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

The official opening of the Hope Vale Purpose Centre, the Matthew Bowen 'Ngudhu Wuurinhu' Complex was held on 1st July. Richard and Lillian Bowen, parents of Matthew Bowen carried out the official opening with Councillors of the Hope Vale Council, the Cook Shire Mayor and Matthew's grandparents Franis and Ella Woibo in attendance as part of the official party. Traditional Owner, Dora Gibson did the welcome to country whilst Rev. David Spanagel carried out the blessing of the building. 




Nola's Childcare Staff has been busy fundraising for new resources for the Centre. On Friday the 20th of June the Staff (Sonya Robertson - Director,  Irene Bambie - Group Leader, Francine Deemal - Educator and Carley Murray - Educator, volunteered their time to prepare meals with food donated from people and organisations. The Disco started at 6pm with Teneille Nuggins from PCYC generously donating her time and equipment to support Nolas Child Care in our fundraising effort.

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