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Coen

There's plenty of life in the old mining community of Coen. Originally the town was created around a repeater station in the Overland Telegraph Line to the Tip of Cape York Peninsula. Camp on the town's outskirts in a bush camping ground at The Bend on Coen river - you will appreciate the beauty of access to a toilet facility if you have been going rough.

Coen lies in the centre of the Cape York Peninsula, part of the large Cook Shire Council. It is a hub of government services with facilities including two shops with fuel outlets, a cafe and takeaway, medical centre, hotel, camping and guesthouse.

Cape York House sits solidly in the main street, a community project where the town's history is presented within a building made from recycled materials from the now-demolished Mein telegraph repeater station. This original Mein station was situated north of the current Archer River Roadhouse. You will find the historic house easily accessible - just grab the key to the building (and toilet facility) from Mulleys Store next to the hotel. It's an honour basis a pleasant atmosphere of trust in these globally troubled times.

There are no alcohol restrictions in the community.

You will find police and a post office based within Coen. There is also a very active Aboriginal corporation which co-ordinates services for local Indigenous people.

Coen, Cook Area
Queensland
Australia

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Cape York, experience the beauty and wilderness of Far North Queensland in style with Off Road Adventure Safaris. With tours designed for the discerning traveller they specialise in private charter / soft adventure touring with customised itineraries. Their charter trips are tailored to meet the specific needs or special interests you may have and tours encompass all the major sites - as well as some amazing hidden treasures. The nationally qualified Tour Guides have extensive touring/driving experience and are committed to providing you with more than just a 4WD tour. With Off Road Adventure Safaris you have a maximum client / guide ratio of 6:1. You will travel in a safe, modern, air-conditioned 4WD vehicle. Each vehicle is equipped with the latest technology (including recharging points, public announcement system and iPod) and safety features. For camping tours the vehicles will be towing a safari trailer equipped with all the creature comforts (in their world camping is spelt ' luxury') whether utilising the facilities of designated sites or 'roughing it' in the bush. Their accommodated tours utilise the best facilities the destinations have to offer. Their prices include all additional tours (including flights if applicable) as listed on the itineraries.
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APT (Australian Pacific Touring) offer unforgettable Queensland holidays. Their exciting variety of small group Four Wheel driving through Cape York, Outback Queensland and the coast showcase the wonders of Queensland. Whether it's your first trip to Queensland or you're returning for more, join APT and be amazed by what this unique landscape has to offer. With APT you'll step off the tourist trail, meet charismatic locals and stay at iconic hotels, resorts and unique stations. That's what APT is about - developing holidays that appeal to anyone's sense of travel, adventure and fun. Add to that a great mix of cultural activities, delicious food, luxurious places to stay and a dedicated team of professionals to make your holiday as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. Join an APT Four Wheel Drive adventure and share their passion for this unique part of Australia, and enjoy a holiday experience that is second to none.

Torres Strait Heritage

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Walk in the steps of World War Two veterans and the traditional people of Torres Strait with the multi award-winning Torres Strait Heritage, a fifth generation Torres Strait family, enjoying the 'Garrison Town' tour of Thursday Island and the 'In Their Steps' tour of Horn Island. Revel in the Torres Strait Heritage Museum, with its displays of pearling, Torres Strait culture, myths and legends, and World War Two in the area. The museum is the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind in Torres Strait and a perfect accompaniment to the tours. There is a sumptuous buffet lunch included. The 'Garrison Town' tour is a small group encounter that leads guests through all the best Thursday Island has to offer, from scenic to historical, cultural to heritage, all in the comfort of an air conditioned bus with an entertaining, and informative guide. The 'In Their Steps' tour of Horn Island is a small group experience, an emotive and enlightening journey, allowing guests to explore the most advanced operational Australian airbase during the Second World War. They walk in the veteran's steps, exploring their sites, all while listening to a perfectly balanced commentary between archival records and actual veteran's stories.

Flinders Group National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
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Seven remote and ruggedly attractive islands, with a rich cultural landscape, form Flinders Group National Park. The islands contain important Aboriginal story and burial sites, along with nationally significant rock art showing early contact with Europeans. The islands lie adjacent to Cape Melville and are within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Visit the islands on a commercial cruise vessel or in your private boat. Walk the 2.8 kilometre interpretive trail to learn about the Yiithuwarra 'saltwater people'. Contemplate their rock art in the Ship and Yindayin rock shelters on Stanley Island (Yindayin). Bush camp on Flinders Island (Wurriima). Watch seabirds and look for turtles and dugong. Enjoy the remoteness of this unique park.

Cape Melville National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
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This beautiful yet rugged park features the rocky headlands of Cape Melville, massive tumbled granite boulders of the Melville Range, sandy beaches of Bathurst Bay, sandstone escarpments of Altanmoui Range and inland dunes. Rainforest, mangroves, heathlands, woodlands and grasslands are found here. The isolation of this park means that many plants and animals are found only here and nowhere else in the world; the best-known of these endemic species is the foxtail palm. Bush camp on the eastern side of Bathurst Bay near Cape Melville in one of several camping areas along the beach, or at Ninian Bay camping area on the park's eastern coast. Walk along the sandy beaches of Bathurst Bay or take the short track up to the Mahina monument that commemorates lives lost in the pearling fleet disaster of 1899. Fish and boat in the adjacent marine parks. Take your mountain bike or trail-bike along the park's internal roads and tracks. This park is extremely remote and visitors must be well prepared and entirely self-sufficient. Be aware of estuarine crocodiles (be croc wise) and dangerous stinging jellyfish. Camp only in the designated areas.
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This iconic remote park has a rich and diverse landscape that features spectacular wetlands and river systems. In the north, grasslands and woodlands, wetlands, coastal estuaries, mangroves and mudflats, are prominent, while in the south, sandstone hills and escarpments dominate the landscape. Lakefield is a wildlife refuge for threatened species including the red goshawk, Lakeland Downs mouse and spectacled hare-wallaby. Hann and Kalpowar crossings are two of the many significant Aboriginal cultural heritage sites found in this landscape. Bush camp beside a waterhole at one of many camping areas. Take your pick from popular busy camping areas with all facilities or camp sites that are remote bush getaways. Visit the Old Laura Homestead for a brush with the pastoral history of the cape. Fish for barramundi in the waterholes. Take your binoculars and marvel at the diversity of waterbirds at Low Lake. Admire the beautiful lotus-lilies carpeting Red and White Lily lagoons. Explore the Kalpowar discovery walking track or take your bicycle or trail-bike along the network of internal roads throughout the park. This is croc country so remember to be croc wise!

Gab Titui Cultural Centre

Thursday Island, Torres Area
The Gab Titui Cultural Centre is located on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait Islands just off the Cape York Peninsula, the most northern point of Australia. Thursday Island is the most developed of the 74 Torres Strait Islands. The Centre has been created through a partnership between the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and the Queensland Heritage Trails Network (QHTN). The Centre boasts several unique displays that explain the history and culture of the Torres Strait Islanders. This includes an artefacts gallery, workshop areas for local artists and a meeting venue for local educational groups and community events.
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In this vast, remote wilderness near the tip of Cape York Peninsula, the sandstone landscape is dominated by the mighty Jardine River and its many streams and swamps, and is rich in Aboriginal and European cultural heritage. Heath, rainforest and woodland cover low sandy ridges separated by swamps. Shrub lands and vine thickets cover massive coastal dunes. Bush camp at Eliot Falls, beside the Jardine River, or near the coast at Captain Billy Landing and Ussher Point. Enjoy short walks along the creeks at Eliot and Fruit Bat falls, to view crystal-clear water and striking waterfalls. Look for carnivorous pitcher plants and delicate sundews along moist creek margins. At Captain Billy Landing, explore remote scenic beaches.

Tijou Reef

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
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Located off Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef is Tijou Reef, home to many different dive sites, particularly the coral gardens on the inner side and wonderful wall dives on its outer eastern side. The northern tipis commonly known as Shark City. Whitetip, Grey and Silvertip reef sharks are always seen cruising along the wall. Shark feeds are sometimes conducted here. Masses of pelagic and reef fish gather along the steep wall which is covered with incredible variety of colourful corals and invertebrates.
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Divers will see turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, pelagic fish and occasional manta rays cruising the walls which encircle Southern Small Detached Reef, located off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. These walls, which drop to beyond 100m, are festooned with a spectacular array of corals, large gorgonians, long sea whips, spike soft coral trees and sponges, which provide shelter for hosts of multicoloured reef fish. All make for great photos.
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