Cooktown Australia – Cherry Tree Bay Hiking Trail

Cooktown a Local Hiking Trail

View from Grassy Hill

On the way back down from the Grassy Hill was a sign to Cherry Tree Bay, so we all bundled out of the car took this walking trail, apparently this beach can only be accessed by foot or boat.

We weren’t sure what to expect, but it was one featured in the local Cooktown Tourist Map a great resource I might add.

This hiking trail was harder then we anticipated but fortunately we were prepared with water bottles and hiking shoes. The ground was very uneven in sections and the descent was steep in a couple of spots. However if you were used to hiking this wouldn’t be an issue.

At times the walk resembled the walking trails in South East Queensland, Mount Cougal and in particular Burleigh Heads National Park where the dry forest terrain is similar in parts

Hiking Trail to Cherry Bay

Cherry Tree Bay a short hiking trail

After about twenty minutes we reached Cherry Tree Bay, a beautiful remote bay, it is a secluded location with beautiful white sands, and swaying Palm Trees, the edges of the bay are surrounded by large granite boulders that are commonly found along the Australian eastern coastline.

The hike to Cherry Tree Bay is a short hiking trail I recommend, an activity that should be on your list of things to do in Cooktown.

Check out the tourist map that is available from many Hotels and local retailers with details about the local walking trails.

Cherry Tree Bay is a favourite spot for locals so I am lead to believe but because it’s only accessible by foot or boat, I can’t see it ever being crowded, given the small population of Cooktown.

The signage on the beach is very clear about swimming in the sea it reads….

  • Keep away from the water edge and do not enter the water
  • Take extreme care when launching or retrieving boats
  • Do not clean fish or leave fish waste near the water’s edge
  • Camp well away from the water

Whilst travelling up from Cairns and catching site of two large crocodiles basking on the muddy banks of rivers, I would be taking serious note of that signage and staying away from the water’s edge.

Cherry Tree Bay estuary runs along side the beach an area where estuarine crocodiles are likely to be.

If you visit Cooktown Australia take the time after visiting the Grassy Hill and check out Cherry Tree Bay its worth the short hike, the signage is on your left travelling down from the Grassy Hill.

If your schedule permits… it’s one of the things to do in Cooktown in far north Queensland.

Gillian on Cherry Bay Beach

Next on our agenda is Finch Bay were there is a large granite boulder that resembles a beached whale….and Mt Cook further down the coast.

Cooktown Heritage and Scenic Rim Walking Trails will keep you entertained with the abundance of local history that is part of the Australian heritage.

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