come and go as the owners decide to open or close them for visitors,
but what is on this page right now is four places, all north of
Cooktown, starting with the closest ones as you drive
Endeavour Valley Road.
The first two,
are not along the highway, there is a further road in, and in the case
of Alkoomie Station it is a serious four
wheel drive track.
closest turnoff to the town, but the rest of the trip is the longest of
all Cooktown farmstays. In the end there is a steep
climb up the mountain range, and it will cost you $50 just to drive
in - which they don't encourage. UPDATE late 2014
I hear the station has been sold, hope for better times!! :-)
River Escape also has a drive, but it's just a normal road and not a
hard four wheel drive track. It is a welcoming and friendly place, with
many different camping sites, campfire sites, a camp kitchen, BBQ and
amenities, as well as friendly farm animals that you can pat.
Farmstay is a little further along the main road, but is
almost next to the highway so no more tracks to drive. It is one of the
friendliest Cooktown farmstays and an organic farm, with home grown
fruit and vegies and farm animals. There is a cabin, a safari tent and
/caravan site, and group camping can be arranged.
Hazelmere Farmstay is further out, near the Endeavour Falls Caravan
Park. There is homestead accommodation with breaky included, a lake for
fishing, bush walking tracks to Endeavour River, farm animals, bird
watching, and tropical fruit fresh from the trees.
Farmstay is north of Cooktown.
And it's not your average
camping ground. On top of
accommodation they run tours,
and not only that - even courses,
and learning adventures.
They are a super eco-friendly
organic fruit and vegetable farmabout 15 minute drive north
They have accommodation
self-contained cabin and safari tent, both twin-share; and also one
powered camping /
caravan site (takes 2WD caravans, 4WD caravans, camper
trailers and tents).
have group camping
The guests have exclusive
use of all
the facilities, including swims in
a croc free dam, a library with guide books and maps to discover the
local area, separate shower and toilet (eco friendly but odourless),
washing machine and drier (solar powered), verandahs great for dining,
cooking facilities, BBQ and fireplace (wood supplied).
And they do breakfast
packs, and guests can purchase fruit and veggie boxes.
You can meet their farm animals, there are kids' farm activities, there
are farm tours
in case you are
curious about solar hot water, how they grow their super
and vegies, how
their own electricity, or how they operate a closed loop system for all
their organic waste.
They can tailor their tour if
you have any
particular interests, and can for example include working with and
harnessing their heavy horse Marcus.
students and groups, and they
even run courses and workshops. These include innovative
practices, tropical cooking, permaculture
design and weekend exploring retreats.
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