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Great Northern Tours

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5 Kellehaven Rd, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5705
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Red goshawk, golden shouldered parrot and so much more

This is a great 3-day bird tour with some history thrown in for good measure. David is not only an... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Joe Sue S
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Toowoomba, Australia
10 day Western Queensland trip

This was our second trip with David and it exceeded expectations again. David is a wonderful bird... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2018
Doug C
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Adelaide, Australia
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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.
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5 Kellehaven Rd, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
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+61 7 4069 5705
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great 3-day bird tour with some history thrown in for good measure. David is not only an excellent bird guide, but he also has a deep knowledge of the history of this part of Cape York (Cooktown -Lakefield-Musgrave-Laura). He knows all the...More

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David M, Owner at Great Northern Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks very much, Joe and Sue! We are very happy you had such a great time and your positive feedback is greatly appreciated. I have had a look at some of your photos and certainly some fantastic shots of often difficult birds to view. We...More

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Reviewed 9 June 2018

This was our second trip with David and it exceeded expectations again. David is a wonderful bird guide and we enjoy travelling with him. The small group size (4) is great for birding. This gives David's tours the edge over his competitors. He knows the...More

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David M, Owner at Great Northern Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Thank you Doug and Sandy for your positive feedback. It was a pleasure to travel with you both and you helped our group have a wonderful time targeting some very special birds of the North West. Our next trip together can't come soon enough.

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Reviewed 10 December 2017

David took my husband and I on 2 days of birding around Julatten. We saw over 100 species in various spots in the region. Highlights include the rain forest walk, the kingfishers, and bower birds. He offered us a lot of flexibility, which we really...More

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David M, Owner at Great Northern Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

Thank you Nancy for your positive feedback. It was a pleasure to show you and your husband some of the special birds of the northern Tableland region. I hope the rest of your Australian holiday went well.

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

In October of this year (2017) we joined another couple on Great Northern Tour's week long birding trip up Cape York. Everything about this trip was wonderful; we were picked up in Cairns by David Mead in his extremely comfortable vehicle and then our adventure...More

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David M, Owner at Great Northern Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thank you Rosemary and Colin, your positive feedback about our 'Cape York' birding tour, is very much appreciated. You made it a most pleasurable tour with your own birding expertise and great company. I hope to again enjoy the great outdoors with you both, either...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

David Mead is a wonderful bird guide. We found all of the target birds due to his knowledge and ear for bird calls. The vehicle we travelled in was very comfortable for 4 birders. Very careful driver on some difficult roads. The accomodation was better...More

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David M, Owner at Great Northern Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Thank you very much,, it was a pleasure showing a few new birds and some great Cape York landscapes to you. Hope to meet you again soon and keep enjoying your bird photography, some of your shots are amazing. David.

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Reviewed 11 August 2017

What a fabulous birding trip to Cape York (July 2017) we have just had with David and Janet Mead of Great Northern Tours. Without a doubt the intimate knowledge that David has of both the area and the bird life is unsurpassed. He is an...More

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David M, Owner at Great Northern Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thanks you very much for your kind words ,Ian and Jan, it was a most pleasurable trip, made a lot easier by your enjoyable company.

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

We travelled from Cooktown to the Tip of Cape York by private charter with David Mead of Great Northern Tours, a tour company owner operated, that gives value for the dollar. David first identified our travel goals and then mapped out a 6 day camping...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2017

We had a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Seisia and environs. David's expertise and knowledge made for a rewarding trip and we added many new species to our list including the Yellow-billed Kingfisher. The resident croc that patrolled 'our' beach also provided visual entertainment! David is...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2016

David was a very hospitable host driver. His knowledge of the area we covered from Cooktown to Tip of Australia is extensive. He was very obliging with our requests and couldn't do enough to please our small group of 4. The tents and beds were...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2016

I was privileged to be one of a group on a 6 day visit to Olkola country in August-Sept 2016, and from there across to Cooktown and south through the Daintree. Dave from Great Northern Tours was one of our amazing guides - we could...More

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