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.
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