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Exploring Cooktown in Tropical North Queensland is a must do when travelling.   

Discover the untouched wilderness, where the sea meets the outback. 

There are so many things to do in Cooktown. 

Your adventure to Cooktown begins along the sealed 350-kilometre inland highway or 4WD coastal route via the Bloomfield Track taking you from Cairns to Cooktown. 

Cooktown is set on the stunning Endeavour River. Wander the wide welcoming streets, lined with grand Queensland architecture from the bygone gold rush days. 

The botanic gardens are filled with 62-hectares of native and exotic plants, and is home to the state floral emblem. 

Anglers can cast a lure on a deep sea charter in search of Black Marlon or take a guided tour and explore the river estuary day or night for barramundi.

The proud locals celebrate their heritage through the enactment society.

Take an educational journey into Aboriginal culture over a meal with an elder or enlist a guide to hike to rock-art sites high in the hills. 


Things to do in Cooktown


Sunset Cruise

Explore the harbour and watch the sunset, while listening to stories about Captain Cook’s passage along the Cape.

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Reconciliation Rocks

Sherrin Esplanade

The place the act of reconciliation occurred between the local Bama people and Cook’s crew in 1770.

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Nature’s Powerhouse

Botanic Gardens

Stunningly situated within Cooktown's historic Botanic Gardens, featuring The Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery.

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Grassy Hill Lookout

The Lighthouse

Experience the breathtaking sunrise and sunset from the summit.

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William Daku Park

Cooktown Foreshore

Enjoy the kids water park, outdoor fitness equipment, viewing platform, BBQs and fishing platforms.

Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook

Go bushwalking and enjoy the views over the Great Barrier Reef and the Endeavour Valley.

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Where to stay in Cooktown

Check out what accommodation is available in Cooktown covering hotels, caravans, camping, farm stays and holiday rentals.

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Places to eat in Cooktown 

Cooktown has several dining options with café snacks, a scenic kiosk, traditional pub fare or restaurant dining.

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