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Top Choice Modern Australian in Cooktown

Balcony Restaurant

Sovereign Resort's formal Balcony Restaurant serves Mod Oz cuisine such as Atherton eye fillet and crispy skinned coral trout, as well as share plates such as seafood and bush-tucker platters. Its less formal Cafe-B…
Museum in Cooktown

James Cook Museum

Cooktown’s finest building (an 1899 convent), this National Trust museum houses well-preserved relics including journal entries, the cannon and anchor from the Endeavour, and displays on local Indigenous culture, as…
Viewpoint in Cooktown

Grassy Hill Lookout

Captain Cook climbed this 162m-high hill looking for a passage through the reefs. The 360-degree views of the town, river and ocean are truly spectacular, especially at sunset. Easy vehicle access is up a steep seal…
Italian in Cooktown

The Italian

The name says it all really: great pizzas and a wide-ranging Italian menu from pasta and risotto to thoughtful veal and seafood dishes, all served in a convivial atmosphere complete with red-and-white-check tableclo…
Gardens in Cooktown

Cooktown Botanic Gardens

The 62-hectare botanical gardens contain a large number of plant species, including the Cooktown orchid. Marked walking trails lead to the beaches at Finch Bay and Cherry Tree Bay. Download the free smartphone app C…
Cafe in Cooktown


The most convivial cafe in Cooktown serves fine coffee and smoothies and excels in breakfast and light lunches. Eat inside or on the small street-front deck.
Modern Australian in Cooktown

Restaurant 1770

Opening on to a romantic waterside deck, Restaurant 1770 gives fresh local fish top billing. Save space for mouth-watering desserts.
Park in Cooktown

Bicentennial Park

This waterfront park is home to a much-photographed bronze Captain Cook statue and nearby Milbi Wall – a 12m-long mosaic depicting the history of the local Gungarde (Guugu Yimithirr) people, from Creation stories th…
Cultural Centre in Cooktown

Nature's Powerhouse

At the entrance to Cooktown Botanic Gardens, this environmental centre is home to the inviting Kindred Cafe and the Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery, displaying botanical illustrations of the region’s native plants.
Cafe in Cooktown

Kindred Cafe

At the entrance to the botanic gardens, the broad, shady deck of this cafe is a serene setting for tea and scones or seasonal dishes like Thai fish cakes and frittatas.