Cooktown's Scenic Rim Trail displays all aspects of the town's historical and cultural delights. Experience a range of diverse natural habitats, each with their own special features and species.
Walk through mangrove lined banks of the Endeavour River, an estuarine environment which forms a complex breeding ground for various wildlife. Pass through open forest on the lower reaches of Mount Cook, until the trail reaches the rainforest. Up through the dim rainforest light, weave past vine thicket and around walls of buttress roots. The trail crosses Alligator Creek, (only cross at low tide) and continues along the beach towards the northern end of Finch Bay.... more
On the decent to the small secluded beach at Cherry Tree Bay enjoy magnificent coastal views. Sometimes fish, turtles and even dugongs can be seen in the bay. The Scenic Rim Trail is broken into nine different sections, catering for a range of fitness levels.... less
Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. Take drinking water.
The walk was designed so that it can be done in its entirety in a full day, or depending on the visitor's time and physical capability, embarked on in sections.
Pick up a walking trail brochure from the visitor centre for detailed information.
The dry season from May to October is the best time to visit, for both safety and ease of access.
The dry season from May to October is the best time to visit, for both safety and ease of access. Highlights of the Cooktown Scenic Rim Trail include: contrasting vegetation, cultural heritage sites, migratory birds, sand dunes and beaches and valley views.
The trail is 14.4 kilometres long with a moderate degree of difficulty and will take approximately nine hours to complete. Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. Take drinking water. The walk was designed so that it can be done in its entirety in a full day, or depending on the visitor's time and physical capability, embarked on in sections. Captain Cook's Statue in Cooktown's Botanical Gardens is the official starting point. However, the trail may be commenced or completed at any point along the route and walked in either direction.
How To Get There
Cooktown is about four hours drive north of Cairns on sometimes rough roads. The various sections of the Cooktown Scenic Rim Walk can be easily reached on foot or by car from the town centre.
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