Cape Tribulation Camping, QLD

Day 213 – 17th September 2011
Cape Tribulation Camping, QLD

Before leaving Cooktown we visited the Grassy Hill Lookout. Captain Cook climbed this hill on several occasions to view the surrounding reefs enabling him to navigate a safe passage out after repairing his ship. We returned to Cape Trib via the Bloomfields Track as the road was in very good condition and we believed 80km with some steep hills and creek crossings would still be faster than 295km via the inland sealed highway. It only took us 3h (including 30min lunch) so we had some time left to have a look at Thornton Beach. On the way to the beach we saw a cassowary family (mum, dad and 3 chicks) crossing the road – so drive slowly as they are around. Unfortunately the Café On the Sea was closed so Gary could not enjoy the coffee Nele promised him as a bribe to take this little detour before going back to the caravan park. 

Cooktown main street

Heritage buildings
James Cook Monument commemorating
Cook's landing on 17.06.1770

James Cook Statue

The Powder Magazine - oldest stone building on Cape York

Grassy Hill Lighthouse

Cooktown as seen from Grassy Hill

Endeavour River 

General store at Ayton on the Bloomfields Track

Bloomfield River

Aboriginal community - Wujal Wujal

Crossing the Bloomfield River

Bloomfield Road

Free running horses

Passing cars creating lots of dust
2 cassowaries by the road

... with 3 chicks

Reduce speed

Thornton Beach

Thornton Beach

Thornton Beach

Sue looking for more sea shells

Before and after

We survived!

This girl being rescued by helicopter form
Mt Sorrow with a broken leg was less lucky

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