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Cooktown Explorer

2 days | Cairns Return

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Experiencing some of the most amazing scenery and natural beauty that Australia has to offer in a purpose-built 4WD along the Bloomfield Track. Explore Cooktown and visit the Cooktown Botanic Gardens, enjoying a guided walk viewing many of the same plants that botanists, Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander has collected - as well as plants traditionally used by the local Aboriginal people.


Monday & Thursday (May – Nov) from Cairns, Northern Beaches & Port Douglas.



After 6:00pm Day 2 - Flights to depart Cairns any time after 20:00.

Prices From Code: CKED


Adult Twin i Two people sharing a room, one of whom must be 18 years and over. All prices are per person, land only.


Child i A child must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have min. age requirement


Single i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over).
Prices above are in USD, for selected departures, Standard Accommodation
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Our journey begins north through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Cross the Daintree River & marvel at the magic of the world’s oldest rainforest and enjoy morning tea on renowned Cape Tribulation Beach. Your guide will share fascinating stories & history as you travel along the famous 4WD-only Bloomfield Track before you stop at the iconic Lions Den Hotel. On arrival in Cooktown, visit Grassy Hill for amazing panoramic views of Cooktown, the Coral Sea & Endeavour River. Learn fascinating history on the town tour before reaching your accommodation for the evening.

Hotel: Cooktown Holiday Park

Included Meals: Lunch

Today you’ll explore Cooktown. Your first stop is the Heritage listed Cooktown Cemetery, which bears testimony to the diverse nationalities who came to Cooktown and the Palmer Goldfields in the late 19th century. Visit the James Cook Museum for a guided tour and see an original anchor and cannon from Cook’s HMB Endeavour among many of the interesting exhibits. Next visit the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and enjoy a guided walk viewing many of the same plants collected by botanists, Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, as well as plants traditionally used by the local Aboriginal people. Relax at Nature’s Powerhouse café, Art Gallery and Visitor Information Centre.

Travelling the Mulligan Highway, you’ll briefly stop at Black Mountain, Byerstown Range lookout and the Palmer River Roadhouse. The outback landscape is dotted with termite mounds and many different eucalypt species. Keep an eye out for livestock that graze along the roadside before we return to Cairns.

Included Meals: Lunch

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Cooktown Holiday Park

Cooktown Holiday Park is just a short stroll into town and is set amongst 8 acres of tropical award winning gardens and beautiful surroundings. It is a great base in which to explore Cooktown local attractions.

Cooktown Holiday Park
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Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Experienced driver guide
  • • Purpose-built, air conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • • Daintree River Ferry crossing & lunch (Day 1)
  • • 4WD Bloomfield Track (Day 1)
  • • Lunch & Cooktown Cemetery (Day 2)
  • • James Cook Museum guided tour (Day 2)

What to Bring

  • • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
  • • Water bottle
  • • Camera

Fitness Requirements

  • • A low level of fitness required


  • • Lunch (2)

Flight Information

  • • Flights to arrive into Cairns the day prior
  • • Flights to depart Cairns any time after 20:00
  • • Airport transfers in Cairns are an additional cost.


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