Things to See and Do

Near Cooktown, Queensland, Australia

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Local Highlights

James Cook Museum
The James Cook Museum is an icon of Cooktown & FNQ. Take a stroll through history in the restored covent built in 1889 for the nuns, a truly magnificent building. See the original Endeavour anchor & cannon. Read stories from local Aboriginal elders to the many Chinese who came here in the early days. The museum is considered one of the best museums open to the public.

Cooktown Historical Society
The Historical Society is based in the oldest building in Charlotte Street, situated next door to the Post Office. The society showcases many historical photos & has a research database if you wish to find more about your family history.

Natures Powerhouse Museum
Home to Vera Scarth-Johnson's collection of illustrations of flowering plants of the Endeavour River.The Museum also has an exhibition of local wildlife donated by Charles Tanner who dedicated his life recording information on Cape York Peninsula

The Botanical Gardens
Take a stroll through one of the nations oldest gardens featuring native , tropical palms & the famous Cooktown Orchard. View some of the 90 or so species of birds that live or visit the gardens. See a wallaby grazing amongst the gardens

Grassy Hill and Lighthouse
View some of the most sensational sunsets or sunrises from here. Panoramic views of the Endeavour River & the coral Sea.The light house on the top of Grassy hill was built in 1885. 2010 saw a large re-development which makes it one of FNQ's aerially visible landmarks.

Cooktown Cemetary
The Cooktown Cemetary 's oldest grave dates back to 1874. See some of the graves of the people of the goldrush era & the early settlers.The Historical Society have a comprehensive database of deaths & burials that date from 1874. The cemetery is only a short stroll from the caravan park.

Cooktown Bowls Club
Cooktown Bowls Club is open 7 nights a week dinner from 6pm. Nightly specials. Meals for the whole family. Bookings are recommended. The bowls club is air conditioned, has a big screen TV and pokies. There is a courtesy bus running Wednesdays & Fridays.

1770 Restaurant
1770 restaurant is situated on the Fisherman's Wharf . Open 6 days a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Enjoy local seafood & produce on the menu overlooking the bay. 10% discount off by showing your BIG4 Membership Card. Closed Mondays. The restaurant is licensed.

Vera's Cafe
Vera's Cafe is at the Cooktown Botanical Gardens open 7 days a week from 10 - 2pm. Al fresco dining overlooking the botanical gardens. Try homemade cakes & scrumptious scones.

Local Events

35 Squadron Freedom to the City of Cooktown
from 06 August, 2016 to 06 April, 2016

Cooktown Markets - Every Saturday
from 02 January, 2016 to 31 December, 2016
Cooktown Markets are held every Saturday morning from 7.30am til noon. Browse at the local stalls selling arts & crafts & local fruit & veg. Enjoy a coffee or sample some of cooked food that is on offer. Mingle with the locals buy some prawns or fish off Nicko the fish monger.

Cooktown Discovery Festival
from 10 June, 2016 to 12 June, 2016
This iconic two-day festival celebrates Cooktown's unique part in Australian history. The re-enactment of Captain Cook's landing on the banks of the Endeavour River in 1770 is the major attraction and showcases the local history through the eyes of both the Wangaar [European] and Bama [Aboriginal] people of the region. Festival includes grand parade, billy cart derby, live music and dancing, a "busk off", botanic garden and cemetery tours and spectacular fireworks. Great fun for the whole family!

Laura Horse Sports, Races and Rodeo, Laura
from 24 June, 2016 to 26 June, 2016
These popular races have been held for over 100 years and are very well supported with participants from throughout the Gulf Peninsula and even central Queensland, drawing 2,500 to 3,000 people. Horse sports are held on Friday, races on Saturday and the rodeo Sunday.

Cooktown and District Country Show, Cooktown
from 27 July, 2016 to 27 July, 2016
A fun, family event showcasing regional produce and local talent across a variety of Show Competitions. Market and food stalls, kids activities, rides and amusements, entertainment and much more!

Cardiac Challenge, Cairns to Cooktown
from 17 September, 2016 to 19 September, 2016
The annual fundraising bicycle ride from Cairns to Cooktown for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation. The 2014 ride was an outstanding success raising over $300,000 for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - join in this amazing experience in 2015. You can ride as little or as much as you like - you set the goals and achieve something that you never thought was possible. To quote one rider "This is the experience of a lifetime and something that I never thought was possible."

Wallaby Creek Festival
from 30 September, 2016 to 02 October, 2016
The MUSIC PROGRAM is offered on 2 main stages and the Brackets & Jam stage and include some of Australia’s well loved festival bands, as well as showcasing artists from the surrounding towns and indigenous communities; also features Children's Festival, Breakfast with the Poets; many workshops and other activities; street theatre and walks to the spectacular Home Rule Falls and unique wet tropics rainforest displays. Home Rule Rainforest Lodge Rossville, Far North Queensland. Presented by Cape York Folk Club Inc.

Easter 2016
from 25 March, 2016 to 28 March, 2016
Easter Weekend

Bramwell Cup Bush Carnival
from 01 July, 2016 to 03 July, 2016
All invited and welcome - July 1, 2 & 3, 2016 Our 1330sq km Bramwell Station is welcoming over our neighbours and opening up for Cape York visitors for a first ever held fun carnival. We wish to promote beautiful Cape York and let our visitors get to know our station as we do, while at the same time have some fun and involve our neighbouring communities and stations with some old style horse races – only grass fed local horses – and events for our younger carnival goers, including poddy rides, foot races and a talent quest along with evening music and entertainment. The Carnival will be aiding the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Bramwell Cup Bush Carnival Main telephone: 07 40603300 Email: Fax: 07 40603376

35th Laura Dance Festival 2017
from 16 June, 2017 to 18 June, 2017
The Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is an exciting biennial gathering in Cape York Peninsula, highlighting the many diverse Communities, language, song, dance and stories. Witness the passing on of Culture across the generations, along with showcasing the strength, pride and uniqueness of Aboriginal people. Over 5,000 people travel to Laura from across the nation to enjoy this Festival for three days; over 20 Communities participate across the region, with up to 500 performers.

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