Bramwell is the penultimate junction in the road. Head straight north and you are driving into the maw of the Old Telegraph Track, the black heart of the Cape itself…
Cooktown is a gateway, a true satellite at the edge of the beyond. In a land as variegated as Australia, where red cliffs bleed into green tropical forest, which blend, in turn, into wheat belts and cityscapes, the places that catch my eye are always worlds unto themselves.
Amamoor State Forest, one of southeast Queensland’s best-kept secrets, is just 20km southwest of Gympie and 120 clicks due north of Brisbane.
Carlisle heads deep into Sunset Country; living the dream, on Moreton Island.
Rinyirru National Park is a little far afield for a quick weekend jaunt out of Brisbane, perched as it is 100km or so inland of Cooktown. This is one of those places that’s worth making time for, whether you’re a far north QLD resident or plan a stopover as part of a pilgrimage to Cape York.
The Minjerribah Recreation Area casts a net over all of Stradbroke Island’s best bits, including all the beaches that allow 4WDing, its camping areas and holiday parks.