Discover Australia's culture and heritage as you explore the rugged beauty of the Lower Cape on this 2-day Cooktown small-group tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. You'll drive through the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park and the famous Bloomfield Track by 4WD, enjoy a free day to explore Cooktown and return travel through the Outback of Far North Queensland. The tour includes overnight accommodation in Cooktown.
Day 1 - Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas to Cooktown You'll be picked up by air-conditioned 4WD to travel north along the Captain Cook Highway, one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives. After crossing the mighty Daintree River by cable ferry, journey through the spectacular Daintree National park, which contains the highest number of rare or threatened plant and animal species in the world. Along the way, your experienced guide will enlighten you with stories and history as you continue on the 4WD-only Bloomfield Track through some of the most incredible scenery in Australia. Stop for lunch at Ayton before visiting the famous Lion's Den Hotel (established in 1875), one of North Queensland's oldest bush pubs. Continue to the unique geological oddity of Black Mountain, surrounded in mystery and ancient Aboriginal legend. Arriving in Cooktown, have your camera ready for 360-degree panoramic views from Grassy Hill of Cooktown and the Endeavour River. Overnight Accommodation: Choice of motel or resort Day 2 - Cooktown to Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas Today you have a free day to explore the many wonders of cooktown. Visit the World Class James Cook Museum or take a stroll along the shores of the Endeavour River. The unique charm and historic atmosphere of the main street still prevails. Late afternoon at approximately 3pm, depart Cooktown along the Mulligan Highway, traveling through the diverse landscapes of cattle stations and the Palmer River Gold mine region which was one of Australia's major gold rush locations. Stop for an evening meal break (at your own expense) before your 2 day of discovery concludes and you are returned to your chosen accommodation in Port Douglas or Cairns.