A Tropical Paradise!
For all the adventure seekers! If you plan a trip to Australia’s tropical far north Queensland, you can’t miss the hidden gem Cooktown. This charming town is packed with history, natural beauty, and plenty of activities for every traveller.
So, what’s there to see in and around Cooktown?
First things first, Captain James Cook’s famous landing site! Cooktown is named after the legendary explorer, and you can visit the very spot where he beached the HMS Endeavour back in 1770. It’s like stepping into a history book! Don’t forget to snap a selfie with the iconic Cook Monument while you’re there. The Cooktown Museum is your go-to spot if you’re a history buff. It houses artifacts from Cook’s time and the gold rush era. You’ll get a glimpse into the past that’ll leave you fascinated.
The Botanic Gardens are a must-see with magnificent Paperbarks, native species, and palms. The Nature’s Powerhouse Coffee Shop and Gallery hosting a collection of Vera Scarf Johnson’s botanicals and amazing aboriginal art is well worth a look. A walk from there to Finch Bay or drive to Quarantine Bay and walk along beaches untouched by developers, no high rises, or resorts just peaceful natural beauty.
Why not indulge yourself and go on the Twilight River Cruise, maybe see some of the local crocodiles, or try for that elusive barramundi on a river fishing charter?
Feeling like a bit more adventure? Take a drive 1 hour north of Cooktown to Elim Beach, a picture postcard beach with paperbarks, coconut palms, button, and native orchids growing everywhere. This is native land with a camp area right on the beach. Take a picnic lunch and relax on the white sand or have a fish. Nearby just to the north are the Coloured Sands, accessible on foot along the beach at low tide or by 4-wheel drive.
Now, if you’re a nature enthusiast, you’re in for a treat. Cooktown is surrounded by lush rainforests, and the nearby Daintree National Park to the south. Take a drive through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonderland, and you’ll encounter exotic wildlife, refreshing waterfalls, and ancient trees that’ll make you feel like you’ve entered a prehistoric world. You will drive through Black Mountain another must-see with an information board on how it came to be. The famous Lion’s Den Hotel is a good stop-off point for a bit of local history about the area, lunch, and a photo shot with the lion out the front.
Let’s talk about food. Cooktown is known for its seafood. Whether it’s a seafood platter at a local restaurant or Cooks Landing where Matt does the best Fish and chips right on the waterfront once again with a million-dollar view. A short walk from there you will find another hidden gem in Cooktown’s very own and extremely delicious French Patisserie, your taste buds will thank you. For the health conscious, Bektopia down on the foreshore does a great coffee, healthy breakfast, and lunches. A Water Park for the kids, shaded BBQs, and fishing platforms so you can fish safely.
So, there you have it, folks! Cooktown is a treasure trove of history, natural beauty, and adventure. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, Cooktown has something special waiting for you. So, pack your bags and get ready to make some amazing memories in this Aussie paradise!