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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.

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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


From a tropical oasis to a heritage gem there are a range of hotel options for your stay in Cooktown.

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Camping and Caravan Parks

Stay in self-contained cabins or camp in the bush near the Endeavour River.

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Experience what life is like on a farm with these accomodation options in Cooktown.

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Places to eat in Cooktown 


160 Charlotte Street

Overlooking harbour and Bicentennial Park, Driftwood Café offers all-day breakfast and light lunches.

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Riverside Coffee Kitchen Cafe

5 Webber Esplanade - Shop 1

Known for their ‘Award winning pies’, this little gem has outdoor shaded seating area with beautiful river views.

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Nature's Powerhouse Cafe

Botanic Gardens

Located in the beautiful historic Botanic Gardens, this quaint cafe offers breakfast or lunch and coffee and cake.

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