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Off The Beaten Track

If you wanted to "get off the beaten track" and visit some restricted access areas or less visited areas, then please peruse the tours below. Options ranging from 4WD tours, wildlife spotting tours and guided hiking tours. Most of these tours travel with very small groups of people and are designed to reconnect you with nature and get an up close and personal experience of our native wildlife and ancient rainforests.

1 Day Cooktown 4WD Tour


Rates from: $259

Cooktown is one of Australia's must do destinations, a town rich with the history of the James Cook landing. This company is locally owned and operates a 4WD tour from Cairns and Port Douglas to Cooktown via Cape Tribulation through the heart of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park, returning via the Mulligan Highway on the inland road, which is part of Far North Queenslands outback. History and botany enthusiasts will enjoy the adventure of getting off the beaten track to see the rainforest and outback.

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Adventure North - 1 Day Cooktown 4WD Tour (Drive/Fly or Fly/Drive)


Rates from: $530

Cooktown is one of Australia's most exciting new destinations and truly one of Australia's great last frontiers between "outback" and modern Australia. Adventure North Australia operate 4WD tours from Cairns as either a Drive/Fly or Fly/Drive option.  Drive/Fly option - You will travel between Cairns and Cooktown via Cape Tribulation through the heart of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. Experience the Bloomfield track, inclusive of water crossings and amazing scenery.  Fly/Drive option - You will travel via the Mulligan Highway.  This is the Outback of Far North Queensland. If you enjoy history, botany, adventure, getting off the beaten track, seeing the rainforest and/or the outback, or 4 wheel driving then this is the trip for you.  

 

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Adventure North - 2 Day Cooktown Explorer


Rates from: $549

Travel from Cairns to Cooktown on this 2 Day / 1 Night Cooktown Explorer 4WD Tour. Travel along one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. Your journey will then continue on the 4WD only Bloomfield track and witness some of the most incredible scenery and rugged terrain. Guided Cooktown tour, Grassy Hill lookout and overnight accommodation is included.  The second day you will visit Cooktown Cemetery, James Cook Museum and Cooktown Botanic Gardens.  Travelling back to Cairns via the Mulligan Highway with outback scenery, Black Mountain, Byerstown Range and the Palmer River Roadhouse.

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Adventure North - 3 Day Cape Tribulation & Cooktown Wanderer


Rates from: $989

This tour combines an overnight stay at Cape Tribulation and an overnight stay at Cooktown (day tour from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is provided by our sister company Down Under Tours).  This first day you will explore Mossman Gorge, enjoy a 1 hour wildlife river cruise and a delicious BBQ lunch.  The second day you will join Adventure North Australia from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown.  Your journey will continue on the 4WD only Bloomfield track and witness some of the most incredible scenery and rugged terrain. Guided Cooktown tour, Grassy Hill lookout and overnight accommodation is included in Cooktown.  The third day you will visit Cooktown Cemetery, James Cook Museum and Cooktown Botanic Gardens.  Travelling back to Cairns via the Mulligan Highway with outback scenery, Black Mountain, Byerstown Range and the Palmer River Roadhouse.

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Behana Canyoning


Rates from: $184

Known as the adventure tour of the Behana Gorge waterfalls, not for the faint hearted and requires a reasonable level of physical fitness. Behana Gorge is a 45 minute drive from Cairns, and is one of Cairns best kept secrets!  This tour includes nature walks, abseiling, waterfall swimming and leaping from high rocks into safe deep waters below.  Travelling with a maximum of 8 passengers - ensures a wonderful small group adventure!

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Billy Tea Safaris - Chillagoe Caves and Outback 4WD Tour


Rates from: $205

Billy Tea Safaris will take you on an unforgettable day tour of the Chillagoe Caves and Australian Outback. You will travel in a customized 4WD drive vehicle.  Engage in a fully guided tour of the Chillagoe Caves  (which is the primary highlight of the trip) to marvel at their natural wonder.  Later in the day you move onto a great location known as Granites Gorge, here you can hand feed the rock wallabies that come out in the afternoon for a feed. After this gorgeous local experience you return down the Kuranda Range back to Cairns.  A great full day tour which includes lunch at a genuine outback pub.

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Cairns Hiking Experience (FNQ Nature Tours)


Rates from: $275

Experience the only true guided hiking tour in Cairns!  With less time travelling in the vehicle and more time trekking - you will get to hike through the beautiful Lamb Range track with scenery consisting of open woodland, giant gum trees and savanna habitat.  Travelling with a very small group of like-minded people, you will enjoy this 10 kilometre hike which ends with a visit to Davies Creek for a well earned refreshing swim!  Snacks, fruit, lunch, sunscreen and insect repellent are provided - you just need to bring a day pack to carry a large bottle of water, camera, swimmers and towel and your sense of adventure!

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Daintree Dreaming Day Tour (Adventure North)


Rates from: $259

Departs Daily 

Experience this unique day tour learning of our area's rich Aboriginal history and culture, combined with the oldest living rainforest on the planet and the spectacular Mossman Gorge.  Your day will include learning how to hunt and spear for crabs and walk through mangroves to collect shellfish by the one of the indigenous Walker brothers.  They will invite you back to their home to enjoy morning tea, whilst the more adventurous in the group can try some of the mornings catch.  From here you will visit Mossman Gorge Centre to have lunch.  The tour has two package options - to choose either an nterpretive guided rainforest walk or an Indigenous guided walk (Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk).

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Discovery Tours - Half Day 4WD Rainforest Tour


Rates from: $145

Discovery Tours is the only company who offer a (soft) 4WD Half Day Tour from Cairns.  You will stop at a giant fig tree with its own boardwalk, do a few creek crossings, enjoy tropical fruit tastings, see the amazing termite mounds and Barron Falls. All with a passionate Naturalist Guide who will remain with you to provide guided walks with informative commentary. 

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UB - Cape Trib Overnight


Rates from: $289

The only tour to offer a Cape Tribulation overnight stay where you stay with your group and tour guide the whole time. They are also the only company to travel north on the inland road and south on the coastal road. Each route showcases very different scenery. You get outback and rainforest whilst making great new friends over two full days.

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Unique Aboriginal Rock Art Tour Day Tour


Rates from: $280

Meet with your guide in the township of Laura. From there be taken by your guide to a remote location to view authentic aboriginal rock art at a site known as the Magnificent Gallery. Home to over 450 art works, 2 phases of art periods and amazing natural rock escarpment viewing.

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Unique Dinosaur Fossil Tour 3 Days (EAT)


Rates from: $1875

Leaving at mid day on day one and returning mid aftertoon on day three this unique tour offers a once in a lifetime experience. Starting with a transfer from Cairns to the regional Mareeba airport, boarding a personalised charter flight to remote town of Winton. Which is now famous for a legendary dinosaur trail, stay the night to absorb outback country hospitality at a local motel. Wake up to an incredible dessert sunrise to be collected for the tour to the dinosaur trail. After your once in a lifetime experience you will head back to the motel to stay and second night and by now you will have made friends with the locals. Day three you depart Winton in the morning, have another scenic flight back to Mareeba and will be transferred back to Cairns. 

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Wait-A-While Rainforest & Wildlife Night Tour


Rates from: $170

Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours offers small group rainforest and wildlife experiences within the Wet Tropics World Heritage area of Tropical North Queensland. Our wildlife tours visit restricted access mountain rainforest at night in the Atherton Tablelands, giving the best chance of seeing nocturnal animals in their natural environment.  This is the best tour for seeing native wildlife in its natural environment during the day and into the night.

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Wilderness Eco Safaris - 4WD Rainforest Eco Safari


Rates from: $199

Experience North Queensland from a different perspective with this eco sensitive 4WD safari taking a maximum of 7 passengers.

Getting you away from the mass marketed areas to one of the north's last wilderness frontiers, where there are no "Touristy Crowds", no other vehicles and no sealed roads, just pristine "World Heritage Rainforest".

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