We started the morning with a walk up to what really was
Falls - it is down a less obvious track from the camp site, and when
you get to the end of the track, there is still a decent rock crawl to
good viewing - well worth the walk, and we wondered how many had done
what we had the night before, and thought the more accessible falls
were Roaring Meg.....
We continued on for a beer at the Lion's Den Hotel near HelenVale - a
must for anyone who travels past - there is a heap of character here,
and we added this into one of the stops for our return trip.
We had lunch at Cooktown, with a beer in the beer garden, before going
up to the lookout for the amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding
This was the last of any mobile reception - something we didn't realise
for over a week and a half - we must be on holiday ;-)
On to Elim Beach which is in the Alcohol restricted zone of HopeVale -
we implemented a 'geocache' of sorts, where anything over and above the
carton of beer and 2 litres of wine was stashed in the scrub for pickup
on our exit the day after.
Elim Beach turned out to be a
favorite with all of us, and Eddy, the
indigenous owner is an amazing fella - he had turned a swamp into the
campground through carting sand in the back of his Hilux ute - he also
showed us how the stem of a Black Boy can be used to ward off mossies
and sand flies - and how you can eat the stem of the flower - the kids
absolutely loved him, and for the second time that day, we made a
change to our return trip - Elim Beach was a must as well.
Inside the Lions Den Hotel
Powder magazine from the late 1800's, north end of Cooktown
under Grassy Hill Lookout.
Panoramic views from the lookout at Cooktown - this one of the river
behind the lookout
Cooktown itself from the lookout
Where everything else is....
This and the following, all
views from the Cooktown lookout
Craig getting ready to rock and roll at Elim Beach
Jordan brings in the heavy artillery to help the younger guys build a
multi level dam