Getting Here

We Are Open All Year Round

Getting here is very easy year round. A superb drive from Cairns Airport on the Mulligan Highway is a nice way to travel and suitable for conventional vehicles. Do forget the road to Laura is totally sealed to Laura so why not slip up to the Split Rock Art or visit the Quinkan galleries with a Aboriginal guide (Queensland’s most famous Aboriginal Rock Art) from Lakeland Downs on your way here or on your return. Flights to Cooktown are offered x 2 per day Monday-Friday and 1 on Saturday and car rentals are available from the airport when booked in advance. There is a private airstrip available near the lodge for private charters. Helicopter transfers along the reef & rainforest coast are awesome and can land at the lodge.

Little Annan Gorge

Travelling to Cooktown, Cape York & Mungumby Lodge

The drive to our lodge from Cooktown is only 25 minutes south, on the Mulligan Highway then turn into the famous Rainforest & Reef Coastal drive, the road is sealed all the way to Mungumby Road the lodge driveway which is then unsealed (4kms) to the lodge. Coming from Cairns, Helenvale is located 3 kilometres north of the Little Annan River crossing on the inland Mulligan Highway. This road is sealed all the way from Mareeba to Mungumby Road.

Travelling the Rainforest & Reef coastal road, which is a very scenic the road is sealed till Cape Tribulation. From this point on, the track is unsealed and very much 4×4 country. It is known as the notorious Bloomfield Track and spans 32kms from Cape Tribulation to the Bloomfield River where it then becomes the Bloomfield Road up to Helenvale. From Wujal Wujal to Helenvale the road is fully sealed.

The coast road is often closed in the Wet season due to swollen river crossings, however the inland road is open 12 months of the year day & night and a great drive north.


Travel times Cairns to Mungumby Lodge:
Mulligan Highway from Cairns to Helenvale (self drive)
Mossman via Mulligan Highway to Helenvale (self drive)
3.5 hrs
2.5 hrs
Flight from Cairns to Helenvale airstrip 45 min
Private transfer Cooktown airport to Mungumby 35 min
Coastal Bloomfield Track via Cape Tribulation (self drive)
5 hrs

Google or Bing maps and some navigators are 100% guaranteed to get you lost or head you in the wrong location on Cape York, especially when trying to find Mungumby Lodge. Mungumby Lodge has been in the same location long before Google arrived or stopped listening. RACQ road updates over the wet season cannot be trusted to be up to date. A good HEMA Map is available at most roadside stores or download them online. Even better get the Explore Cooktown tourism guide or call the Visitor Information Centre.
Our GPS = 15 deg 42’24.24″min S – 145 deg 15’16.14″ min E.


Reef & Rainforest Flights

Air safaris across the reef and rainforest are a spectacular way to visit, even if it is only one way! Self-drive or safari options from Cairns & its Northern Beaches also offer spectacular sights from the ground. Inland offers the true outback, unlike the rainforest clad coast road it is sealed almost all the way!

Hinterland Aviation

A local Cairns based airline that services Cooktown 2 times daily Monday to Friday among other destinations, departing from Hinterland Aviation terminal at Cairns General Aviation section of Cairns airport. Check in is required at least 45 mins prior to flight departure. As the luggage restriction is 20kg per person including hand we recommend that customers leave some luggage at their hotel in Cairns for pick up on their return. These very scenic coastal flights are a very personal way of getting to Cooktown quickly.

Daintree Air

Historically Daintree Air Services have offered their popular Air-Tours, Scenic Flights and Air Charter Services from their Cairns Base. 2018 marks a big change in the Company’s long History as their new Cooktown base is expected to open in May 2018. The Cooktown base represents a huge financial commitment and a big vote of Confidence in the future of Cooktown
and Surrounds. Clients can now book to Depart on Charter Flights anywhere in Australia directly out of and returning directly to Cooktown rather than having to travel to Cooktown via Cairns as they have had to do previously. The very
popular Reef Flights, Lizard Island Day Tours and Cape York Day Tours will also be available from Cooktown.

You can add these to your booking with Mungumby Lodge!