Cook Town North of Cairns Australia - Getaway Guide


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Cooktown is one of Australia’s most  historical towns and fascinating to all who visit.

In the air it's a 35min flight from Cairns and can be arranged by booking with an air charter operator. Cooktown is easily accessible by road. For those who wish to drive themselves, go by coach or go with a safari tour operator, the journey will take you via the World Heritage Rainforest near the Great Barrier Reef or the Coral Sea via the coast road through Port Douglas.


Captain 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.
This quiet little place is becoming a very popular tourist destination. There 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 Museum.