Cooktown is a beautiful, unspoilt, small historic coastal town surrounded by stunning countryside. It is also Australia’s closest town to the Great Barrier Reef. With its laid-back atmosphere and friendly people, this is the perfect base to explore the rugged beauty of the Lower Cape, noted for its pristine environment and Aboriginal culture.replacenewlinereplacenewlineCooktown is one of Queensland's hidden gems - a beautiful, unspoilt coastal town, and one of Australia's most historically significant townships. This is where Lt James Cook found safe haven in 1770 to repair his ship, the "HM Bark Endeavour", and where the First Reconciliation took place between Europeans and the Guugu Yimithirr people.replacenewlinereplacenewlineA century later, Cook's Town was built on the banks of the river where that historic meeting took place. A bustling new port and community grew from a ramshackle tent city to service the mining camps of Queensland's largest gold rush on the Palmer River. The gold soon disappeared, but Cooktown hung on, surviving economic decline and two devastating cyclones, to emerge as one of Tropical North Queensland's best kept secrets.

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Around Cooktown QLD 4895

Our Picks on what to Do in Cooktown QLD

Trevathan Falls - Cooktown QLD

Grassy Hill Lookout

Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park

Endeavour Falls Tourist Park

Nature's PowerHouse

James Cook Museum - Cooktown QLD

Our Picks on where to Stay in Cooktown QLD

Cooktown Seaview Motel

Milkwood Lodge

The Sovereign Resort Hotel

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Our Picks on what to Eat in Cooktown QLD

Balcony Restaurant

Cook's Landing Kiosk

Driftwood Cafe

Shopping in Cooktown QLD

Community Services  

Daintree Tourist Information Centre QLD
shop 1, 5 Stewart Street,

Cook Shire Council
10 Furneaux Street,

Cooktown Police Station
170 Charlotte Street,

Cooktown Hospital
48 Hope Street,

Cooktown Library QLD
33 Helen Street,

Cooktown Pool QLD
Primary And Secondary School, 10 Charles Street,

Location Information 

  • Elevation: 6
  • Population: 2631
  • State electorate(s): Cook
  • Federal Division(s): Leichhardt
  • Established (yr): 1873
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

Travel To  

Port Douglas QLD 4877 (266 km, 2 hrs 59 mins)
Acknowledgement of Country

Cooktown QLD is located on the following Aboriginal Nation/s. acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.