Cairns & Cooktown Discovery



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2 Fantastic Destinations in One !!!

Cairns is the gateway of Queensland’s tropical north. Cairns is a stylish city, which is also renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambiance.

Cooktown is a charming, historical town, unspoiled by the urgency of modern life. Nestled between the mouth of the Endeavour River and Grassy Hill, with Mt Cook as a backdrop,  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.

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Departing Brisbane today 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 / Overseas 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 Double Tree Hilton Cairns

Note: If arriving today under own arrangements, please check in and meet the Host and other travelers for your welcome dinner at the motel restaurant at 6pm

Making our way north today via the Atherton Tablelands and through the towns of Marreeba 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 River of Gold 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 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.

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.

Meals (B, D)  Cooktown River Of Gold Motel

Breakfast then depart  and make our way back to Cairns . On the way we will visit the Mt Molly Hotel and enjoy a hearty lunch before arriving back in Cairns late afternoon.

Meals (B, L)  Overnight Double Tree Hilton Cairns

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)  Overnight Double Tree Hilton Cairns

Today we make our way to Paronella Park. Located 1hr south of Cairns, the Park is a magical and unforgettable place nestled amongst heritage gardens and 13 acres of lush tropical rainforest. Step back in time and be amazed by the ingenuity and determination shown by one man with a dream. We will tour through the Castle Ruins and Grounds then time for you to purchase lunch if you wish, before making our way back to Cairns.

Meals ( B, D ) Overnight Double Tree Hilton Cairns

Cairns Botanic Gardens this morning for a tour. The gardens are the best example in Australia of and includes some rare plants seldom found any where else in the world. Then to the brand new Cairns Aquarium. The Aquarium connects visitors with the natural wonders of The Great Barrier Reef without getting your feet wet !!!   Then back at the motel for your farewell dinner.                                  

Meals (B, D)  Overnight Double Tree Hilton Cairns


This morning following breakfast  it is time to check out by 10am

This completes your Cairns & Cooktown Discovery tour

Meals (B)  

Extra nights in Cairns can be pre-arranged on request.

Return Rail upon request


Coach touring and commentary

Hosted by our Friendly Staff

  • Paronella Park
  • Mossman Gorge, Daintree River Cruise
  • Port Douglas Township, Palm Cove
  • Palmer River Roadhouse & Black Mountain
  • Cooktown Museum & Cemetery
  • Grassy Hill Lookout, Botanical Gardens
  • Endeavour River Dinner Cruise
  • Lions Den Hotel, Annan River
  • Jacques Coffee Plantation
  • Cairns Botanic Gardens

Spirit of Queensland Train when departing from Brisbane


All Accommodation & Meals as per Itinerary

Tour Length 9 Days

Tour Cost EX Cairns $2920.00

(8 Days Tour Only )

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $2945.00

(9 Days QLD Pension: Train Travel Economy Seat )

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $3120.00

(9 Days QLD Pension: Train Travel Deluxe Rail Bed )

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $3255.00

(9 Days Seniors Card : Train Travel Deluxe Rail Bed)

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $3320.00

(9 Days Adult : Train Travel Deluxe Rail Bed )
Additional Details

Tour Cost is PP in a Double or Twin Room, If Sole Use Room, ADD $560

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