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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…