Cooktown attractions

Top Choice 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 excellent displays on local Indigenous c…
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 wonderful, especially at sunset. Easy vehicle access is up a steep sealed road …
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…
Bird Sanctuary in Cooktown

Keatings Lagoon Conservation Park

About 5km south of Cooktown, this 47-hectare wetland is a favourite among birdwatchers and walkers. The waterlily-filled lagoon is home to thousands of waterbirds, especially in the dry season (May to October). Ther…
Cultural Centre in Cooktown

Nature's Powerhouse

At the entrance to Cooktown Botanic Gardens, the town visitor centre is home to an inviting cafe (9.30am to 2pm) with outdoor deck and the Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery, displaying botanical illustrations of the regio…
Park in Cooktown

Bicentennial Park

This waterfront park is home to a much-photographed bronze Captain Cook statue, the kid-friendly musical ship and nearby Milbi Wall – a snakelike mosaic depicting the history of the local Gungarde (Guugu Yimithirr) …
Gallery in Cooktown

Kuku Bulkaway Gallery

Cooktown and the surrounding area has a strong tradition of Indigenous art. This main street gallery represents the Yuku Baja Muliku people, with all works produced by local Indigenous artists.
Museum in Cooktown

Cooktown History Centre

Everything you ever wanted to know about Cooktown's history, run by the local historical society volunteers.
Market in Cooktown

Cooktown Markets

The local weekly market features local crafts including woodwork and jewellery, and food stalls.