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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Council hosted visitors from the Ministry of Health and Solomon Water Authority from the Solomon Islands recently. The group of 10 work in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene in rural areas in their country and were interested to see how these areas are managed in our Shire. Council’s Water and Wastewater team of Reggie Gilmartin, Lex Bowen, Ronald Bowen and Keenan Pearson were able to show the group Council’s facilities and share information on our operations.




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