Cooktown Tour | 1 Day Fly/Drive Tour | Cooktown | SCO

Tour Code: 203

Departing: Cairns

Luxury 4WD Tour
  • See it all on this 1 day Fly/Drive Cooktown tour, James Cook Museum, Cooktown Cemetary, Grassy Hill Lookout, original anchors and cannons from the Endeavour and more
  • On the return journey to Cairns stop off in the outback at the mysterious Black Mountains, Byerstown Range Lookout and the Palmer River Roadhouse
  • The low level scenic flight is a big highlight of the Cooktown tour as you get to see the rugged Australian coastline, the Great Barrier Reef and outback Queensland
  • Experience all the history of Cooktown and take in the stories as told by your naturalist guide.

Included In Price

  • Tour resuming in May 2022
  • Small group touring
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Scenic flight over the Coral Sea
  • Driver/guided tour of Cooktown including Grassy Hill
  • Free time in Cooktown
  • Heritage listed Cooktown Cemetery
  • James Cook Museum guided tour
  • Driver-guided walk at the Cooktown Botanic Gardens
  • Nature's Powerhouse: Case, Art Gallery & Visitor Information Centre
  • Lunch
  • Black Mountain
  • Return journey via the Mulligan Highway

Our new Cooktown tour is a very exciting Fly/Drive adventure in just 1 day. Take a low level scenic flight from Cairns up to Cooktown where you will be met by your tour guide.

You will then travel around Cooktown in a purpose built 4WD comfortable vehicle with a small group of other adventurers on this stunning tour discovering Cooktown at its best.

Sit back and be impressed at the scenery and history of your journey as you explore this part of Far Northern Australia.

If you love learning about the heritage and pioneering history of early Australia, then this is the Cooktown day tour from Cairns and Port Douglas for you.

Make your own way to Hinterland Aviation 7 Tom McDonald Drive, Cairns for your flight to Cooktown.

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 as you low level flight makes it way To Cooktown.

Enjoy an afternoon exploring the Township of Cooktown

Our driver/guide will meet you at Cooktown’s airport then our first stop is Grassy Hill.

Enjoy the beautiful views of Cooktown and surrounds; it was 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 including Reconciliation Rocks – where the first act of reconciliation between Aboriginal people and Europeans happened.

We then visit the James Cook Museum, see an original anchor and cannon from Cook’s HMB Endeavour amongst many other interesting exhibits.

After lunch, explore the Heritage Listed Cooktown Botanic Gardens on a guided walk - see living plant specimens collected by Daniel Solander and Joseph Banks in 1770.

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.

Cooktown Tour Schedule


Departs From


Departure Time
  • All passengers make their own way to Hinterland Aviation, 7 Tom McDonald Drive Cairns to check-in for your flight.
  • Returns Cairns 7.15pm
  • Returns Northern Beaches 6:45pm
  • Returns Port Douglas 6:00pm


Months of Operation

May - November

Days of Operation

Tuesday, Friday


12 to 14 hours (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire

Souvenirs, drinks and snacks

Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium


Physical Fitness & Mobility required: 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 to 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 through out this tour features uneven surfaces and step hills and is not suitable for mobility impaired guests.

Additional Information
  • This tour is not suitable for disabled travellers
  • The operator cannot guarantee pick up or drop off times and are not liable for passenger failure to connect with other services
  • Whilst the operator make every effort to safeguard clients and their belongings we cannot be held responsible for personal injury or loss due to events which are beyond our control
  • Travel insurance is not included
  • Fuel charges and taxes included (GST included)
  • Tours operate with a driver-guide. Foreign speaking guides on request
  • Comfortable clothes & shoes
  • Hat & Sunscreen
  • Bottle of water

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Arthur C

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

I found the 1 day Cooktown 4WD Adventure was excellent, the driver and the knowledge he shared with the passengers made the day very enjoyable, l and the other passengers want to thank Simon for a job very well done.

Anne H

Reviewed on August 09, 2017

This was a BRILLIANT tour! We covered a lot of ground & Brandon (Brendan?) our driver & guide provided lots of interesting information about the places we visited. Plenty of stops to stretch our legs & go to the loo - VERY important! The advantage of a smaller group tour than offered by bigger operators meant we were able to cover as much ground as possible.

Response From The Tour Specialists

Thanks Anne! The Tour Specialists are please to hear your visit to the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest was enjoyable. We are lucky to have some really enthusiastic and experienced guides on many of our tours. The smaller groups are certainly the way to go as it offers the time and the opportunity to make the most of your day. We look forward to assisting you with your next holiday to Far North QLD.

Vilos P

Reviewed on October 13, 2016

Most enjoyable tour. Well organized. Tour guide Kathy is a fountain of knowledge

Response From The Tour Specialists

Dear Vilos, Thank you for your feedback. Great tour guide really makes a difference, we are glad you had a wonderful time in Cape Tribulation and Cooktown.

  • Child price applies to children age 4 to 14
  • Not recommended for children under 7

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operator's Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations within 48 hours prior to departure - 100% non-refundable.

Cancellations within 7 days of departure - 50% non-refundable.

The operator reserves the right to cancel any tour, change type of vehicle, alter the itinerary or arrange an alternate operator if necessary.

If the Bloomfield Track is closed or safety considerations arise, an alternative route via the Mulligan Highway will be taken. No refund will be given in these circumstances or in the event of any delay curtailment or alteration of a trip resulting from any cause including severe weather conditions or mechanical failure.

All tours are subject to weather conditions.

Cooktown Tour | 1 Day Fly/Drive Tour | Cooktown | SCO

Tour Code: 203

Departing: Cairns

Luxury 4WD Tour



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$501.00
Family: au$2,113.00

Tour Code: 203



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745
1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745

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