Cooktown News

Wujal Falls In Full Flood Early March

Posted: 31 Mar 2015

We get some lovely water flowing in the green season. This photo was taken earlier in March by Wujal resident, Desmond Tayley, when Cyclone Nathan was floating about. Nathan's well and truly gone and the Falls, while not as large, are still spectacular.

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Woobadda Creek On The Bloomfield Track

Posted: 03 Mar 2015

Woobadda Creek is a great swimming spot. It's bridge is beautiful and a walk up the Creek--as long as there's not too much water, is pretty special. The Bridge makes the Bloomfield Track very accessible, although it's still definitely 4WD only

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Photographers Delight

Posted: 03 Mar 2015

A slow drive up the Bloomfield Track to Wujal Falls and Cooktown can reveal some wonderful photography, with luck and local knowledge. This shot of a reflection at Woobadda Creek (turned on its side for effect) is unusual bordering on weird. My 4WD tours...

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King Of The Ferns Unfurls Fiddleback

Posted: 01 Mar 2015

King ferns have hardly evolved in over 250 million years, and they are a feature in wet and slightly elevated areas in New Guinea, New Caledonia and of course the Wet Tropics--all being part of the ancient Gondwana. They need lots of water to maintain the...

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Cassowary Couples

Posted: 01 Mar 2015

Cassowaries are of very ancient lineage and certainly endangered. There are maybe only 1100 or so adults in Australia and they're all in the Wet Tropics. While rare, they're often along Cape Tribulation Road and along the Bloomfield Track. Usually dad tak...

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Wujal (bloomfield) Falls Flowing With Green Season

Posted: 01 Mar 2015

Wujal Wujal (Bloomfield) Falls flow all year around, but they're especially full in the green season--which is now. They're usually excellent right through until September, then they're just good. One special plant among the rocks only grows in this and...

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Wet Season In The Tropics Where Is It?

Posted: 02 Feb 2015

“Trip to Dantree and Cooktown” Reviewed 21 January 2015 We went on this day trip in January 2015.. It was a hard; but absolutely a fantastic day. Both my wife and I, enjoyed all the stories our driver and guide Andy could tell us during the day. In th...

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Bird Abundance Still At Cooktown Lagoon

Posted: 24 Nov 2014

Even though it's been very dry, which means blue skies, great colours and wonderful days, the region had enough late rain to fill up the lagoons so well that there's still an abundance of wildlife at Keatings Lagoon near Cooktown. Magpie geese, wandering...

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Layers Of Interest At Cowie Beach

Posted: 24 Nov 2014

There are so many things to like about Cowie Beach. The gentle layers of colour from sand the deep sea, red mangroves "swimming" in the water, masses of soldier crabs...and the absolute serenity. Rarely do we see others on the beach at Cowie! I always che...

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Cassowaries On Cue

Posted: 24 Nov 2014

There aren't any cassowaries around Cooktown, but there are plenty around Cape Tribulation and parts of the Bloomfield Track. They are so rare, precious and important for the environment (they take big seeds around the forest) that we have signs advising...

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Keatings Croc Among The Waterlilies

Posted: 24 Nov 2014

Every now and then, rumours of a croc in Keatings Lagoon (Cooktown) spread. We've recently seen this big fella opposite the bird hide. It's a wonderful sight, among the waterlilies. My 4WD tour always spends time (up to one hour) at Keatings, among many o...

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Rainbow Lorikeets Active And Visible

Posted: 05 Nov 2014

Rainbow lorikeets have a special brushlike appendage on their tongue enabling the bird to feed on pollen, nectar and fruits. However, they basically eat anything in the blossom, including insects and insect larvae . They're very active around Cooktown now...

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Hungry Cassowary Dad And Three Chicks

Posted: 30 Oct 2014

Very young cassowary chicks can get very hungry and even live birds, such as this beautiful little emerald dove, had better watch out if they compete too closely with the cassowaries' feed. Dad is quick and ruthless and showed that survival of the fittest...

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Rare Croc Spotted At Keatings Lagoon Cooktown

Posted: 30 Oct 2014

Keatings lagoon is a must on anyone's Cooktown trip, especially at this time of the year. Last week, we had a unexpected sighting of a croc, about 3 metres, resting on the other side of the Lagoon up near the bird hide. We know that crocs come into the L...

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Late Afternoon At Wujal Falls

Posted: 18 Oct 2014

September and October are the driest months in the otherwise Wet Tropics of Queensland, and the seasonal change creates wonderful scenery. These was a late afternoon shot of Wujal Wujal Falls which won the Landscape Section of the Bloomfield Photo Compet...

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Seeing Turtles At Archer Point

Posted: 15 Oct 2014

Archer Point near Cooktown not only has spectacular coastal scenery, but it's a special place for turtles. They regularly forage around the area and most days you see them from the lighthouse lookout. The local Yuku Baja Muliku people operate an importan...

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Rare Spotted Whistling Duck Spotted In Cooktown

Posted: 15 Oct 2014

These spotted whistling duck, normally residents of Sulawesi and Papua New Guinea, are a rare sight in Australia. This group of eight has moved into Keatings Lagoon near Cooktown, probably from their new breeding grounds around the Weipa area. A green pyg...

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Bloomfield Bridge Officially Now Bobby And Jacky Ball

Posted: 05 Oct 2014

The Bloomfield River bridge was yesterday officially opened and named the Bobby and Jacky Ball Bridge. It's named after two wonderful Kuku Yalanji elders and their warrior father. The road from Cooktown through Wujal Wujal is now virtually flood proof. Th...

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Woobadda Bridge Progress Report

Posted: 01 Oct 2014

It sounds incongruous having a bridge across a beautiful rainforest creek that actually adds to the beauty of the place. It looks like the half completed Woobadda Bridge will be stunning, as this late afternoon picture shows. A half day afternoon tour wil...

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Red Mangroves Shine At Cowie Beach

Posted: 30 Sep 2014

Wonderful late afternoon lighting on Cowie Beach gives great images--red mangroves in their hooped rooted complexity; ripples in the sand are almost blueish and make a great screen saver; stingray holes; worm "extrusions" and Torres Strait pigeons swoopin...

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