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North Queensland Accommodation – Cooktown

Our North Queensland Accommodation – Cooktown

Cooktown was everything I ever read about, a truly beautiful north Queensland town on the edge of the last frontier, the town is steeped in history and it’s got that laid-back Queensland feel. We were eager to see what our North Queensland accommodation was like.

Sovereign Resort Hotel

Sovereign Resort Hotel

We only had a couple of nights at the Sovereign Resort Hotel it was a perfect location, full of old world charm but yet a touch of luxury which surprised me given the location. Their balcony restaurant and cocktail bar had a great atmosphere with its hardwood floors.I could imagine what it would be like on a hot humid night with a balmy sea breeze rolling in; you could easily be transported back to the 1880’s when parts of this Hotel were originally built.

You could easily be transported back to the 1880’s when parts of this Hotel were originally built.

It was the first few days of spring the weather was magic and the humidity was low. Summer would be another ball game and one I wouldn’t like to test.

Time for a walk around Cooktown



It’s all about walking, so while my companions were tucked in bed catching up on their sleep in our comfortable Cooktown accommodation…I was up early and scoping out the town.

Strolling down towards Fisherman’s Wharf the scene was picture perfect; from locals fishing off the pier down to the old fishing boats moored waiting for their next excursion.
It’s hard to believe standing on the dock on this beautiful peaceful morning that at one time this was one of the busiest ports in Queensland during the Palmer River Gold Rush.

The history attached to this location is part of the fabric of Queensland and you get the sense of it walking around.

Cook's Landing KioskIt was time for my morning coffee so I dropped into Cook’s Landing Kiosk, I highly recommend it, the locals were friendly and full of helpful advice not to mention the huge breakfast I enjoyed during my second visit later in the morning with the family.

 Breakfast at Cook’s Landing Kiosk is something you should do in Cooktown

After breakfast it was time to check out the sights of Cooktown the Grassy Hill was our first port of call..

Our stay at the Sovereign Resort Hotel our North Queensland accommodation was memorable and one I am eager to replicate again soon…



Grassy Hill – Cooktown Far North Queensland

 The Grassy Hill Cooktown

Cooktown- Grassy Hill

Only having a couple of days holiday in Cooktown limited us to what we could do, however the Grassy Hill over looking Cooktown in far north Queensland was our first port of call.

While researching Google maps online before arriving I had it in mind that you could see it from the town, like a Grassy Hill…all I could see were hills with dense vegetation on them.

None the less it was there and after speaking to a local about its location it was pointed out that it was behind the densely covered hill.

 Magnificent view from the Famous Grassy Hill

View from GrassyHill CooktownSmall

Just a couple minutes drive up Green Street behind the Sovereign Resort Hotel were the magnificent views of Cooktown and home to famous Grassy Hill. Unfortunately the photos and video doesn’t do it justice, it didn’t look real. The soft colours of the Endeavour River and the Coral Sea were quite remarkable. From this vantage point you can see

  • The Endeavour River
  • Cherry Tree Bay
  • Finch Bay
  • Mount Cook
  • Cooktown below

The white and red Lighthouse was apparently built in England and transported to Cooktown and erected in 1885, it was manned many years ago but now it is automated.

While gazing upon this stunning view we saw what we thought was a crocodile in the sea, after seeing crocs basking on muddy riverbanks on the way up from Cairns we seemed to be fixated on them, however after straining our eyes and using the video camera like a pair of binoculars, we came to the conclusion it was a log.

The soft colours of the Endeavour River and the Coral Sea were quite remarkable

The best times to soak up the view on Cooktown’s famous Grassy Hill is sunrise and sunset, where beautiful far north Queensland puts on a wonderful show for all those ready to observe. Unfortunately time didn’t permit us to enjoy this opportunity, which was a little disappointing however it just means another trip to beautiful far north Queensland to see this spectacular view at sunset, perhaps with a picnic.

Walking to the Grassy Hill and LighthouseLight House - Cooktown

You can walk up this stretch of road to the Grassy Hill, however it is tarred road and steep, I wouldn’t be attempting it on a sizzling summer day.

However during the cooler months it would be a great hike for those who enjoy exploring, but if it’s summer I suggest you drive up to the car park.

Hiking to Cherry Tree Bay and Finch Bay were next on our agenda…

Holiday North Queensland – Cooktown

Mowbray River, Port Douglas

Holiday North Queensland, Cooktown

For some time I have longed to visit far north Queensland, Cooktown was the place I had often thought of because of its remoteness, it seems almost the last frontier of this beautiful country.

A crocodile basking in the sun on the banks of Mowbray River

On a number of occasions I have travelled to Port Douglas and then on to Cape Tribulation but the final leap to beautiful Cooktown in far north Queensland was not possible.An opportunity came at last with an invite from my daughter and her partner to visit Cooktown and travel via the inland road to Cooktown and then return on the coastal 4WD route through Cape Tribulation.

Mulligan Highway- inland route to Cooktown

The Mulligan Highway, the inland route to Cooktown was a well maintained road it was very scenic and there were a number of lookouts to soak in the outback, it transported me back to when my parents decided to do a road trip to Darwin from Victoria when I was about 12 years old, all those memories came rushing back…
We stopped at Mt Carbine to fill up and use their facilities, they had the familiar cabin accommodation that you see in the outback, not everyone’s cup of tea but if you are weary it would be a palace.Mulligan Highway far north Queensland Lookout

The Palmer River Roadhouse was interesting, we stopped for a cold drink and was asked if we would like vodka with that.

It was a shame we were on a tight schedule, this place had many a story to tell.

The gentleman behind the counter had that familiar slow Queensland drawl that adds to the layers of interest in this beautiful country. I wonder how tourists particularly from overseas react. 

Familiar slow Queensland drawl….

It’s a bit like going to the ‘Deep South’ in the United States, but this is the deep north in Australia. I find it quite fascinating to watch and listen to people from another location, you can learn so much. Holidaying in North Queensland is something all of us from southeast Queensland should put on the ‘to do list’.
Black Mountain Cooktown far north Queensland

Black Mountain National Park

The mountain resembles a huge stack of coal…

The Black Mountain National Park greets you around 28 kilometres out of Cooktown. Black Mountain is a striking 470 metres of black boulders seemingly piled on top of each other, resembling a huge stack of coal. Take the time to stop at the lookout.

The angled granite boulders are quite fascinating to look at. The boulders are actually a light grey but the covering of lichen gives the boulders their unique characteristic.

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