Cairns — Cooktown

Queensland Government

Trans North currently operates two different services between Cairns to Cooktown - Inland and Coastal.

Bookings for these services can be made by phoning (07) 4095 8644 during office hours.

Download PDF Download Cairns - Cooktown Timetable (pdf - 889Kb) ** updated July 2015 **

 

Inland Service - Cairns to Cooktown

Cairns to Cooktown - Inland Route

This service operates three days per week, on a Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It travels from Cairns to Mareeba on the Atherton Tableland then north direct to Cooktown.

The landscape north of Mareeba departs the rainforest of the coast around the Cairns area and travels through slightly more arid countryside enroute to Cooktown. Some highlights of the journey include;

  • Winding up the picturesque Kuranda Range toward Mareeba, west of Cairns
  • Travel north through the older townships of Mt Molloy and Mt Carbine
  • Experience dry arid mountainous countryside
  • Take in picturesque views to the Palmer River
  • Travel via the Byerstown Range with a great view overlooking Lakeland Downs and Cooktown in the distance
  • Travel through the rich farmlands of Lakeland Downs before passing by the mysterious Black Mountain
  • Completion of the journey through to Cooktown.

Fares

Download PDF Download Fare Matrix (pdf - 202Kb) ** updated July 2016 **

Bookings

All bookings and fare enquiries for the Cairns - Cooktown (inland) service can be made on our Bookings page. Click the button below to make a booking or fare enquiry.

Bookings — Cairns to Cooktown (inland)

Passengers with a disability

Trans North has a DDA Compliance plan to assist the company transition to full compliance of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Our Long Distance service vehicles are equipped with wheelchair lifts and additional devices to assist those passengers who may require it. Our staff are also on hand to render any assistance that may be required.

We ask that all passengers who may require assistance that choose to travel on our services to please contact us on (07) 4095 8644 to seek further information. Our services travel to rural and more remote areas where there are fewer items of infrastructure available to assist the needs of the traveller once they have departed the coach.

Timetable

Cairns to Cooktown (Inland) - Outbound
Sunday, Wednesday and Friday
Town Arrive Depart Pickup/Setdown Point
Cairns 7:00amQR Platform 1 Cairns Central Railway Station
Smithfield 7:15amKennedy Highway Bus Stop
Kuranda 7:30amCorner of Kennedy Highway & Greenhills Road
Mareeba 8:15amArnold Park, 171-179 Walsh Street (next door to Police Station)
Biboohra 8:25amAmpol Service Station, 1 Bilwon Road
Mt Molloy 8:40amMt Molloy General Store, Main Street
Mt Carbine 9:00amCaravan Park, Peninsula Development Road
Palmer River10:00am10:30amRoadhouse, Peninsula Development Road
Lakeland Downs 11:00amRoadhouse, Peninsula Development Road
Helenvale turn-off 11:45amPeninsula Development Road
Cooktown12:15pm 113 Charlotte Street, near ANZ Bank
Cooktown to Cairns (Inland) - Inbound
Sunday, Wednesday and Friday
Town Arrive Depart Pickup/Setdown Point
Cooktown 1:30pm113 Charlotte Street, near ANZ Bank
Helenvale turn-off 1:45pmPeninsula Development Road
Lakeland Downs 2:20pmRoadhouse, Peninsula Development Road
Palmer River2:50pm3:10pmRoadhouse, Peninsula Development Road
Mt Carbine 4:00pmCaravan Park, Peninsula Development Road
Mt Molloy 4:20pmMt Molloy General Store, Main Street
Biboohra 4:35pmAmpol Service Station, 1 Bilwon Road
Mareeba 4:40pmArnold Park, 171-179 Walsh Street (next door to Police Station)
Kuranda 5:15pmCorner of Kennedy Highway & Greenhills Road
Smithfield 5:30pmKennedy Highway Bus Stop
Cairns6:00pm QR Platform 1 Cairns Central Railway Station

Coastal Service - Cairns to Cooktown

Cairns to Cooktown - Coastal Route

This service operates with a 4WD vehicle each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Cairns to Cooktown and returns from Cooktown to Cairns each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

  • Leaving Cairns you travel north to Port Douglas and Mossman with stunning coastal scenery along the way
  • Soon after leaving Mossman you will cross the Daintree River on the ferry and continue north through the world renowned Daintree Rainforest
  • After travelling through the Cow Bay and Cape Tribulation area you arrive at the coastal community of Wujal Wujal located beside the Bloomfield River
  • Further on you will travel through Ayton, Rossville and Helenvale, home of the famous Lionís Den Hotel
  • You will then pass by the mysterious Black Mountain to complete the journey to Cooktown.

Fares

Download PDF Download Fare Matrix (pdf - 208Kb) ** updated August 2016 **

Bookings

All bookings and fare enquiries for the Cairns - Cooktown (coastal) service can be made on our Bookings page. Click the button below to make a booking or fare enquiry.

Bookings — Cairns to Cooktown (coastal)

Passengers with a disability

Trans North has a DDA Compliance plan to assist the company transition to full compliance of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Our Long Distance service vehicles are equipped with wheelchair lifts and additional devices to assist those passengers who may require it. Our staff are also on hand to render any assistance that may be required.

We ask that all passengers who may require assistance that choose to travel on our services to please contact us on (07) 4095 8644 to seek further information. Our services travel to rural and more remote areas where there are fewer items of infrastructure available to assist the needs of the traveller once they have departed the coach.

Timetable

Cairns to Cooktown (Coastal) - Outbound
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Town Arrive Depart Pickup/Setdown Point
Cairns 7:00amQR Platform 1 Cairns Central Railway Station
Smithfield 7:15amCook Highway Bus Stop
Trinity Beach 7:20amCook Highway, north of roundabout
Cairns Tropical Zoo 7:25amFront of Cairns Tropical Zoo, Cook Highway
Palm Cove 7:30amHotels prearranged and prepaid by phone
Port Douglas 8:10amHotels prearranged and prepaid by phone
Mossman8:30am9:00amRaintrees Cafe, 1 Front Street
Wonga 9:15amCaltex, Mossman-Daintree Road
Daintree Ferry 9:25amCape Tribulation Road
Cow Bay 9:55amCow Bay Hotel, Baileys Creek Road
Crocodylus 9:55amBuchanan Creek Road, Cow Bay
Masons 10:30amCape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation
PK's 10:30amCape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation
Beach House 10:40amRykers Road, Cape Tribulation
Wujal Wujal 11:45amMango Tree opposite Post Office (RTS Building), Hartwig Street
Ayton 11:55amIGA, cnr West & Third Streets
Rossville 12:20pmMarket Place, Shipton's Flat Road
Helenvale 12:25pmLion's Den Hotel, 398 Shipton's Flat Road
Mungumby 12:30pmMungumby Turnoff
Cooktown12:50pm 113 Charlotte Street (near ANZ Bank)
Cooktown to Cairns (Coastal) - Inbound
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Town Arrive Depart Pickup/Setdown Point
Cooktown 7:30am113 Charlotte Street (near ANZ Bank)
Mungumby 7:45amMungumby Turnoff
Helenvale 7:50amLion's Den Hotel, 398 Shipton's Flat Road
Rossville 7:55amMarket Place, Shipton's Flat Road
Ayton 8:20amIGA, cnr West & Third Streets
Wujal Wujal 8:40amPost Office (RTS Building), Hartwig Street
Beach House 9:45amRykers Road, Cape Tribulation
PK's 10:00amCape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation
Masons 10:00amCape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation
Crocodylus 10:25amBuchanan Creek Road, Cow Bay
Cow Bay 10:25amCow Bay Hotel, Baileys Creek Road
Daintree Ferry 10:40amCape Tribulation Road
Wonga 11:00amCaltex, Mossman-Daintree Road
Mossman11:15am11:45amRaintrees Cafe, 1 Front Street
Port Douglas 12:05pmHotels prearranged and prepaid by phone
Palm Cove 12:25pmHotels prearranged and prepaid by phone
Cairns Tropical Zoo 12:30pmFront of Cairns Tropical Zoo, Cook Highway
Trinity Beach 12:35pmCook Highway, north of roundabout
Smithfield 12:40pmCook Highway Bus Stop
Cairns1:00pm QR Platform 1 Cairns Central Railway Station

Coastal Service - Cairns to Cooktown (Variant)

Cairns to Cooktown - Coastal Route

* This service operates as a variant of the Coastal Route when road and/or weather conditions prevent the full Coastal Route from operating.

The service operates each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Cairns to Cooktown and returns from Cooktown to Cairns each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

  • Leaving Cairns you travel north to Port Douglas and Mossman
  • A winding drive up the Rex Range to Mount Molloy
  • On to Mt Carbine and experience the dry semi-arid mountainous countryside of the area
  • Experience the picturesque views to the Palmer River
  • Travel via the Byerstown Range with a great view overlooking Lakeland Downs and Cooktown in the distance
  • Turn off the highway and travel to the coastal community of Wujal Wujal
  • Travel on to Cooktown from Wujal Wujal, passing by the mysterious Black Mountain to complete the journey.

Fares

Download PDF Download Fare Matrix (pdf - 218Kb) ** updated July 2016 **

Bookings

All bookings and fare enquiries for the Cairns - Cooktown (coastal variant) service can be made on our Bookings page. Click the button below to make a booking or fare enquiry.

Bookings — Cairns to Cooktown (coastal variant)

Passengers with a disability

Trans North has a DDA Compliance plan to assist the company transition to full compliance of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Our Long Distance service vehicles are equipped with wheelchair lifts and additional devices to assist those passengers who may require it. Our staff are also on hand to render any assistance that may be required.

We ask that all passengers who may require assistance that choose to travel on our services to please contact us on (07) 4095 8644 to seek further information. Our services travel to rural and more remote areas where there are fewer items of infrastructure available to assist the needs of the traveller once they have departed the coach.

Timetable

Cairns to Cooktown (Coastal Variant) - Outbound
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Town Arrive Depart Pickup/Setdown Point
Cairns 7:00amQR Platform 1 Cairns Central Railway Station
Smithfield 7:15amCook Highway Bus Stop
Trinity Beach 7:20amCook Highway, north of roundabout
Cairns Tropical Zoo 7:25amfront of Cairns Tropical Zoo
Palm Cove 7:30amHotels prearranged by phone
Port Douglas 8:10amHotels prearranged by phone
Mossman8:30am9:00amRaintrees Cafe, 1 Front Street
Mt Molloy 9:40amMt Molloy General Store, Main Street
Mt Carbine 10:00amCaravan Park, Peninsula Development Road
Palmer River10:50am11:05amRoadhouse, Peninsula Development Road
Lakeland Downs 11:25amRoadhouse, Peninsula Development Road
Helenvale 12:20pmLion's Den Hotel, 398 Shipton's Flat Road
Rossville 12:25pmMarket Place, Shipton's Flat Road
Ayton 12:50pmIGA Supermarket, cnr West & Third Streets
Wujal Wujal 1:00pmPost Office (RTS Building), Hartwig Street
Ayton 1:10pmIGA Supermarket, cnr West & Third Streets
Rossville 1:35pmMarket Place, Shipton's Flat Road
Helenvale 1:40pmLion's Den Hotel, 398 Shipton's Flat Road
Mungumby 1:45pmMungumby Turnoff
Cooktown2:15pm 113 Charlotte Street, near ANZ Bank
Cooktown to Cairns (Coastal Variant) - Inbound
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Town Arrive Depart Pickup/Setdown Point
Cooktown 7:30am113 Charlotte Street, near ANZ Bank
Mungumby 7:55amMungumby Turnoff
Helenvale 8:00amLion's Den Hotel, 398 Shipton's Flat Road
Rossville 8:05amMarket Place, Shipton's Flat Road
Ayton 8:30amIGA Supermarket, cnr West & Third Streets
Wujal Wujal 8:45amPost Office (RTS Building), Hartwig Street
Ayton 9:00amIGA Supermarket, cnr West & Third Streets
Rossville 9:25amMarket Place, Shipton's Flat Road
Helenvale 9:30amLion's Den Hotel, 398 Shipton's Flat Road
Lakeland Downs 10:25amRoadhouse, Peninsula Development Road
Palmer River10:50am11:05amRoadhouse, Peninsula Development Road
Mt Carbine 12:05pmCaravan Park, Peninsula Development Road
Mt Molloy 12:25pmMt Molloy General Store, Main Street
Mossman1:05pm1:20pmRaintrees Cafe, 1 Front Street
Port Douglas 1:40pmHotels prearranged by phone
Palm Cove 2:00pmHotels prearranged by phone
Cairns Tropical Zoo 2:05pmfront of Cairns Tropical Zoo
Trinity Beach 2:10pmCook Highway, north of roundabout
Smithfield 2:15pmCook Highway Bus Stop
Cairns2:30pm QR Platform 1 Cairns Central Railway Station