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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: $295

DEPARTURES FOR THIS TOUR START ON THE 14th APRIL 2020

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 & bird watching enthusiasts will enjoy the adventure of getting off the beaten track to see the rainforest and outback.

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Adventure North - 3 Day Cape Tribulation & Cooktown Wanderer


Rates from: $989

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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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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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Discovery Tours - Half Day 4WD Rainforest Tour


Rates from: $140

This is the only company who offer an easy 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, Kuranda, Barron Falls and you can swim at Davies Creek. All with a knowledgable Naturalist Guide who will remain with you to provide guided walks with informative commentary. 

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FNQ Nature Tours - Tropical Wetlands Birdwatching (Private Tour)


Rates from: $1150

This unqiue private guided tour option is perfect for nature lovers, especially those whom have an interest in bird watching!  No other company can provide this itinerary, as FNQ Nature Tours is the only local operator who has the exclusive access permits. This "Shared Earth Reserve" encompasses 5000 acres of lagoons, trails, bird hides and dirt roads containing an abundance of bird watching opportunites. 

With amazing habitat diverity including permanent lakes, swamps, billabongs, creeks and an incrediable mosiac of old' growth savanna woodlands. Our team of staff are highly experienced and passionate naturalist guides, with their own personal interests in bird watching and photpgraphy.  You will be gauranteed a wonderful and memorable tour experience.

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Unique Aboriginal Rock Art Tour Day Tour


Rates from: $1794

Helicopter into 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. Helicopter return to the city.

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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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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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