Long-time Cooktown resident Bob Norris outside Mount Molloy's National Hotel.
Long-time Cooktown resident Bob Norris outside Mount Molloy's National Hotel. Alf Wilson

Truckies love this little hamlet

THE sleepy hamlet of Mount Molloy, in Far North Queensland, is a popular stop for truckies and others travelling to Cooktown and other parts of Cape York.

Mount Molloy is beside the Mulligan Highway and 40km from Mareeba and 226km from Cooktown.

One of the popular places there is the National Hotel.

Truckies who stop there can park across the road and walk over for a cold soft drink and a bite to eat before continuing.

During the past five years Mount Molloy has proven a happy hunting ground for me to interview truckies and snap their pics.

Numerous truckies I have spoken to over the years reckon the pub is a user- friendly place to stop and you often hear old gold prospectors taking on the veranda section.

A truck heading for Cape York pulls up near the National Hotel at Mount Molloy.
A truck heading for Cape York pulls up near the National Hotel at Mount Molloy. Alf Wilson

"But they never disclose where they actually find any gold,” truckie James Thompson said.

It is also a place where yarns are told and for the odd joke.

When long-time Cooktown resident Bob Norris pulled up at Mount Molloy recently, he wasn't sure if he was hearing things.

Bob looked around in several directions as he heard his name was being called out loudly.

"I could hear a voice but didn't know where it was coming from,” Bob said.

I was the culprit and had been sitting in the front seat on my vehicle out of Bob's vision.

Bob was surprised to see me so far away as he headed into the National Hotel for a cold soft drink.

"On my trips to Cairns and Townsville, I always stop at the Mount Molloy Hotel which is a nice place,” he said.

Bob, 73, has lived in Cooktown since 1998 and reckons it is the best place in Australia.

"When I head south to Cairns or Townsville, I always stop at Molloy for a break before the next stage of the trip to Cooktown.

"I usually have a beer at the pub. The staff there are always friendly and accommodating.

"Very nice and friendly. The lunch there is also very good and reasonably priced,” Bob told Big Rigs.

He left Cooktown for the five-hour drive to Cairns that morning and was returning home when we met up at Mount Molloy.

"I went to a Cairns travel agent to organise a trip to Cuba and Mexico next August,” he said.

The sign pointing to Cooktown on the outskirts of Mount Molloy.
The sign pointing to Cooktown on the outskirts of Mount Molloy. Alf Wilson

Veteran Bob has retired after working for many years as an executive assistant for the Cook Shire Council.

He hopes his beloved Cowboys can go one step further this year and win the NRL final after losing to the Melbourne Storm in the 2017 decider.

Grey nomads towing caravans towards Cape York in the dry season also often stop at Mount Molloy.

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