Cooktown beaches

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    THERE ARE MANY SECLUDED BEACHES LINING THE COASTLINE AROUND COOKTOWN: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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Beaches

 

Finch Bay

Located just a 5 minute drive or half hour walk from the centre of town, this spectacular beach is surrounded by mountains.

Cherry Tree Bay

This is a beautiful secluded beach with clean sand and swaying coconut palms, accessible by a 1500 metre walking track from the Cooktown botanic gardens.

Quarantine Bay

Located 5km from Cooktown off the Mulligan Highway to Quarantine Bay. This pebbly beach is situated at the base of Mt Cook and has a beautiful backdrop of rainforested covered slopes.

Walker Bay

Located near Quarantine bay, this is popular for fishing and kite surfing.

Elim Beach

This is the location of the stunning dune formations of the Coloured Sands, which are a 300 metre walk along the beach. This beach sits in the lands of the Hope Vale Aboriginal Community, which is 46 kilometres north-west of Cooktown. The beach is about another hours drive and suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Camping is available, contact Thiithaarr-warra Elder, Eddie Deemal on (07) 4060 9223 for more information.

Warning

 

Be aware of box jellyfish and stingers in northern parts of Australia in summer months

During the summer months from October to May along the Northern Australian coastline certain varieties of jellyfish like the box jellyfish are present in the coastal waters and can cause very serious reactions if you are stung. It is advised that between these months you swim in the protected netted swimming areas or avoid swimming in the sea.

If bitten by a box jellyfish vinegar should be applied to the sting and seek medical attention immediately.

Do not swim in areas known to have crocodiles

Crocodiles can be found in fresh and salt-water locations in parts of Northern Australia and occasionally there are attacks on people. In many cases some basic rules and precautions would avoid such attacks. Swimming in most rivers, creeks, lagoons and in certain coastal waters is not recommended in this part of Australia. Also pay attention to any warning signs that may be posted in certain areas.