Hope Vale township is situated 46 km north west of Cooktown and is located in a valley surrounded by tropical native bushland, mountain ranges, pristine coastal plains and diverse flora and fauna. Hope Vale has a population of approximately 1500 people.

Hope Vale is home to thirteen clan groups who mostly speak Guugu Yimithirr and other related languages, as well as English.

Hope Vale has a range of community services including:

  • Community: Community Justice Group, Home & Community Care,  PCYC

  • Education: Kindergarten, Primary School ,Child Care Centre

  • Facilities: Radio Station, Indigenous Knowledge Centre, Lutheran Church, SES

  • Health: Aged Care, Health Centre, Thauun Disability Services, Well Being Centre

  • Retail: Butcher Shop, Cafe, Service Station, Supermarket

  • Tourism: Arts & Culutral Centre, Elim camp ground, Guurrbi Tours, Maaramaka Walkabout Tours

Department of Main Roads have upgraded the Endeavour Valley Road between Hope Vale and Cooktown  to an all-weather access.  There is now only 13 kilometres of un-sealed road between Hope Vale and Cooktown, making access for tourists and visitors to  Hope Vale a scenic and enjoyable drive. 

News and Media


Matthew Bowen returned to Hope Vale to unveil a status of himself at the Matthew Bowen "Ngudhu Wuurinhu"Complex on Monday 3rd November to recognise his achievements in Rugby League in Australia. Matthew was very appreciative of this recognition and the suporrt from the Hope Vale Commuity and the Council. He said that one day he would like to see at least 6 statues of other young people to stand along side this one.

Deputy Mayor June Pearson made the following comments in her speech.

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