Welcome to Cooktown

Today Cooktown makes the most of its colonial and Indigenous history – and its pristine natural environment. It's also an easy-going place to recharge with good accommodation, dining, beaches and gardens. This is a starting base for trips to the Cape and serious fishing expeditions.

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$213.39 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cooktown 4WD Adventure Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

Travel north along the Captain Cook Highway, one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives towards the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park, crossing the mighty Daintree River by cable ferry. Journey through spectacular landscapes that contain the world's highest number of rare and endangered plant and animal species. Your guide will enlighten you with stories and history of the region as you continue by 4WD to the Bloomfield Track, crossing rivers and climbing mountain ranges. Stop for lunch at Ayton before visiting at the famous Lion's Den Hotel, one of North Queensland's oldest bush pubs, established in 1875. Continue to Black Mountain, surrounded in mystery and ancient Aboriginal legend, before arriving at Cooktown. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views from Grassy Hill of the Coral Sea, Cooktown and the Endeavour River. You'll have up to one hour of free time to stroll through Cooktown or visit the James Cook Museum. (Entry to the museum is not included and subject to season opening times) Departing Cooktown by the inland Mulligan Highway, you'll travel through a diverse landscape of cattle stations and the Palmer River goldfields region. After an evening meal break (additional expense payable direct), you'll return to Port Douglas at 8.00pm and Cairns at approximately 9:00pm. There is also an option to fly back to Cairns along the scenic Daintree Coast and the Great Barrier Reef. The flight from Cooktown to Cairns is a commercial flight with Hinterland Aviation. Transfers to Cooktown Airport are included, Flight departs Cooktown at 5.45pm, arriving Cairns at 6.30pm. If this option is selected, your arrangements will end at Cairns General Aviation Airport. Transfers from Cairns General Aviation Airport are NOT included and you'll need to make your own way back to your accommodation. Taxi's and Uber services available.Please note: The flight will be experienced at sunset during the winter months from May to August.

$332.74 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cairns or Port Douglas to Cooktown 2-Day 4WD Small-Group Tour

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.

$1193.54 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Far North Queensland: Atherton Tablelands, Cooktown, Daintree via 4WD

Day 1: Cairns to Cooktown via Wet Tropics and Northern Atherton Tablelands Outback Area (L,D)After pick up from your accommodation in Cairns, ascend the Lamb Range to take in the amazing views over the city and beyond. Continue to the Copperlode Dam and Lake Morris, Cairns' water catchment area. With an exclusive permit, your 4-wheel-drive will travel through the rain forest to view rare King Ferns.Next, take a walk along a rain forest boardwalk to see giant Strangler Fig Trees before heading to Bob’s Lookout. Stop for lunch at Palmer River Roadhouse.Continue towards Cooktown and mysterious Black Mountain, climbing rugged terrain in the 4WD to Archer Point Lighthouse, a beacon to guide ships along the Great Barrier Reef.  Overnight: CooktownDay 2: Cooktown to Cape Tribulation (B,L,D)After breakfast enjoy a town tour and head up to Grassy Hill lookout for a fantastic view of Cooktown and its famous 'River of Gold'. It’s then onto the Historic Captain James Cook Museum, one of Queensland best museums showcasing Cooktown's remarkable history. Stop for lunch at the historical Lion’s Den Hotel. This is truly an Aussie icon built on the banks of the little Annan River surrounded by 100-year-old mango trees.From here you'll head south towards Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest. Engaging 4WD, travel along the Bloomfield Track enjoying many scenic spots including Bloomfield Falls and Cedar Bay National Park. Arriving at Cape Tribulation and take a walk on the beach or head up to Kulki Lookout. Overnight in Cape Tribulation.Day 3: Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas to Cairns via the Captain Cook Highway (B,L)After a leisurely breakfast head on towards Thornton Beach, adjacent to Queensland's fourth highest mountain, Thornton Peakat 4,507 feet (1374 m). Stretch your legs on the beach and grab some amazing photos before heading onto the Alexandra Lookout for spectacular views over the Daintree River mouth and beyond to Low Isles on the Great Barrier Reef.Arrive at the Daintree River for the cable ferry crossing and 1-hour cruise on the Daintree River to spot crocodiles and varied native bird species. 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. Take a short drive to the Daintree Tea House for a lunch at one of the Daintree region’s oldest established restaurants. Head to Mossman Gorge located in the southern section of the Daintree National Park, where you will learn about Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal culture on a 1.5-hour guided walk.Travel south along the picturesque Captain Cook Highway towards Cairns with an optional stop at Port Douglas. Drop-off at your hotel in Cairns or Port Douglas in the early evening.

$187.35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cairns To Cooktown 4WD Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cooktown Botanical Gardens, Cooktown, Cook Shire, QueenslandEnjoy the natural beauty of these historical botanical gardens, where non other than Sir Joseph Banks from Captain Cook's Endeavour collected some 325 plant specimens. We obviously also take in the many other sights in & around the charming settlement of Cooktown.Duration: 45 minutes

$632.94 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Cairns to Lizard Island Full-Day Adventure by Scenic Flight

Departing Cairns at 8:30am, venture north for a day filled with some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia. Your pilot will fly you at a comfortable viewing height over the Great Barrier Reef with its aqua hues of reefs and sand cays set in the Coral Sea. Enjoy unsurpassed view of a mosaic ocean which will leave you breathless.When you reach Lizard Island, see the spectacular Blue Lagoon surrounding reefs and beautiful beaches. Experience the exclusiveness of Lizard Island on a guided tour walking to Watson’s Bay, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the unique beauty of Lizard Island.Enjoy a swim and snorkel over coral outcrops in Watson’s Bay a superb beach setting. View the coral reef clam gardens, abundant marine life, swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear waters. A tasty picnic lunch is provided in this idyllic island setting, after which you may relax as never before or explore the Blue Lagoon and lookout with their excellent photo opportunity.On departing Lizard Island, fly over the shipping channel where Captain Cook sailed in 1770, Cape Flattery silica sand hills and Cooktown. Continue along the coast flying over dense World Heritage Rainforest and the Bloomfield River. Then over the Daintree River and Port Douglas on your return flight to Cairns.