The historic Cooktown region is the southernmost base for Cape York Peninsula, a wild and remote part of the north Queensland coast with a significant past of Indigenous territory and European impact – the latter starting with Cook himself. There are two routes to Cooktown from the south: the coastal route from Cape Tribulation via the 4WD-only Bloomfield Track, and the inland route, sealed all the way via the Mulligan Hwy.
The Cooktown region, including northwest to Hopevale and Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, is the traditional home of the Guugu Yimithirr people. South of Cooktown, to Wujal Wujal and the Daintree, is home to the rainforest Kuku Yalanji people. In both areas there are excellent opportunities to tour the land with Indigenous guides.