Scenic Cooktown and Outback Day Tour (fly/drive)

Scenic Cooktown & Outback

Begin the day at Hinterland Aviation Cairns base [7 Tom McDonald Drive] ready to board a scenic flight to Cooktown. Cairns passengers make their own way to this location by 6am, and passengers from Northern Beaches [5:15am] and Port Douglas [4:30am] receive a transfer from their accommodation.

Board the flight for 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 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 Byerstone Range Lookout and the Palmer River Roadhouse. See this classic Australian outback landscape as we journey back to Cairns and return you to your accommodation.

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

Tour is operated by our partners at Adventure North Australia.

  • 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
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Hat & Sunscreen
  • Bottle of Water
  • Camera

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.

COVID Notice

Please be aware that we are not operating our Cooktown tours for the remainder of 2020 due to travel restrictions. The next travel season for Cooktown is scheduled to begin in May 2021, however this is may be reviewed closer to the date and be change.

Tour Departs: Tuesday & Friday
Operates: May to November

Begins Cairns General Aviation: 6:00am
Returns Cairns 7:15pm / Port Douglas 6pm

Prices for 2020 from:
From Cairns:
Adult: $540 per person
Child (7-14yr): $488 per person

From Northern Beaches:
Adult: $566 per person
Child (7-14yr): $514 per person

From Port Douglas:
Adult: $587 per person
Child (7-14yr): $535 per person

Please contact our friendly reservations team to book this tour!

07 4047 9066

res@downundertours.com

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