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Lizard Island Group National Park

Lizard Island, Cook Area

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Set in a turquoise sea, the six high islands and islets of this park are surrounded by coral reefs, fringed by mangroves and sandy beaches, and cloaked in grasslands, woodlands and wind-sheared heaths. The island group lies midway between the coast and the outer barrier reef, within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Lizard, the main island, has several idyllic, sheltered, sandy beaches with easy access to picturesque coral and clam gardens.

Snorkel in the sheltered, shallow waters of Watsons Bay and discover the famed Clam Gardens. Following in the footsteps of the famous explorer, climb the steep track to Cook's Look for breath-taking views over the islands and reefs. Walk to Blue Lagoon on the other side of the island for secluded swimming and snorkelling. Bush camp near the beach at peaceful Watsons Bay. Learn about a tragic episode in the island's history at Mary Watson's cottage ruin. Look for the yellow-spotted monitor, for which Lizard Island is named, and birdwatch around the island's beaches and walking tracks. Visit the Lizard Island Research Station during their tour times and relax at the resort's Marlin Bar (not open every day).

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Animal Viewing
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Seakayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Swim with Fish
  • Swimming

Other Information

Children:

Children are welcome.
93 kilometres north-east of Cooktown
Lizard Island, Cook Area
Queensland
Australia

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Gone Fishing - Cooktown

Cooktown, Cook Area
From AU$60.00 - 650.00
Gone Fishing - Cooktown has been offering fishing and wildlife tours in Cooktown for 12 years and is Cooktown's premier guiding service. Fishing - A host of different habitats are in easy reach from the headwaters of the local rivers chasing sooty grunter and jungle perch, down to the estuaries fishing for the iconic barramundi and mangrove jack; out to the Great Barrier Reef after queenfish, trevally, coral trout and a multitude of other tropical species. Offering half day share charters through to seven day fishing safaris we specialise in small groups of one to five anglers, but happily cater for larger parties. Experienced, beginners and kids are all welcome. Gone Fishing can accommodate wheelchairs and has varied camera work experience. Exclusive charters and locations available on request. Operating year round a huge variety of sensational fishing is on offer including lure-casting, fly fishing and live-baiting. Spend a few hours on a journey from the mouth of the Endeavour River to 10 kilometres upstream amongst the narrow creeks lined with rainforest. Unchanged since Captain Cooks visit in 1770. Learn about this important river system and its relationship with the Great Barrier Reef. Crocodiles aplenty - Birdwatcher and photographers paradise.

Sovereign Resort Hotel

Cooktown, Cook Area
Making the most of its luxurious North Tropical Queensland surrounds, Cooktown's Sovereign Resort Hotel is a great escape, even if it's just for dinner. With a café and bistro open for leisurely lunches by the hotel's lagoon-style pool, the hotel is also home to Balcony, an intimate restaurant boasting picturesque views and fine-dining options, open April to October.

The Italian Restaurant, Cooktown

Cooktown, Cook Area
The Italian Restaurant, Cooktown is noted as being one of the best eating house in the Cape by Trip Advisor. Relaxed, tropical atmosphere, friendly service with authentic Italian recipes. A great family restaurant - kids are most welcome. Entertainment fortnightly Saturday nights. Pizzas and Pastas, Seafood, Risottos, Steaks, and daily specials. Vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free catered for. Dine in or Takeaway. Real Italian Pizzas and full a la carte menu. Fully licensed and BYO. Open 4pm till late Tuesday to Saturday nights. Ph 40696338 to book a table or email dawogscooktown@hotmail.com
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In this park, an imposing mountain range of massive granite boulders is home to unique wildlife and rich in Aboriginal culture. Located near Cooktown at the northern end of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Black Mountain is imposing mountain range of black granite boulders, some the size of houses, stacked seemingly precariously on one another. The wet tropics and drier savanna woodland regions meet in this park, and an unusual range of wildlife finds refuge here, including species that are found nowhere else. Known as Kalkajaka (meaning 'place of spear'), Black Mountain is an important meeting place for the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and is the source of many Dreaming stories. Stop at the Black Mountain lookout on the Mulligan Highway on the eastern side of the crest of the Black Mountain boulder field. Signs at the lookout tell of the geology, natural environment, culture and history of the area. There is no other access to the park. Do not risk injury by venturing onto the boulder field. People have been injured and have died trying to climb Black Mountain.

Cooktown War Memorial

Cooktown, Cook Area
Free Entry
Recruitment for WWI in the Cooktown region drew men from the tin mining industries around Rossville and Shiptons Flat to the south. After the war, the population of the town was small and early ANZAC commemorations were low key. In 1934 the citizens of Cooktown revived ANZAC Day marking the 16th anniversary of the stand at Villiers Brettoneux. A temporary cenotaph was established at the Cook Memorial. This became the location for future Anzac ceremonies for many years. The Cook Memorial, a tall sandstone column, is located to the north of ANZAC Park, was unveiled in 1888 when Australia was celebrating its centenary. The Cooktown RSL later built a memorial to both WWI and WWII soldiers in a park in the main street, renamed ANZAC Memorial Park. The memorials comprise two granite boulders with metal plaques, the largest of which commemorates all who served in WWI. The smaller listing for WWII service reflects the dwindling of the town in the mid-twentieth century. The second boulder is a general war memorial.

Cobia Hole Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Located off Lizard Island, on the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Cobia Hole is a pinnacle of rocks covered with marine organism including sponges, soft coral, coralliamorpharians, feather stars, sea stars, sea squirts, shrimps, crabs and gobies. Look for sea whips, gorgonian fans and stinging hydroids. Hovering bream can often be seen, as well as circling pelagic barracuda or trevally. Large turtles, toadfish and estuary cod. Explore the sea grasses and algae on the nearby sand.

Cooktown Scenic Rim Trail

Cooktown, Cook Area
Free Entry
Cooktown’s Scenic Rim Trail displays all aspects of the town’s historical and cultural delights. Experience a range of diverse natural habitats, each with their own special features and species. Walk through mangrove lined banks of the Endeavour River, an estuarine environment which forms a complex breeding ground for various wildlife. Pass through open forest on the lower reaches of Mount Cook, until the trail reaches the rainforest. Up through the dim rainforest light, weave past vine thicket and around walls of buttress roots. The trail crosses Alligator Creek, (only cross at low tide) and continues along the beach towards the northern end of Finch Bay. On the decent to the small secluded beach at Cherry Tree Bay enjoy magnificent coastal views. Sometimes fish, turtles and even dugongs can be seen in the bay. The Scenic Rim Trail is broken into nine different sections, catering for a range of fitness levels.

Mount Cook National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
Free Entry
This park features the rugged Mount Cook, which provides a scenic backdrop to the town of Cooktown. Rainforest and tropical woodlands with a heath understorey cover the upper slopes and sheltered gullies. Mount Cook was named after Lieutenant James Cook, navigator and explorer, who had repaired the Endeavour in 1770 where Cooktown now stands, after damaging it on the reefs off Cape Tribulation. Take the steep two kilometre walk to the lookout for scenic views over the Great Barrier Reef and coastline. Climb one kilometre further to Mount Cook's summit. See large granite boulders covered with ferns. Look for tree snakes and lace monitors. Take binoculars for birdwatching.

Lizard Island Group National Park

Lizard Island, Cook Area
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Set in a turquoise sea, the six high islands and islets of this park are surrounded by coral reefs, fringed by mangroves and sandy beaches, and cloaked in grasslands, woodlands and wind-sheared heaths. The island group lies midway between the coast and the outer barrier reef, within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Lizard, the main island, has several idyllic, sheltered, sandy beaches with easy access to picturesque coral and clam gardens. Snorkel in the sheltered, shallow waters of Watsons Bay and discover the famed Clam Gardens. Following in the footsteps of the famous explorer, climb the steep track to Cook's Look for breath-taking views over the islands and reefs. Walk to Blue Lagoon on the other side of the island for secluded swimming and snorkelling. Bush camp near the beach at peaceful Watsons Bay. Learn about a tragic episode in the island's history at Mary Watson's cottage ruin. Look for the yellow-spotted monitor, for which Lizard Island is named, and birdwatch around the island's beaches and walking tracks. Visit the Lizard Island Research Station during their tour times and relax at the resort's Marlin Bar (not open every day).
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