Cooktown, Australia

Cooktown, Australia

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The Namesake of Captain James Cook

The northernmost town on the east coast of Australia, Cooktown is named after the famed explorer James Cook, who beached his ship The Endeavour here in 1770—thereby making it the site of Australia’s first non-indigenous settlement. Be sure to visit the James Cook Museum for further insights into this intrepid explorer and the Cooktown History Center to learn a little more about the town itself.

Grassy Hill offers spectacular views of the surrounding area, the crystal clear ocean and white sandy beaches like the one at Cherry Tree Bay, which you can walk to from the summit of the hill. Cooktown is also Australia’s closest town to the Great Barrier Reef, and the perfect place from which to explore the world’s largest coral reef as well as the rugged beauty of the Lower Cape, noted for its Aboriginal culture. No wonder the area is known for offering some of the best Aboriginal tours in the country.

JAMES COOK MUSEUM

JAMES COOK MUSEUM

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JAMES COOK MUSEUM

JAMES COOK MUSEUM

In 1770, James Cook and the crew of the HMB Endeavour spent seven weeks in what is now Cooktown to repair their severely damaged ship. The museum follows the story of this encounter, which marked the first significant interaction between Europeans and Indigenous Austrians.

BICENTENNIAL NATIONAL TRAIL

BICENTENNIAL NATIONAL TRAIL

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BICENTENNIAL NATIONAL TRAIL

BICENTENNIAL NATIONAL TRAIL

Saddle up for a horseback ride along this historic route spanning over 3,300 miles from Cooktown to Healesville. The trail weaves through national parks, private land, and some of the most ruggedly beautiful countryside you can imagine along Eastern Australia’s Great Dividing Line.

GRASSY HILL LIGHT

GRASSY HILL LIGHT

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GRASSY HILL LIGHT

GRASSY HILL LIGHT

Located on the site of James Cook’s landing in 1770, the Grassy Hill Light is an active lighthouse and historic site. Though the lighthouse tower is closed to the public, the surrounding area offers a spectacular vantage point for sweeping views of Cooktown.

Cooktown, Australia At a glance

Current Weather:
24°C / 76 °F
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Current Time:
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Currency:
Australian Dollar
Exchange Rates:
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  • 46.75
  • 2.50
  • 11.77
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Local Details:
GPS: 15°28'5.31"S 145°15'1.83"E
Population: 2,339
Country Code: +61

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