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

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  • Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas, Australia
  • Duration: 2 days (approx.)
  • Tour code: 51012DCOOKTOWN
Discover Australia's Aboriginal culture and explore the rugged beauty of the Lower Cape on this 2-day Cooktown small-group tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. You'll drive through the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park and the famous Bloomfield Track by 4WD, take a journey with the traditional Aboriginal story-teller of the Nugal-warra clan and see his ancestral ancient rock art. The tour includes overnight accommodation in Cooktown, Australia's first non-indigenous settlement.


  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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 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
This morning you will be collected from your accommodation by Willie Gordon,a Nugal-warra Elder. Willie will take you to his ancestral rock art sites, set in stunning countryside high in the hills above Hope Vale, 40 minutes from Cooktown.You'll travel by road through dramatic landscapes to six rock art sites, including an Ancestral Birth Cave and the Reconciliation Cave. Willie will give you an amazing insight into Aboriginal society and spirituality and will have you thinking about your own relationship with the land and how the lores of his people can apply to us all. Available from April to November only.

Or, you can choose to have a free day to explore Cooktown before returning to Port Douglas or Cairns in the late afternoon. On your return journey, travel via the Mulligan Highway through a diverse landscape of cattle stations and the Palmer Goldfields region, the Outback of Far North Queensland.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from centrally located Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas hotels including residential addresses
Departure Time:
  • Cairns 7:00am
  • Northern Beaches 7:30am
  • Port Douglas 8:30am
2 days (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to Cairns at approximately 9:30pm, Northern Beaches at 9:00pm and Port Douglas at 8:30pm on Day 2

Pricing information

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Motel with Rock Art Tour

1 night accommodation in a motel style room with en-suite including Rock Art Tour available from April to November only

USD $418.48
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Resort with Rock Art Tour

! night accommodation in a 4-star deluxe resort with en-suite including Rock Art Tour available from April to November only

USD $449.54
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Motel and Tour Only
Code: CKEM

1 night accommodation in a motel style room with en-suite.

USD $317.55
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Resort and Tour Only
Code: CKED

! night accommodation in a 4-star deluxe resort with en-suite

USD $348.61
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2-Day Cooktown 4WD Small-Group Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

2-Day Cooktown 4WD Small-Group Tour

  • Travel by air-conditioned 4WD
  • Local guide
  • Morning tea and lunch (day 1 only)
  • One-night accommodation in Cooktown
  • Aboriginal rock at tour guided by Willie, the traditional story-teller of the Nugal-warra clan (April to November)
  • Cable Ferry ride across Daintree River
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Drinks
  • Dinner
  • Optional - Entry to James Cook Museum AUD$10
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infants are not recommended
  • Tour size - Maximum 17 people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Child rate applies to children sharing existing bedding
  • No more than 3 people per room
  • Tour is subject to weather and road conditions, alternative routes will be taken.
  • No refund will be given if the itinerary is altered due to weather conditions
  • Closed covered shoes must be worn on this tour
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: merrill h, April 2013

We enjoyed the tour very much. Drivers were very informative, vehicle was comfortable. Accommodation in Cooktown was excellent..Museam and town of Cooktown delightful. Scones jam and cream for morning tea was a delightful in the Daintree... 8/10 rating...MH

Reviewed by: Lorraine S Just Lorraine, Australia, January 2013

We were picked up right on time at our hotel and we were the only pick up in Cairns so we set off. Our driver and guide Mark was very good and attentive and we enjoyed our journey and the morning tea at the very pleasant resort. We picked up 4 other passengers and proceeded on to Cooktown. Up to this point everything was fine. Mark did a short tour of the town and we went up to the lookout and then we were dropped at our respective accommodations. We had selected the dearer option as we saw that it had a restuarant but upon checking in we were informed that the restuarant was closed for the holiday period. We then had to find somewhere else to go to dinner that night. Although there were other venues (RSL, Bowling Club, and another restuarant) we were disappointed. Mark told us that there would be someone to pick us up at the Motel about 4.00pm the next day. We had to check out from our motel by 10.00am and although they cloaked our luggage we feel that it would be better if we could have had access to our room for longer as it was very hot and there was nowhere to go to get out of the heat. When 4.00pm arrived we were met by Darryl who informed us that the large vehicle had broken down and we were all to go back to Cairns in a sedan. As there were 6 of us and there was another passenger already we were a little crowded. My husband and I sat in the back seat (I sat on the centre area which was not the most comfortable) but we felt sorry for the other three younger passengers who were squashed in the back seat. We did enjoy seeing Cooktown but feel that there was a long time to fill in on the second day when there was nowhere to go to rest or cool down.

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