Ayton to Cooktown

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesAyton
FinishCooktown
DifficultyDifficulty 2/5
Suitable for4WD Camper Bike 
Distance63.69 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed54.88 km/hr
Driving Time1 hr 9 mins
Page Updated: 31 Oct 2013

Description

This Trek Note provides a connecting route between Cooktown and the Bloomfield area via the tiny settlements of Rossville, Helenvale and the famous Lion's Den Hotel.

We have two trek notes that end at Ayton being the CREB Track, and the Bloomfield Track. This trek can be used to complete the journey through to Cooktown and perhaps the beginning of your Cape York adventure.

How to Use this Trek Note

Click the "Map" tab below to see the route we've provided. Icons on the map are the POIs you'll need for navigation purposes. Be sure to check the list of Nearby Places on each POI page.

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Environment

Near Ayton, is the important Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal, meaning place of many waterfalls. Access to the Bloomfield Falls is managed through this community so check access conditions before you go.

This trek passes Cedar Bay National Park, a remote and beautiful region of great conservation importance. Its mountainous hinterland, almost entirely covered in dense tropical rainforest, is fringed by sandy beaches and coral reefs. The park is only accessible by boat or on foot, and is for experienced bush walkers only. Information is available from the Queensland Park & Wildlife Service, Regional Office Cairns (07) 4046 6600.

History

The small township of Ayton, north of the Bloomfield River, was the site of Queensland’s first sugar mill, and once had an active timber and tin-mining industry.

Preparation

The road is a mix of bitumen and dirt and high clearance 4WD vehicles are recommended during the wet season or after prolonged rain.

Whilst not part of this trek, please be aware that the nearby Bloomfield Crossing is subject to flooding and high clearance 4WD vehicles are required.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 9 litres4cyl 10 litres4cyl 13 litres
6cyl 10 litres6cyl 12 litres6cyl 11 litres
8cyl 10 litres8cyl 11 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Cooktown Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 30.32km NW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C31.831.630.429.127.726.726.127.028.830.431.532.2
Mean Min. °C24.324.323.822.920.719.417.718.220.922.623.824.5
Mean Rain mm280.3295.7390.8156.736.628.521.817.67.224.671.0154.0
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

The following locations have various services And supplies:Rossville, The Lions Den Pub

Map

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What to See

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Where to Stay

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Ayton to Rossville24.27 kmNW334° 30 min
Rossville to The Lions Den Pub8.88 kmNW317° 9 min
The Lions Den Pub to Cooktown30.54 kmN29 min
Ayton to Cooktown63.69 km  1 hr 9 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.

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