This tour is a private tour organised by Chinese Heritage in North Queensland Inc (CHINA Inc) and partnering with Cockatours. This tour visits the historical Palmer River Goldfields near Maytown and Palmerville.
All itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, unexpected circumstances or driver’s decision based on what is best for the group. This itinerary is ONLY a guide. Whilst an itinerary is important, at Cockatours, we believe being flexible and having the ability to explore and deviate is also incredibly important.
Pickup Point: Munro Martin Parklands, (meet at Florence Street entrance gate).
Cockatours is a family-owned business who aim to create unforgettable experiences for everyone. We would love to share our experience and knowledge of the remote top end of Australia with you and show you places, experiences and wildlife you never thought existed! We run smaller tours with a maximum 15 people so it still feels private and we expect everyone to be friendly, considerate and work together as a team to create a positive experience for all.
As a small business, we have the ability to be flexible and use this as an advantage for creating great experiences and adventures. Tours are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, unexpected circumstances and the guide’s decision to best suit the group.
If you decide to join us on an adventure, please note the following:
Day 1: Drive ex Cairns to Maytown area – visit former settlement sites and mine sites.
Day 2: In Palmer visiting selected Chinese and European settlement and mine sites.
Day 3: Palmer mine sites and then head out to Cooktown.
Day 4/5: In Cooktown area (Grassy Hill, Cooktown Museum, cemetery, wharf,
Chinatown and Historical Society visits).
Day 6: Head back to Cairns possibly via Bloomfield track Daintree (weather
Our 15-seater tour truck, Zeus, takes us on all our adventures. He is equipped with very comfortable seating perfect for off-road driving, a sound system with microphones for those who love karaoke and plenty of storage. The air-conditioning works extremely well and the tinted windows in the cab help keep the glare & heat out! Our trailer is our portable kitchen with even more storage which is perfect for any event; short/long term camping trips, weekend getaways, the list goes on! There’s even a large awning for those rare rainy days!
On camping tours, we take a maximum of 15 people and there is a fridge for clients in the trailer for your own snacks and drinks!
We are very particular about a few things that make a trip comfortable; good food and sleeping gear are two of those.
Our single or duo tents are 6.5 ft high, very spacious and easy to put up. The fly can also be removed, making it a big mozzie dome, for those starry nights so you can watch the stars go over head!
The mattresses are high-quality, high-density dunlop foam mattresses that stack (not rollable) and are comfy! We have sheets and micro-fibre blankets (NO yucky sleeping bags) for bedding and a mattress case as well. The pillows are real pillows and are covered with hygienic pillow covers as well as a standard pillow case. We even supply bath mats for the front of your tent! The chairs and mattresses vary between trucks due to storage space.
We have provided a handy camping checklist for you to help with your preparations. This list was built from suggestions from past clients!