Our journey begins north through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Cross the Daintree River & marvel at the magic of the world’s oldest rainforest and enjoy morning tea on renowned Cape Tribulation Beach. Your guide will share fascinating stories & history as you travel along the famous 4WD-only Bloomfield Track before you stop at the iconic Lions Den Hotel. On arrival in Cooktown, visit Grassy Hill for amazing panoramic views of Cooktown, the Coral Sea & Endeavour River. Learn fascinating history on the town tour before reaching your accommodation for the evening.
Today you’ll explore Cooktown. Your first stop is the Heritage listed Cooktown Cemetery, which bears testimony to the diverse nationalities who came to Cooktown and the Palmer Goldfields in the late 19th century. Visit the James Cook Museum for a guided tour and see an original anchor and cannon from Cook’s HMB Endeavour among many of the interesting exhibits. Next visit the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and enjoy a guided walk viewing many of the same plants collected by botanists, Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, as well as plants traditionally used by the local Aboriginal people. Relax at Nature’s Powerhouse café, Art Gallery and Visitor Information Centre. Travelling the Mulligan Highway, you’ll briefly stop at Black Mountain, Byerstown Range lookout and the Palmer River Roadhouse. The outback landscape is dotted with termite mounds and many different eucalypt species. Keep an eye out for livestock that graze along the roadside before we return to Cairns.