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.

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

Jetty

 

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…