It has got such great amount of history, and so many things to see and do.
Bama Aboriginal People lived here undisturbed until 1770 when Captain James Cook got his ship damaged on the reef and needed to stop to repair it.
The stay would become known as Australia's "first white settlement".
But that was of course long before 'Cook's Town' was built as a port for Palmer River gold rush.
Later, the town saw the building on Cooktown-Laura Railway, First and Second World War, a few devastating fires and cyclones.. and there are displays on it all in the Old Bank and James Cook Museum.
What to See and Do in Cooktown Australia
There is some great fishing, places to stay, and more things to do north and south of the town...
Places in Cooktown Queensland
There is a lot to see in Cooktown. The waterfront parks are full of historical monuments. The lookout has the old lighthouse and some great views over the town. And there is the interesting James Cook Museum, Botanical Gardens and historical cemetery.
Fishing in Cooktown
Cooktown is one of the most famous places to fish in Cape York. While most of the fishing activity goes on at the Wharf, there is also good fishing in the river mouth and in the river, as well as out in the sea or coral reef. There are many tour operators if you don't have a boat.
There are many different tours available in Cooktown. There are town tours, tours to places north and south of town, as well as trips to the river and the ocean, fishing, croc spotting, sightseeing. You can also visit Cooktown on a tour from Cairns or Port Douglas.
In case you are around at the time of Queen's birthday weekend, you can enjoy this great bonus and learn the history through re-enactment of the arrival and stay of Captain James Cook in 1770. The three day festival also has a lot of other fun, competitions, performances etc.
Places to Stay and Eat in Cooktown Australia
The town now has a wide range of accommodation to choose from. There are hotels, motels, resorts, backpackers hostels and caravan parks. There is no free camping within 15km to any direction so if you are on a camping trip to Cape York, the best place to stay is a caravan park.
Hotels in Cooktown Australia
The old pubs of Cooktown are some of the best historical buildings in the main street. They are good establishments with beer gardens, and still serving cool drinks and hot meals, offering accommodation, putting on entertainment, and selling takeaway alcohol from their bottle shops.
There are many places to eat in Cooktown. The finest dining is at the Fisherman's Wharf and Sovereign Resort. Another popular place is the Thai and Italian Restaurant. The town's two pubs also serve both lunch and dinner. A great place for lunch is Cook's Landing.
What's Around Cooktown Australia
North of Cooktown
North of the town are the airport, a few places to stay, Endeavour Falls (behind a caravan park), and the Hope Vale Aboriginal Community, where you can get a permit to visit the beautiful Coloured Sands and Elim Beach - both after a great drive across large white sand dunes.
South of Cooktown
South of the town are Keatings Lagoon, the Old Annan River Bridge, Walker Bay, Archer Point, Trevethan Falls, Black Mountain National Park and further south are the Little Annan River Gorge, and the Rossville Bloomfield Road that ends at the start of Bloomfield Track.
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