Cape Tribulation, Daintree and Outback Wanderer - Down Under Tours

Cape Tribulation, Daintree and Outback Wanderer

3 Days of Discovery:  Rainforest - History - Outback

Adventure north along the scenic coastal route from Cairns to Cooktown through the lush Daintree Rainforest.  Explore the remote beauty of historical Cooktown and return via the Outback Mulligan Highway with dry scenic panoramas across the plains.

2024 Limited Season - Small Group Departures

Sunday 30 June 2024

Sunday 28 July 2024

Sunday 18 August 2024

Sunday 08 September 2024

Sunday 29 September 2024

Sunday 27 October 2024

Explore – Experience – Enjoy!

To Book Your Adventure call +61 7 4047 9066

Cairns, Northern Beaches
& Port Douglas pickups
Scenic Coastal Drive North
1 hour Daintree River Cruise
Local Guide | Spot for Crocs!
Daintree Rainforest Boardwalk
Delicious Lunch in a Rainforest Setting
Iconic Cape Tribulation Beach
4WD ONLY Bloomfield Track
Historic Lion's Den Hotel
Comfort stop, refreshments at own expense
2 Course Welcome Dinner
Overnight Cooktown

Breakfast included
Cooktown Sights Guided Tour
Grassy Hill
Foreshore Walk
Cooktown Cemetery
James Cook Museum
Leisure time
Lunch at own expense
Botanic Gardens
Finch Bay Photo Opportunity
Leisure time
Dinner at own expense
Overnight Cooktown

Breakfast included
Depart Cooktown
Journey Inland on the Mulligan Highway
Mysterious Black Mountain
Viewing point
Byerstown Range Lookout
Photo Opportunity
Palmer River Roadhouse
Comfort stop, refreshments at own expense
Outback Scenery enroute
Lunch inc at Skybury Cafe & Roastery
Australia's Oldest Coffee Plantation
Barron Falls Lookout
Photo Opportunity
Cattana Wetlands
Cairns, Northern Beaches
& Port Douglas dropoffs

Day 1:  Cairns to Cooktown

Daintree National Park . Cape Tribulation Beach . 4WD Only Bloomfield Track    

Pickups Commence from:   6.45am Cairns |   8am  Northern Beaches  |  9am Port Douglas

Meet your experienced driver-guide upon pickup and board our comfortable air-conditioned 4WD vehicle for a journey north along one of Australia’s most breathtaking routes, the Great Barrier Reef Drive. Today, we will immerse ourselves in the wonders of the world’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Daintree National Park.

As we traverse this scenic route, take in the awe-inspiring landscapes that unfold before you. Our first stop will be a one-hour Daintree River Cruise, where you will have the opportunity to spot the diverse local fauna and flora. The Daintree River gracefully courses through the lush Daintree Rainforest, serving as a habitat for the infamous Saltwater Crocodile. The knowledgeable river cruise guide, will not only spot wildlife but also delve into the rich local folklore through their informative commentary.

After the cruise, venture further north into the heart of the Daintree and be enveloped by the enchanting sounds and sights of this 180 million-year-old ecosystem, as we embark on a driver-guided walk. The Jindalba rainforest boardwalk will lead you through this remarkably complex tropical ecosystem, providing both accessibility and protection for the delicate natural balance of this incredible region.

Following your rainforest exploration, indulge in a delicious lunch in an idyllic, tranquil rainforest setting before spending some time on the world-renowned Cape Tribulation Beach. This stretch of coastline is nothing short of magnificent, with a remote headland extending into the Coral Sea and a backdrop of majestic rainforest-clad mountains. Prepare your cameras for an abundance of photo opportunities! Join your knowledgeable driver-guide on a captivating walk to learn more about this extraordinary location, which forms an integral part of the diverse Daintree National Park.

Continue to immerse yourself in the wonders of the Daintree National Park,


Day 2: Explore Historic Cooktown

Lookouts . Guided Walks . Famous Sites

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before a remarkable day of Cooktown exploration and discovery with your knowledgeable driver-guide.   Begin by visiting Grassy Hill, where you will be treated to a breathtaking 360-degree view of Cooktown, the Endeavour River, and the Coral Sea.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Cooktown as you embark on the Foreshore Walk, which showcases notable landmarks such as the Captain Cook Statue, the Edmund Kennedy Memorial, and Reconciliation Rocks. The Heritage-listed Cooktown Cemetery  is your next stop and stands as a testament to the diverse nationalities that flocked to Cooktown and the Palmer goldfields in the late 19th century.

Continue your exploration at the James Cook Museum, housed within a stunning 19th-century convent. This remarkable establishment holds a treasure trove of artifacts that will transport you back in time.

Take advantage of a few hours of leisure time to savour a relaxed lunch (own expense), explore the main street or chat to the locals who live in this remote town.

In the afternoon, join your driver-guide for a stroll through Cooktown’s Historic Botanic Gardens, which were established in 1878 and stand as one of Queensland’s oldest regional botanic gardens. These gardens proudly house five major plant collections, offering a fascinating glimpse into the region’s botanical wonders.


Day 3: Cooktown to Cairns

Diverse Landscapes: Outback to Rainforest . Australia’s Oldest Coffee Plantation  

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at your hotel before embarking on an unforgettable journey inland via the Mulligan Highway. As we leave the coastline behind, be prepared to witness a dramatic transformation in the landscape. Stops at Black Mountain Lookout and the Byerstown Range Lookout will reveal the dry beauty of the savannah country.   Take a moment for a refreshment (own expense) at the Palmer River Roadhouse, situated on the banks of the Palmer River, which holds significant importance as the site of the original gold rush. As we continue our journey, keep an eye out for the impressive giant termite mounds that dot the landscape.

Our next destination is Australia’s oldest Coffee Plantation, where you will be treated to a delectable lunch. Indulge in the flavors of this renowned ‘food bowl’ region before travelling towards the coast, where the Barron Falls Lookout awaits. Here, the lush rainforest once again takes center stage, captivating your senses with its vibrant greenery.  After descending the range and arriving on the coastal plain,  join your knowledgeable driver-guide for a leisurely walk through the Cattana Wetlands. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this 80-hectare nature conservation park featuring a feather palm forest, serene freshwater and saltwater lakes, and an abundance of plant and birdlife.  Finally, sit back and relax as we transfer you back to Port Douglas, Northern Beaches, or Cairns. Reflect on the incredible experiences and memories made throughout this remarkable journey.

A general level of  mobility & fitness is required to join this tour.

The 4WD Coach used for our Cooktown Tour has several steps on entry and passengers will need to board and disembark from the vehicle several times through out the day.

Walks included are all considered easy and are less than 1klm in length. The terrain through out this tour features uneven surfaces and step hills and is not suitable for mobility impaired guests.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our reservations team for advice if you have any concerns about your ability to join this tour.


Phone: 07 4047 9097  6am – 5pm daily

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Hat & Sunscreen

Bottle of Water


Strictly 1 suitcase only

The laws of Queensland govern the tour.
Down Under Tours (‘DUT’) accepts no responsibility for passengers or their property failing to be at designated points at designated times or for any loss or damage arising out of such failure.
Travel on the 4wd Bloomfield Track is weather dependent. Alternative route via inland Mulligan Hwy may be taken with no refund.
Solo travellers must book Single Room Rate for own room.
Children must travel with Adult. Maximum room occupancy is 2 people. Child Rate 4-14yrs inc. We do not recommend this tour for children under 7 years due to the length of the days.

Cancellation Policy:
No Charge for cancellation outside 90 days.
Cancellation between 90 days – 7 days = $600 pp
Cancellation between 7 days – 2 days = 50% fee
Inside 48 hours = 100% cancellation fee
These terms & conditions shall be read and interpreted in conjunction with, provided that where there is any inconsistency, these terms & conditions shall prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.