Cooktown has a lot to offer every visitor.
There is so much to see in Cooktown as well as beautiful tropical scenery and views: the spot where Cook beached the Endeavour for repair and where the first reconciliation between Aboriginals and Europeans took place; the Gold Rush architecture; the Botanical Gardens; the famous James Cook Museum . . . and much more
Cooktown is arguably one of the birthplaces of modern Australia. Cook and his crew spent longer here in 1770 than anywhere else in Australia. The legacy of his charts led to the establishment of Cooktown as a port and vibrant town to access and serve the otherwise impenetrable Palmer River Gold Find in 1873
Uncover Cooktown's Fascinating History
Cooktown and our Region is rich in both old and modern Aboriginal Art and Culture and we work together to promote our 'Two Cultures, One People' approach to sharing. Find a tour through Cooktown Cultural Aboriginal Tours in Charlotte Street, Visit Hope Vale, check out some of our great modern aboriginal artists at the Kuku Balkaway Gallery or enjoy the stories told in the Milbi Wall