Grassy Hill Walk

Grassy Hill walk is one of the best walks in Cooktown.

Not many towns have such a great walk that is steep enough to keep one fit, right in the middle of the town, short distance to everywhere.

Although there is a good gym, waterobics and many other options, this walk is all you need to keep fit in Cooktown.

grassy hill walk cooktown

It starts in the end of Hope Street where the Hillcrest Guesthouse is, and from the main street you have to turn off at Sovereign.

grassy hill walk start

It starts off going a little steep ... 

grassy hill walk beginning

... and then a bit more level, 

grassy hill walk steeper

... before starting getting steeper and steeper the further you get.

grassy hill walk drinking water

There is a drinking water tap ... 

grassy hill walk bend

... and then, bend after bend it continues,

grassy hill walk

... past a big wasp nest up the pole, 

grassy hill walk wasp nest pole

... then the steepest section

grassy hill walk steepest section

... which takes you to some signs and steps.

grassy hill walk cooktown

It is the start of a separate walk to Cherry Tree Bay, Botanical Gardens and Finch Bay.

grassy hill walk cherry tree bay

Then the next bit is not too bad,

grassy hill walk

... it takes you to the second highest lookout,

grassy hill walk second highest lookout

... which is a popular place for a sundowner.

grassy hill walk lookout

After the kangaroo statue the next bit is easy again,

grassy hill walk kangaroo statue

... until you come to the last bit,

grassy hill walk top

... where you can choose between a shorter and steeper or a longer and easier option.

grassy hill walk last bit

The shorter and steeper takes you straight to the old lighthouse,

grassy hill walk lighthouse

... which is an old beauty built in England in the 1800s and shipped to Cooktown.

grassy hill walk lighthouse

There are nowadays also picnic tables and a viewing platform

grassy hill walk top lookout

... which is a great place to watch sunsets.

grassy hill walk sun set

There is also a side walk in the end of the car park,

grassy hill walk side walk

... which takes you to a separate, smaller lookout point with a picnic table. 

grassy hill walk side walk lookout

The walk down has views of Mount Cook in the front,

grassy hill walk mount cook

... with some cyclone Ita damage still visible. 

grassy hill walk lookout sunset

At times you also have some ocean views,

grassy hill walk ocean views

... and on the other side some river views

grassy hill walk river views

... with the sunset, 

grassy hill walk sunset

... with the sky still red after the sunset.

grassy hill walk end

What a great way to end a day and get some exercise at the same time!

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