Update BLOGGs from Pacific Downunder
August 1st
Head to Cooktown & Helenvale for a fun weekend of all age Mountain biking. There will be fun, social and serious riding events for all levels in a casual atmosphere with a top setting. Bush Camping is available @ $15 pp and included in ticket price an...
February 22nd
Cape York is noted to be one of the world’s last untouched frontiers, for many it is on the top of their bucket list. Cape York today offers everyone the opportunity to explore its history, adventure and culture at their own pace. Cooktown is a beautiful,...
November 13th
Cooktown and surrounding districts on Cape York are basking in the shining light of Australia’s northern frontier. In today’s times as the world gets smaller, faster and overcrowded, many often wonder what it would be like to live in paradise away from al...
July 7th
The Mungumby MtBike Muster in its second year, proved to be a success with the savvy riders of North Queensland. A grass root event, the track, the venue, the location and the atmosphere proved to be a success this year. 2015 was a trial year for this loc...
May 3rd
The “Explore Cooktown” 2016 tourism guide booklet is out now. This interesting guide book is packed with great photos, interesting facts, sensational HEMA Maps and again is set to be a winner. Local marketing company Pacific Downunder co-ordinated this pu...
May 2nd
Media in all forms are hard at it. Comments about this recent reef bleaching event that many would prefer was not actually happening. The many reef sites personally visited in the last 8 weeks we struggled to find any evidence of bleaching to the extent o...
January 5th
Well if we thought we lived in a very nice part of paradise, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has plenty to get excited about. The Cooktown Foreshore and Webber Esplanade Revitalisation Project is going to give our frontier town a full on face lift. W...
September 29th
Explore Cooktown is the regions 14th tourism guide to this diverse unique and amazing region. We are well at it again! As you know the natural, cultural and historical assets of our destination, and the volume of unique businesses like yours within, it is...
August 9th
After discussions with Cardiac Challenge organisers last week in Cooktown, it has been agreed to make this Cooktown Mt Bike event 3 days and cost now $100 entry. A full days riding around Cooktown. A day ride from Cooktown to Helenvale via Trevethan Falls...
July 29th
Cooktown will host a fun two day Mt Biker event post Cardiac Challenge. Being school holidays there will be social and serious riding for all levels in a casual atmosphere. Cooktown & Helenvale offer a variety of over night accommodation. Monies after...

 

Press Realase April 4th 2013

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Jawun Aboriginal Corporate Partnerships program for Cape York.

Jawun chose Mungumby Lodge as a venue for their prestigious CEO group gathering. The renowned Cape York Indigenous Leader Noel Pearson and Richie Ah Mat, Chairperson, Cape York Land Council, hosted CEO’s from some of Australia’s most well known companies. Spending 2 nights at Mungumby Lodge they group arrived on 3 planes into the Helenvale airstrip. From here they visited local Aboriginal communities, businesses, schools and homes to see first hand some of the outstanding progress being made on Cape York in closing the gap.

This is the 5th time Jawun have hosted this prestigious Cape York event at Mungumby Lodge. Despite the small weather pattern TC Zane all went well with 42 for dinner on the first night followed by a sing along around the fire pit.

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Press Realase February 20th 2011

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ABC Australia to air the “First Life” series this week.

 “First Life” is a two part sixty minute documentary focused on life emerging from a single cell to multi celled creatures. The first cells evolved on Earth around 3.5 billion years ago, but for 3 billion years the Earth was dominated by two groups of single-celled organisms: the bacteria and the archaea. First Life gives us an easily digestible summary of how all life evolved from this single cell.

 

“First Life” uses stunning photography and leading edge visual effects and fossil records to throw light on creatures which have been extinct for millions of years. It highlights little known creatures as well as the beginnings of others on planet earth we know very well. The series filmed over eighteen months travels 60,000 kilometres around the globe visiting four continents in search of leading experts and local expertise and the latest discoveries. Episode two takes us to Mungumby Lodge and the surrounding region where Hamish Haslop features as the local experitise.

Sunday  February 27th 2011 @ 1930  - David Attenborough’s First Life – Episode 1

Sun March 6th 2011 @ 1930 - David Attenborough’s First Life – Episode 2

Sun March 13th 2011 @ 1930 - Attenborough’s Journey

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Press Realase Nov 5th 2010

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Sir David Attenborough presents a new wildlife series “First Life”

December 2009 the 83 year old veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough visited Australia and Tropical Far North Queensland for 5 days filming for a new stunning documentary series “First Life”. A Documentary that is likely to cement Sir David's reputation as one of the English speaking worlds most loved and respected television presenters.

 “First Life” released last weekend in the United Kingdom is a two part sixty minute documentary focused on life emerging from a single cell to multi celled creatures. The first cells evolved on Earth around 3.5 billion years ago, but for 3 billion years the Earth was dominated by two groups of single-celled organisms: the bacteria and the archaea. First Life gives us an easily digestible summary of how all life evolved from this single cell and is likely to air in Australia in January 2011.

“First Life” uses stunning photography and leading edge visual effects and fossil records to throw light on creatures which have been extinct for millions of years. It will highlight little known creatures as well as the beginnings of others on planet earth we know very well. The series filmed over eighteen months travels 60,000 kilometres around the globe visiting four continents in search of leading experts and the latest discoveries.

In Australia Atlantic Productions filmed in Queensland’s Northern Daintree Rainforest (Rossville & Helenvale), Laura & Heron Island as well as South Australia’s Flinders Ranges. The longest Australian ground time was spent based at Mungumby Lodge in Helenvale (just south of Cooktown) where they filmed the outback Termites near Laura and the elusive Peripatus worm deep in the Tropical Rainforest.

Hamish Haslop, owner of Mungumby Lodge states “This is a great endorsement for Cooktown Region and highlights the importance of continuing to promote the area to a wider audience both domestically and internationally who wish to experience the vast array of Nature, Culture and History that is on offer. Our client base from both the domestic and international markets are very discerning and well travelled. They enjoy being “off the beaten track” where they are able to enjoy and savour being at one with nature and the natural environment without the interruptions of mass tourism“

For guests staying at Mungumby Lodge they are able to follow in the foot steps of Sir David & the film crew, whether as part of one of the Lodges two “Expedition Packages” (Great Northern Safari or Cooktown, Rock Art & Rainforest Expedition), or as an independent self drive, and experience the regions where they filmed. The region is rich not only flora & fauna, but also in history, cultural and diverse range of scenery that will satisfy all.

See the “First Life” trailer by visiting http://firstlifeseries.com/trailer/

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For further information and images please contact Pacific Downunder on: Email: info(at)pacificdownunder.com Telephone: +61 (0) 7 4060 3158 Fax: +61 (0) 7 4060 3159

Mungumby Lodge Media Release First Life.pdf (Click left for more details)

Press Realase 20th May 2010

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Celebrating 22 years.

In 2010 Mungumby Lodge celebrates 22 years of sustainable ecotourism.
As a family owned and operated local business the lodge has played an
active role in Cooktown’s business community for the past 22 years.
Australian Pacific Lodges for the past 9.5 years of ownership has taken
the property to new heights. Our CEO has 27 years Tropical Far North
Queensland tourism experience. We are currently reinvesting in the
property and have installed ten new bathrooms

Bungalow Refurbishments

March to May 2010 As part of a $200,000.00 upgrade, in March 2010
extensive work commenced on refurbishing the bathrooms in the 10
bungalows at a cost of $60,000.00. The bathrooms were totally replaced
and now offer a fully tiled “wet room” with modern fi ttings that are fully
environment friendly.

Indigenous Enterprise Partnership (IEP)

IEP, choose Mungumby Lodge as a venue for a prestigious CEO group.
The renowned Cape York Indigenous Leader Noel Pearson, Patron of IEP
and brother Gerhardt, both locals of the Cooktown region and Richie Ah
Mat, Chairperson, Cape York Land Council, hosted CEO’s from some of
Australia’s most well known companies. CEO’s and MD’s from Westpac,
IBM, Tourism Australia, KPMG, Qantas, and Telstra, to name a few.

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For further information and images please contact Pacific Downunder Marketing on: Email: hamish(at)pacificdownunder.com Telephone: +61 (0) 7 4060 3158 Fax: +61 (0) 7 4060 3159

Mungumby Lodge Media Release ATE 2010.pdf (Click left for more details)

Press release 8th Dec 2009 - for immediate release.

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Mungumby Lodge, Black Mountain, near Cooktown chosen by Atlantic Productions for Film Shoot Presented by Sir David Attenborough.

The Management of Mungumby Lodge are very pleased to announce the recent stay of Sir David Attenborough and UK film crew whilst on their film shoot within Australia for their new documentary series, “First Animals”. The series will have a potential global audience of over 5 million. Mungumby Lodge, situated 35kms south of Cooktown, was chosen from other “ear marked” locations in Tropical North Queensland due to the fact the Lodge and surrounding area contained all that was required to satisfy the Producers to achieve the their shoot.

Through the assistance of the Tourism Queensland offices in both Brisbane and London the management of Mungumby Lodge were able to present to the Film Producers that the location was more than adequate to fulfil their needs and requirements. The main species that are being shot are Termites, Velvet Worms, Centipedes and Millipedes, all of which are endemic to the region. Hamish Haslop, co-owner of Mungumby Lodge states “This is a great endorsement for Cooktown Region and highlights the importance of continuing to promote the area to a wider audience both domestically and internationally who wish to experience the vast array of Nature, Culture and History that is on offer.

We are very proud to have been chosen over and above the other locations in Tropical North Queensland and to be given the opportunity to showcase what this amazing region has to offer. Our client base from both the domestic and international markets are very discerning and well travelled. They enjoy being “off the beaten track” where they are able to enjoy and savour being at one with nature and the natural environment without the interruptions of mass tourism“ The film crew shot on locations at Helenvale, Laura, Rossville and Mungumby Lodge all of which have great and significant interest to visitors to Tropical North Queensland.

Laura is located off the Inland Route to Cooktown and contains not only a great array of Savannah Flora and Nature, but has some of the best Rock Art and the Quinkan Regional Cultural Centre. Rossville and Mungumby Lodge offer a totally different experience being situated on the stunning Coastal Route where “Rainforest meets Reef”. This route is famous for the Bloomfield Track, a spectacular 4WD route that is a popular route with both the Domestic and International Markets. Mungumby Lodge already promotes these respective regions in two carefully researched, tried and tested Expedition packages that are already featured by its travel partners both domestically and internationally and prove to be extremely popular by the guests who have experienced them.

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For further information and images please contact Pacific Downunder on: Email: hamish(at)pacificdownunder.com Telephone: +61 (0) 7 4060 3158 Fax: +61 (0) 7 4060 3159