This multi-awarding winning little dream of an outback oasis is located 6 hours from Cairns past Ravenshoe in the heart of the Gulf of Savannah region. In admits, the arid, dry, sandstone landscape is an absolutely incredible ancient geological landform, a freshwater gorge.
The Cobbold Gorge property owners, Simon and Gaye Terry, offer visitors accommodation and daily guided tours to the gorge. Guides transport guests on an air-conditioned 4WD bus from their accommodation in Cobbold Village to Cobbold Gorge. The gorge itself is a natural wonder composed of a spectacular combination of granite and sandstone.
The property offers a custom-made electric boat or you can do a SUP tour, and because we wanted to put our balance skills to the test, we decided to take the 1-hour SUP tour. We paddled at a very leisurely pace through the narrow gorge marveling at the majestic 30-feet walls from the bottom of the water to the top of the escarpment.
Our guide gave us lots of info from how to formations came to be as well as about the local flora and fauna, including fish and freshwater crocodiles (which we didn’t see). I was most impressed by the large circular whirlpool indents in the gorge that shimmer in the sunlight.
These tours fill up very quickly, so ensure to call ahead the day or so before you arrive to book your spot as we did. The boat tours depart from 10 am and 1:30 pm in the peak season (Easter, June-August) or at 8 am after October to avoid the midday sun in the hotter summer months.
Out with the gorge, the campsite “Cobbold Village” is pretty incredible. There is an amazing infinity-edge pool with a swim-up bar that overlooks over the dam. You can take kayaks out for a paddle (free of charge) as well as test out your golf skills and practice hitting balls into the dam while the children go collect them. Other activities include mountain biking, bushwalking through well-maintained tracks and bird watching.
Cobbold Village caters to all sorts of intrepid explorers by offering a range of accommodation such as cabins with ensuite bathrooms to powered or un-powered campsites. Furthermore, the facilities include a restaurant, main bar, a laundry, and a small store in the reception that sold souvenirs as well as daily essentials.
If the fancy takes you venturing away from Cobbold Gorge, approximately 80 km is Einasleigh Gorge, another fabulous swimming spot. After the refreshing swim, you can go have an ice cream or a beer at the local pub that is owned by one of the friendliest republicans that we have ever encountered. Explore inside the pub and you will find an extremely intricately made dollhouse.
Another excursion in and about the area is to a town called Forsyth, where there are the old railway, ghost tour and an epic local pub. Remember with this adventure that you are way out west and will probably have little to no phone reception. Thank god we had spare car tyres for a puncture we had to change in the middle of nowhere!!!