Coen Queensland

Coen is a small township in central Cape York.

For most people it is a short stop
along Peninsula Developmental Road.

Maybe a coldie at the pub at the most.

For others it is the end of the Old Coen Track.

You can stay over night, and there is also an interesting museum if you are into the local history.

In the middle of the main street is (of course) the town's pub - originally called Exchange Hotel, now commonly known as Sexchange Hotel.
   coen hotel

In the same street is the most interesting thing in town if you're into history. It's the Old Heritage House with a lot of memorabilia inside, and some outside in the yard.

   coen museum

There are displays on the history of the construction of the Old Telegraph Line, as well as the history of Aboriginal people, gold prospecting and early pastoralists.

   coen general store

Also in the main street is a small grocery shop and Halfway Service Station, and across the street is the town's post office, with a camping ground in the back yard.

   coen shop

There is also other kind of accommodation, such as a guesthouse in town; and the good old Charlie's Place in the southern end of the town, near the northern end of the Old Coen Track.

   charlies place

North of the town is Coen River - great for a cool dip.

   coen swimming hole

It's called the Bend, and there are yabbies you can catch :-)

Old Coen Track

Old Coen Track is a great 4WD track in Cape York.

In fact, only half of the original stretch remains, as the other half is now the beginning of the road into Port Stewart.

The southern end of the track is on the road to Port Stewart.

   old coen track start

After the turnoff you soon come to a creek crossing that makes a nice swimming hole.

   old coen track swimming hole

Then it continues,

   old coen track cape york

... through some washouts and a little rugged country,

   old coen track queensland

(this is where we saw a dangerous looking snake crossing the track)

   old coen track driving

... some termite mound country,

   old coen track australia

... and climbs right up to the hills (I mean real hills, not the one on the photo - I got too exited about the views and forgot to take photos) ...

   old coen track drive

... crosses a few more creeks that are dry in the late Dry Season,

   old coen track northern end

... and finally ends in the southern end of Coen.

   old coen track end

The Old Coen Track comes out next to Charlie's Place - a camping ground with some character.

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