Discover Cooktown in Far North Queensland
There’s no shortage of things to do at Cooktown where in 1770 James Cook landed after his ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef.
The old adage “Seen one rainforest, seen ém all” certainly doesn’t apply.
Exploring Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula was just a blip on my travel radar until last December.
I’d already seen plenty of rainforests so with many other exciting places beckoning, I figured if an opportunity arose to go to North Queensland I’d go but otherwise I wouldn’t make the effort.
An opportunity did arise, in fact, after relatives moved to Cooktown in late 2014.
An airline company was offering cheap flights from Brisbane to Cairns so that blip on my travel radar suddenly started beaming “visit me”.
I planned to make the trip before the 2016 wet season (January to March) but I’ve since learnt the monsoon rains in summer renew wildlife in spectacular fashion.
Waterfalls are also in full flow so awesome photographic opportunities would have been greater than the month I chose, September 2015.
While Cooktown is accessible in a standard vehicle all year round, time was limited for my north Queensland jaunt so I took a 45-minute flight from Cairns with Hinterland Aviation.
Cooktown is steeped in history dating from ancient Indigenous times, Captain James Cook’s landing on the bank of the Endeavour River in 1770, and the Palmer River Gold Rush of the late 1800s.
The town is located 28 kilometres north of Cairns.
Top 11 things to do at Cooktown in pictures