2 Day Cooktown Explorer
Travel review submitted by KT – September 2014 – 2 Day Cooktown Explorer
On the first day I got picked up 7am on the dot for our 2 Day Cooktown Explorer Adventure. First stop was Cooya Beach to meet up with Brendon Walker and his son Dexton. We gathered around on the beach and tried some bush almonds and coconut before heading into the mangroves with our spears. As the tide was high it turned out to be quite a knee deep adventure.
It was absolutely amazing how much Brendon would see: we had problem finding our way around without falling over roots in the murky water and the next thing we knew he had ‘speared’ a Blowfish. The rest of us, however, tried our best to help collecting mussels for the BBQ later, it really turned out to be quite an adventure and without Brendon we would have never found our way out of this maze.
Then it was time for morning tea at Brendons mother’s house, with home made damper and muffins as well as mussels and turtle, all fresh from the BBQ. Brendon explained more about traditional hunting methods to us and showed us different kinds of turtle shells and sting ray barbs along with some hunting boomerangs.
Our next stop was Cape Tribulation Beach House for a very sumptuous hot and cold buffet lunch including dessert and some time out for a short walk on the beach.
Then we were off to the Bloomfield Falls in Wujal Wujal to meet the “Walker Ladies” who were a lot quieter and shyer compared to Brendon in the morning. We reached the quite impressive full flowing falls after a short walk from the end of a dirt trek. The ladies informed us about the traditional importance of the area, told us that there are about 15 salties(crocodiles) in the water and usually some Platypus at dusk and gave us all small bottle of Bloomfield Water on the way.
Off we went to the Lions Den, the oldest pub in Australia, for a well deserved drink. The crazy decoration, the old juke box and the photos are all well worth checking out.
We arrived in Cooktown just before 7pm and got dropped off at our individual accommodations.
We got picked up again an hour later for dinner which turned out to be a 3 course dinner menu with lots of options to choose from for the main course and dessert.
On the second day we got picked up at 6.50am for breakfast on the waterfront at Cook’s Landing Café. Afterwards, we headed out of town towards Hope Vale to meet Willie Gordon for the next four hours. We started off with a 30min walk through stunning bush land with amazing views into the valley and all the way across to the Great Dividing Range before reaching the first site with paintings.
As far as the time spent with Willie goes, I don’t really know what to say other than that I can highly recommend the 2 Day Cooktown Explorer to all ages.
Yes, he talks about bush tucker and the paintings and his ancestors but that’s not all that this tour is about. It’s about ‘understanding the story’ it really makes you think and reflect and you leave and look at your life and values in a different way.
We headed back to Cooktown for lunch (at our own expense) and had about an hour time to explore the place before heading back to Cairns on the inland way arriving back in Cairns around 8pm.
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