Cedar Bay National Park, Cooktown

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#7 of 8 in Nature in Cook Shire
Cedar Bay is a 56.5sqkm national park in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia.
The park is 1522km northwest of Brisbane, 40km south of Cooktown and accessible only by boat or foot. The park is one of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area series of national parks, and is a gazetted World Heritage site. It is also known as Mangkal-Mangkalba in the dialect of the local Aboriginal population, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji.
The Cedar Bay area was developed in the 1870s for tin mining, and the remains of the tin work can still be seen in the area of Black Snake Rocks. Cedar Bay gained a degree of notoriety in the 1970s when squatters, seeking a different way of life, were evicted from the park. In 2007, the national park was part of the of land handed over to Cape York's Aboriginal population by the Queensland government. The handover came as a result of a 1994 Native Title claim.
It was known as Mount Finnigan National Park before being enlarged.
The park contains some of the northernmost tropical rainforests in Australia. Birdwatching is a popular activity with the most common birds including cassowaries, yellow-breasted sunbirds, double-eyed fig-parrots, mangrove kingfishers, beach stone-curlews and pied imperial-pigeons. Bush camping is permitted in the park, however fishing and collecting are prohibited. The sole walking track in the park was a former donkey track used by tin miners. It is inaccessible to all but fit walkers.
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  • What a fantastic walk! Beautiful rainforest following the water pipes all the way. Very steep in parts & quite slippery. Moderate fitness required as a minimum. Beautiful falls with a great swimming a...  more »
  • This walk is classed as a 17 k walk, Following the marked track and we found it was 26 plus k, took us 10 hour walk and it’s only for the fitness. We were carry a back pack with food and camping.  more »
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  • Crack out them hiking boots... be at one with nature.. have the entire beach to yourself... well sharing it with all the native wildlife... once you bush bash your way through the "trail" there are amazing spots to set up camp...just make sure you carry in your own water!!
  • Full of wildlife and untouched nature, a truly special place. You can only get there on your feet or by boat! Maybe not the easiest national park, will require a bit of equipment and planning to visit it. Trails might be overgrown and require clearing with sharp tools, water source to refill tanks was also available (river). There was no signal in the park therefore be extra careful while hiking. Enjoy! Be respectful of the place and bring any rubbish away!
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