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  • Battle Camp Road, well worth the drive

    by videochic Written Jan 10, 2012

    Battle Camp Road was a road trip like no other.
    Starting in Cooktown, we headed north towards Hopevale, past the green pastures and farms of the locals. No wonder people leave the city to live on acerage in the bush, it is truly stunning out here.
    Before you get to Hopevale the road turns to red dirt, the kind of dirt most city 4WD's never experience! Make sure you stop in at Endeavour Falls, a Caravan Park which has a small waterfall at the back, and if you ask the lady nicely, she will let you see them if you leave your car parked out the front.
    There is an intersection on the left about 10km before Hopevale which is the Battle Camp road.
    Along here for another 8km or so there is the beautiful Isabella Falls, a fresh water creek crossing, cascading down into several pools before becoming a small waterfall. Surprising how cold it can be in September! We stopped here for a quick dip and to let the dogs out for a swim. Continuing on we had to cross over the Normanby river, a small crossing that wasn't very deep. From memory it was half way up the tyre rim. No swimming here for us or the dogs as it does have Crocs in it.
    Arriving at the old Battle Camp station we stopped for lunch and to take in the sights. Battle Camp Station and the Battle Camp Range just to the south of here were named by a group of gold diggers who were heading west to the Palmer River to seek their fortune when they were set upon by a band of Aboriginals.
    From here we had the choice of taking the turn off to Lakefield National Park (now called Rinyirru), but instead we drove on to Laura.
    Here at Laura we were back on the bitumen again. The Quinkan Regional Cultural Centre was really interesting and we'll have to make plans to come back again for the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival as it is held every two years in June, so the next one is in 2013.
    We were also lucky enough to be the only people that afternoon to walk through the Aboriginal Rock Art caves at the Split Rock Gallery, only a couple of K's south of Laura. There were 3 caves to see but we only saw 2: the Mushroom Rock Gallery and the Split Rock Gallery. Payment for entry into the caves is by an honesty box system for a small $5 fee per person. So cheap!
    Back to Cooktown now via the Peninsula Development Road, a road that is now fully bitumened from Laura to Lakeland.
    One quick beer in the pub for the ride home and we had a good nights' sleep that night! What a big day!

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  • Battle Camp Road, well worth the drive

    by videochic Written Jan 10, 2012

    Battle Camp Road was a road trip like no other.
    Starting in Cooktown, we headed north towards Hopevale, past the green pastures and farms of the locals. No wonder people leave the city to live on acerage in the bush, it is truly stunning out here.
    Before you get to Hopevale the road turns to red dirt, the kind of dirt most city 4WD's never experience! Make sure you stop in at Endeavour Falls, a Caravan Park which has a small waterfall at the back, and if you ask the lady nicely, she will let you see them if you leave your car parked out the front.
    There is an intersection on the left about 10km before Hopevale which is the Battle Camp road.
    Along here for another 8km or so there is the beautiful Isabella Falls, a fresh water creek crossing, cascading down into several pools before becoming a small waterfall. Surprising how cold it can be in September! We stopped here for a quick dip and to let the dogs out for a swim. Continuing on we had to cross over the Normanby river, a small crossing that wasn't very deep. From memory it was half way up the tyre rim. No swimming here for us or the dogs as it does have Crocs in it.
    Arriving at the old Battle Camp station we stopped for lunch and to take in the sights. Battle Camp Station and the Battle Camp Range just to the south of here were named by a group of gold diggers who were heading west to the Palmer River to seek their fortune when they were set upon by a band of Aboriginals.
    From here we had the choice of taking the turn off to Lakefield National Park (now called Rinyirru), but instead we drove on to Laura.
    Here at Laura we were back on the bitumen again. The Quinkan Regional Cultural Centre was really interesting and we'll have to make plans to come back again for the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival as it is held every two years in June, so the next one is in 2013.
    We were also lucky enough to be the only people that afternoon to walk through the Aboriginal Rock Art caves at the Split Rock Gallery, only a couple of K's south of Laura. There were 3 caves to see but we only saw 2: the Mushroom Rock Gallery and the Split Rock Gallery. Payment for entry into the caves is by an honesty box system for a small $5 fee per person. So cheap!
    Back to Cooktown now via the Peninsula Development Road, a road that is now fully bitumened from Laura to Lakeland.
    One quick beer in the pub for the ride home and we had a good nights' sleep that night! What a big day!

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  • Battle Camp Road, well worth the drive

    by videochic Written Jan 10, 2012

    Battle Camp Road was a road trip like no other.
    Starting in Cooktown, we headed north towards Hopevale, past the green pastures and farms of the locals. No wonder people leave the city to live on acerage in the bush, it is truly stunning out here.
    Before you get to Hopevale the road turns to red dirt, the kind of dirt most city 4WD's never experience! Make sure you stop in at Endeavour Falls, a Caravan Park which has a small waterfall at the back, and if you ask the lady nicely, she will let you see them if you leave your car parked out the front.
    There is an intersection on the left about 10km before Hopevale which is the Battle Camp road.
    Along here for another 8km or so there is the beautiful Isabella Falls, a fresh water creek crossing, cascading down into several pools before becoming a small waterfall. Surprising how cold it can be in September! We stopped here for a quick dip and to let the dogs out for a swim. Continuing on we had to cross over the Normanby river, a small crossing that wasn't very deep. From memory it was half way up the tyre rim. No swimming here for us or the dogs as it does have Crocs in it.
    Arriving at the old Battle Camp station we stopped for lunch and to take in the sights. Battle Camp Station and the Battle Camp Range just to the south of here were named by a group of gold diggers who were heading west to the Palmer River to seek their fortune when they were set upon by a band of Aboriginals.
    From here we had the choice of taking the turn off to Lakefield National Park (now called Rinyirru), but instead we drove on to Laura.
    Here at Laura we were back on the bitumen again. The Quinkan Regional Cultural Centre was really interesting and we'll have to make plans to come back again for the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival as it is held every two years in June, so the next one is in 2013.
    We were also lucky enough to be the only people that afternoon to walk through the Aboriginal Rock Art caves at the Split Rock Gallery, only a couple of K's south of Laura. There were 3 caves to see but we only saw 2: the Mushroom Rock Gallery and the Split Rock Gallery. Payment for entry into the caves is by an honesty box system for a small $5 fee per person. So cheap!
    Back to Cooktown now via the Peninsula Development Road, a road that is now fully bitumened from Laura to Lakeland.
    One quick beer in the pub for the ride home and we had a good nights' sleep that night! What a big day!

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    • Hiking and Walking
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  • Battle Camp Road, well worth the drive

    by videochic Written Jan 10, 2012

    Battle Camp Road was a road trip like no other.
    Starting in Cooktown, we headed north towards Hopevale, past the green pastures and farms of the locals. No wonder people leave the city to live on acerage in the bush, it is truly stunning out here.
    Before you get to Hopevale the road turns to red dirt, the kind of dirt most city 4WD's never experience! Make sure you stop in at Endeavour Falls, a Caravan Park which has a small waterfall at the back, and if you ask the lady nicely, she will let you see them if you leave your car parked out the front.
    There is an intersection on the left about 10km before Hopevale which is the Battle Camp road.
    Along here for another 8km or so there is the beautiful Isabella Falls, a fresh water creek crossing, cascading down into several pools before becoming a small waterfall. Surprising how cold it can be in September! We stopped here for a quick dip and to let the dogs out for a swim. Continuing on we had to cross over the Normanby river, a small crossing that wasn't very deep. From memory it was half way up the tyre rim. No swimming here for us or the dogs as it does have Crocs in it.
    Arriving at the old Battle Camp station we stopped for lunch and to take in the sights. Battle Camp Station and the Battle Camp Range just to the south of here were named by a group of gold diggers who were heading west to the Palmer River to seek their fortune when they were set upon by a band of Aboriginals.
    From here we had the choice of taking the turn off to Lakefield National Park (now called Rinyirru), but instead we drove on to Laura.
    Here at Laura we were back on the bitumen again. The Quinkan Regional Cultural Centre was really interesting and we'll have to make plans to come back again for the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival as it is held every two years in June, so the next one is in 2013.
    We were also lucky enough to be the only people that afternoon to walk through the Aboriginal Rock Art caves at the Split Rock Gallery, only a couple of K's south of Laura. There were 3 caves to see but we only saw 2: the Mushroom Rock Gallery and the Split Rock Gallery. Payment for entry into the caves is by an honesty box system for a small $5 fee per person. So cheap!
    Back to Cooktown now via the Peninsula Development Road, a road that is now fully bitumened from Laura to Lakeland.
    One quick beer in the pub for the ride home and we had a good nights' sleep that night! What a big day!

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    Aboriginal Rock Art

    by tropicrd Written Sep 24, 2009

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    This is such an insight into the culture and society with the Nugal-warra Elder,Willie Gordon.
    It is so inspiring to go on this rock art journey with him.
    These stories can only be told by the elders of this tribe/clan.
    They do two different tours as far as I know.
    There is the Great Emu Tour ex Cooktown 3.5 hours or from Hope Vale.
    We went to 3 rock art sites and the fabulous emu cave hardly any walking but make sure you wear good walking shoes.

    We just loved the Rainbow serpent walk which took approx 6 hours and a visit to six sites.
    The one I loved is the ancesteral birth cave. You also learn survival skills of the Nugal-warra people.Green ants are bitter sweet but not much of them.The walk is pretty easy.
    I broke my camera so no photoes--but we are planning to go again.
    All in all both Guurrbi Tours were great.The art is wonderful along with the story telling.

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