Some Cooktown Flora and Fauna

G’day again folks.
We’re both still working away at our respective employ. The tourist season is building up and the motels, hotels, hostels and van parks are beginning to see an increase in numbers. Whilst I agree that tourism keeps most of Cooktown afloat, I would be sad if ‘Cookie’ lost it’s character through over-commercialisation.
We are very lucky in that we have no fast food franchises in town. Nor do we have a supermarket larger than the small Cornett’s IGA in Helen St. Three pubs, a couple of clubs and a smattering of nice little restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. It’s small and very laid back. A little paradise.

We will be moving back into Jimmy by the end of the month to make room for the flood of bookings that Pams Place has in June. We’re looking forward to waking with the sun and birds again. We probably would have moved out sooner but we didn’t have the money to re-register the car. We will be right by the end next week though.
For the curious, Cooktown is classed as being in a ‘remote area’. In respect to vehicle registration, there is no requirement for a roadworthy certificate. This is a good thing.
We’ve been going for walks down to Finch Bay a lot recently. This arvo we decided to walk up Grassy Hill, where the lighthouse is. However, we only went half way. It’s very steep and we’d both been on our feet all morning anyway. I think it’s a 1:3 climb in spots.
Anyway, we stopped at the Cherry Tree Bay track and explored the ridge for while.
The variety of shrubs and vines is pretty amazing. I took some photos, but I don’t have my Wrigley and Fagg to identify them properly.
Amongst the photos below are a vine that I ‘think’ might be a native yam. There are two tall cycads. The one taken from above has a 2 metre trunk. The other has an Elk horn fern growing on its trunk. We also took a few photos of a strangler fig growing on a granite boulder. There is also a cool bit of fungi, and a beautiful butterfly that opened its wings as I took the shot. Thankyou butterfly.
Finally, two afternoon shots of the Endeavour River. One from halfway up Grassy Hill. The other is looking West towards the Post Office from the top of Green Street Cooktown.
Oh, the wattle on the hills are beginning to bud. On the exposed hillsides they’re already flowering. Very nice and Aussie. Jack the Dog is in there too.
If anyone would like to identify these plants and the butterfly specifically, please comment and I’ll credit you 🙂

UPDATE: @heididoherty61 from Twitter found an ID for the flutterbye. It is a Blue Argus-Junonia orithya They are found through parts of Asia and Queensland.




  1. GOF said,

    May 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Interesting post….we’ll definitely have to travel there sooner rather than later.
    Also didn’t know about the remote area car rego…that could be useful one day. 🙂

    • Brad said,

      May 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      If I get motivated enough, I’ll post some local town pics tonight. Definitely worth the trip.

  2. twistyman said,

    May 21, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Ho Aussies…
    happy to see you well…

    a joke for ya.
    An American, a Canadian, and an Australian were sitting in a seedy bar enjoying a few beers.

    The American grabbed his beer, knocked it back in one gulp, then he threw the glass into the air and shot it with his handgun. As he set the handgun on the bar, he told the Canadian and the Australian that in the great U.S. of A they had so much money they never drank out of the same glass twice.

    Next the Australian drank his beer, threw the glass into the air and shot the glass with the American’s gun. As he was setting the gun back on the bar he proclaimed that in Australia they had so much sand that glass was cheap and he too never drank out of the same glass twice.

    Next the Canadian drank his beer, grabbed the gun off the bar, and shot the American. As he was setting the gun back on the bar, he told the Australian that in Canada we have so many Americans you never have to drink with the same one twice.

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