David and Janet Mead own and have operated “Great Northern Tours’ since 2013 from their Cooktown base in Far North Queensland Australia.
Dave’s infectious enthusiasm for the regions natural beauty, history and world-renowned birdlife has been garnered from many years working and travelling throughout Cape York. A certified 'Wet Tropics' guide and an accredited 'Savannah Guide', David is only too happy to share his local knowledge, in such a beautiful part of Australia.
With a maximum of '4 passengers only' policy, we offer personally guided 4wd tours, from half day to extended, accommodated or camping, birdwatching adventures in Cape York and North West Queensland.
We encourage visitors to participate in pre-tour conversations with us, in regards to their own ideas as to what they would like to see and do, whilst travelling with us. Please don't hesitate to contact via email if you are interested in a "tailor-made" private charter. For example, you may be a small group of birding friends, or a specialist photographer wishing to travel to a more remote area. This direct input and flexible nature of our tours, helps make touring with Great Northern Tours both relaxing and memorable.
As well as specialising in "Birdwatching" guided tours, David is a keen amateur photographer and all photos used on this web-site are his own and his guests and may not be copied or used, without prior permission.
You will travel in our very comfortable 200-series Landcruiser, which is equipped with all safety gear, including satellite communications. Your driver holds operator accreditation, Queensland transport driver authorisation, all required National Parks permits, full insurances and has first aid qualifications.
Conveniently located in the heart of Cooktown (Hope St), providing old fashioned country hospitality and friendly service, tropical salt water pool, fully licensed bar and restaurant.www.riverofgoldmotel.com.au
Nestled in the rainforest just south of Cooktown, Mungumby Lodge offers private, quality accommodation for the traveller; seeking to stay in a resort- style lodge that offers a personal experience. www.mungumby.com
Set in tropical landscaped gardens, the Sovereign Resort Hotel is a 4-star rated resort, with balcony restaurant, cafe bar and a beautiful free form swimming pool. www.sovereignresort.com.au
With just a short stroll to town and set amongst eight acres of award winning gardens, Cooktown Holiday Park has self-contained cabins, units, caravan/ camping sites and can accomodate larger motorhomes/rv's. www.cooktownholidaypark.com.au
Located on the historic Endeavour River, the Seaview Motel offers not only stunning views, but also easy access to the centre of town, Cooktown wharf and to the local boat ramp. www.cooktownseaviewmotel.com.au
Situated on the western boundary of Lakefield National Park, Cape York and comprising ten pole-style cabins nestled on the edge of a freshwater billabong, Lotusbird Lodge is the perfect base for exploring and seeking out some of the areas 200plus listed bird species. www.lotusbird.com.au
"Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge" is a great place to stay at any time of the year. The lodge is located at the base of Mount Lewis Range, in one of the best birding areas in Australia. www.birdwatchers.com.au
Situated amongst the tall Milkwood trees and overlooking the rainforest canopy, just 2 mins from. Milkwood lodge is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature, with 6 secluded pole cabins to choose from.
Red Mill House
A bed and breakfast establishment, positioned in the beautiful 'Daintree', a fantastic area for birdwatching and photography. Your friendly hosts are Andrew and Trish Forsyth, naturelovers with a wealth of birding experience. www.redmillhouse.com.au
Based in Mossman North Queensland Australia, Fine Feather Tours is owned and operated by Del Richards, who has accumulated over forty years experience birding in all states of Australia. www.finefeathertours.com.au
Your naturalist and guide is Alan Gillanders, specialising in tree-kangaroos, birds and nocturnal mammals on the beautiful Atherton Tableland, North Queensland, Australia. www.alanswildlifetours.com.au
Lloyd is a well-known birder/author/painter of North Queensland, his site www.birdingaustralia.com.au holds a wealth of information, including the best Australian birding books. Here at Great Northern Tours we highly reccomend, for North Queensland visiting birders, Lloyd's latest book release: "Birds of the Wet Tropics of Queensland & Great Barrier Reef & Where to Find Them"