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Cobbold Gorge Tours

Forsayth, Australia
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About Cobbold Gorge Tours
Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis - Cobbold Gorge. Immerse yourself in the natural wonder of a truly unique North Queensland outback holiday destination. Cruise the gorge to explore its ancient geological landforms and the savannah wonderland on a guided tour. Discover Cobbold with its North Queensland wildlife, go bushwalking or birdwatching, or just relax and enjoy the modern comforts of Cobbold Village. Only a six hour drive from Cairns and Townsville, getting there is easy. Cobbold Gorge offers the ultimate outback family holiday adventure with modern accommodation and RV and caravan friendly camping facilities. To protect this unique North Queensland environment, access to Cobbold Gorge is by guided tour only. A three hour Gorge Tour operates at 10am (April - October) and 10am plus 1.30pm in peak months (Jun/Jul/Aug/Sept). Tour bookings are essential. Day visitor rates are available for those who choose to not stay at Cobbold Village. Please note Cobbold Gorge is closed from 1 November - through 31 March annually (or Easter if earlier).
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MadIronChef wrote a review Nov. 2020
Magnetic Island, Australia90 contributions50 helpful votes
I was thrilled to find such an excellent experience only half a days drive from home. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the area and its history. It would be good to include a bit more about the history of the Aboriginals in the area but all in all a fantastic experience.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Rowan H wrote a review Nov. 2020
Cairns, Australia959 contributions1,509 helpful votes
Firstly, for those planning a visit to Cobbold Gorge it is worth noting that it will closed from mid November 2020 to March 2021. My wife and I visited the gorge in October. You cannot visit the gorge independently and you need to do it as a part of a guided tour. Its 98 dollars for the 3 hour gorge tour per adult and/or 54 dollars for the stand up paddle boarding (50% discount on 2nd tour) which lasts 1.hour. We did both. The 3 hour Gorge tour was alright but being a part of a tour group can be a bit irritating at times. I feel they would benefit from making the groups a bit smaller. A bus takes you 15 minutes from Cobbold Village to the gorge where you spend about an hour on a small boat with about 12 other people going up and back the gorge. Following this you spend about 1-1.5 hours doing a 2km informative bushwalk which culminates in crossing the glass bridge built over the gorge at the start of 2020. You don't need to be that physically fit to do the bushwalk, as there are frequent stops where the guide will talk about the various vegetation. It does however require some climbing over rocks and it is hot in the weather. I thought the stand up paddle boarding was actually a bit better than the gorge tour. You basically follow the exact same path as the boat tour in the 3 hour gorge tour but the group size is smaller and you arent stuck in with a bunch of other people all clambering for photos so its a bit more relaxing. I think if you only have limited time at Cobbold I would actually suggest the SUP if you can physically do it. Overall both tours were enjoyable and I wouldn't have any issues hesitations in recommending either to others.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Adrian M wrote a review Nov. 2020
15 contributions10 helpful votes
We enjoyed our Gorge Tour - well organised, a knowledgeable and friendly guide who was interesting to listen to and was well able to talk about the Gorge, the local fauna and flora and the local history - and the Gorge itself is impressive and beautiful ... The trip up the Gorge in the electrically driven punts gives great views of the Gorge and is a pleasant and relaxing experience. The introduction of the glass bridge has made a good experience better both by giving excellent views of the Gorge from a different vantage point, and by creating a loop walk offering better views of the sandstone formations from which it is formed, and of more of the local flora.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Boyd J wrote a review Nov. 2020
Maleny, Australia1,259 contributions374 helpful votes
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The three hour tour begins with a 15 minute drive on a four wheel drive bus, to a covered staging point where we left for a one hour walk up one side of the gorge, across a recently constructed glass bottomed bridge and down the other side to a small pier where small boats with electric motors at each end take about 14 people up the narrow gorge and back again. The two motors are needed as the gorge is too narrow to turn around. In some places there was less than 30 cms clearance on either side. The gorge walls are 30 metres high and the water 20 metres deep. We saw two of the dozen or so resident Johnson River crocodiles sunning themselves , oblivious to our passage and down the other side to a small pier where small boats with electric motors at each can take about 14 people up the narrow gorge and back again. The two motors are needed as the gorge is too narrow to turn around. In some places there was less than 30 cms clearance on either side. The gorge walls are 30 metres high and the water 20 metres deep. We saw two of the dozen or so resident Johnson River crocodiles sunning themselves , oblivious to our passage. The guide we had was very good – an old bushie whose knowledge of the geomorphology, geography, botany and zoology was impressive. He held everyone’s attention for the entire journey. It is a world class eco-tourism experience. Quite magnificent.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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worldtravellers1995 wrote a review Oct. 2020
Richmond, Virginia253 contributions118 helpful votes
We just returned from a two night stay at Cobbold. We stayed in an unpowered camping site. It was our first time visiting so we did the three hour tour as well as the SUP. They were great tours and highly recommend them. With that said, we plan to return and use Cobbold as a glamping place. We loved that we were able to enjoy everything our RTT had to offer but then we were able to pop up to the bar and pool to enjoy a bit of “glamp”. We ate at our tent one night and had dinner at the restaurant the 2nd night. Of course, we enjoyed the bar throughout the day. The poolside bar was a great effect as well. We enjoyed the nightly bonfire. Even if we weren’t sitting close to it, it was great ambiance when dining. The drive in is a little bumpy. We felt safe to increase our speed and this allowed us to glide over the corregations instead of feeling every single one. We will be back. Next time, we will bring our mtn bikes and explore the trails. I highly recommend visiting out of high tourist season.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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