Top things to do

Modern Australian in Cooktown

Balcony Restaurant

Upstairs, the Sovereign Resort's formal Balcony Restaurant serves French-inspired Mod Oz cuisine like confit of duck with sweet potato puree or pistachio-crusted rack of lamb (along with seafood, of course). The Caf…
Museum in Cooktown

James Cook Museum

Cooktown’s finest building (an 1899 convent) houses well-preserved relics including journal entries, the cannon and anchor from the Endeavour, and displays on local Indigenous culture.
Fish & Chips in Cooktown

Gill'd & Gutt'd

Fish and chips the way it should be – fresh and smack on the waterside wharf.
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.
Italian in Cooktown

The Italian

Generous, satisfying portions of hearty Italian fare served in an inviting al fresco atmosphere with occasional live music and efficient service. There's even Chinese on the menu: go figure.
Cultural in Cooktown

Cooktown Discovery Festival

This festival commemorates Cook’s landing in 1770 with a costumed reenactment, fancy-dress grand parade and Indigenous events.
Cafe in Cooktown

Verandah Cafe

Attached to Nature's Powerhouse 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 gado gado with coconut damper.
Bistro in Cooktown

Balcony Restaurant Cafe-Bar

Bistro in Cooktown

Cooktown Bowls Club

Big bistro meals. Join the locals in social bowls Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
Viewpoint in Cooktown

Grassy Hill

Cook climbed this 162m-high hill looking for a passage through the reefs. At dusk and dawn the 360-degree views of the town, river and ocean are truly spectacular! Easy vehicular access is up a steep road from town.…