This morning the sunrise was beautiful. Soft colors reflecting on a silent surface, there was barely a ripple on the water. It was perfectly still, like glass with soft and muted colors.
Sunrise 17 April
I wake up every morning when the sky starts to color with the sunrise. It was early today but rich with color, so leaving the little dog snuggled up asleep in his velvet bed, I collect the camera and open the gate to the sunrise
Sunrise 16 April Endeavour River
Today the sunrise is purples and pinks. I walk down to the river and see the small jetty here and look across to Mt Cook on the right and the Jetty on the left. The river has crocodiles so I must not walk to the edge. The house on the other corner has put up a rope fence to ensure I do not put my foot on his property. I can view the sunrise from my location and also from the end of the street. It is sufficient for me. I do not need to ‘trespass’ to see the sunrise.
I leave my new puppy behind…usually asleep…and go to the sunrise alone. When I return, Blackie is running the fence looking for me. He thinks he is my shadow and must be at my feet wherever I go. The neighbour is way at present so I can walk the street unmolested by an aggressive blue heeler and a little dog and enjoy the sunrise
Sunrise 15 April
From my location..Ratcliffe Road Cooktown, I overlook the Endeavour River. Every morning I get the sunrise and the moon sets here too. Every morning the river is different. This is the 15th April. I can walk to the water edge and see the sunrise.
Cooktown Lighthouse Grassy Hill
Grassy Hill Lighthouse. Cooktown was established in 1873, but no beacon guided ships through the reef until the lighthouse was built in 1886. Grassy Hill Light, also known as Cooktown Light, is an active lighthouse located on Grassy Hill above Cooktown, Queensland, Australia, on the south side of the entrance to Endeavour River. Wikipedia
Cooktown was established in October 1873 to accommodate for the Palmer River Gold Rush, and became a thriving port in the 1880s. The first lights in and out of the port were leading lights set on sheds on the wharves. A signal staff was erected on Grassy Hill in 1874 to announce incoming ships, and a cottage was constructed for the signal staff operator in 1878–79. By 1882 a temporary light was set on the hill. In 1883 and 1884.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grassy_Hill_Light
During World War II, from early 1942 to February 1945, a radar station was operated by the 56 Radar Unit, RAAF near the lighthouse. An imitation lighthouse keeper’s cottage was constructed for camouflage purposes, and the defensive installations surrounded the station. All structures were removed after the war. In 1970 a sandstone cairn was placed at the summit of the hill to commemorate the bi-centenary of Cook’s survey from the summit.
There are two lookout points..one looks down into Cooktown and the other, the top, looks out to the ocean.
Control of the lighthouse remained in the hands of the Commonwealth until November 1987, when it was transferred back to the Queensland government, with the Department of Transport operating the light, Cook Shire Council as trustees for the reserve, and local volunteers maintaining the tower
Sway Bridge Cooktown
I went with Rachel and Jan and a heap of dogs they were walking to walk the suspension bridge at Marton. The bridge is closed but people are walking on it. we went half way and bac again
“Community safety is our number one priority,” said Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott. “The bridge itself is structurally sound, however the timber approach ramps on either side have been damaged by significant white ant infestation over the years.
Constructed more than 25 years ago, the picturesque walk-bridge hangs amongst the mangroves over a tributary that flows into the Endeavour River. The bridge also provides a crucial connection into town for residents living along Railway Avenue and beyond when the Minke River and Poison Creek crossings overflow.
“The significant cost of maintenance and repairs to Council-owned infrastructure and assets is a considerable burden on Council’s operational budget,” added Mayor Scott.
“We recognise that the bridge is an important connection for community members living in the area, and will prioritise securing suitable funding to repair the approaches, until then we are faced with no other option, except to close the bridge.”
Peter Tonkes, Director of Infrastructure for Cook Shire Council said that as soon as the funds can be secured, the plan will be to replace the ramps with resilient materials, similar to composite materials used at the Cooktown Wharf.
Cooktown High Views
Looking down on Cooktown from the High Mountaintops…
Isabella Falls Cooktown
Continue past the Endeavour Falls Tourist Park towards Hope Vale, turning left onto Battlecamp Road (well signposted). Several kilometres down this road is Isabella Falls and there is a safe swimming hole.
Isabella Falls. Campground. 4.1 from 28 users. Contact. Endeavour Battlecamp Rd, Cooktown, Queensland. Description. This free campground offers swimming…This free campground offers swimming. It is dog friendly. It is accessible to motorbikes, RVs, camper trailers Camping in tents is allowed. Large caravans not easily accessible if looking to stay not many areas to setup . Limited space for camping maybe 5-6 on one side of roadway and 3-4 on the other
Yesterday we drove to see Endeavor Falls. Set in one of the most beautiful locations in the Endeavour Valley, north west of Cooktown in Tropical North Queensland Endeavour Falls Tourist Park offers quality accommodation right beside the tranquil Endeavour Falls. You park the car outside in the parking area and walk through the caravan park and down a rocky track to the Falls.
32 kms north of Cooktown, on mostly bitumen road, this relaxing spot is on the Endeavour River and is accessed at the Endeavour Falls Tourist Park. The owners of the store and caravan park welcome visitors to view the Falls but please drop in to the shop and let them know you are visiting. 2WD accessible. No swimming.
We bought chicken and chips with gravy and sat outside at the table and enjoyed our snack.
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