Discover Cooktown




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.

Note: Some Images supplied by TTNQ


DAY 1 – Depart Brisbane

Depart on the Spirit of Queensland Train from Brisbane at 3pm in your Premium Economy Seats or upgrade to Deluxe Rail Beds with all meals included.     (All meals  on the train for Rail Beds)   

Note: If you are making your own arrival arrangements and not using the train service, we would recommend you arrive in Cairns on Day 2.

Plus Applicable Discount Rail Fare to be Added Brisbane to Cairns Return Spirit of Queensland (See Rail Fares Below)

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 – $443  /  First Class Rail Bed Return $778.50

DAY 2 – Arrive Cairns

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. (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

DAY 3 – Mossman Gorge,  Daintree River Cruise.  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. Dinner tonight at the Top Pub.

(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 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.

(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 Spirit of QLD Train

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

DAY 8 – Arrive Brisbane

This morning you will wake to the breakfast service arriving Brisbane at 9am. 

Note: If joining a flight from Brisbane, please make bookings from 1pm on wards


Coach touring and commentary

Hosted by our Friendly Staff

  • Mossman Gorge & Daintree River Cruise
  • Port Douglas Township & Palm Cove Village
  • 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

Depart on the Spirit of Queensland Train from Brisbane

Plus Applicable Discount Rail Fare to be Added Brisbane to Cairns Return Spirit of Queensland (See Rail Fares Below)

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 – $443  /  First Class Rail Bed Return $778.50

All Accommodation & Meals as per Itinerary

Tour Length 8 Days

Tour Cost $1490.00

Additional Details

*Double/Twin, Single ADD $420 *Plus Applicable Discount Rail Fare Applies

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