Outback Towns

Cooktown

Cooktown is a small town located at the mouth of the Endeavour River, on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. It is the northernmost town on the east coast of Australia.

About Cooktown

Founded in 1873 as a port for the Palmer River Gold fields, it has a rich history of European settlement, Aboriginal, cultural and natural historical developments . Historic Cooktown became a thriving port during the gold rush era after it was discovered by Captain James Cook when the HMS Endeavour hit a reef in 1770. Every June the town celebrates with a re-enactment of the landing of Captain Cook to repair the Endeavour after striking the reef.  Both the town and Mount Cook which rises up behind the town were named after James Cook.

Today fishing and tourism are the main industries. Cooktown is the gateway to the remote, unspoilt wilderness of the Cape York Peninsular and the Great Barrier Reef. A variety of tours and self-drive adventures can be arranged. All modern town services are available as well as comfortable and affordable accommodation to suit all budgets.

There are the pristine beaches, tropical lagoons, waterfalls, hidden gardens, and magical mountain views.  Visit to Grassy Hill Lookout where you can experience 360 degree views of the landscape and beaches.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs