Eco Advanced Tourism
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Good walking shoes
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash or credit card for additional purchases
  • Any medications
  • Camera (charged)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Anne H

Reviewed on August 09, 2017

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.

Vilos P

Reviewed on October 13, 2016

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.

  • Child price applies to children 4 to 14
  • This tour isn’t recommended for children under 7

All cancellations must be in writing.

Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.

Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

  • Cancellations within 48 hours prior to departure - 100% non-refundable
  • Cancellations within 7 days of departure - 50% non-refundable
  • The operator reserves the right to cancel any tour, change vehicle type, alter the itinerary or arrange an alternative operator if necessary
  • All tours are subject to weather conditions.

Cooktown Tours - Fly/Drive 1 Day Tour

Tour Code: 203

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

Luxury 4WD Tour



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

Child: au$488.00
Family: au$2,056.00

Tour Code: 203



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
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+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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