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Driving to Cooktown
open year round

Getting here is very easy year-round. A superb drive from Cairns Airport on the Mulligan Highway is a nice way to travel and suitable for conventional vehicles.

The road to Laura is totally sealed so why not slip up to the Split Rock Art or visit the Quinkan galleries (Queensland’s most famous Aboriginal Rock Art) from Lakeland Downs on your way here or on your return.

Flights to the village of Cooktown are offered x 2 per day Monday-Friday and 1 on Saturday and car rentals are available from the airport when booked in advance.

There is a private airstrip available near the lodge for private charters. Helicopter transfers along the reef & rainforest coast are awesome and can land at the lodge.

Local tip!
This region is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the country. The drive up here is easy, enjoyable, and full of sights. Most roads are sealed and suitable for a conventional vehicle (wet season an exception) Many people make their stay too short and realise this when they arrive. If you love nature, culture and our countries history you are going to love our region. Don't think about it just start traveling!
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Travelling to Cooktown,

S.E Cape York & Mungumby Lodge

Vehicle tip!
Most of the year a conventional vehicle is perfect for the trip. However please remember in the wet season (Feb-March) it is recommended to have a minimum all-wheel-drive with clearance. Despite the roads being sealed with heavy rainfall the water can be over.

Drive times from Mungumby Lodge     Km    Time     Sealed
Cooktown                                         28      25 min      yes
Rossville                                           22      17 min      yes
Lakeland                                          47      35 min      yes
Laura                                              118     50 min      yes
Mossman                                         258    2.5 hrs    inland
Cairns Airport                                  305     3.5 hrs    inland
Cape Tribulation

Reef & Rainforest Coastal Road  - Cape Tribulation & Bloomfield

4WD between Cape Tribulation & Wujal Wujal.

Picturesque waterways, world heritage rainforest, magnificent beaches, and rugged mountains make for a magical drive along the coast road to the village of Cooktown. Allow 5 hours from Cairns to enjoy the scenery. Distance approximately 234km (32kms gravel between Cape Tribulation & Wujal Wujal). From Cairns follow the Captain Cook Highway past Port Douglas, Mossman and on to the Daintree River – a stunning coastal drive. It is 105km from Cairns to the Daintree Ferry and 51km from Port Douglas. The road is sealed from the Daintree Ferry, which operates 6 am to midnight, 7 days per week, to Cape Tribulation (38kms). This is a spectacular drive along the Great Barrier Reef Coast and through the World Heritage-listed rainforests, one of the largest rainforest wilderness areas in Australia with many beautiful rest stops, walking tracks, swimming holes, and wilderness beaches.

After Cape Tribulation take a walk along the many unique tropical beaches, ‘where the rainforest meets the reef’ at many places along the coast. “I named the north point Cape Tribulation because here began all our troubles,” wrote Lt. James Cook in 1770 after his ship, the HM Bark Endeavour, foundered on a reef north of Bloomfield River. Emmagen Creek is a popular picnic spot and a great photo stop. After South Cowie Beach you will come to a unique bridge at Woobadda Creek. Take care in crossing the Cowie and Donovan Ranges as there are steep descents. 4WD is preferred beyond Emmagen Creek and the route often closes during the wet season.

The best information on current road conditions is available from operators north of the Bloomfield River. This very scenic road takes travellers on an amazing journey to the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal and villages of Ayton, Rossville and Helenvale. Stop and take time to visit the wonderful Bana Yirriji Art & Cultural Centre open Monday-Friday. This trip makes a great day out from Cooktown down Shiptons Flat Road and the Bloomfield Development Road, sealed from Helenvale all the way to Wujal Wujal.

At Wujal Wujal turn left after the bridge and drive to the Bloomfield Falls car park, then a 500m walk to the falls. The falls are especially spectacular after the wet season.

Swimming is not advised due to the possibility of crocodiles in the Bloomfield River below the falls and Aboriginal cultural concerns.

Mulligan Highway

Inland Road | Mulligan highway - Mareeba Palmer River, Lakeland Downs

Conventional Vehicle

The drive to our lodge from the village of Cooktown is only 25 minutes south, on the Mulligan Highway then turn into the famous Rainforest & Reef Coastal drive, the road is sealed all the way to Mungumby Road the lodge driveway which is then unsealed (4kms) to the lodge. Coming from Cairns, Helenvale is located 3 kilometres north of the Little Annan River crossing on the inland Mulligan Highway. This road is sealed all the way from Mareeba to Mungumby Road.

The inland route to Cooktown is sealed all the way – 330km and less than 4 hours from Cairns. The route from Cairns takes you over the Kuranda Range and away from the coast via Highway 1, the Kennedy Highway, to Mareeba where you head north on Highway 81, the Mulligan Highway. Alternatively, along the coast to Port Douglas/Mossman to take Highway 44 via Julatten to join the Mulligan Highway at Mt Molloy. Once over the ranges, the lush tropical rainforest is replaced by more open tropical savannah as you travel through the tiny settlements common to Cooktown.

Mt Molloy was named after a teamster who discovered copper here in the 1880s. The Post Office, in its pretty setting, provides local information. The Mt Molloy National Hotel, built-in 1903, illustrates the township’s historic past. Mt Carbine was founded after the discovery of extensive wolfram deposits in 1890. The small community has a roadhouse (best pies in the north) and pub. Bob’s Lookout at the top of the Desailly Range offers spectacular views over remote and panoramic savannah stretching as far as the eye can see. 

The Palmer River Goldfield, once Australia’s richest alluvial field.  The discovery of alluvial gold in the Palmer River in 1872 led to Queensland’s largest gold rush. It became legendary for its hardships and the large numbers of Chinese miners, which peaked at 17,000 in 1877.

Lakeland lies in a natural basin formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. This is a great base to get fantastic coffee, meals, fuel, groceries and fresh snacks from the Lakeland Coffee House. There are public toilets on the highway at the vehicle wash down or at the Lakeland Coffee House. Here the Peninsula Development Road heads north and is now sealed all the way to Laura, or continue North East on the Mulligan Highway, passing the Annan Gorge and Black Mountain

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We welcome your call on (07) 4060 3158 for details or email us To make things streamline we need to know as a minimum the dates of stay, the number of guests, and the room type of interest. Please note as we are a small team and have no crystal ball so please give us as much detail as possible, if not your mail might be treated as TRASH. We respond within 24 hours to requests to genuine emails, so if you do not receive a reply from us please check your SPAM mailbox!

RACQ road updates over the wet season cannot be trusted to be up to date. A good HEMA Map is available at most roadside stores or downloads them online. Even better get the Explore Cooktown tourism guide.
Our GPS = 15 deg 70’5921″min S – 145 deg 25’54.99″ min E.

Our Street Address is 388 Mungumby Road Rossville, Qld 4895

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