Rich in nature and naturally beautiful
Explore Mount Louis
Australian Cattle Station Experience
Included in your holiday rental stay
- Meet with the station manager and take a station tour, discover the inner workings of a cattle station, see the homestead, sheds and yards and learn about the quality herd of 1,500 Brahman/Angus cross bred cattle from the breeders to the bullocks.
- If your stay coincides with a cattle muster join the station’s stockmen and experience the life of a cattleman. Mustering takes place every six to seven weeks and lasts for about four days with the major mustering occurring in August.
- For all guests wishing to explore the station themselves, there is an orientation tour, showing you where you can enjoy some fabulous fishing, crabbing and bird watching on the property. Your guide will advise on how best to explore historical Mount Annie and the many different ecosystems found within the station at your leisure..
- Rich in history, Mount Louis was one of the very first places in Queensland to grow sugar cane commercially. The original plantation homestead was built in 1882 complete with tennis court, the remains can be explored at the top of Mount Annie, where you will also be rewarded with breath taking views of Weary Bay and the Coral Sea.
- The station has a private boat ramp, which may be used by guests who have their own boat. Try your hand at catching barramundi, jungle perch or mangrove jack, among the many other tropical species in the station’s tidal salt water and fresh water creeks. A public boat ramp is only 7.7kms away which can give you access to the Bloomfield River and further afield to the Coral Sea.
- The star gazing at Mount Louis is amazing, our night sky is free from light pollution and is filled with millions of stars.
Explore the local area rich in nature, culture and history
Bloomfield Falls - Sacred Waterfalls of Wujal Wujal
The picturesque Bloomfield Falls provide an idyllic spot for a picnic and lie upstream from the bridge and community of Wujal Wujal. The road terminates at the car park and a path follows the river for some 300m to the best vantage point.
The Walker Family operate a highly informative tour of the falls; members of the Kuku Yalanji clan, a close-knit group of wonderfully warm and friendly people that have lived in this area for tens of thousands of years. Taking you on a bush walk with a difference, a fascinating insight into the history and the cultural significance of the area, discover the many different uses of plant species for food, medicine and ceremonial purposes. This is a unique opportunity to see the rainforest through their eyes. Tours depart daily throughout the year with flexible departure times. Duration 30 minutes, short walk on uneven ground, swimming is not advised.
Roaring Meg Falls
Situated in the ranges behind Bloomfield and at the head of the Bloomfield River, the Roaring Meg Falls are a stunning cascade over large, smooth, white rock shoulders to the deep gorge below. At the top of the falls there’s a deep rock pool where you can enjoy a swim in the cool mountain waters. With fantastic views this is the perfect spot for scenic shots with nothing but Far North Queensland tropics in sight.
The land is of cultural significance to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji (Buru) people, so out of respect for the traditional owners of Buru, visitors are asked to contact a representative before accessing the falls. You can get passes by calling 07 4098 2188.The drive to Roaring Meg Falls takes an hour from Bloomfield through the rainforest with some creek crossings along the way and can only be accessed by four wheel drive.
Home Rule Falls – Rossville
An impressive three-tiered waterfall that plunges into a deep pool between gorge walls of vertical slate, reached by a moderate 2.6 km return walk through rainforest from Home Rule Rainforest Lodge in Rossville. With prior notice the Nyungkal rangers will take guided walking tours to the Falls giving traditional knowledge of the flora and fauna of the region. Contact Nyungkal ranger office 07 4069 5147
Great Barrier Reef
Enjoy a magical tour on the Great Barrier Reef or visit Hope Island with an experienced skipper and knowledgeable guide, aboard a 9 meter extended Cab Kevlacat that is both comfortable and spacious with easy access to the water.
Away from the crowds; you will be the only ones on the reef, this is a very special and personalised way of experiencing this amazing natural wonder.
The journey out to the reef is less than an hour and the fishing on the way home appeals to both the experienced fisherman or those new to fishing and just want to try their hand, with the guides baiting the hooks and unhooking the fish, all you have to do is pull the fish in.
This tour can be arranged through Bloomfield Escape.
The beautiful Bloomfield River home to a fascinating eco-system and a diverse mix of native wildlife is yours to explore. Do a bit of croc spotting, admire various species of water and sea birds, explore the mangroves or just take in the scenery. The river is navigable on a high tide from the river mouth right up to the new bridge at Wujal Wujal. Boats can be hired through Bloomfield Escape.
Weary Bay Beach
Take a stroll down to beautiful Weary Bay beach and enjoy the tranquillity offered by this remote piece of coast land. This is a 'bush beach' where you can look from one end to the other and on most days not see another soul. See red-bills foraging on the shore line, and in the evening and early morning flocks of Torres Straight pigeons flying between the mainland where they come to feed during the day and their nesting grounds at Hope Islands. Eagle rays, dolphins and if you are lucky turtles are also regularly seen on early morning walks. Sunrise and sunset are perfect times for panoramic photos as the rainforest hills in the backdrop are lit by the colourful rays from the rising or setting sun. Please note that sea swimming is not advised.
Bana Yirriji Art & Cultural Centre - Wujal Wujal
Local Indigenous artists from three different clan groups (Kuku Nyungkul, Kuku Yalanji and Jalunji) work and display their cultural arts and crafts including jewellery, ceramics and paintings. Their inspiration comes from the land that surrounds them; rainforest, waterfalls, mountains, river and the sea. A lot of the paintings are from cultural stories passed down to them from their families and Traditional Elders. www.wujalwujalartcentre.com.au
Black Cockatoo Gallery - Bloomfield
Not just art for sale, the gallery offers visitors a chance to experience the region at its best, through the stunning wildlife and landscape artworks by world renowned wildlife artist Ross Franzi and his lovely talented wife Lani. Traditional paintings, delicate glasswork, clay sculptures and recycled metal sculptures are on display and for sale at the gallery. Visitors can also enjoy a tea or coffee while relaxing on the deck overlooking the property. www.blackcockatoogallery.com.au
Lions Den Hotel
The Lions Den Hotel was built in 1875 on the banks of the Little Annan River surrounded by mango trees. A landmark hotel made of timber and iron, famous for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with visitor’s signatures. Little has changed here in 100 years, a visit takes you back in time to the wild and rowdy days of the gold rush period. Today tin miners, fossickers, cattlemen and hippies all gather here, definitely the best place in the Far North to hear a pub yarn.
Discover a little of Queensland’s heritage with a trip to the old pioneer town of Cooktown, named after Captain James Cook who ran aground on the nearby Endeavour Reef in 1770, it was here on the banks of the Endeavour River that James Cook found a suitable place to make repairs to his ship. One hundred and three years later the town was established as the closest known port to the Palmer River Goldfields. At its peak it had a population of some 5,000 people with as many as 17,000 out on the goldfields, at least two thirds of all these being Chinese. Now Cooktown is a popular tourist destination with many attractions, the James Cook Museum, Botanic Gardens, Grassy Hill, art galleries and the Cook memorials.
Cedar Bay National Park
It is a short drive to the beautiful Cedar Bay National Park home to a wonderful variety of wildlife including the rare and elusive Bennett’s tree-kangaroo, the endangered southern cassowary and beach stone-curlew. Walk through the World Heritage rainforest to Gap Creek, an idyllic picnic and swimming spot where you stop for a picnic and enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool water of the creek.
Local operator John Duncan operates a pick up and drop off service to Cedar Bay and Hope Islands in his boat Flying Fox. Contact John and Robyn 07 40608252