Cooktown is one of Australia’s most exciting, new, destinations. Nestling on North Queensland’s stunning tropical wilderness coast, this small historic town, with its pristine environment steeped in Aboriginal culture, has everything to offer those looking for a taste of real Australia.
Named after Captain James Cook, who landed here in 1770, Cooktown has a rich modern history, complemented by an Aboriginal history which stretches back tens of thousands of years.
During the gold rush era, Cooktown was Australia’s second busiest port, but today, the town has a population of just 2,000.
For the discerning traveller, searching for the most rewarding of destinations, Cooktown defies its size in the range of experiences on offer. As Australia’s closest town to the Great Barrier Reef, Cooktown offers the opportunity to enjoy a day sailing and visiting still un-named and little explored reefs. Or you can accompany Aboriginal Elders to ancient rock art sites.
This town is rich in history, rich in nature and rich in spirit: it is well worth a visit.