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Cooktown - Day 3

Monday 20 July 2015

Mainly cloudy today, but still about 25 degrees and humid.

After lunch we drove south to Bloomfield and the start of the track to Cape Tribulation. The road to Bloomfield and Wujal Wujal, the nearby aboriginal community is sealed for 70 km. Only 32 km remains unsealed between Bloomfield and Cape Tribulation, so I guess that even that will be sealed soon. We stopped for a few photos at Black Mountain, the Bloomfield River and finally at the historic Lions Den Hotel for a quiet little drink. Black Mountain over a period of 260 million years has weathered to be a large pile of grey granite boulders turned black by a covering of lichen.

The Lion's Den Hotel was built in 1875 on the banks of the Little Annan River, surrounded by 100 year old mango trees and tropical landscapes. It is a landmark hotel made of timber and iron, famous for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with visitor’s signatures. The hotel offers powered campsites for $28 per night, as well as unpowered campsites and safari style lodges. They also sell fuel but at $1.759 we thought that it was a little dear, but I guess if you are desperate its any port in a storm. We hear that up the track to the Cape it gets up to $2.50 per litre. Di managed to find a lovely Jack Russell at the pub - she would have liked to take it home.

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Di at the Black Mountain Lookout.

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Black Mountain - just a pile of granite boulders.

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Another pile of rocks near Black Mountain.

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Bloomfield River under very heavy cloud.

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The historic Lion's Den Hotel.

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I think that Di has found a Jack (or is it a Jill)

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That Jack Russell - an excellent example of the breed.

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Inside the Lion's Den Hotel.

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David enjoying a beer at the Lion's Den Hotel.

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Powered camping sites at the Lion's Den Hotel.

Posted by TwoAces 03:57

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You are looking extremely relaxed at the Lion's Den Hotel.

Frosty.

by snowman3195

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