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“In 1770, Captain James Cook and his ship the ‘Endeavour’ ran afoul of the Great Barrier Reef and seriously damaged the hull. To avoid sinking, all the crew and stores had to be offloaded in order to free the ‘Endeavour’ from the reef. Cook needed to find safe waters, and fast, so he sailed his damaged 368 ton vessel into the closest river he could find. It was here that his crew of 87 men, some of whom all Australians are familiar with, like Banks, Solander, Hicks and Monkhouse, were evacuated to the shore and told to make camp in order to assist with the massive task of repairing the hull of their crippled ship.

Cooks’ stay in that harbour was to be his longest onshore stay for his entire voyage. He later named the river ‘Endeavour’ after the great vessel whose life it saved. It was the only river in Australia that he would name.”

Courtesy: Cooktown Historical Society

 

It wasn’t until 1872 when gold was discovered in the Endeavour River that white men once again came to the area. The settlement was then know as ‘Cooks-Town’ later to be shortened to just ‘Cooktown’. The gold flowed freely and the population increased to 30,000 and by 1900 Cooktown became the second largest town in Queensland. Then the gold soon started to run out and most of the population soon followed.

The town continued, though at a more leisurely pace and today is noted for its magnificent location amongst rainforest, great sports fishing for black marlin, sailfish as well as coral trout, red emperor and trevally, sun, beaches, national parks. Cooktown is located at the mouth of the Endeavour River, with the Daintree National Park to the south and the Aboriginal reserve Hopevale to the north. Surrounded by mother nature it makes a great place to escape.

Cook Shire is the largest land area shire in Queensland, encompassing some 80% of the Cape York Peninsula Region of Far North Queensland. The southern borundary comprised in part the Bloomfield River, while tot he north the Shire extends to the 11th parallel of latitude, slightly beyond the Jardine River.

Source: Cook Shire

Check out our listing of Cooktown accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Cooktown Visitor Information Centre
Nature's Powerhouse
Finch Bay Road
COOKTOWN QLD 4870
Freecall: 1800 174 895 (within Australia)
Ph: 07 4069 6004
Email
Web: www.cooktowns.com
Web: www.naturespowerhouse.info
 
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Cooktown Distance

Distance to Cooktown
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Cooktown:
  Km
Brisbane 2,003
Cairns 322
Cape Melville National Park 134
Cape Tribulation 95
Cape York 783
Daintree National Park 140
Helenvale 27
  Km
Kuranda 303
Lakefield National Park 228
Mareeba 265
Mossman 255
Palm Cove 298
Port Douglas 266
• Rossville 39
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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