Ayton to Cooktown

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesAyton
DifficultyDifficulty 2/5
Suitable For4WD Camper Bike 
Distance63.69 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed54.89 km/hr
Travel Time1 hr 9 mins
Page Updated: 31 Oct 2013


This Trek Note provides a connecting route between Cooktown and the Bloomfield area via the tiny settlements of Rossville, Helenvale and the famous Lion's Den Hotel.

We have two trek notes that end at Ayton being the CREB Track, and the Bloomfield Track. This trek can be used to complete the journey through to Cooktown and perhaps the beginning of your Cape York adventure.

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Near Ayton, is the important Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal, meaning place of many waterfalls. Access to the Bloomfield Falls is managed through this community so check access conditions before you go.

This trek passes Cedar Bay National Park, a remote and beautiful region of great conservation importance. Its mountainous hinterland, almost entirely covered in dense tropical rainforest, is fringed by sandy beaches and coral reefs. The park is only accessible by boat or on foot, and is for experienced bush walkers only. Information is available from the Queensland Park & Wildlife Service, Regional Office Cairns (07) 4046 6600.


The small township of Ayton, north of the Bloomfield River, was the site of Queensland’s first sugar mill, and once had an active timber and tin-mining industry.

TrekID: 344


MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.


Please refer to Road Reports published by the local shire and/or main roads for the area you intend to visit. Road/Track conditions can change significantly after weather events. Travellers must be responsible for their own research on current conditions and track suitability.
The road is a mix of bitumen and dirt and high clearance 4WD vehicles are recommended during the wet season or after prolonged rain.

Whilst not part of this trek, please be aware that the nearby Bloomfield Crossing is subject to flooding and high clearance 4WD vehicles are required.

Fuel Usage

4cyl 9 litres4cyl 10 litres4cyl 13 litres
6cyl 10 litres6cyl 12 litres6cyl 11 litres
8cyl 10 litres8cyl 11 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Cooktown Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 30.32km NW
Mean Max. °C31.831.630.429.127.726.726.127.028.830.431.532.2
Mean Min. °C24.324.323.822.920.719.417.718.220.922.623.824.5
Mean Rain mm280.3295.7390.8156.736.628.521.817.67.224.671.0154.0
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended


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Ayton to Rossville
Driving: 24.27 km
Heading: 335°
Avg Speed: 48.39 km/hr
EST Time: 30:05
Rossville to The Lions Den Pub
Driving: 8.88 km
Heading: 317°
Avg Speed: 54.78 km/hr
EST Time: 09:43
The Lions Den Pub to Cooktown
Driving: 30.54 km
Avg Speed: 61.49 km/hr
EST Time: 29:47
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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