The small historic township of Coen, north of Musgrave, was founded as a fort on the Coen River and expanded with the gold rushes which followed.
Cape York Heritage House and Mining Museum: Coen
At the southern end of Coen’s main street stands Cape York Heritage House, with outstanding displays inside and out including information on the gold rush, local families, the building of the telegraph line and an array of mining equipment which was previously part of the Cape York Mining Museum in Weipa. The Cape York Heritage House is a preservation of the “Mein” telegraph station, which was erected when the telegraph line was built in 1883, allowing you to take a step back into the gold rush days of Coen and Cape York.
Wunthulpu Visitors Centre: Coen
8:30am – 4:30pm, closed during the wet season.
On your way into Coen, you will find the Wunthulpu Visitors Centre which is owned and operated by the Wunthulpu Aboriginal Land Trust. “Wunthulpu” is a story place in the Coen area associated with the bone fish, which is one of many Ayapathu people stories of Cape York. The site of the centre is was previously the Aboriginal reserve in the town and the centre now displays old photos of the reserve, early settlement and artefacts also with a range of arts and crafts of display. The centre also offers tourism merchandise, refreshments and information and seasonal guided pig hunting on the land trust.
(07) 4060 1282