this page you have the places to see in Cooktown Queensland.
is a fair bit in this town with a beautiful
setting - you only need to have a look at the almost 360 degree views from
up the Grassy Hill.
But more than anything, this town has some unique history,
found nowhere else in Australia.
It's the place for
captain James Cook's longest stay in Australia, so the
most unique things to see are his landing point in the riverfront park,
and the story displayedin the excellent James Cook
Later came the gold rush,
and you can see the history of that in places like the Powder Magazine
and the historical cemetery.
And in case you are not
into the history - there is always the wharf - some of the
in Cape York!
Waterfront Parks in
The James Cook landing point is
on the waterfront near the mouth of Endeavour
along with the Aboriginal Milby Wall, a statue of James Cook, a
monument for him, a canon from the times of fear for a Russian
invasion, and Queen's steps - commemorating Her visit in 1970 - for
and West from the Waterfont Parks
north is Cook's Landing
and the famous Fishermans
Wharf building with some great
places to eat. The wharf itself is very popular with fishing.
North of the wharf is the old Powder
Magazine that was built to store gunpowder that was used
back from the waterfront is James
- one of the best museums in Australia. It has his original anchor as
well as the Aboriginal version of the story, and lots and lots of
different displays and items from around the area.
North is Grassy Hill Lookout
with some great views over Endeavour River and Cooktown. Cook's crew
climbed the hill and there is a statue for the first
kangaroo they spotted.
can walk from the hill to Cherry
Bay and Finch
to the Cooktown
Botanic Gardens. It's one of the most beautiful walks
some nice coastal views.
At the Botanic Gardens (of
you can drive here too) there are some
different sections with a few different vegetation types, and a
statue of amethystine
- the largest snake in Australia. Here is also the town's tourist
information centre, a cafe and a souvenir shop.
South from the Waterfont Parks
from the waterfront parks you walk past some beautiful old buildings
in Charlotte St. There is the Jackey Jackey Store, the
Old Bank, the town's two pubs, the ticket office of the old Cooktown -
Charlotte Street is the historical Cooktown
a great place for a stroll and a look around - there are different
sections such as Anglican, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Chinese.
the cemetery are some streets with some more old buildings, and
from here, you can walk (or drive) to Mt
You can climb up to Mt
Cook, but in parts the climb is steep.
The views from the top are
River is just north of Cooktown.
that Captain James Cook landed and stayed for weeks to repair
his ship that had got stuck on coral reef.
The crew stayed long enough that it became known as the "first European
settlement" on this continent.
Today, the river is very popular with fishing,
and some great tropical fish can be caught from here. Cooktown Wharf is
the most popular
place to fish in Cooktown,
there are many other spots from which you can reach the river and throw
your line in.
The river mouth is right
in town, and
close to the wharf is also a boat ramp.
Drive out of the town in the northern direction and you see the national park signs
coastal area north of the
protected in the Endeavour
River National Park.
there is another boat
Take a boat out for a ride,
and you may
even spot a crocodile
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