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Introducing Cooktown

At the southeastern edge of Cape York Peninsula, Cooktown is a small place with a big history: for thousands of years, Waymbuurr was the place the local Guugu Yimithirr and Kuku Yalanji people used as a meeting ground, and it was here that on 17 June 1770, Lieutenant (later Captain) Cook beached the Endeavour. The Endeavour had earlier struck a reef offshore from Cape Tribulation, and Cook and crew spent 48 days here while they repaired the damage – making it the site of Australia’s first, albeit transient, non-Indigenous settlement.

Cooktown is a hotspot for history hounds, those looking to work on banana plantations and folks who believe that happiness is a fishing rod and an Esky full of beer.