Getting There

Travelling to Cooktown, Cape York & Mungumby Lodge

The drive to our lodge from Cooktown is only 25 minutes south, on the Mulligan Highway then turn into the famous Rainforest & Reef Coastal drive, the road is sealed all the way to Mungumby Road the lodge driveway which is then unsealed (4kms) to the lodge. Coming from Cairns, Helenvale is located 3 kilometres north of the Little Annan River crossing on the inland Mulligan Highway. This road is sealed all the way from Mareeba to Mungumby Road.

Travelling the Rainforest & Reef coastal road, which is a very scenic the road is sealed till Cape Tribulation. From this point on, the track is unsealed and very much 4x4 country. It is known as the notorious Bloomfield Track and spans 32kms from Cape Tribulation to the Bloomfield River where it then becomes the Bloomfield Road up to Helenvale. From Wujal Wujal to Helenvale the road is fully sealed.

The coast road is often closed in the Wet season due to swollen river crossings, however the inland road is open 12 months of the year day & night and a great drive north.

See our easy to book self drive package!


GOOGLE MAPS or Navigators are 100% gauranteed to get you lost or head you in the wrong location on Cape York, especially when trying to find Mungumby Lodge. Thats why we reomved GOOGLE from our website. Mungumby Lodge has been in the same location long before GOOGLE arrived or stopped listening. A good HEMA Maps are available at most roadside stores or download them online. Even better get the Explore Cooktown tourism guide which have HEMA inside.


Call +61 7 4060 3158 or relax(at)
to check availablity or contact your travel agent!

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Mungumby private transfers Ex or to CNS

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Little Annan River Gorge
Travel times Cairns to Mungumby Lodge:
Mulligan Highway from Cairns to Helenvale (self drive) 3.5 hrs
Flight from Cairns to Helenvale airstrip
45 min
Private transfer Cooktown airport to Mungumby 35 min
Private Coastal Safari via Cape Tribulation 6 hrs

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Helenvale airstrip for private flight charters, 5 mins from Mungumby Lodge.

Air safaris across the reef and rainforest are a spectacular way to visit, even if it is only one way! Self-drive or safari options from Cairns & its Northern Beaches also offer spectacular sights from the ground. Inland offers the true outback, unlike the rainforest clad coast road it is sealed almost all the way!

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Cape Tribulation Wilderness Cruises is a top experience for those self drive clients travelling to or from the lodge along the coastal route. This not a touristy mangrove cruise but more so a nature experience and home to reputedly the most biodiverse mangrove system in Australia, Cooper Creek’s significance has been internationally recognized and rewarded by Queensland Park’s & Wildlife Service, which has afforded absolute protection to the creek’s flora and fauna.

Devoid of tourist infrastructure, freehold subdivision and agriculture, Cooper Creek is, as it was, unspoiled by development, a perfect picture of prehistoric times.

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A wild environment, crocodile sightings are not guaranteed but participate in the hunt and enjoy Exclusive Access to 9 square kilometres of World Heritage wilderness with Erny and his team. These cruises depart from Coopers Creek at Thortons Beach at 11.30, 14.00 we recomend booking prior which can be arranged at Mungumby Lodge or by call Ernie directly on 07 4033 2052. Additional departure operate in peak season but all times can be subject to change!

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Hinterland Aviation

A local Cairns based airline that services Cooktown 2 times daily Monday to Friday among other destinations, departing from Hinterland Aviation terminal at Cairns General Aviation section of Cairns airport. Checkin is required at least 45 mins prior to flight departure. As the luggage restriction is 20kg per person we recommend that customers leave some luggage at their hotel in Cairns for pick up on their return. These very scenic coastal flights are a very personal way of getting to Cooktown quickly.



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Coastal views from the sky!

Call +61 7 4060 3158 or relax(at)
to check availablity or contact your travel agent!