2 Day 1 Night Cooktown Explorer 4WD Tour | Daintree Rainforest, Bloomfield Track | CKED
2 Day 1 Night Cooktown Explorer 4WD Tour | Daintree Rainforest, Bloomfield Track | CKED
Join us on our Cooktown 2 day 1 night adventure tour. Cooktown a visually charming historical town and the first white settlement in Australia. Join us and explore in comfort on our purpose built luxury 4WD (four wheel drive) overland vehicles for a 2 day 1 night safari with a difference. With only 16 people capacity you will be travelling in a select group on a journey of discovery and adventure as you explore the beauty of stunning Tropical Far North Queensland at its best. Through the 150 million year old Daintree Rainforest in Cape Tribulation surrounded by breathtaking unspoilt scenery along the ancient Bloomfield Track to historic Cooktown, where you will walk in the footsteps of the great Capt. Cook himself. What better way to experience Australia’s history, flora or fauna than to actually go deep in the rainforest on jungle tracks. On this 2 day overland safari tour your experience will consist of exploring the Daintree Rainforest jungle on rough, rocky and sometimes sticky mud trails to experience the sights and sounds of this amazing place. Your expert rainforest tour guide will bring the places alive with his or her knowledge of Cooktown and the flora and fauna and history of Far North Queensland Australia. Learning has never been more fun for the more mature children or adults!
2 Day 1 Night Cooktown Explorer 4WD Tour | Daintree Rainforest, Bloomfield Track | CKED
As your four wheel drive journey takes you through Cape Tribulation and along the Bloomfield Track you will immerse yourself in the full experience of the Daintree Rainforest to see some of the rare wildlife that only inhabits this part of our great planet.
You will emerge out of the wilderness to wonderful historic Cooktown where you will spend the night in your chosen accommodation.
The next day will give you a chance to explore the Cooktown township at your leisure and get elbow deep in its rich history before returning via the quicker inland route of the fully sealed road of the Mulligan Highway.
Dinner at Mt Carbine (optional at own expense) is a great way to finish off two days of exploring, wonder and adventure.
Day 1 - Captain Cook Highway to Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Bloomfield Track, Black Mountains, Historic Cooktown
Your historical 2 day Cooktown tour will start with you being collected from your accommodation by a specially designed air-conditioned 4WD (four wheel drive) vehicle.
If you are in Cairns or Northern Beaches you get the added bonus of travelling along the Great Barrier Reef Drive on one of Australia’s, if not the world’s most scenic coastal routes northward towards the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park.
To cross the Daintree River to Cape Tribulation you will also have the unique experience of crossing the River by cable ferry.
You might even spot a passing Cassowary, a rare 6ft flightless bird that lives on the rainforest floor or if you look up high, a Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo up high in the rainforest branches.
There are many rare plants and animals in the Daintree Rainforest teetering on the edge of extinction and this amazing rainforest is their last refuge from the continuing encroachment of man.
You will have a morning tea stop at the historic “Heritage Lodge” where you can have delicious scones and tea. You might be in the rainforest wilds but civility and culture is only round the corner!
- Historical Bloomfield Track
Your adventure will then continue along the Bloomfield Track. Be prepared to be amazed as you will be taken through some of the most incredible scenery, crossing rivers and creeks and up mountain ranges.
Your experienced tour guide will enlighten your journey with incredible stories and history of the iconic Bloomfield Track.
The Bloomfield track runs for 30km (18 miles) and was completed in 1984. The track was constructed as an alternative route to the Mulligan Highway.
Due to environmental concerns the road was designed with as little switchbacks and bends as possible. This has led to the track resembling the layout of a roller coaster at times with its steep gradients – just perfect for the 4WD (four wheel drive) enthusiast.
The Bloomfield Track passes over the Cowie and the Donovan Ranges and in rainy season it takes more than a 4WD (four wheel drive) to cross it – more like a motor boat!
You will stop for lunch at the Lion’s Den Hotel, (included in the price) one of North Queensland’s oldest running outback Bush Pubs that was built on the banks of the Little Annan River in 1875.
Surrounded by 100 year old mango trees and tropical plants it is a quirky hotel made of timber and iron and known for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with visitor’s signatures.
- Black Mountains
Following lunch you will visit the eerily mysterious Black Mountains, aptly called as the black granite peaks loom up menacingly into the skyline above you.
This geological feature encourages the imagination, as it looks like some giant has just petulantly dropped millions of massive black granite boulders the size of houses there. A loser in a giant marble game?
These mountains are steeped in Aboriginal folklore, legend and myths and are a heavily significant feature of the Kuku Nyungkal people’s cultural landscape. The Black Mountains are known locally to Aboriginals as Kalkajaka (meaning “place of spear”).
In more modern times it is said people have disappeared exploring these mountains and they definitely have an eerie feeling akin to the black rock version of hanging rock.
- Cooktown & It’s History
Arriving in Cooktown make sure your camera is powered up ready for the panoramic views from Grassy Hill viewpoint.
As the sun sets at the end of your amazing first day the view from Grassy Hill lookout with its spectacular 360 degree views is worth the journey.
This was the first recorded place that a European spotted a kangaroo.
Stand in the footsteps of Captain Cook, who all those many years ago in 1770 looked out at the same view.
As you look towards Cape Tribulation and the Endeavour River one realises that not so much has changed.
Your accommodation in Cooktown will depend on whether you have chosen the Deluxe or Moderate package (see details in the information at the end).
Whichever option of accommodation you stay at it will either have amazing views of the Endeavour River estuary or be right in the heart of town to explore Cooktown at night. (Cost of evening entertainment or dinner is at own expense).
Day 2 - Cooktown Tour
Breakfast is not included in the tour price, but is on offer at your accommodation at own expense. For Seaview guests you will be given a breakfast pack, but if you wish to sit and dine, there is an eating place opposite the hotel where you can enjoy a full sit down breakfast.
After breakfast you will now have most of the day left to explore Historical Cooktown
Cooktown is now a quaint sleepy estuary town, but at one time it was one of the busiest ports and a major business centres in Queensland during the gold rush. It is a significant town in the modern day history of Australia and also in its Indigenous roots.
For more modern history you can visit the world class James Cook Museum or just enjoy Cooktown’s natural beauty as your stroll down the banks of the Endeavour River.
Cooktown has something for everyone, old, young, male or female. It is a place where you can immerse yourself in the local history and culture.
Why not try fishing with the locals down at Fisherman’s wharf. Catch Spanish Mackerel, Barramundi, Queenfish and more.
Here are some suggestions of other things to see when you are in Cooktown:
- The James Cook Museum
The Queensland National Trust’s James Cook Museum has been recently renovated. Nationally regarded as the best regional museum outside of any capital city in the country it is worth a visit. Initially built in the gold rush era of 1888-9 as the convent of Saint Mary the building has undergone a few changes of use and even became the first high school in North Queensland.
The US used it during the WWII as a command post after the Sisters of Mercy were evacuated. After a period of neglect it was restored to its former glory in 1970 and was reopened by the Queen as the “James Cook Museum”.
Further refurbishment in 1999 has ensured that it will continue to be a credit to Cooktown, its visitors and the town’s history.
- Nature’s Powerhouse Museum
With so much natural flora and fauna in the area, this has attracted a high standard of artists wishing to capture this beauty.
Cooktown’s Nature’s Powerhouse Museum is home to a stunning collection of botanical illustrations and paintings of flowering plants that can be found along the Endeavour River.
The highly revered botanical artist Vera Scarth-Johnson’s work of highly detailed botanical paintings and drawings are exhibited here.
So impressed was Australia with her artwork and passion for the fauna of the area that she received an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her work in 1995.
Alongside Vera’s work Nature’s Powerhouse Museum also houses work by Charlie Tanner, who spent his whole life recording the reptiles and the bio-diversity of the Cape York Peninsula.
- Cooktown Cemetery
If you wish to soak up the history of a place and find out about its social history then Cemeteries are always a wonderful place to wander around . Cooktown cemetery is no exception.
Among the gravestones and memorials you will find a diverse history of the social, cultural, religious practices that were found in the people of Cooktown.
Graveyards are not simply to remember the dead but also act as a wonderful testimony to the richness of people’s lives.
The first gave in the cemetery is the one of Rev Francis Tripp in 1874.
The saddest grave is that of Mrs Watson. She managed to survive an Aboriginal attack on where she lived on Lizard Island and with her infant son managed to escape to the next island.
Unfortunately there they perished due to dehydration, as there was no water on the island.
In a touching commemoration of Mrs Watson and her son’s sad deaths, a monument was erected. At one time this could be used as a water fountain by the people of Cooktown, a touching reminder and memorial of these two tragic lives.
- The Milibi Wall (The Story Wall)
In acknowledgement of the Aboriginal roots of the area the Milibi Wall was created. Milibi is the Guugu Yimithirr (local Aboriginal language) word for story. The wall is composed in three sections. Each section is beautifully art-worked by a local Indigenous artist.
The first section tells of the creation and how Cooktown and the Endeavour River were made. The second section tells of the first meeting between Aboriginals and Captain Cook, with the final section depicts the modern day Aboriginal and the advancements made in their equality of rights in Australia.
- Grassy Hill Lighthouse
Well, you wouldn’t want to pay the postage on this!
Unbelievably the lighthouse was actually built in England after which it was shipped to Cooktown in 1885. In the war, between1942 and 1945 it helped the war effort when a radar station was added, which was then demolished after the war.
After 100 years of loyal service protecting and warning ships in the area it was made obsolete. Thanks to the amazing effort of the Lions Club it has now been restored back to its former glory.
- Grassy Hill Sun-Dial
You might think it is a sun dial but look are deceiving, this is in fact a “Global Positioning Monument”. If you wondered how far away you were from loved ones in Tokyo, London, or New York, this will tell you. Yes, you could Google it, but this old fashioned reference needs no power and is around 24/7.
- Captain Cook’s Grassy Hill Monument
Cooktown wouldn’t be complete without a monument to the man who gave the town its name and reputation. After his landing and his trips up Grassy Hill the monument is a fitting reminder. To the side of the hill is a large board on which is detailed all Captain Cook’s trips and journals.
- Secluded Beaches-Walking Trails
If you fancy just getting one with nature then a lovely bush walk through the Botanic Gardens and out to Finch Bay could be the option for you. This amazingly picturesque beach is a perfect spot for lounging with a good book or just admiring the scenery. Cherry Tree Bay is another beautiful secluded beach worth checking out if you have the time.
If you have keen eyes and some luck you might even observe the occasional turtle or dugong passing by. The beach can be accessed from a 2500m track from the Botanic Gardens, or from a track that starts halfway up Grassy Hill. Reasonable fitness level is required.
Your guide on the tour can give you more information on the sites to see on your visit.
- Return Journey
Late in the afternoon you will depart Cooktown via the inland road, The smooth and speedy, Mulligan Highway. The highway is the inland route back and will take you through a diverse landscape of grazing of cattle on the plains of the large cattle stations and will take you through the Palmer River gold mine region, which was the site of teeming optimistic gold prospectors in the gold rush of the 1870’s.
At Mount Carbine, an authentic pub in this old mining town we will stop for dinner (at your own expense).
You will be dropped off at your accommodation places ready for a good sleep and to dream about the wonderful sights that you have seen in the last two days.
Deluxe Package - Sovereign Resort - Cooktown - CKED
Stay in this well-appointed AAA 4 star rated resort. It is located in the heart of Cooktown with all the sights, shopping, museums and wharfs on your doorstep. All rooms have air-conditioning and come with a queen size bed. If you fancy a swim then the swimming pool set amidst award winning landscaped local gardens is perfect for cooling down.
Moderate Package - Seaview Motel - Cooktown - CKEM
Boasting the only seafront accommodation in Cooktown the Motel is perched on the banks of Endeavour River where all rooms have amazing views overlooking the Endeavour River and its stunning surrounding scenery. All 3 and 4 star rooms have Foxtel, air-conditioning. The Motel has a pool if you wish to cool down and just soak up the tropical sun.
If you would like to stay just a little bit longer take a look at our 3 Day 2 Night option.
Included in Price
Return transfers from your accommodation
Small group - maximum 16 guests
4WD Air-conditioned vehicle
Friendly knowledgeable driver-guide
Morning Tea & lunch on day 1
One of Australia’s most scenic coastal routes
Daintree River Ferry Crossing
World Heritage Daintree National Park
Visit a true Aussie Bush Pub, The Lion's Den
4WD only Bloomfield Track
Grassy Hill lookout
Free time to explore Cooktown
1 night in Cooktown
Return journey via the Queensland Outback
For Bookings Call Now!
1300 761 612
Dinner on day 1
Breakfast on day 2
Extra activities/tours and evening entertaiment in Cooktown
We recommend the Endeavour River Bend Cruises 2 hour cruise with Riverbend Tours - BYO alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, gourmet platters supplied.
Book Sunset Cruise on 0411 836 155
2 Day - 1 Night
Departs Cairns 6:15am, Northern Beaches 7:00am, Port Douglas 7.45am
Returns Cairns 9:00pm, Northern Beaches 8:30pm, Port Douglas 8:00pm
Days of Operation
Monday & Thursday
Seasonal tour operating from May to November
Departs FromCairns, Northern Beaches, Port Douglas
- Cairns Beaches
- Port Douglas
- Palm Cove
What To Bring
Overnight bag only no suitcases (maximum weight 15 kgs), good walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, rain poncho, charged camera, money for extras, meal and sundries.
Fitness Level RequiredLow - Medium
Child price applies to children 4 to 14
This tour isn’t recommended for children under 7 years
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.
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
Cooktown, Bloomfield Track, Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest & Queensland Outback
If going up Grassy Hill Lookout at sunset, remember to use your mosquito repellent – this is the tropics so don’t let the blighters bite. Remember to pack swimming gear if you wish to swim in the accommodation’s pools.
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2019 - 20201 Apr 19 - 31 Mar 20
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Optional Extras for 2019 - 2020
The following optional extras can be purchased at time of booking.
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06 October 2018
hi, yes we certainly enjoyed the overnight Adventure North tour in September. Our 2 tour guides were excellent, Gary, day 1, and Adam(?) day 2. They were both great drivers and kept us well-informed and entertained on both legs of the journey. The only slightly disappointing thing was the lunch stop in the caravan park on day 1. The food was a bit too ordinary and not very well presented. Later when we stopped at the Lions Den Hotel, many of us on the bus did think a lunch/snack/drinks stop there may have been better. We also commend the Adventure North group with enthusiastically keeping us in touch with our bus departure and arrival times on both days via texts and phone calls. The Cooktown Seaview Motel certainly had the best water views. Fantastic! Thanks to all, Malcolm and Kim
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