Archer Point

20km south of Cooktown is the turn off (4WD) to Archer Point a beautiful piece of coastline with a lighthouse up on the point. There are a couple of beaches and a reef close to the shore, which can be walked to at low tide – and some good fishing

Black Mountain


Rising up from the wilderness just outside Cooktown is a colossal, blackened jumble of enormous boulders that looks less like a natural formation than something that was intentionally dumped here by giant hands. Black Mountain, long been associated with bizarre unexplained phenomena and intertwined with dark folklore, is a strange place long shunned and feared by the indigenous people.

Bloomfield Track


Drive on sealed road down the beautiful Bloomfield Track as far as the Bloomfield River to experience one of the most picturesque drives in the region; amazing coastline, flanked by rainforest. Take a short walk to see the spectacular Bloomfield Falls and visit the Bana Yirriji Art & Cultural Centre at Wujal Wujal. On the way back call in at the Black Cockatoo Art Gallery.

Hope Vale and Elim Sands

Set in a picturesque valley 40 mins north of Cooktown, Hope Vale Aboriginal Community is gateway to one of the most spectacular sand dune environments on Cape York within the traditional country of the Guugu Yimithirr,. Hidden in the hills surrounding the township are the Nugal rock art sites, set in a beautiful, ancient country with giant rocks and stunning views. Drive (4WD) through white silica sand hills, rugged escarpments and heath lands for another hour to get to the stunning beach at Elim, home to the famous Coloured Sands.

Endeavour River and Isabella Falls

The picturesque Endeavour River Falls, 32 kms north of Cook town (2WD), are accessed at the Endeavour Falls Tourist Park. The owners of the store and caravan park welcome visitors to view the Falls but please drop in to the shop and let them know you are visiting. No swimming.

Continue past the Endeavour Falls Tourist Park towards Hope Vale, turning left onto Battlecamp Road (well signposted). Several kilometres along the road crosses Isabella Creek and the very pretty falls are a short walk down – where there is a safe swimming hole.

Keating's Lagoon (Mulbabidgee)


is a beautiful tranquil nature reserve just eight kilometres southwest of Cooktown. This conservation park has been set aside to protect the wetlands and surrounding habitat, which is teeming with birdlife

A visit to Keating’s Lagoon reserve just outside Cooktown is a treat not to be missed. It’s a beautiful peaceful wetland home to an array of flora and birdlife. Known as Mulbabidgee to the Waymbuurr people, the Traditional Owners of this park, it has been used for thousands of years for the collection of a variety of plants for food, medicines and raw materials.  The wetland is a refuge for thousands of waterbirds, especially in the dry season (May to October) when they congregate to feast on the rich aquatic life.

Lakefield National Park

North of Cooktown lies the beautifully remote and diverse Lakefield (Rinyirru) National Park, renowned for its vast river systems and spectacular wetlands. In the wet season the river systems form vast flood plains while shrinking back in the dry season to leave large permanent waterholes, lakes and lagoons that attract an array of animals, particularly waterbirds.

Open woodlands of eucalypts and paperbarks cover the floodplains, while extensive grasslands, with patches of the unique corypha palm, cover the marine plain. Gallery rainforest grows along parts of the Normanby and Kennedy rivers. Salt flats and fringing mangroves are common in the tidal zones around Princess Charlotte Bay.

The landscape is of Aboriginal cultural significance sites associated with occupation, ceremonies and stories of ancestral spirits occur throughout the park. The area is also rich in European cultural heritage, associated with early explorers, geologists and surveyors, and tangible links to the establishment of the Palmer Goldfields and early cattle industry.

Lions Den Hotel

The Lions Den Hotel, situated on the Bloomfield Track, 30km south of Cooktown, is a must-see destination. It was built in 1875 on the banks of the Little Annan River, surrounded by 100 year old mango trees and tropical landscapes. It is a landmark hotel made of timber and iron, famous for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with visitor’s signatures.

Mount Cook National Park

Take the exhilarating walk (3hr round trip) to the top of Mt Cook to enjoy fantastic views over the Great Barrier Reef and the Endeavour Valley. This moderate hike passes through beautiful rainforest and tropical woodlands.

Trevethan Falls

These impressive cascading falls plunge into an idyllic swimming hole and the stream continues down to a succession of private swimming pools closer to the parking area. Take the Amos Bay turn off the Mulligan Highway, 13.5 kms south of Cooktown. 4WD is recommended.

Home Rule Falls

An easy 40kms drive south of Cooktown lies Home Rule Rainforest Lodge and the start of the track to an impressive three-tiered waterfall that plunges into a deep pool safe for swimming. The track is a moderate, 2.6 kilometre return walk through rainforest that takes 35 to 45 minutes each way.

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Phone 07 4069 6400
Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park
Cnr Charlotte & Walker St Cooktown