Cheap (or free) camps Cairns to Cooktown via Cape Trib

Submitted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 19:25
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Any clues on where to park for a night or two in a camper trailer along the road from Cairns, Daintree, Bloomfield, Cooktown road.

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Reply By: Member - Tony & Julie (FNQ) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 19:44

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 19:44
Joff - There are not many places that are accessible on that route anymore. Wonga Beach Caravan Park is a good place to stay, just South of the Daintree, but it will not be cheap as such around $25 a night with no power. When you get to Ayton you may still be able to go down the beach turn North up a couple of ks to a spot on a creek. You can not turn South anymore and camp at the mouth of the Bloomfield as this is local land. There is a small Camp ground at Ayton & there is a fee.

Archer point South of Cooktown is a great place to stay for a while. Free camping allowed there, but no amenities or fresh water.

Walker bay at the mouth of the Annan is a good free place to camp no amenities again. You turn down Quarantine Bay Rd, right at the Golf Club, Right on to a narrow track and then right on to the beach. It is private land but the owner still allows access.

The wind may get you at both those places, but you can always find a spot out of the gale force winds. Have Fun Cheers Tony

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Reply By: Mark S (cns) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 20:14

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 20:14
There's a great spot about 3km off the main road at Rossville callled Home Rule lodge. It is a privately owned place that has good shady grassed camping areas (non powered) & good facilities and is about $12 pp. ph 40603925.
It's about 30min south of Cooktown, and only 5k south of the famous Lions Den Pub.
I would say this would be the best bet if coming up from Cairns, and is 4-5hrs drive.

cheers
Mark
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 20:45

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 20:45
Mark

Whats wrong with The Lion Den its self??????

Then there's no driving if you happen to enjoy your visit to the pub!!!!!

It's a fun location in it's own right even if you dont drink, but just enjoy varied company.

JMHO, cheers Colin.
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Follow Up By: Mark S (cns) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 21:13

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 21:13
Colin
Yep, that's another good option, and I should've mentioned that too!!!
Never actually stayed at the campsite behind the pub, always based at home rule & gone from there. SWMBO wanted me to get her a shandi last time we were there! Had to remind her that 'you just don't do that' at a real Pub! haha :)

cheers
Mark
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 21:21

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 21:21
Mark,
let the girl have what she wants to drink, I dont think too many people care what you drink or do at the Den.

Plus you can get to sign the wall for a donation to the RFDS.

So if she wants a Shandy (UK spelling) let her have one, cheers Colin.

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Follow Up By: Mark S (cns) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 22:11

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 22:11
Colin,
She got the Shandi as it turns out - it was initially just a bit of light hearted fun - in keeping with the vibe of the pub you might say.. :)

cheers 'n beers

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Reply By: ozwasp - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 22:27

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 22:27
Hey Mate

Roaring Meg Falls has camping allowed - although you need a permit to visit and another to camp.

It's on the north (drier) side of the CREB track and is an easy drive out there, but the last 1km is a bit rough.

Beautiful country in the Daintree and you'll probably have the place to yourself.

Goodluck
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Reply By: joff1 - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 22:58

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 22:58
Thanks for the replies guys.
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Reply By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 00:31

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 00:31
If you have time go 82km from Cooktown, via Hopevale to Elim. It is tucked inside Cape Bedford out of the SE winds. You camp on the beach with Eddy, the aboriginal leader, a fantastic fellow. Walk or drive to the coloured sands just around the corner. This is a secret spot and I shouldn't be telling you about it.

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Follow Up By: joff1 - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 11:11

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 11:11
Thanks Robyn.. Your secret is safe with me..

Might wanna tell Ron Moon it's a secret though. It's in his CY book. lol
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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 12:30

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 12:30
What is his CY book?
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Follow Up By: joff1 - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 14:24

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 14:24
"Cape York. An Adventurers Guide" by Ron and Viv Moon.

Get it at all good book, camping and 4wd stores. Plus online at http://www.guidebooks.com.au/

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Reply By: Member - Kevin R (QLD) - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 17:06

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 17:06
Another couple of spots to consider.
Noahs beach is a small national parks camping site on a beautiful beach about half way between the Bloomfield river and Cape tribulation.

Also try Wearyj Bay just north of Wujal Wujal if it not too windy. Its pretty exposed.

Cheers

Kevin


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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin R (QLD) - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 17:08

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 17:08
Sorry Noahs is between Daintree river and cape trib not Bloomfied
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