Accommodation options

Accommodation options are limited on the first two days of the Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge, after we leave the coast and “go outback”.

Day one: Mt Carbine

Most Cardiac Challenge participants set up camp in the local rodeo grounds at Mt Carbine, which is the centre of evening activities: dinner is served from the kitchen facility on site, and the local rodeo association raises money by running a bar for thirsty riders.

If you crave more mod cons, the Mt Carbine Caravan Park boasts comfy, self-contained units, as well as powered caravan sites and camp grounds. For more information, phone: 07 4094 3160.

Day two: Lakeland

Once again, camping is the most popular option, with most Cardiac Challenge participants striking camp in the grounds of Lakeland’s Horse Sports grounds, where the local  Association provides dinner for the hungry hordes, as well as a bar. The local P&C run the bar and also provide dessert as part of their fundraising.

The nearby Lakeland Hotel also is a popular watering hole. The hotel also offers some basic, motel-style accommodation. There also is the Lakeland Caravan Park. For more information, phone: 07 4060 2142 (Lakeland Downs Hotel) or 07 4060 2033 (Lakeland Caravan Park).

Day three: Cooktown

On the shores of the Coral Sea, Cooktown is a tourist-friendly town with plenty of accommodation options. Visit Tourism Cape York for further information.

Otherwise, you can head to the Cardiac Challenge campsite in the grounds of the Cooktown State School*, which is opposite the Cooktown PCYC Event Centre, the venue for our end-of-ride dinner and celebrations!

*Portable toilets and showers will be set up at all three official camp sites during the Cardiac Challenge.


Rgistration fees for the Cardiac Challenge cover all your meals during the three-day event. (All you have to bring are your favourite snack foods, for example: trail mix, energy bars etc.)


Day two - Mt Carbine rodeo grounds

Day three - Lakeland Horsesports Grounds

Day four - Cooktown State School

Time:    5.30am-7am

Menu:        A choice of cereals, bread/toast and spreads, yoghurt, fruit salad, milk, juice, tea and coffee.

(Community groups at Mt Carbine and Lakeland also will offer bacon and eggs rolls for sale, as a fundraising activity.)


Day one - Mt Molloy, CWA (Country Women’s Association) Hall

                          Day two – Palmer River Roadhouse

                          Day three – Bicentennial Park, Charlotte Street, Cooktown*

Time:                From 11.30am onwards

Menu:               Rolls,sandwiches and wraps with various meats, cheese, salads, dressings/condiments as well as fruit and a fruit drink.


Location:          Day one – Mt Carbine rodeo grounds

   Day two – Lakeland Horse Sports

Time:                6pm–7.30pm

Menu:               Mt Carbine Horse sports dish up a delicious corned beef and vegetables and Lakeland Horsesports committee provide dinner on Day two.


Celebration dinner (day three)

Location: Cooktown PCYC Event Centre

Time:                5.30pm until late!

Menu:               Buffet-style, featuring spit-roast meats, roast vegetables, salads and choice of desserts.

The gala dinner is included in registrations fees for both riders and supporters. If you have additional people wanting to join us on the final night, you can buytickets online via your personal profile page.

Bar facilities

The community groups which raise funds by providing meals for Cardiac Challenge riders when they come to town, also will operate bar facilities in the evening at the Mt Carbine rodeo grounds and Lakeland Horsesports grounds and during the end-of-ride lunch in Cooktown; and also during the gala dinner that night. (The official camp sites at Mt Carbine and Lakeland are also within strolling/riding distance of the local pubs!)

Special dietary requirements

If you are a vegetarian, lactose-intolerant, suffer from specific food allergies or require a gluten-free diet, we will do our best to cater for your needs.

When you fill out your Cardiac Challenge registration form to register, you will be asked to nominate any special dietary requirements. We will then pass that information on to all organisations involved in catering for the event.

We may not always be in a position to cater for all your dietary needs, so please contact us if you have any concerns.

(There are very few grocery/health food outlets along the Cardiac Challenge route, so don’t expect to be able to stock up on specialised goodies during the journey.)

NB: Local food suppliers donate all the food required to keep Cardiac Challenge participants well-fed during the event. The meals are prepared by a small army of dedicated volunteers at each stop-over point. Please respect their efforts and give them a smile and a “thank you”. They will appreciate it.


Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation

PO Box 957, Cairns, QLD, 4870
(07) 4226 6723
(07) 4226 6663