Scenic Cooktown and Outback Day Tour (fly/drive)

Scenic Cooktown & Outback

Begin the day at Hinterland Aviation, check in at 6am ready to board your scenic flight to Cooktown.

Enjoy amazing scenic views of the World Heritage Rainforest and Coral Sea on this 45 minute flight from Cairns to Cooktown. When you arrive in Cooktown, our driver-guide will pick you up and make our way to Grassy Hill Lookout which offers 360 degree views of Cooktown and the surrounding area. Learn about the history of Cooktown from our experienced driver-guide as you then take a guided walk of the Esplanade and it’s many monuments before some free time.

Meet back with your guide for a visit to Cooktown’s heritage listed cemetery; this bears testament to the diverse nationalities who came to Cooktown and the Palmer Goldfields in the late 19th century. Enjoy a guided tour at James Cook Museum which has many interesting exhibits including an original cannon and anchor from the HMB Endeavour.

Next visit the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and enjoy a driver-guided walk, viewing many of the same plants collected by botanists, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, as well as those traditionally used by Aboriginal people. Enjoy lunch at the Nature’s Powerhouse Cafe, and wander through the art gallery and information centre.

Travel back to Cairns via outback landscape of the Mulligan Highway. Stop at Black Mountain which is a significant place to the local Aboriginal people, as well as Byerstown Range Lookout and the Palmer River Roadhouse.  Enjoy sweeping views across the stark outback landscape.

Option for coach drop off to Port Douglas, Northern Beaches & Cairns or return to Hinterland Aviation Car Park.


  • Scenic morning flight from Cairns to Cooktown
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Experienced driver-guide
  • Grassy Hill Lookout
  • Guided foreshore walk
  • Heritage Listed Cooktown Cemetery
  • Guided tour of James Cook Museum
  • Cooktown Botanic Gardens
  • Lunch at Nature’s Powerhouse
  • Black Mountain
  • Outback drive to Cairns
  • Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach or Cairns drop-off

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 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 throughout this tour features uneven surfaces and steep 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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All passengers make their own way to Hinterland Aviation, 7 Tom McDonald Drive, Cairns to check-in for your flight

Check in Cairns General Aviation: 6:00am
Coach returns to Cairns General Aviation: 7.15pm

Make sure to bring along your

  • Hat & Sunscreen
  • Bottle of Water
  • Camera

Tour departs on select days highlighted below


Note: Tour subject to weather conditions. All bookings are subject to flight availability. 

Tour is operated by our partners at Adventure North Australia.

Rates are GST inclusive, prices shown are 1AD and in Australia Dollars (AUD)
Child Rate 4-14yrs inc. We do not recommend this tour for children under 7 years due to the length of the day.
Subject to Cancellation Policy & Terms and Conditions of Operator: Adventure North Australia
– Cancellation Policy: No Charge until 7 days prior to travel. 50% cancellation fee charged for cancellations between 2-7 days from travel. 100% cancellation fee charged for cancellations within 48 hours of travel.

Tour Prices 2023 Season

Adult: $615 per person
Child (7-14yr): $555 per person

Please contact our friendly reservations team to book this tour!

07 4047 9066



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