A Visit to Walker Bay Beach – Cooktown

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Hey folks (Brad’s blogging)
Saturday dawned rain free, so after doing some kitchen cleaning we did a ‘wharfie’ & then made our way to Walker Bay beach to do some exploring and give Jack the dog a run.

Walker Bay beach (the part we went to) runs for about three and a half kilometres. It begins on the North side of the mouth of the Annan River and finishes at the rocks on the Southern end of Monkhouse Point. Beachsafe.org.au lists it as ‘Golf Course’…due to the Walker Bay links at the Northern section. If you search the Beach Safe site, it is beach number qld0644.

Getting to Walker Bay beach is pretty straightforward, but you’ll need a 4WD unless you intend on walking. Head South out of Cooktown and turn left onto Quarantine Bay Road. Head down a km or two and hang right onto the golf course road. About 500 metres or so you’ll see a well worn track going off to the right. Head down the track and eventually you’ll end up on the beach. Take care on the track and drive slowly. It is very narrow and has many blind corners and crests. You shouldn’t need FWD, but you will need the clearance due to ruts, tree roots and stuff.

We got down to the end of the track to the beach, which then splits two ways. You can drive North to the point, or head South to the mouth of the Annan River. The Southern end is a favourite for kite surfers and board riders when the swell allows. We parked Jimmy the 4WD at the t-junction and decided to walk North to Monkhouse Point.
Jack loves this beach! It is a driftwood collectors paradise, which also makes it a stick loving dogs little bit of heaven. The first time we came here, Jack did a happy bark. It’s the first happy bark we think he has done in years! Well, he found a stick that looked alright and we did the throwing thing for him. The wind has been blowing well from the South East, so it was easy to send him up the beach for fifty metres or so. He’d run back, give us the stick and wait for the next chase. If we got carried away playing with driftwood or looking for pretty shells, Jack would give a loud bark to remind us we had a job to do. After all, a dog can’t throw a stick on the beach by himself.

Tina and I wandered along, finding interesting things; a lost crab pot, some Nautilus shells, old rope, the inevitable rubber thongs and some very cool weathered wood. I decided to play artist and stand some of the stumps and stuff up in the sand. Kind of like miniature wooden Easter Island type things (check the pics).  The tall log in one of the pics is nearly three metres tall. We buried about half a metre of it in the sand, so hopefully it will stay vertical for a while. We also checked out the two fresh water creeks that run out of the dunes and onto the beach whilst staying acutely aware of the possibility of toothy logs taking us by surprise. That big stump in one of the pics is roughly 1.2 metres in diameter, so we decided not to try and stand it up. Can you imagine hitting that at speed on the ocean? We also came across half a Hobie Cat in the sand. Looks like it’s been there a while.

After an hour or so we got to the point. We weren’t going to climb the rocks, but Jack had other ideas. He bounced up the rocks then disappeared. He came back with a look that said, “You two need to get up here and check this out!” He was right. The view was very nice. Plus, the rock itself was just too cool (for rock geeks at least).
After playing around up there for a while we headed back toward the car.

Once back at the car (four hours all up) we drove down to the Southern end of the beach. This is where the Annan River greets the ocean. A spit runs about 500 metres into the mouth which helps to make the whole area sandy. There are few mangroves at the mouth proper which makes it quite a nice area.

We explored the mouth for a bit and then made our way back to town.
It was a little later that we realised we’d spent about 5 hours in the sun…shirtless. With no sunscreen.
Tina highly recommends cold tea for relief of sunburn 🙂 I on the other will remain tough and peel like a pasty European later in the week.
All the photos at top are geotagged. So if you have something that can read the tags, you’ll be able to use Google Earth to place the locations. I’ll sort out putting these up on Panoramio later to make it easier.

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6 Comments

  1. Big Sister Roz said,

    April 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I highly recommend aloe vera straight from the plant – split the leaf open and spread the gel over the sunburn – surely there is plenty around up that end of the world!

    • Tina said,

      April 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Was my usual remedy too, but I decided to be tough and let it burn. Tina is good now. We have a plant nearby though.

      • Tina said,

        April 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm

        Oh this is Brad, channeling thru Tinas profile again.

  2. twistyman said,

    April 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Damn Aussies…

    Some good looking scenery…wish I had that googlr “find the aussies” thingy, but alas as long as I gan ream my aussies I’ll make do….

    hope your travels continue to be good…

    next time forget easter island…make a twisty totem (remember low man is the honored one)…

    or an anukshuk………

    happy that Jack is guiding you…

    be safe my friends…..the gang say hi…..
    Love Bob

  3. twistyman said,

    April 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Damn..that was some fine spelling..sorry rubbed off keys..lol

    • Tina said,

      April 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      Hehe. Gday my fine Canadian friend. Tina is sleeping and I’m slowling getting tired. Good to see you!


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