South of Cooktown and nestled in pristine rainforest are the communities of Helenvale, Rossville, Wujal Wujal, Bloomfield and Ayton. This area has a rich history of tin mining, timber and sugar cane and is today home to a vibrant artistic community and exciting calendar of events.
Historic Lion’s Den Hotel: Shipton’s Flat Road, Rossville
Open seven days a week (closed Christmas and Boxing Day).
Built in 1875, this landmark timber and iron hotel is famous for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with visitor’s signatures.
This tradition began in the early mining days when security of person belongings was limited. Some miners would leave their pay at the public house and record how much they had spent, or still had to spend, on the walls. This allowed the miners to know how much they had to spend when they returned to the premises.
http://lionsdenhotel.com.au / email@example.com / (07) 4060 3911
Lions Den Hotel
Museums and Galleries around the Rainforest Coast
Black Cockatoo Gallery: 2622 Bloomfield Road, Bloomfield
Open by appointment.
Set on twenty-five lush acres, the Black Cockatoo Gallery showcases the stunning wildlife art of world-renowned artist Ross Franzi. Tea and coffee is available for purchase and can be enjoyed on the gallery deck which overlooks the property (which also serves as a wildlife refuge).
The gallery holds classes and workshops for all skill levels as well as educational talks about caring for the environment.
http://www.blackcockatoogallery.com.au / firstname.lastname@example.org / (07) 4060 8153
Rossville Historical Museum: 698 Rossville-Bloomfield Road, Rossville Town Hall, Rossville
8.00am – 1.00pm, Monday – Friday.
This museum houses an interesting collection of documents, images and artefacts relating to the local history of the area.
email@example.com / 0437 910 883
Bana Yirriji Art & Cultural Centre: Wujal Wujal
9.00am – 4.00pm, Monday – Friday
Located in the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire, the Bana Yirriji Art & Cultural Centre is set beside the Bloomfield River and 1km from the Wujal Wujal Falls. The centre showcases locally made artworks, jewellery, ceramics and a selection of crafts. The centre represents artists from the traditional clan groups of the Kuku Nyungkul, Kuku Yalanji and Jalunji.
Walker Family Tours: Bloomfield Falls
9.00am – 3.00pm
The Walker women are committed to educating their guests who walk with them along the track to the Bloomfield Falls, a forty metre waterfall surrounded by the World Heritage listed Daintree rainforests. As they travel over their ancestral land, they explain in a truly delightful way the lifestyle of the Yalanji people.