We decided to head off on Saturday to go to Cooktown. We left the caravan on Tolga as we did not see the need of towing it all the way there just for a couple of nights then tow it all the way back again. Also the price of diesel was 20 cents a litre more expensive so we didn’t want to have to fill up there.

Palmerston Roadhouse

On the drive up we stopped at the Palmerston Roadhouse for a break and an ice-cream. It was very pleasant inside with some historical items to look at. They also have food available but we had packed a lunch for the drive up.

On arrival in Cooktown we went straight to the James Cook Museum as it is only open Tue-Sat 9:00 – 15:30 so it was our only opportunity to see it. It is in what was the Sister’s of Mercy Convent which became the military headquarters during the war.

We then checked into the Seaview Motel and walked along the Endeavour River looking at the monuments along the banks of which we had a view from our motel room. Dinner was had at the Cooktown Bowls Club.

On the Sunday we had a late breakfast at The Cooktown Café having a bacon and egg burgers with a cup of coffee. We then did the touristy things: drove up Grassy Hill to the lookout and lighthouse; walked up to the lookout at Mount Cook; had lunch at the Sovereign Hotel; walked around the Botanical Gardens; and Walked along the beach at Finch Bay.

On the Monday we visited the Cooktown History Centre then Reconciliation Rocks before departing back to Tolga.

On the return trip we visited the lookout at Black Mountain before having lunch at the Lion’s Den Hotel. We stopped at a couple more lookouts along the way, drove past a wildfire that was burning along the side of the road and stopped by the Golden Drop Winery to collect a bottle of Mango Cello Liqueur.