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2 Night/3 Day Cooktown Getaway…it’s also about the journey

Travelling from Cairns to Mareeba via the Kennedy Hwy through Heritage Listed rainforest. From Mareeba  the country here is a dry, open tropical savannah with lots of huge termite mounds. The first small town we come to is Mt Molloy, which was named in the 1880s after copper was discovered, hence the name MT “Mining Town” Molloy

We pass by Mt Carbine, where large deposits of wolfram were discovered in 1890 and mined until the ’80s. You will see the mine on the right .

From Mt Carbine, we will drive through dry eucalypt forest and cattle country, and there are two ranges to cross. The first is the Desailly Range From Bob’s Lookout the hills opposite come alive with waterfalls after rain.

We stop at the Palmer River Roadhouse. This area is rich in local history, with the 1872 discovery of gold leading to Qld’s largest gold rush. By 1875 there were an estimated 15,000 miners on the Palmer, with the population peaking at 17,000 in 1877.

The Byerstown Range is next, then  we pass  Lakeland Downs, which lies 185km from Mareeba. It was a huge grain property in the ’60s.     This area has rich soil formed by volcanic activity, and is very productive. Coffee and bananas are the major crops these days.

From Lakeland, this is cattle country with no fences so keep your eyes peeled.

Further on you will see Black Mountain. The rocks are covered in dark blue/green algae, and there are many stories of people and animals disappearing here. This area has something of a sinister feel to it.

Arriving at Cooktown, a beautiful Far North Qld town with lots to offer travellers…………..                                                              ……..and all with that unmistakable laid back Qld vibe.


2 Nights Accommodation at the River of Gold Motel in COOKTOWN

2 Hot/Cold Breakfasts

Return Transfers from Cairns to Cooktown with the **Cooktown Express ** bus

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