Escape the chaos

Connect with nature

Enjoy peaceful bushland surroundings, abundant wildlife and amazing stargazing opportunities at Rossville Retreat

Perfectly located at the gateway to Cape York Peninsula and on the Bloomfield Track from the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.

Rossville Retreat is overlooked by Kalkajaka (Black Mountain) National Park, only 20 minutes south of Cooktown. It offers large unpowered bush camps and private lodges with ensuite bathrooms that can accommodate up to 4 guests.

Bush Camping

Bush Lodges

Lodge sales

For those who enjoy wildlife watching

Rossville Retreat offers an abundance of native wildlife including wallabies, possums, rainbow lorikeets and corellas during the day, whilst at night, guests can enjoy the most amazing star gazing opportunities while relaxing around their campfire, thanks to the lack of light pollution.

We organise Indigenous tours and activities

Enjoy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, learn about their traditions, languages, Dreamtime stories and bush medicines.

We have our own private airstrip

Helenvale Airport – YHEL

Private aircraft and charter flights are welcome to land on our 1200 metre all-weather airstrip, contact us to make arrangements

We sell Tentco lodges

Rossville Retreat is the authorised sales agent of Tentco tents for North Queensland.


This is a little gem and I am almost reluctant to share my experience as I selfishly want to keep this magical place to only a few!

Fantastic bush, a lovely creek to swim in and the opportunity to experience, quiet, peace, security and the most wonderful sky with its abundant stars at night.

Definitely worth a visit and we will be back.

Elise P

Absolute hidden gem, we stayed two nights on our way to the tip. The experience was great very relaxing with nobody around just the sound of the birds and the morning visit from a scrub turkey.

Only minutes from the Lions Den so we were able to go for dinner but return avoiding the packed and noisy camp that comes with it. Very friendly owners that couldn’t be more helpful. We will be back.

Daniel L

Magic spot! Dave our host made us feel extremely welcome, he showed us around his magnificent property in his 4×4. Flowing creeks and lush rainforest. Peaceful. Lots of open space for our dog to run. And! it has its own magnificent runway!! Watch this space!

Dave delivered wood to us and offered to dig us a firepit. Checked on us in the rain. Bonus: the Lions Den Pub, iconic Aussie, is just a few k’s down the road.

Mark D

Things to enjoy

Little Annan River

Visitors have access to a beautiful riverside walk, bird watching and water-based activities on the Little Annan River, including swimming, fishing and kayaking.

Lion's Den Pub

We are 2kms from the Lion’s Den pub, a great place to enjoy a meal with live entertainment.


Historic Cooktown is a 20-minute drive away and has many attractions including cafes, restaurants, museums, shopping, tours and fishing trips to the Great Barrier Reef.