The superb view from Grassy Hill is a sight not to be missed with views up the Endeavour River and out to the Coral Sea and reefs. The hill is steep, but accessible by road (not suitable for coaches). Energetic walkers enjoy the excercies
Once one of the busiest ports in Queensland during the Gold Rush days, is now a popular meeting place and fishing spot for toursits and locals. 'Doing a wharfie' (driving along the wharf) is a favourite Cooktown tradition. This is also the starting point of the River of Life Walkway which meanders through parkland to the Post Office, telling the stories behind the historic sights you pass along the way.
Natures Powerhouse at the Botanical Gardens is our Information Centre with Inofmraiton on the Cooktown and surrounding areas. Vera Scath-Johnsons permanent exhibition is a beautiful illustration of local flowering plants. There is also a cafe & bookstore.
Originally a Convent school built in 1889, and now home to one of the best regional museums in Australia, with the Anchor and Cannon from the HM Bark Endeavour, and excellent Chinese and Indigenous collections.
June weekend every year, a fully costumed re-enactment of the landing of Captain James Cook and his first meeting with the Guugu Yimithirr people, the chance to fire the Cannon and the Fireworks display are just part of the entertainment available on this weekend. Come join our celebrations all weekend through the town.