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Cooktown and Surrounds

This is the second time I have been to Cooktown. If you want to get to Cooktown from Port Douglas by the Coast Road you need a 4x4. I hired one of these for the day. We left Port at 9am and then headed off up through Mossman to Daintree Village, across the Daintree River and onto Cape Tribulation stopping along the way to take in the scenery. 12 hours later we arrived back at Port. Very long day!
It is one of the most wonderful trips you can do. You need a 4x4 as the roads are dirt and if it has been raining you have to cross a few creeks along the way.
( there is a car ferry to cross the river) If you are lucky you might see a crocodile or two. Remember NEVER swim in these rivers or creeks as you might end up a nice meal for these guys.
If you aren't sure if you can swim or not, DON'T.
To come back to Port or Cairns you can take the inland road. This road will be sealed all the way by November this year. Be very careful if you are travelling at night, there are cattle all along this road and of a night it's very hard to see them.
They have no road manners at all :)
I would not recommend to travel at night. Make it an overnight stop in Cooktown.
There are a number of motels that you can stay at.

The Town

Cooktown is a small historic town surrounded by wonderful countryside. It's the closest town to the Great Barrier Reef. Cooktown is between Mount Cook and the Endeavour River. In 1770 Lt James Cook beached the HM Bark Endevour and he named the river after his ship.
A centry later it became a part of the Gold rush.
Now it is starting to become a popular tourist destination again with the sealed road. Property prices are climbing and the town is growing.

Fantastic Views of Cooktown

You can do walks or drive up to Crassy Hill Lookout. Here you have 360degree views of the Inlet/Coral seas and Cooktown and the hills beyond.
This is just beautiful and you can sit for a few minutes or hours to take all this in.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful history, great views
  • Cons:A bit of a trip, but worth every hour on the road.
  • In a nutshell:A town worthy of a visit.
  • Last visit to Cooktown: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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