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Discover Cooktown

8 Days – $1,490*

*PP Twin Share, Single add $420
*Plus Applicable Discount Rail Fare

Welcome to the remote, unspoilt beauty of Cape York Peninsula. Captain Cook’s arrival on the banks of the Endeavour River in 1770 led to his first recorded meaningful contact and reconciliation with Aboriginal people. Discover this unique history and Cooktown’s colourful past on this fantastic tour that thakes in all the highlights of the region plus a few more spots !!!

Departure Date

  • April 13th, 2019
  • June 11th, 2019
  • July 15th, 2019
  • September 9th & 21st, 2019

DAY 1 – Depart Brisbane

Depart on the Spirit of Queensland Train in your Premium Economy Seats or upgrade to Deluxe Rail Beds with all meals included.

(All meals  on the train for Railbeds)

Plus Applicable Discount Rail Fare please see Rail Fares

DAY 2 – Cairns Welcome

This morning the train will pass through Townsville and then make its way along the picturesque Cassowary Coast , arriving in Cairns mid afternoon. You will then be met by our friendly tour host and transferred to Cairns Queenslander. You will have time to freshen up before enjoying dinner.

(D) Cairns Queenslander

DAY 3 – Mossman Gorge, Daintree River, Port Douglas

Today we adventure into the Mossman Gorge. Here the Mossman River tumbles its way over and around huge granite boulders that line the gorge creating cool clear freshwater swimming holes. We then make our way to the Daintree River for a River Cruise  spotting  crocs and other wildlife. Then into Port Douglas with time to explore the town before returning to Cairns via Palm Cove Village.

(B, MT, D)  Cairns Queenslander

DAY 4 – Cairns to Cooktown

Making our way north today via the Atherton Tablelands and through the towns of Marreeba, Mount Molly and on to the Palmer River Roadhouse for our lunch stop. From here we pass the Annan Gorge and Black Mountain, on the last leg  in to Cooktown. Black Mountain, named by the local indigenous people ‘Place of Spears’ is a mysterious pyramid of stones and is a natural geological formation thought to be 150 million years old. The ‘black’ colouring comes from the lichen that covers the thousands of stones making up the mountain. On arrival we check in and time to  visit the Cooktown Botanical Gardens and learn how Cook and his crew survived on the local flora.

(B, D) Cooktown Seaview Motel

DAY 5 – Discover Cooktown, Famous Lions Den Hotel, Endeavour River Cruise

After breakfast, we will enjoy a town tour of Cooktown and head up to Grassy Gill Lookout for a look at fantastic views of Cooktown and its famous “River of Gold”. It’s then onto the Captain James Cook Museum, which is one of Queensland’s best museums, showcasing the remarkable history of this remarkable town. The museum follows the story of James Cook’s enforced seven-week stay at the Endeavour River, during which the first meaningful contact between Europeans and Indigenous Australian took place. Now that you have been enriched in Australia’s true history, we then head down to the famous historical Lion’s Den Hotel for lunch and a refreshing drink. This is truly an Aussie icon built on the banks of the little Annan River, surrounded by 100yr old mango trees. Following lunch we return and visit the Cooktown Cemetery. This is a wonderful place to wander around to soak up the history. Graveyards act as a wonderful testimony to the colourful and varied lives of the locals. A stroll along Main Street is also a must with lots of places to explore including the Old Railway Station, the Cooktown History and Cultural Centre. There is also the odd watering hole that you might want to visit as well. We then depart for our Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Endeavour River and step back in time with an informative journey down this famous river.

(B, D)  Cooktown Seaview Motel

DAY 6 – Cooktown to Cairns Jacques Coffee Plantation

Breakfast then depart  and make our way back to Cairns . On the way we will visit the famous Jacques Coffee Plantation. The plantation is situated along side the spring waters of Emerald Creek in Mareeba. On arrival we enjoy and informative tour and lunch. We then continue onto Cairns and check in with time to freshen up before our farewell dinner.

(B, L, D)  Cairns Queenslander

DAY 7 – Depart for Brisbane

Breakfast then depart by coach to meet the Spirit of Queensland for our relaxing journey home on the Sprit of Queensland Train.

(B, All meals on the train for Railbeds)

DAY 8 – Arrive Brisbane to Home Port

This morning you will wake to the breakfast service before arriving in at your home port after enjoying your discovery of Cooktown.

  • All Accommodation
  • All Meals as per itinerary
  • Coach touring and commentary
  • Mossman Gorge, Daintree River Cruise
  • Port Douglas Township, Palm Cove
  • Mareeba, Mount Molly, Black Mountain
  • Palmer River Roadhouse
  • Cooktown Museum & Cemetery
  • Grassy Hill Lookout, Botanical Gardens
  • Endeavour River Dinner Cruise
  • Lions Den Hotel, Annan River
  • Jacques Coffee Plantation

QPCV : Premium Economy Seat Return – $50 / First Class Rail Bed Return – $400
SENIOR : Premium Economy Seat Return – $370 / First Class Rail Bed Return $670
ADULT : Premium Economy Seat Return – $630 / First Class Rail Bed Return $935
Applicable Discount Rail Fare Applies (See Rail Fares Above)

Tour is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. A $450 non refundable deposit is due upon booking with the remainder payable 60 days prior to departure. Full payment is also non refundable with in 45 days of departure. We highly recommend taking Travel Insurance. Please contact our office for a quote if you require travel insurance.