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Cooktown Scenic Rim Trail
Map of Cooktown Scenic Rim Trail
Mount Cook National Park
Cooktown
Queensland 4871 Australia

Cooktown Scenic Rim Trail
Cooktown, Cook Area

Free Entry

1300 130 372
info@derm.qld.gov.au
www.derm.qld.gov.au

Description

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.

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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.

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About the Walk

14.4 kilometres
9 hours
Full Day Walk
Moderate
Circuit
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.

Walk Highlights

Walk Hints

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.

Best Time To Go

The dry season from May to October is the best time to visit, for both safety and ease of access.

Property Details

Facilities

  • Car park
    Car park
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Birdwatching
    Birdwatching
  • Walking
    Walking

Other Information

General Comments

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.


Free Entry


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