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. 

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Hope Vale Councillors elected at the 2016 Local Government Election took their Declaration of Office at a ceremony attended by family and friends  held at the Hope Vale Business Precinct Meeting Rooms today Monday 4th April 2016.  Councillors were then presented with a framed copy of teh Declaration of Office.

The New Council is Mayor Greg Mclean, Deputy Mayor June Pearson, Cr Bruce Gibson, Cr Selina Bowen and Cr Barry Bowen. 



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