CAIRNS – CAPE TRIBULATION – COOKTOWN – LAURA – CAIRNS
4 days, 3 nights
If Tropical North Queensland was in Game of Thrones, you’d call anything across the Daintree River ‘North of the Wall’, because most visitor’s holidays fall shy of the Daintree River crossing. Good news for adventure seekers, this trip goes well beyond the Daintree River, winding its way north to Cooktown and onto Laura for a taste of epic Cape York. This part of the Cape has got history everywhere you turn, both old and new. In fact, this famil will look at modern history from Cooktown’s most famous arrival (James Cook) to ancient history in nearby Laura with Jarramali Rock Art Tours. Consider this famil like a launchpad to explore the rest of Cape York. We’re so confident you’ll love it – we suspect you’ll leave wanting to come back next year to tackle the rest!
Sunday 20th of October
AM: Hit the road
Wrestle for the front seat, you’ll want it, as we leave after your mid-morning arrival in Cairns for the Daintree, crossing the river, whose significance you’ll learn about today.
Our first stop is a Daintree River Cruise where we’ll go wildlife spotting along one of the most populated mangrove systems in the world. This river system is rife with local residents, but its most famous face is the saltwater crocodile.
PM: Discover the rainforest
A little further north, we’ll pay a visit to the Heritage Lodge for lunch before journeying to Cape Tribulation along windy rainforest roads.
Our GPS will be set to the Cape Trib Beach House, the only beachfront accommodation in the Daintree Rainforest.
Enjoy an afternoon of leisure – choose to get your 10,000 steps by walking along their secluded beach, take a dip in the pool or enjoy a drink at the bar. Whatever you do, just be sure to soak up the serenity of the 110-million-year-old rainforest that surrounds you.
Overnight: Cape Trib Beach House
Monday 21st of October
AM: Adventure north to Cooktown
Not all road trips are born equal and the Bloomfield Track between Cape Tribulation and Cooktown proves this point. You can expect rainforest, reef and outback scenery, all within two and a half hours of travel time between Cape Tribulation and Cooktown. With your guide Adventure North navigating the journey, there’ll be no stress, just time for epic adventure.
PM: Check out Cooktown
Check into your Cooktown accommodation and spend an afternoon of leisure discovering the town that stopped Captain Cook in his tracks. This port also had a role to play in the Gold Rush, bringing with it some 30,000 people to the area.
Overnight: Sovereign Resort Cooktown
Tuesday 22nd of October
AM: On the road again
Enjoy Breakfast at your accommodation before checking out. We’re on the road, further north to Laura, one of the must-stop pit-stops on anyone’s trip to the tip.
While the town itself is blink-and-you-could-miss-it small, it’s got an Aboriginal art scene that far belies its size. In fact, UNESCO regards the Quinkan Rock Art as one of the ten most significant bodies of rock art in the world.
You’ll join Jarramali Rock Art Tours for a 4WD overnight camping tour and taste of Cape York. You’ll visit a pristine rock art site, where you’ll be guided by traditional owners through a 20,000-year-old outback art gallery.
Overnight: Jaramalli Rock Art Tours
Wednesday 23rd of October
AM: Breakfast and transfer home
Start your day with breakfast at Jarramali, before transferring back to Cooktown where your return flight to Cairns awaits to connect you with your onward journey.