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Tours

Ingeniously-crafted adventures.

We honestly believe our tours are some of the best camping tours in Australia and our 5-star rating on Google proves it! Our Cape York & Gulf Savannah tours are extensively researched and field tested to bring you the best outback holiday you could imagine! We are adventurers and travellers at heart but also perfectionists. We want you have to have the holiday of a lifetime! They are relaxed tours, not tick-n-flick! We believe our tours are the most comprehensive, best value tours for these regions!

With Cockatours owner & ecologist leading an exceptional team of guides and cooks, these tours are jam-packed with experiences and tasty food! We hate to say, but our job isn’t letting you go home skinny! Being owner-operated we can be very flexible on the road, making for a fun, stress-free tour! Our tours are camping orientated to be more authentic and our camp gear is high quality. Our tour trucks, ‘Zeus’ & ‘Herc’, are equipped with comfy seats, fridges and powerful AC! We are super excited with the tours we’ve produced for 2023 & we can’t wait to share the adventure with you! We aim to make our tours accessible for everyone. We are senior friendly and we craft each tour with different needs in mind!

See our tour dates in an easy to read calendar here.

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How we release tours

Unlike the big companies, we don’t announce tours until the current season is complete.  We usually release tours in October, about 6 months before tours depart.  We like to review the year past and do our best to improve our itinerary.  We also like to wait for other Cape York events to release their dates. 

If you are wanting to go on a tour a year in advance, we have a waiting list which you can put your name on.  When tour dates for that season are finalised, we contact people on the waiting list in the order they contacted us.

If you would like to be put on the waiting list for a future tour please email us and provide:

  • Preferred tour & month of tour
  • A contact mobile phone number
  • Full names of all travellers
  • City and state of all travellers

Dates, itineraries & prices
Dates and itineraries will be similar to the current listings, with tours running May-September. 

2023 Outback Tours

Click on a tour image or title to see the specific details of the tour (inc. itinerary) & book.

Gulf Savannah (Cairns to Darwin)

From$5,970
17 Days
Depart: Cairns OR Darwin
Max People : 15

Isuzu NPS 300 Truck
Incredible value, jam-packed tour!
Matt Wright’s Top End Safari Camp Kakadu & Yellow Water Cruise
Litchfield NP & Waterfalls
Nitmiluk Gorge & Dinner Cruise
Culture, Painting & Spear Throwing
Hot Springs & Elsey Homestead
Limmen NP & The Lost City
Burketown & Salt Pans
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP
Riversleigh Fossil Site
Undara Lava Tubes
3 water cruises, 2 flights
T1: 13-29 May, Dep. Cairns Only 6 seats left!
T2: 4-20 June, Dep. Darwin Only 6 seats left!
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bird eating a snake

Cape York Wildlife Tour

From$2,970
9 Days
Depart & Return: Cairns
Max People : 15

Isuzu NPS 300 Truck
Solar Whisper Croc & Wildlife Cruise
Rinyirru (Lakefield) NP & wetlands!
Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) NP
Wildlife spotting, spotlighting, birding
Endemic birds, mammals & reptiles
Cultural Welcome to Country
Green pythons, palm cockatoos, golden-shouldered parrots & more!
Good fitness & wildlife passion essential!
6-14 October, 2023 (BOOKING OPEN!)
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Best of Cape York (MAN)

From$4,390
15 Days
Depart & Return: Cairns
Max People : 19

MAN 14 Series Truck
BBQ at Tip of Australia
Secret camps & incredible food
Laura Split Rock, Aboriginal Art Site
Welcome to Country & Culture
Thursday Island Tour
Weipa Croc & Bird Boat-Tour
Cooktown
Fruitbat Falls & Taste of Tele Track
Rinyirru (Lakefield) NP Wildlife Day
Cape Tribulation & Daintree
Bloomfield Track
T3: 9-23 July Fully booked!
T4: 30 July – 13 Aug Fully booked!
T5: 720 Aug – 3 Sept Fully booked!
T6: 10-24 Sept Limited seats left!
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4WD ute on muddy cape york road

Private Tours: Cape York East

From$7,990
9 Days
Cairns
Max People : 3

Nissan or Isuzu 4WD Ute
Heli Flight over Pajinka
Secret locations & great food
Laura Split Rock, Aboriginal Art Site
Starcke Cultural Experience & Welcome to Country
Thursday & Horne Island
Cooktown
Fruitbat Falls & Taste of Tele Track
Kutini-Payamu NP Wildlife Day
Bloomfield Track & Daintree NP
P1: 6-14 June, 2023 Fully booked!
P2: Dates TBA Limited seats in 2023!
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Top Reviews 2022

“A wonderful experience and tour. Everything is well thought out and it all runs so smoothly. Joe and Kody our guides were professional, knowledgeable and very friendly. They made the trip so enjoyable. We are asked to choose a highlight, but everyday had a new one. If you like the great outdoors then don’t hesitate to book your tour with Cockatours. The tour is excellent value and you won’t be disappointed.”
Charlene, 2022

“Rossy takes so much care to ensure you are going to have a great trip! I went to Cape York on the MAN truck with Joe and Kody and you can just tell that Rossy chooses his guides and cooks with such thought and care to know you will have a great time! Yes it is real camping, yes there are mattresses and good linen, yes they really do have everything on the truck! Highly recommend pre-buying the souvenir shirt, they keep you warm in the water and cool in the sun!”
Catherine, 2022

“A trip to The Tip with the amazing Joe and Kody was definitely a life changing and very memorable experience. They were fun, knowledgeable guys who made every day exciting and different to all the other days. Joe handled the 12-ton truck admirably, so that, coupled with his knowledge of the tricky road conditions and the comfort of the truck, made our travel something we could eagerly anticipate each time we boarded. Kody’s main role was to cook our meals, which he did superbly. Each meal was delicious, different every day, and served hot and plentifully. But he also took great care of us in many other ways, and had a fantastic sense of humour. Nothing was too much trouble for these chaps and they made every day a true delight.

The trip itself was superb. I’m sure we saw many sights, and heard much information that other travellers might not, especially if they did the trip on their own. I can’t recommend Cockatours highly enough and have put my name on the wait list for next year’s Gulf Savannah trip. There were too many exceptional experiences and places visited to pick a favourite, so I’d prefer to leave that for future travellers to discover for themselves.”
Brodwyn, 2022

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Youth Development Camps

We love camping and the outdoors, so we run leadership camps in the outdoors to challenge and help our young leaders grow!

group of people photographing wallabies

Photography Tours & Lessons

Full-day photography tours in the Tablelands or 90-minute lessons to help you find your feet faster in photography! You’ll be amazed at your improvement!

wet red dirt road in cape york

Private Tours

Want to see Cape York, but with a smaller group and with a little luxury? Join Rossy and travel in style in a brand new Isuzu setup for 4WDing in Cape York’s most remote places.

Client Testimonial

We were made to feel like part of the family right from the start and Rossy’s banter as we covered the bumpy dusty roads was interesting and very informative and I began to feel like I was with Steve Irwin himself. This was further enforced as he got such pleasure in catching flora and fauna to show to us city people…
The miles passed by easily as we were shown crocodiles, swam in wonderful streams, and had friendly and interesting communal talks around the campfire as the evening meal was prepared. These people who were strangers to me in the beginning became friends to me by day 2
…The money I paid was about the best value dollar for dollar that I’ve ever had. I will pass on how much I enjoyed it to all my friends and would recommend this trip to anyone who asks for the rest of my life. The photograph’s we took at the tip of Australia are about my proudest possessions and have centrepiece on my mantelpiece.
One of the best 14 days of my life, who knows? You may hear from me again in the future to ask you to fit me in for another 14-day trip!!!

Bruce S, 2018

Video Newsletter 2020-2021

Highlights and blunders on tour! This is also a great video to watch to get a feel for the company and each tour.