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“Wonderful three days in Lakefield National Park”

Great Northern Tours
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Cooktown
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Owner description: Great Northern Tours offer local and extended, small group 'Birdwatching' tours in Far North Queensland, Australia. Visiting such iconic destinations as Lakefield and Iron Range national parks, Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria, World Heritage listed Wet Tropics and the bird-rich Mt Isa and Winton regions. Whether you choose one of our scheduled tours or prefer a taylor-made private charter, your local North Queensland guide, David Mead, will make sure your personally guided tour is both memorable and rewarding.
Reviewed 20 August 2015

In July we asked David to take us to Lakefield National Park on his three day birding and photography tour. It was a great decision and turned out to be the highlight of our trip to Cape York. David spoke to us before the tour to ascertain our interests and priorities, developing an itinerary that would get the most of the time available. His knowledge and easy way of sharing information was appreciated and meant we got to know the park much better than we have ever could on our own. David ensured we saw all the rare specialities and much more. Highlights included Golden-shouldered parrots, Red Goshawks and the rare White-bellied Crimson Finch. Watching and photographing nocturnal birds on Nifold Plains was amazing and something we may not have thought to do ourselves. All of this was undertaken in comfort with a well equipped vehicle and good accommodation. Finishing the trip drinking real coffee and eating home-made biscuits under a tree full of the endangered Star Finches sums up the special nature of this tour. We highly recommend David and Great Northern Tours.

Date of experience: July 2015
2  Thank Anne C
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

We spent a fabulous day exploring Lakefield National Park with David Mead.
If you are a birdwatcher David is the man for you. His knowledge of the flora
and fauna in the area is infectious. The pace of the day is leisurely. He puts
together a great morning tea at his favourite lagoon and we enjoyed lunch on the Normanby

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank Barbara F
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Reviewed 7 August 2015

We had a wonderful experience with David. We went on a full day tour with him and managed to see a huge croc, an emeu, a few wallabies, and many birds.
David is great guide and does a great job. We highly recommend him

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank michel b
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Reviewed 23 July 2015

We booked a half day tour with Dave and had a fantastic time. The information he has on the local surrounds was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and he showed us some beautiful beaches etc that you cannot get to without permission from the Traditional Owners. We loved our tour so much we are returning in Dec/Jan to do another tour in the wet season and then going back again in July next year to go to the tip of Cape York. If you want to see Cooktown and its surrounds the best way is with Great Northern Tours and Dave. See you in Dec/Jan Dave. Can't wait to come back this beautiful place.

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Athony
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

We went on a bird-watching tour with Dave. He has excellent knowledge and I can't even remember how many bird species we saw! He also took us to other places of interest and tailored the day around our needs. We had a very interesting and informative time. For me, it was the highlight of the holiday! I cannot recommend this tour highly enough!

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank Fiona H
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