Hope Vale

Hope Vale Aboriginal community lies 40 kilometres north of Cooktown. Originally established as a Moravian Lutheran Mission on the east coast near Cape Bedford, the community was later moved to its present location.

Go on a tour with a highly-acclaimed Aboriginal guide who can show you rock art sites and other locations on the Deed of Grant in Trust land. What's to see - the arts and craft centre is worth a visit and a private beach house accesses a coloured sands beach. You'll need a Council permit to camp and make arrangements in advance with the beach house. Useful stores include a couple of general outlets, hardware, a butcher and petrol station - but you will need to pay cash here.

Hope Vale is easily accessed from Cooktown on a good dirt road off the Battle Camp Road between Cooktown and Laura.

Hope Vale has an Alcohol Management Plan (AMP). AMPs aim to reduce alcohol-related violence.

AMPs vary from community to community. They include alcohol restrictions, home brew bans and dry place declarations which operate within a defined boundary, known as a 'restricted area'. These strategies set the quantity and type of alcohol you may possess in the restricted area.

Penalties apply for possessing or attempting to bring illegal alcohol into a restricted area.

To find out more about AMPs for each community, visit the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs web site.

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Alkoomie Station

Cooktown, Cook Area
From AU$64.00 - 225.00
Alkoomie is an 18,000 hectare working cattle station just 30 minutes from historic Cooktown, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland where you get to experience the real Australia. The homestead is built on Mt Dixon 500 metres above sea level with spectacular views to the Coral Sea. There are plenty of activities and adventures for all the family including feeding the farm animals, horse riding (extra cost), working cattle dogs, and swimming in rock pools, dinner cooked in a camp oven and eaten around the camp fire and much more or you can just relax and take in the spectacular views. Three types of accommodation are available: Homestead-entire top floor or a room; two bedroom self-contained unit; and self-contained furnished tents.

Cooktown Holiday Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
From AU$45.00 - 165.00
Cooktown Holiday Park is just a short stroll into town and is set amongst eight acres of tropical award winning gardens and beautiful surroundings, comfortable fully self contained one and two bedroom cabins, motel style units, budget cabins, and roomy caravan and camping sites that can accommodate large motorhomes and recreational vehicles. It is a great base in which to explore Cooktown local attractions - Must do's include the James Cook Museum, take in the 360 degree views from Grassy Hill, stroll down the main street and see some of the old Historical Buildings, try your luck at catching a fish off the Wharf, and visit the Botanical Gardens. Surrounding area drives out to Archer Point, Black Mountain and numerous waterfalls are all within easy reach. Make it your starting point for your Cape York Adventure. Historic Cooktown is the Gateway to Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. An easy three and a half to four hour drive north of Cairns.

Lions Den Hotel

Helenvale, Cook Area
From AU$12.00 - 80.00
Set on seven tropical acres the Lions Den Hotel is Cape York's most Iconic Hotel and Best Campground. Talk to the locals and have an icy cold beer, enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner on the deck or just savour the flavours of a great quality coffee. With an extensive wine list and all of the old favourites there is something for everyone in this historic old hotel. The Lions Den Hotel was built in 1887 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. Wonderfully situated in a lush valley,the Lions Den Hotel offers powered and unpowered camping (suitable for even the largest caravans ), unique safari style lodges nestled amongst the trees, single and double room accommodation (dongas), children's playground, natural swimming holes and beautiful grounds overlooked by mysterious Black Mountain. Whether it's a well deserved trip away with the whole family or just to drop in for an icy cold beer, come and experience the history and see a friendly face at The Lions Den!!

Cooktown Motel Pam's Place

Cooktown, Cook Area
From AU$60.00 - 105.00
Cooktown Motel and Pam's Place Hostel offers guests a friends and homely atmosphere. Situated on the right hand side of the roundabout (their only roundabout) as you drive into town. Cooktown Motel is close to the supermarket and 10 minutes stroll to the centre of town. Relax in the great tropical gardens, salt water pool and always find a place to park the boat off street.

Endeavour River Escape

Cooktown, Cook Area
From AU$25.00 - 25.00
Endeavour River Escape offers a unique camping experience. Set amongst 250 acres of bushland and rainforest the carefully selected easy access drive in - drive out sites offer you privacy and include your own personal campfire and barbecue. Their spotless amenities are constructed from raw materials and retain the rustic feel of the outback while providing hot showers and flushing toilets. Adjacent is the camp kitchen with free large barbecue with seating for over 20 people. Their boat ramp and rainforest spit allow easy access to the Endeavour River for fishing for that Mangrove Jack, Barramundi or croc spotting. If you enjoy butterflies, birds and native flora and fauna their rainforest walks along the Endeavour River and Cameron Creek will delight you. The very rare Cooktown Palm flourishes on the property along with cycads, grass trees and orchids. They are also an environmentally certified working farm breeding Clydesdale horses and their vineyard of 4,000 passionfruit vines. The homestead and campground run on solar power. If you enjoy the peace and quiet of the bush with night skies full of stars, awakening to the songs of birds then Endeavour River scape is the place for you.

Mungumby Lodge

Cooktown, Cook Area
From AU$279.00 - 279.00
Mungumby Lodge a boutique style resort lodge just south of Cooktown and north of Port Douglas or Cairns offers quality accommodation for travellers seeking a personal experience. Their property is located at the apex of three very distinct landscapes as well as cultures; they are accessible year round. Their bungalows offer private ensuite bathrooms, are spacious and surrounded by wonderful gardens. Primitive tropical rainforest listed as World Heritage and one of the earths most unique and valued assets. Outback equivalent to the best Australia has to offer, along with a pristine wilderness tropical coastline on the inner edge of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. Together these areas host animals, birds, insects, fish and mangroves, which quite possibly excel that anywhere else on the continent. Also the home to the cultural spirit of the regions Aboriginal culture. Within walking distance from Mungumby Lodge are opportunities to swim in croc free jungle waterfalls, observe wildlife, immerse one self in the regions Aboriginal culture, relive history or simply enjoy the bird song. The added comfort is knowing you have chosen the perfect base to explore their region. A region which provides a world of unique soft adventures. The Rainforest and Reef Coast!

Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
From AU$30.00 - 33.00
Their central location in the middle of town makes the Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park the ideal spot to stay. Tents and vans are welcome. They have a pool, a well set up camp kitchen with hot and cold running water for washing up, two electric barbecues, tables and chairs and a communal fridge. Powered and non-powered sites are available and most sites have some shade. They sell ice and have bait available for those early morning fishing trips. Enjoy a stay in this attractive and historic town which offers museums, botanical gardens and interpretive centre and reef and fishing trips and is close to many of the national parks in the Cape. These attractions together with a well stocked supermarket and a post office and bank make Cooktown a great place to stop.

Riverview Holiday House

Cooktown, Cook Area
From AU$225.00 - 225.00
This two bedroom self-contained house sleeps up to six people comfortably with a sofa bed in the living room and is equipped with a television and DVD player. The house is situated on the banks of the Endeavour River and on the main street with walking distance to restaurants, shops and the wharf. There is plenty of room for your car and boat onsite. Take time out to relax as you sit out on the deck overlooking the Endeavour River at sunset .

River of Gold Motel

Cooktown, Cook Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$115.00 - 140.00
Cooktown offers visitors an exciting, natural and historical destination. From pristine beaches and walking trails to a great days fishing . The rich history of the town, also provides the visitor with numerous historical buildings, museum and fascinating historical sites to visit. Conveniently located in the heart of Cooktown (Hope Street) the River of Gold Motel is within easy walking distance of all town facilities. After exploring or fulfilling business commitments, guests can relax in their air-conditioned accommodation. Why not enjoy a swim in the salt water tropical pool. In the evenings you're invited to dine in air conditioned comfort while you enjoy a meal in the fully licensed Annan's restaurant, where you can enjoy the unique taste sensation of Stonegrill dining, along with a fantastic a la carte menu and a very comprehensive drinks selection. The River of Gold Motel takes pride in providing old fashioned country hospitality, friendly and helpful service. So whether you are a visitor to the region or in town on business, consider the River of Gold Motel when next visiting Cooktown. The Management and staff look forward to welcoming you.

Sovereign Resort Hotel

Cooktown, Cook Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$180.00 - 220.00
The Sovereign Resort Hotel is a beautiful resort situated in the heart of Cooktown, close to all historic sites, shops, wharf and museum. They have resort style rooms, deluxe rooms and two bedroom apartments, all air-conditioned with free wireless internet, sports and movie channels. Resort Facilities include Balcony Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, Resort Pool, Café/Bar, bottle shop, guest laundry, off-street parking, airport/wharf transfers and car hire. Whether it be family holiday, romantic getaway, wedding or special event, the friendly staff can help you plan your time here in Cooktown and the local area.
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