James Cook first landed in Cooktown in 1770 as his
ship (HM Bark Endeavour) was badly damaged and
in need or repairs. Since
that day, history was in the making.
- Coming alive in
the Palmer River Gold Rush days of 1890 Cooktown had a
population of 35000. Today the population is approximately
1400 due to the evacuation during World War II.
quiet little place is becoming a very popular tourist
is quite a lot to see and do here. Visit the botanical
Gardens or take a river cruise, dive/snorkel or scenic
flight. Go fishing with a charter service or hire a boat.
Not to mention the Grassy Hill Lookout and the Historical