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10: Cooktown and the Palmer

Cairns to Cooktown

sunny 26 °C
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Sunset dinner with fishing boats at restaurant 1770

Sunset dinner with fishing boats at restaurant 1770

Crocodile on bank of Bloomfield River

Crocodile on bank of Bloomfield River

John and bikers at Black Mountain

John and bikers at Black Mountain

Cooktown Museum, former convent

Cooktown Museum, former convent

John at Cooktown Museum

John at Cooktown Museum

Keating's Lagoon

Keating's Lagoon

Cooktown from lookout

Cooktown from lookout

We had breakfast at a restaurant on the Esplanade and a quick look at the birdlife enjoying the mud flats then headed further north. The drive up through the Kuranda forest to Mareeba was beautiful, but Mareeba itself was bedlam as we had arrived on rodeo day. We managed to park and do some shopping though.
A new favourite spot we discovered today was the Palmer River Roadhouse. We had steak sandwiches and tea, sitting under trees with Apostlebirds and Greater Bowerbirds around us. They had comfortable tents looking down on the river which we thought looked very inviting for another trip.
In Cooktown, we stayed at River of Gold Motel, with views over the Endeavour River mouth albeit through a very small window. Dinner at our motel was great though.
We had a great breakfast on a verandah in the main street, then drove down to Bloomfield, along roads now mostly sealed much less adventurous than John remembered when he was up here on his bike a few years ago. A high bridge is even being built over the Bloomfield. A large crocodile sunning itself on the river bank still looked dangerous though.
We shared a pizza for lunch at "The Lions den" at Helenvale.
In the afternoon we visited the beautiful Museum, once a convent school, with an anchor from Cook's Endeavor, ditched while freeing the ship from a reef offshore. Dinner was at sunset at "1770" on the waterfront, pretty classy for this far north, watching the fishing boats coming in and the sun set over the river.

Posted by Farhorizons 01:55 Archived in Australia Tagged hinchinbrookandcentre

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