Things to do

Cooktown to Cape Tribulation

Nature is our entertainer as we are surrounded by some very intricate and diverse Eco Systems. At Mungumby Lodge during the day guests can take advantage of the numerous walking trails, exploring the adjoining World Heritage Listed rainforest and historic mining sites, secret waterfalls and jungle pools of one of the Mungumby estates numerous creeks. There are a wide range of self-guided options & facilities at Mungumby Lodge, which guests can under-take. Spectacular waterfalls, inland lakes offer bird watching and trekking clients with numerous opportunities. The Quinkan Split Rock Art a must for Aboriginal rock art & culture, as this area hosts Queensland’s very best rock art. The Quinkan Cultural Centre offers Aboriginal guided tours of numerous sites. These options can be added to your booking  A half day visit to the village of Cooktown is also a must and very interesting!

The elusive Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo, which live in the area and on the Mungumby estate. Bird watching is a favourite with many and something Mungumby Lodge is well-known for as this can be done directly at the lodge or from your room.  Also available, which include deep-sea ocean fishing to the pristine Ribbon Reefs. Light tackle estuary fishing is awesome especially by fly and can be done from the banks of the nearby rivers. Fishing is promising from nearby Archer Point, Bloomfield River, and the mighty Annan River or Cooktown at the wharf or waterfront jetty’s.

On your arrival your hosts and guides will welcome you with a detailed explanation of surrounding nature, culture and history of this fascinating region. Listen and learn as you are introduced to the many experiences you can enjoy. Touch and feel some of the seeds and rock formations on the surrounding shelves. You are certain to learn about the Palmer River Gold rush, the story of Australia’s bloodiest Aboriginal war, Captain James Cook’s unplanned visit to the region and the historical village of Cooktown.

Options like Lizard Island Day trips and the Quinkan Aboriginal Guided Tours will need to be booked prior to arrival to avoid missing out!

TOURING

Private charter safari options with guide can be arranged by prior appointment. Pickup options in Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas and Mossman for coastal safari along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Coastline. On wards to the Quinkan Country out at Laura, private tour of Cooktown and return to Cairns.

We can easily quote on these tailor-made options combined with Mungumby Lodge just ask in the comments area of your booking inquiry form.

Aboriginal Rock Art Tours

ABORIGINAL ROCK ART TOURS

The Quinkan Rock art is Queensland’s most renowned rock art. Genuine in its current form and as it has been for thousands of years. Tours are usually available from late March till early December and can be adjusted as required to visit one, all or some of these spectacular sites. Should you plan a visit April to early May please check us for available access after wet season. All tours are with local experienced Indigenous Guides utilising the Quinkan Cultural Centre’s 4WD vehicle. Tours preferably  booked in advance or 24 hours prior notice. Road is sealed all the way to Laura and suitable with a conventional vehicle.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Mungumby Lodge is a photographers paradise. Directly from the lodge or throughout the garden. Birds, plants, flowers, history, culture landscape or macro, it’s all all here or within a short drive from the lodge. We are seriously into our photography as well, that’s why we live here!

MOUNTAIN BIKING

On the Mungumby estate as well as along Mungumby Road, down Shiptons Flat road and the surrounding region offers an abundance of Mt Biking opportunities. Try the Twin Bridges ride out along Shiptons Flat Road. A ride to Rossville and south to the Cedar Bay National Park Gap Creek climbing through the rainforest on a sealed quiet road and return.  In Cooktown there is the very rocky bore fields ride behind Keating’s Lagoon. Another top ride is out to the North Shore from Endeavour River Escape or the airport.

FISHING | BLOOMFIELD

SE Cape York is world renown for its fishing. Coastal, river and shore fishing is some of the best. However they key is knowing the right spots and to stay away from the rest of the pack.

 

Fishing operators offer guided fishing charters and wildlife tours from Bloomfield, Cape York, Australia. Fish with lures, or live-bait for Barramundi, Coral Trout, Tuna, Mackerel, Jacks, Trevally and Queenies. With many years of experience fishing locally John who we use pride himself on his personalised, professional and consistent fishing charters.

Mungumby Lodge uses one local guide who know the spots. He is knowledgeable, fun to be around and knows his stuff. Departing from Bloomfield we know from experience it is best to pre plan and book a trip fishing whether to the reef, estuary or up the river. The Mungumby team would be happy to arrange this for you at no extra cost! If there are unexpected changes we can liaise with the operator to ensure you do not miss your planned trip, we can also arrange with our Chef to have your catch prepared & cooked on your return.

Add your request in your comments area of your booking form or request online via our booking engine.

HIKING SHIPTONS FLAT OR COOKTOWN

We have many great hiking trails on the property as well as nearby. At the lodge we have brochure that includes all the local walks from Cedar Bay to Mt Cook.

KITE SURFING | GREAT BARRIER REEF COAST

Kite surfing around the local region guarantees strong winds and ideal conditions from May till October. Here you are assured exclusive locations south and north, from Wujal Wujal to Cape Melville. Strong, constant trade winds off Archer Point, Cedar Bay, Weary Bay, Walkers Bay, Cape Bedford, Indian Head and Cape Flattery mean these areas are for ideal for experienced kite surfers.

This region surrounding us both south and north offers golden sands with clear flat lagoons known at these special kite surfing locations. We request total respect for the wishes of traditional owners, which means not driving on the beaches at low tide, use small boats where you need to, or walk in and when required always obtain a permit for access.

In our region you can expect lots of wind, lots of adventure, natural golden sands, warm water and the ocean to yourself. We have a local charter boat available departing from Cooktown that can take you to some of the most unique kite surfing spots or outer reefs

Here at Mungumby Lodge on the northern edge of the worlds oldest rainforest, you may just wish to spend your time relaxing near the pool, in the garden or in the main lounge area. Or you may wish to discover the region on your own, on one of the many hiking trails. Picnic lunches can be organized for you. Just let your hosts know. You may be looking for an experience that’s not been listed here. We do offer other activities and tours and can tailor make a stay to suit your wishes. Please contact us with your requirements. Whichever way you choose to go, Mungumby Lodge will have something for you.

Don’t forget to check our Cultural Page for tour operators offering Aboriginal guided experiences. Some of these can be added to your booking.

Some things We Do Ask You to Remember

Please be aware that this region of the world is also home to exotic species of flora and fauna. We therefore ask you, to always pay attention to warning signs, especially if you are out there exploring the area without a professional guide.

Swimming from November to May should only be undertaken around Mungumby Lodge, Trevathan Falls, Isabella Falls or the Annan River gorge where the waters are Croc free and safe. At the beach you can minimize the risk of stinger-injury by wearing a stinger-resistant wet-suit. The rest of the year is abide by the signage and are aware of the risks. We have wonderful beaches that offer excellent ocean swimming, just need to ask where they are.

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