Ron Chilli Beach

These books will give you a better understanding of Cape York. Many are available from good book stores Australia wide. If they are not generally available you’ll need to search the antique and second-hand book stores for them. The State Library in your capital city may have a copy.


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Cape York. By the Australian Geographic Society
. A full colour book giving a good overview to the Cape.

Cape York and Back. By Marilyn & Dan Luck. Published by Wyndham Observer, Nanango, Qld.

Paradise Found - A Cape York Adventure, published by author, Linda Rowe. Available from the Croc Shop, Cooktown.


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A Century at the Top. By D.J. (Don) Sheeby. (A history of Telecom on the Cape 1887-1987).
Angor to Zillmanton.  Paperback 462 pg, by Colin Hooper. Stories of North Queensland deserted towns.
This is a wonderful written book about the early settlement history of North Queensland. There are great stories of places and characters that populated the early day landscape. The hardships of mining and exploration endured, are still visible today in the remains of ghost towns. This book is full of useful historical information including copies of early town survey maps. It shows how important tin and gold mining was to the eventual establishment of our larger coastal townships. It could be said that that we owe our existence to these early day pioneers. Read more at

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Colin Hooper in fact has written a range of books on deserted towns in north Queensland, such as:

Torres Strait - Cape York Hardcover 54 pgs
Cooktown - Palmer Hardcover 48 pages
Chillagoe - Hodgkinson Hardcover 81 pgs

You can check out all the books he has available at

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Back to Croydon Week. Available from the Croydon General Store.
Battlers In The Bush: The Batavia Goldfield Of Cape York by Joe Fisher
Cape York - The Savage Frontier. By Rodney Liddell, available in local area book stores.
Chillagoe. By A. & L. Hardaker. Available from the Chillagoe Museum.
Chillagoe - Souvenir Guide. By Les Pearson. Published by the author and available in Chillagoe and good book shops in Cairns.
Coasts of Cape York. By C. & L. Rees. Pub. by A & R, available in secondhand book shops.
Cooktown at War, by Don Sinclair. Pub by the Cooktown & District Historical Society.
From Spear to Pearl Shell (Somerset 1864-1877). By P. Prideaux. Published by Boolarong Pubs, Qld.
Heritage Trails of the Tropical North, pub by The qld Environmental Protection Agency.
Horn Island – In Their Steps 1939-45, Pub by author, Vanessa  Seekee and available at Horn Is Museum.
Introduction to Cooktown. By S.E. Stephens & R. Cilento. Published and available through the Cooktown Museum.
Kennedy of Cape York. By E. Beale. Published by Seal.
Kie Daudai — Notes and Sketches from Cape York. By Edwina Toohey. Available from Edwina Toohey, PO Box 104, Ravenshoe, Qld, 4872.
Lizard Island - A reconstruction of the life of Ms. Watson. By J. Robertson. Published by Hutchinson of Australia.
Lonely Rails in the Gulf Country; The Cooktown Railway. By J.W. Knowles. Published by Author, available through ANGRMS Sales (Gulf), PO Box 270, Nth Quay, Qld, 4000.
The Great Trek; Men of the Jungle; Head-hunters of the Coral Sea; Drums of Mer; Back O’Cairns; The Wild North; The Great Trek; The Wild Whiteman of Badu; The Yellow Joss; By Tropic Sea and Jungle; Coral Sea Calling; Isle of Despair; Madman’s Island.  – All by Ion L. Idriess. Pub. by A & R. Originally published some years ago and occasionally reprinted.
Miracle of Mapoon. By Arthur Ward. Pub. by S.W. Partridge & Co. (London) in 1908. A rare book.
My Crowded Solitude. By Jack McLaren.
Normanton Centenary. Available from the Shire Office, Normanton..
Narrative of an Expedition – Kennedy to Cape York by W Carron. Forward by Les Hiddins. Published by Corkwood Press.
North Queensland WWII 1942-45. By P.D. Wilson. Published by Sunmap.
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Northmost Austraia - Vol. 1 & 2. By Robert Logan Jack. Pub. by Simpkin (London) in 1921. A rare book, sometimes available through Antique Book shops.
Putting Queensland on the Map. By Felicity Jack  - Hardcover 275 pages. The Life of Geologist & Explorer Robert Logan Jack. New publication on the life of the geologist and explorer Robert Logan Jack. This book is written by his great grand daughter Felicity Jack. It covers his early years, his time as Queenslands Govt Geologist and explorations in Queensland's mineral fields. The accompanying CD includes transcripts of family letters, images and maps.
Old T.I. — A Book of Pencil Sketches & Historical Notes. Artwork by M.J. O’Riley and Text by I.B. Wallace. Produced & published by M. O’Riley & I. Wallace, available through Antique Book shops.
Prospecting Ventures. By F. J. Spurrier. Available in book shops in the Cairns Region.
Queensland Airfields WW2 – 50 years on. By Roger Marks. Pub. 1994, R&J Marks.
River of Gold; S’pose I Die. By H. Holthouse. Published by A & R.
Savage scenes from Australia. By R Cannon. Pub 1885.
Shipwrecks and Pearlshells. By J Farnfield Pub 1975, lectures of Nth Qld history.
Sunshine and Shadow. By Vivienne Gostelow. Published by Pinevale Publications, Mareeba, Qld.
The Bushman; Queensland Frontier; Queen of the North; The Last Frontier; Pioneers Country; Rice in the Weevils; Historical Map of North Queensland; Historical Map of Cape York; Croydon Gold; Chasing the Rainbow.  All written, or edited, and published by Glenville Pike. Available at most book shops in North Queensland.
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The Complete Jardine Expedition Journals, forward by Les Hiddins, Pub by Cookwood Press.
The Holland Family - Lockerbie - Cape York. Written and published by Ann Hall (nee Holland). Copies available from Mrs. A.M. Hall, Unit 1, Cooinda, French St, Gladstone, Qld, 4860.
The Incredible Gulf. By D. Baird. Published by Seal.
The Lion’s Den - A Pub Yarn. By Bert Cummings. Published by Angus & Robertson.
The Mysteries of Black Mountain. By Maureen Kozicka. Published by the author and available in the Cooktown area.
The Torres Strait. By John Singe. Published by University of Queensland Press.
Too Many Spears. By Pete Pinney & Estelle Runcie. Published by Angus & Robertson.
Timeless Isle - An Illustrated History of Thursday Island. By Captain John C.H. Foley. Published by the Torres Strait Historical Society, PO Box 291, Thursday Island, 4875.
Thursday Island Nurse. By E. Burchill. Published by Rigby and available in secondhand book shops.
Treasure Ships and Tropic Isles. By KW Byron.
We and the Baby. By Hector MacQuarrie. Pub. by A&R around 1930.


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Australia’s Greatest Rock Art. By Grahame L. Walsh.
Early Man in North Queensland. By Rosenfeld, Horton & Winter. Published by the Department of Prehistory, ANU, Canberra.
Footprints along the Cape York Sandbeaches. By N Sharp. Published by Aboriginal Studies Press.
Islanders and Aborigines at Cape York. By DR Moore. Published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Canberra.
Last Days of a Wilderness; Quinkan Country. Both by P. J. Trezise. Published by William Collins (Aust) Ltd. Out of Print.
Rock Art of South-East Cape York. By P. J. Trezise. Published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Canberra.
The Jagg Report, 1867-68. By the Rev FC Jagg. Pub 1868.


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Australian Tropical Rainforest Life. By C.B. & D.W. Frith. Published by Speciality Education Supplies.
Cape York Peninsula – A Natural History. By CB & DW Frith. Pub. by Reed Books.
Contemporary Cape York Peninsula. Edited by Stevens & Binley. Published by the Royal Society of Queensland.
Daintree - Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef. By Rupert Russell. Published by Kevin Weldon Productions.
National Parks for Cape York Peninsula. By J. P. Stanton. Published by the ACF - now out of print .
Reef Rainforest Mangroves Man - A Focus on Cape York Peninsula. Edited by Wright, Mitchell & Watling. Published by the Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld.
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A number of guides covering all of Australia are available. We recommend –

A Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. By G. Pizzey. Pub. by Collins.
Atlas of Australian Birds. Pub. by Birds Australia.
The Birds of Australia. By Simpson & Day. Pub. by Lloyd O’Neil Pty. Ltd.
The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds. By P. Slater, P. Slater & R. Slater. Pub. by Rigby
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A number of general guide books are available. We recommend –

The Mammals of Australia. Edited by Steve Van Dyck and Ronald Strahan. Pub. by Reed Books.

Australian Snakes. By Graeme Gow. Pub. by Angus & Robertson.
Grahame Webb’s Crocodiles of Australia. By Grahame Webb & Charlie Manolis. 1989. Pub. by Reed Australia.
Lizards of Australia. By S. Swanson. Pub. by Angus & Robertson.
Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia. By Harold G. Cogger. Pub. by Reed Books.
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Australian Spiders.
By D. Clyne. Pub. by Nelson.
The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia. By Michael F Braby, Australian National University (CSIRO Publishing).
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A number of general guides are available but for the casual observer and traveller we recommend –

A Wilderness in Bloom. By B. & B. Hinton. Available in good book shops in North Queensland or from PO Box 64, South Johnstone, Qld, 4859.
Australian Native Plants. By John W. Wrigley & Murray Fagg. Pub. by Reed Books.
Mangroves of Australia. By Richard Lear & Tom Turner. Pub. by University of Qld. Press.
Native Plants of Queensland - Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. By Keith A. Williams. Pub. by the author, North Ipswich, Qld, 4305.
Palms in Australia. By David Jones. Pub. by Reed Books
Top End Native Plants. By John Brock. 1988. Pub. by John Brock – Winnellie, N.T.
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Guide to Fishes. By E. M. Grant. Published by the Dept. of Harbours and Marine, Qld, available through good book shops.
Fishing the Cape. By Cliff Hansen. Published by Marlin Publications, Wheelers Hill, Vic.
Bransfords Guide to Fishing - Cairns to Cape York, by Keith Graham. Available from Bransfords Discount Tackle Shop Online.
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cruising the coral coast alan lucas cape york Cruising the Coral Coast, 8th Edition. By Alan Lucas. New 8th edition of this essential guide to all Queensland ports and anchorages including all of Cape York 348 pages, fully illustrated.


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Geology, Gemstones, Gold, Minerals
Chillagoe - The Mines & Caves. Written and published Ruth Kerr and available in Chillagoe.
Geology of Chillagoe. Originally published by the Mines Dept and available from the Dept. of Minerals & Energy, Mareeba, Qld.
Gold Prospecting. By Douglas M. Stone. Pub. by Outdoor Press, Lilydale, Vic.
How & Where to Find Gemstones in Australia and New Zealand. Edited By Bill Myatt. Pub. by Lansdowne Press, Sydney.
Metal Detecting Gold & Relics in Australia. By Douglas M. Stone - This book is designed to provide all the information needed to successfully operate a metal detector on Australian goldfields. Help on how to choose a metal detector, where to go to find coarse gold and relics. All mainland states are covered, maps of gold producing areas and many images of interesting outback locations.
North Queensland Geology - Book, Atlas and 1:1 Million Map. A joint AGSO/GSQ National Geoscience Mapping Accord (NGMA) product and covers the northern half of Queensland east of 1401E and parts of the Gulf of Carpentaria and Coral Sea. Available from the Department of Mines and Energy, Qld.
Rocks and Landscapes of the Chillagoe District. by WF Willmott & DL Trezise. Pub. by Qld Dept of Mines.

Metal Detecting Gold & Relics in Australia. By Douglas M. Stone - This book is designed to provide all the information needed to successfully operate a metal detector on Australian goldfields. Help on how to choose a metal detector, where to go to find coarse gold and relics. All mainland states are covered, maps of gold producing areas and many images of interesting outback locations.

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