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PK’s Jungle Village gets behind Cooktown Crusaders 2016 Ride for Autism

16th June, 2016

It will be two days of music, fun inflicted monster raffles and fundraising antics when the Cooktown Crusaders arrive at Cape Tribulation in July as part of the annual Brisbane to Cooktown Ride for Autism.

PK’s Jungle Village, located in the heart of Cape Tribulation and surrounded by the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest, will host the riders in the June/July school holidays on Tuesday and Wednesday 5th – 6th July.

This event will feature fun packed action, live entertainment performances by singer / songwriter Nick Rockett, “Great Barrier Riff”, a huge monster raffle, spinning of wheels, auctions, pool competitions and other fundraising activities.

As well as the contribution from many of the local businesses PK’s Jungle Village will donate 20 per cent of their takings over the two days to the Cooktown Crusaders.

All proceeds from the 2 – 16 July charity ride will go to Autism Queensland, the state’s longest serving and most experienced provider of services to people living with autism and their families.

PK’s Jungle Village director David Brucesmith said he first became involved in the cause when the Cooktown Crusaders “fronted up one night” in 2014.

“We concentrated this year to bring more fun and laughter to the table, might be just the right therapy one needs from the normal pace of life and we think we got it right. The response and support from many more local businesses will guarantee this a 2 day event not to be missed, and all for a great cause!

“I got to know the guys when they stopped at the village on their way to Cooktown during that ride,” he said

“They first came up with the charity ride idea after jumping on their bikes for a fishing trip up the east coast of Queensland.

“This will be the third year that PK’s will host the Cooktown Crusaders. To date of prior we’ve raised around $6000 for the guys and with limited promotion.”

“This year we’re looking forward to a great couple of days where people can meet the Crusaders, join in the events and we have a few secrets and drawcards to make it more fun filled too.

“One can take advantage of the local activities such as Jungle Surfing, walking through the oldest living rainforest on the planet or relaxing on the white coral sand beach where the rainforest meets The Great Barrier Reef.

“It’s really what you make it! There’s no mobile phones or Facebook so it really puts families back to reality.

“There’s also horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking, bushwalking and other great tours of the area available,” David said, “but at night, that’s when the unexpected starts to happen! All are welcome, book one night and you can even stay for free the second! Early reservations are paramount due to expected fill rate.”

PK’s Jungle Village is an adventure traveler resort situated 150kms north of Cairns and 90kms north of Port Douglas. It provides accommodation for adventure travelers, locals and people of all ages.

It offers campsites, dorms and private cabins. All rooms are air conditioned. There is an onsite swimming pool, Jungle Bar and dining facilities offering breakfast, lunch and dinner to meet all budgets.  

Bookings are available by calling 07 4098 0040, emailing or visiting    

The Cooktown Crusaders are three ‘crazy fishermen’ – Peter ‘Mr Heckle’ Sheppard, Les ‘Mr Leso’ Wildman and Mark ‘Mr Chilli’ Chillcott – who each year organize fishing and motorcycle enthusiasts to join them for the 4572km charity ride.

For more information on Cooktown Crusaders visit