Great Barrier Reef Places

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Cooktown

Getting Here and Around

By car from Cairns, take the inland highway, Peninsula Developmental Road, a 200-odd-mi stretch of fully paved road that barrels you through Australia's Outback—watch for errant cattle and 'roos on the drive. From Cape Tribulation, head up the Cooktown Developmental Road, or take the 4WD-only Bloomfield Track, just 97 km (60 mi), but challenging and sometimes flooded in the Wet. The Bloomfield Track journey, which roughly traces a series of indigenous story-line trails known as the Bama Way, takes around three hours, longer in wet weather; the Developmental Road is smoother but less scenic. Getting around Cooktown, a compact town, is a comparative cinch: drive, walk, or cycle.

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