The village of Ayton was named after Great Ayton, Yorkshire the birth place
of Captain Cook. Located on the Cooktown to Cape Tribulation Road known as The
Bloomfield Track, the village is a great place to relax, with Weary Bay, nearby
Cedar Bay National Park and
Daintree National Park also nearby.
originally established as a service centre back in 1882 for a growing sugar
plantation industry. Northern Queensland's first sugar mill was built and a
narrow gauged rail line linked old Ayton wharf. Provisions were transported by
far north Queensland's first locomotive for export by sea.
Hundreds of workers
were employed coming from a myriad of backgrounds including English, Italian,
Chinese, Japanese and the local Indigenous Kaku YalYalanji. Torres Strait
trepang and trochus hunters settled here as well. Then in 1897 the industry came
crashing down due to the high costs and the sugar operations were sold and moved