Tour departs TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS (May to November)
Guests staying in Cairns make their own way to Hinterland Aviation [7 Tom McDonald Drive]. Northern Beaches and Port Douglas passengers receive a transfer from their accommodation.
Enjoy a scenic flight over the same waters that Captain Cook sailed through in 1770. Marvel at the views of the Coral sea, catch glimpses of the Great Barrier Reef, rugged coastline, World Heritage rainforest and mountains.
Our driver/guide will meet you at Cooktown’s airport then our first stop is Grassy Hill. From here Captain Cook surveyed his route through the Great Barrier Reef. We then make our way to the quaint township of Cooktown for a guided walk of the esplanade and its many points of interest, before some free time.
The Heritage listed Cooktown Cemetery is next, then visit the James Cook Museum for a guided tour and see an original anchor and cannon from Cook’s HMB Endeavour amongst many other interesting exhibits. Established in 1878, the Cooktown Botanic Gardens are one of Queensland’s oldest regional botanic gardens. A driver/guided walk shows 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, we stop briefly at Black Mountain, Byerstown Range Lookout & 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 you to your accommodation.
- Experienced driver/guide
- Scenic flight over the Coral Sea
- Driver/guided tour of Cooktown including Grassy Hill
- Heritage listed Cooktown Cemetery
- James Cook Museum guided tour
- Driver/guided walk at the Cooktown Botanic Gardens
- Natures Powerhouse: Café
- Art Gallery & Visitor Information Centre
- Return journey via the Mulligan Highway