Dense tropical rainforest grows in Cedar Bay National Park, a remote
coastal park south of Cooktown in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Sandy beaches and fringing reefs are backed by rainforest. Tulip oaks,
Daintree pendas, tall rainforest cycads, fan palms and milky pines grow
in the rainforest. Much has never been logged or disturbed. Windswept
vegetation covers exposed hillsides. Cedar Bay is home to a wonderful
variety of wildlife including the vulnerable southern cassowary and
rare Bennett's tree-kangaroo. The adjacent waters are protected in
This is the traditional land of the Kuku Yalanji people whose country
extends along the coast to Mossman. Cedar Bay National Park was a major
turtle hunting area and contains important story sites. The Kuku
Yalanji people have kept their culture alive and ask visitors to
respect this special place. The Cedar Bay area was developed for tin
mining from the 1870s. The remains of old tin workings can be seen
between Black Snake Rocks and the park boundary.
Exploring Cedar Bay: Go birdwatching. See cassowaries, yellow-breasted
sunbirds, double-eyed fig-parrots, mangrove kingfishers and beach
stone-curlews. Pied imperial-pigeons feed on rainforest fruits during
their annual summer migration from Papua New Guinea.
Bush camp in the park. No facilities are provided. Take a fuel stove,
insect repellent and a mosquito net. Campfires are not allowed. Remove
your rubbish. There is no longer a self-registration stand there -
people must book and pay in advance. Fresh water is available
seasonally in creeks above tidal reaches. Boil the water for five
minutes before drinking. Take drinking water in the dry season. Use no
soap, detergent or toothpaste in the waterways.
Fishing and collecting are prohibited in the adjacent marine park
waters. Boaties are asked to anchor only in sand, away from corals, and
to watch for dugong and turtles. Beware of marine stingers October to
May and estuarine crocodiles in the sea and estuaries. Never cross any
tidal creeks at high tide or swim in the creeks. Be croc-wise.
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Getting there: Cedar Bay is 40km south of Cooktown. The park lies
between Cape Tribulation and Cooktown and is accessible only by boat or
walking. Boat access is not easy, especially during prevailing
south-easterlies. Nearby Hope Isles provides a sheltered anchorage.
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