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I am also in the process of creating a website which will feature the best of the photos seen on this blog.  More on that when it’s complete.

So, back to our trip.

As we were spending a few nights at the Lions Den Hotel, we decided to take a day trip up to Cooktown which was as far north as we were going to get on this trip.  Now, I’m pretty useless in the heat, and I’m next to no good at all in the humidity.  I’m much more comfortable in the winter with cold, fires, hot chocolate and jumpers.  To say that I wasn’t looking forward to the humidity of FNQ is an understatement.  I wasn’t even sure how I was going to like FNQ at all.  BUT, when we drove into Cooktown, I did a complete 360 turnaround. I fell in love with the place instantaneously and all but wanted to move in there – right then!  Damian has spent a lot of time in FNQ with work so he was keen to show me around and he was ecstatic with my reaction.

Cooktown is only 39kms and 35 mins from the Lions Den Hotel. She sits on the Endeavour River on the Cape York Peninsula and has a population of around 2,300. It is the northernmost town on the East Coast and was founded in October 1873 as a supply port for the goldfields along the Palmer River.  It’s European history is centred around Captain James Cook and the landing of the crippled Endeavour in Cooktown.

We took a drive down the main street and rather than stop for a drink by the water first, we went straight up to the lookout – smart move!  Oh my goodness, the views were to die for and my camera got a work out. Here’s some of the images I took:

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Once Damian FINALLY dragged me away from the lookout, we headed back down into town and stopped at a lovely kiosk which was right on the water.  Far too hot to enjoy a cup of tea, so spoilt myself with an Iced Chocolate 🙂  While we were at the kiosk (we spent over an hour there enjoying the shade), I managed a shot of this seagull who seemed to be intent on modelling for me.


and a couple of shots of the boats moored near where we were sitting



It doesn’t get much more idyllic I think.

We went for a walk (or rather I melted, Damian walked) and couldn’t resist this low perspective shot of fishermen on the pier


We bought some fish from the depot for dinner that night and headed off for a little drive around town.  I photographed a few buildings etc.

After the drive, we headed back home and on the way stopped off at Archers Point. The views there were just as gorgeous and we have already decided to take advantage of the free camping and stay here next time we come through this way.

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We really had a lovely time and I can’t wait to get back up there for a much longer period on a later trip.

In my next post, we leave this part of the world and start the trip homewards.  We go from the Lions Den Hotel to Cairns.

Cheers til the next post.

Vanessa and Damian

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