We honestly believe our tours are some of the best tours in Australia! Our Cape York & Gulf Savannah tours are extensively researched and field tested to bring you the best tours you could imagine! We are adventurers and travellers at heart but also perfectionists, and we want you have to have the holiday of a lifetime! They are relaxed tours, not tick-n-flick! We believe these tours are the most comprehensive, best value tours for all of these regions. I’ll buy you a coldy if I’m wrong!

With Cockatours owner & ecologist leading an exceptional team of guides and chefs, 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 2022 & we can’t wait to share the adventure with you! We aim to make our tours senior friendly and we craft each tour with that in mind!

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

2023 Bookings

Our 2022 season is nearly finished and we are reviewing our itineraries and plans for next season! 

Unlike the big companies, we don’t announce dates until later in the year.  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.  Until then we have a waiting list which you can put your name down on.  When tour dates for the next season are finalised, we contact people on the waiting list in the order they contacted us.  Tentative dates will be released in October, 2022.

We DO have some exciting improvements and tours for 2023!  There will be LIMITED Cape York tours however, as we will be running Youth Camps and Private Tours throughout the year, so make sure you get in ASAP 🙂

If you would like to be put on the waiting list 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 2022, with tours running May-September.  Unfortunately, we will have to slightly increase our tour prices.  In response to the fuel and food prices increases in 2022, we decided to be fair and not charge a levy to clients.  Tours, accommodation, fuel and food prices across northern Australia have gone through the roof, with some of our tour and accommodation providers doubling or tripling their rates without notice.  To be able to continue providing exceptional tours, we must also increase our prices.

Ingeniously-crafted adventures.

Gulf Savannah

17 Days
Min Age : Open
Max People : 15

Incredible value, jam-packed tour!
Kakadu & Litchfield NP
The Lost City
Lorella Springs & Limmen NP
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP
Riversleigh Fossils & Undara Lava Tubes
Matt Wright’s Top End Safari Camp
2 Cultural Experiences
3 water cruises, 2 flights
T1: 9-25 May, Dep. Cairns (FULLY BOOKED)
T2: 2-18 June, Dep. Darwin (FULLY BOOKED)


Best of Cape York (MAN)

15 Days
Min Age : Open
Max People : 19

Improved from 2021 tour
Secret private camps
Laura Split Rock, Aboriginal Art Site
Welcome to Country & Aboriginal Dancing
Thursday Island
Weipa Croc & Bird Boat-Tour
Weipa Bauxite Mine & Town Tour
Fruitbat Falls & Rinyirru (Lakefield) NP
T6: 7-21 June (FULLY BOOKED)
T7: 12-26 July (FULLY BOOKED)
T8: 7-21 August (FULLY BOOKED)
T9: 29 Aug – 12 Sept (FULLY BOOKED)
T10: 20 Sept – 4 Oct (FULLY BOOKED)

waterfalls in australia

Best of Cape York (Isuzu)

15 Days
Min Age : Open
Max People : 15

Improved from 2021 tour
Secret private camps
Laura Split Rock, Aboriginal Art Site
Welcome to Country & Aboriginal Dancing
Thursday Island
Weipa Croc & Bird Boat-Tour
Sneak peek down the Old Tele Track
Fruitbat Falls & Rinyirru (Lakefield) NP
T3: 14-28 July (FULLY BOOKED)
T4: 9-23 August (NEW release! Seats available)
T5 31 Aug – 14 Sept (FULLY BOOKED)


Palmer Goldfield Private Historical Tour

6 Days
Min Age : Open
Max People : 15

Private Tour, By Invite Only!
Maytown & Palmer Ruins
Explore historic settlement and mine sites
Cooktown, Grassy Hill, Cemetery
James Cook Museum & Wharf
Chinatown & Historical Society Visits
Bloomfield Track, Daintree & Cape Tribulation
26 June – 1 July (FULLY BOOKED)


What’s the difference between Isuzu & MAN Cape tours?
Mostly, just day 6. Check the itineraries for each.

The Isuzu truck can fit down the telegraph track and (road conditions permitting) visits a crossing to watch 4wd’ers tackle it.  It then camps at Bramwell Station which has live music at night.
The MAN truck, cannot fit down the telegraph track, and instead does a mine tour in Weipa that morning, and then camps at Moreton Telegraph Station, set on the Wenlock River.  A great spot for bird watching and easy walks.

Top Reviews 2021

“We have travelled to many parts of the world and done numerous tours. What Rossy has with Cockatours is something very special that we haven’t experienced anywhere else. Much more than just sightseeing. He is so knowledgeable across the whole spectrum and has such an easy going manner with people. This trip is great value and a unique experience that we would most highly recommend as the best way to see the Cape. There were so many things we saw and places we went due to Rossy’s intimate local knowledge, that other tours would have missed out on. Keep up the great work Rossy and all the best for the future.”
Barry, 2021

“Just finished Cape York trip and highly recommend to anyone thinking about doing this route. Linzi, our guide was amazing, probably one of the best I have had, and this comes from someone who has not only done a few tours, but is also a tour guide. Courtenay our chef on board whipped up fabulous meals over the campfire. The trip was varied, we lucked out with wildlife spotting, roads were much better than I expected and the group blended well. Rossy joined us on first night and last two nights. We learnt a lot from both guides. Very knowledgeable, personable and I believe the trip was made 10 times better for having seen this part of the country through their eyes and passion for the region. Highlights – Fruit Bat Falls, the Tip, Cassowary sighting and Lakefield National Park”
Cherie, 2021

chairs around a campfire

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.