How to get to & get around Cooktown

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How to get to and from Cooktown

Bus ServicesBus/coach services

Country Road Coachlines has a service from Cairns to Cooktown. Phone (07) 4069 5446

DrivingDriving here

Inland Road

The Inland drive on the Peninsula Developmental Road provides and introduction to the Great Australian Outback and a way of life, which has remained unchanged for decades. The road is now completely sealed.

  • Cairns to Cooktown - 331km
  • Port Douglas to Cooktown - 265km

Coastal Road

The Coast Road takes you through the World Heritage Rainforests of Cedar Bay and Cape Tribulation/ Daintree. After the first 28km from Cooktown the road is unsealed for 80km to Cape Tribulation, and may be closed during the wet season. This part of the road is suitable for four wheel drives only and can be treacherous when it has rained.

  • Cooktown to Cairns - 250km

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How to get around Cooktown


Cooktown Taxis, Phone 131 008