Festival is one of the best events in Cape York.
with Laura Dance
Festival and Torres
Strait Cultural Festival it is definitely one of the three best events on
the Cape York
The three day festival is held on Queen's birthday weekend in June, and
its absolute highlight
is the annual
re-enactment of James Cook's landing, and the events that
followed during his eight week stay.
The costumes, and the actors are fantastic, and also include the local
Bama Aboriginal People.
But what else is at
There is the annual Grand
with four wheel drives,
... kids, and Bama - the local Aboriginal people.
There are themed breakfasts, raffles, amusement rides, market stalls, ...
movie, kids activity tents, and lots of fun in Lions Park.
There is lots of fun at the pubs,
... including crab and
... banana, pie,
... and pasta eating
competitions (not allowed to use hands),
... and live music.
are in the
streets, in front of the pubs,
... including the annual Billy Kart Derby, Tug of War, truck
pulling, Wet Tshirt and
Wet Jock Competition
(LOL it was late and I was already in bed but I was laughing loud just
hearing the crowds :-).
historical walks (Cemetery,
Botanical Gardens) and
(Gold rushes, Chinese), ...
... sea plane and helicopter
... gold panning,
.. cannon firing,
... and fantastic
by belly dancers as well as by the local Bama Aboriginal People, with
some great artwork for body painting.
And of course, the
But one thing that you won't see anywhere else except at the Cooktown
Festival, is the re-enactment.
It starts with the re-enactment of a traditional
gathering the way Aboriginal culture was around the time
James Cook's arrival.
Cook steps into
(the whole thing is actually more detailed but here is a short version).
After a while, the traditionally clothed Aboriginals go checking the ship
... and find they have a sea
onboard, which is Aboriginal food.
They don't like it so there is a confrontation
in which Cook's men take their spears.
Captain James Cook later returns the Aboriginal weapons, making peace.
Once the ship is fixed the Cook's
crew takes off ...
... and stop at Possession Island to claim
eastern Australia for England. (Joseph Banks is putting
Cooktown Festival is great, it was one
of the better weekends I have lately had.
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