Trip Planning

Great Northern Tours are more than happy to discuss a suitable tour option for you or your group. Our local knowledge on seasonal changes, road conditions and locale, is a great advantage when structuring a private charter request to cover a specific destination, timeframe or target bird species. Please don’t hesitate to email any enquiries.

May through to November is our dryer, cooler season and December through to April, wetter and more humid, but still incredibly green, with beautiful rainforest waterfalls in full flow and for the keen birders, some of the rarer bird species begin their breeding season in the Cooktown area, some of which have migrated down from further north (e.g New Guinea).

Please mention prior to any tour dates, if there are any food allergies, specific dietary requirements, or physical ailments, which may need some tour re-structuring.

We do recommend that you take out private travel insurance including cancellation insurance prior to any of our extended tours, which will cover you for the duration of the tour.

Tour routes may be altered in the interest of safety, at the discretion of Great Northern Tours, based on weather and or road conditions.

You can access Cooktown from Cairns easily by private or hire vehicle, along the fully sealed Mulligan Highway (about 3.5hrs), by bus or by light plane, twice daily Monday to Friday and once on Saturday, with www.hinterlandaviation.com.au  . A superb scenic flight over the Daintree and Reef (45mins). 

Great Northern Tours also offer safe and secure parking for your private vehicle, caravan or r.v, whilst on tour with us.

Terms and Conditions

A 10% commitment deposit is required for all extended tour options, to be paid within 14 days of booking, this will ensure your seat on the tour.

The full tour payment must be received at least 40 days prior to tour departure.

Great Northern Tours will send you payment details.

Once commitment deposit and or full tour payments are received, a receipt and booking confirmation will be provided. All prices are in Australian dollars and G.S.T. inclusive.

Cancellation Policy

Guest cancellation of any of the extended tours, will incur the following fees.

  • Within 7 days of tour departure = 100% of tour price.
  • Within 40 days to 7 days of tour departure = 40% of tour price.
  • Within 90 days to 40 days of tour departure = 20% of tour price (if paid in full), in the event of Great Northern Tours being able to fill the cancelled seats, only the commitment deposit will be forfeited.
  • Please note outside 90 days 50% of deposit will be refunded except in the event of Great Northern Tours having purchased regional flight tickets, then the guest will forfeit full deposit. On a positive, in some instances qantaslink may credit the flight price in the guests name which can be used anywhere in Australia over the next 12 months.
  • In the event that the tour is cancelled by Great Northern Tours you will receive a full refund of any monies paid. No liability will be taken for flights paid for to and from the departure base.
  • Again reiterating the importance of your own Travel, Cancellation and Health insurances.

All cancellations must be received in writing.