Lakeland

Lakeland is an agricultural region south-west of Cooktown on the inland route, and at the junction of the Mulligan Highway and Peninsula Development Road. It was established in the late 1800s to service the needs of those attracted by the gold rush in the Palmer River Goldfields to the south, and included a large cattle station called Butcher's Hill which still exists today over a fraction of the area.

These days, Horticulture covers much of the area, taking advantage of the very fertile volcanic soils. Many crops have been trialled in the past, and today you can find watermelons, pineapples, teak, pongamia (for biodiesel), sorghum, paw paws and others. Bananas are the main crop, and in recent years their production has been expanded because Lakeland is just out of reach of the cyclones that sometimes devastate the coastal growing regions. There are now some very large companies investing in the area, and you can see bananas lining the road north along the Peninsular Development Road and to Cooktown.

As you leave Lakeland for Cooktown, you'll notice a large composting operation on the right, belonging to local producers 'Swiss Farms'. They are pioneers in adopting management practices on their properties that are reducing their reliance on artificial fertilisers, and their products are distributed Australia wide.

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Mt Cotton Retreat

Mount Cotton, Redland City Area
From AU$175 - 370
The multi-award winning Mt Cotton Retreat nestled on a 20 hectare private bushland nature refuge provides the perfect setting for a high quality getaway. A romantic interlude, a quiet refuge for stressed business people or a fantastic venue for family reunions and overseas travellers.

Lamb Island Bed and Breakfast

Lamb Island, Redland City Area
From AU$180 - 180
Lamb Island Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully appointed, split level, two bedroom cottage only metres from the sheltered waters of Southern Moreton Bay. Lamb Island is only one and a half hours from the Brisbane Central Business District, one hour from both Brisbane and Gold Coast Airports and just a short 20 minute ferry ride from Redland Bay.

Gindabara

Coochiemudlo Island, Redland City Area
From AU$55 - 2000
Gindabara ('place of laughter' in Quandamooka dialect) is a quiet one-acre hideaway on tranquil Coochiemudlo island with elbow room and comfort. Step away from the daily bustle and enjoy the sun, the beach, the forest walks, and the curlews - without the television or Wifi.

The Grove on Russell

Russell Island, Redland City Area
From AU$115 - 145
The Grove on Russell offers comfortable and affordable accommodation for visitors travelling to the Southern Moreton Bay Region. Located on Russell Island just 40 minutes drive from Brisbane and one hour drive from the Gold Coast.
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