Cooktown and Cairns tours 2022 - Photo
Tours to Cooktown and Cairns 2022 - Photo
Cooktown holiday packages for Pensioners - Photo
Group tours to Cooktown & Cairns 2022 - Photo

itinerary

DAY 1 – DEPART BRISBANE

This afternoon depart Brisbane on the Spirit of Queensland train in your choice of Premium Economy Seats or RailBeds with all meals included. The train is scheduled to depart at 3.45pm from Roma Street Station. All meals included for RailBed fares. (D)

DAY 2 – CAIRNS WELCOME

Arriving in Cairns mid afternoon, you will be met by your friendly tour host and transferred to Cairns Queenslander. You will have time to freshen up before enjoying a welcome dinner. Overnight: Cairns Queenslander (B,L,D)

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

DAY 3 – PARONELLA PARK

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. Overnight: Cairns Queenslander (B,D)

DAY 4 – Mossman Gorge, Daintree River, Port Douglas

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. Overnight: Cairns Queenslander (B)

DAY 5 – CAIRNS TO COOKTOWN

Making our way north today via the Atherton Tablelands and through the towns of Mareeba, 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. Overnight: Cooktown Seaview Motel (B,D)

Day 6 – 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 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. Later we depart for our Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Endeavour River and step back in time with an informative journey down this famous river. Overnight: Cooktown Seaview Motel (B,D)

Day 7 – 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. Coffee has now become one of the Tablelands major exports and on arrival we enjoy and informative tour and lunch. Arriving back in Cairns late afternoon. Overnight: Cairns Queenslander (B,L)

Day 8 – Cairns Botanic Gardens, Cairns Aquarium

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. Overnight: Cairns Queenslander (B,L)

Day 9 – Depart Cairns for Brisbane

This morning following breakfast we will transfer you to depart on the Spirit of Queensland travelling to our home destination enjoying the company of your new found friends. (B) All meals on the train for RailBeds.

Note: If making your own arrangements and not using the rail service, please check out by 10am and enjoy the rest of your holidays. Extra nights in Cairns can be pre-arranged.

DAY 10 – ARRIVE BRISBANE

This morning you will wake to the breakfast service (RailBed passengers) before arriving in at your home port after enjoying your discovery of Cooktown. The train is scheduled to arrive into Brisbane at 9.20am (B)

B = Breakfast, M/T = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

dates & pricing

2022 Departure Dates:
5 July, 13 Sep
Twinshare Sole Use Rail Fares Rail Bed Economy Seat
$2920 + rail $3480 + rail QLD Pension $400 $50
Senior Card $670 $370
BQuick Adult fare $779 $443
  • A deposit of $450pp is required within 7 days
  • QLD Pensioner fare is using 4 vouchers for RailBeds
  • Seniors Fares are for Australian Government Senior Card Holders only
  • Pension and Seniors Card numbers must be advised at time of booking
  • Rail fare prices are return
  • Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure due to group rail ticketing requirements
  • Concession rail fares are not available for international passengers as they are verified by Centrelink
  • RailBed fares include meals. Other train fares do not include meals

Highlights & inclusions

  • 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
  • Accommodation & meals as per itinerary

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