Nestled between the mouth of the Endeavour River and Grassy Hill, with Mt Cook as a backdrop, Cooktown is a charming, historical town, unspoiled by the urgency of modern life. Cooktown is known for is its well documented history, including the first known European contact with the Indigenous people of this region, after Captain Cook ran aground on some reefs off the coast. Later it became a bustling port, exporting gold from the Palmer River Goldfields, and had 47 licensed pubs within the town boundaries in 1874; today there are still a few along the main street to stop and grab a cold one. So, step back in time and enjoy some of the heritage buildings, monuments, and centers around town paying homage to an era of great hardship and triumph.
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Arriving into Brisbane City today and depart for Cairns at 3.45pm on the Spirit of Queensland Train in your Premium Economy Seats or Deluxe Rail Beds with all meals included plus pamper pack with the evening bed turn down. (All meals provided on the train for Rail Beds)
Note: Interstate Guests with flights, will arrive in Brisbane today and transfer via Skytrain to meet the Spirit of Queensland for your journey to Cairns
Note; If making your way to Cairns under own arrangements, please see Day 2 for details
This morning the train 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 our welcome dinner.
Meals (D) Overnight Cairns Queenslander
Note: If arriving today under own arrangements, please check in and meet the Host and other travelers for your welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant at 6pm
Today by coach, 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.
Meals (B, MT, D) Cairns Queenslander
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.
Meals (B, D) Cooktown Seaview Motel
After breakfast, we will enjoy a town tour of Cooktown and head up to Grassy Hill 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 best museums, showcasing the 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.
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 Center. 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.
Meals (B, D) Cooktown Seaview Motel
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.
Meals (B, L, D) Cairns Queenslander
Breakfast then depart by coach to meet the Spirit of Queensland for our relaxing journey home on the Sprint of Queensland Train.
Meals (B, All meals on the train for Railbeds)
Note: If continuing under own arrangements, please check out by 10am and enjoy your remaining time in Cairns.
Extra nights can be arranged upon request.
Today the Spirit of Queensland will finish the journey arriving into Brisbane at 9.30am with cherished memories of both the Australian Outback and the vast Gulf Region of Australia.
Note: Interstate Guests with flights, will transfer back via Skytrain to Brisbane airport for your return flight home.
Coach touring and commentary
Hosted by our Friendly Staff
Spirit of Queensland Train when departing from Brisbane
All Accommodation & Meals as per Itinerary
Return Economy Airfares for Interstate Guest using the Rail Service from Brisbane
*Double/Twin, Single ADD $420