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Connect with COOKTOWN AND CAPE YORK

Explore Cape York Peninsula including Cooktown

Welcome to the remote, unspoilt beauty of Cape York Peninsula. Captain Cook's arrival on the banks of the Endeavour River in 1770 led to his first recorded meaningful contact and reconciliation with Aboriginal people. Discover this unique history and Cooktown's colourful past on a stroll around town, then head further north up the Peninsula to experience the raw beauty of one of Australia's last true frontiers.

Where to Go

Renown for some truly adventurous 4WD experiences and great outdoor camping, Cape York Peninsula is a favourite with keen fishing enthusiasts, history buffs and those getting away from it all. Avid birdwatchers come from around the world and nature lovers are stunned by the raw beauty of this tropical wonderland. The lush tropical rainforests and vast stretches of savannah country with rivers and wetlands, are just some of the features of Cape York's wild landscapes. From rugged ranges and unique wildlife, to stunning sunrises over the Great Barrier Reef and fiery sunsets in the west, explore the incredible history, spirit that make the Cape York Peninsula such a memorable holiday destination.

Where to Stay

Whether you plan to take a self-sufficient camping holiday or indulge yourself on a luxurious deserted island, follow the backpacker trail or seek a rainforest retreat there is a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets in Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula. Cooktown has a variety of accommodation options including caravan parks and campgrounds in beautiful natural surroundings, working cattle station and farmstays, comfortable hotels and motels and nearby rainforest retreats. There is a choice of farmstay, cabin and camping accommodation in the Hopevale and Elim Beach area, and camping, cabin and simple hotel accommodation at Lakeland and at Laura.

What to Do

Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula has a wealth of natural beauty, a rich and diverse Aboriginal culture and colourful pioneering ahistory. Take your time to appreciate the diversity of the landscape and spend time with the traditional custodians of the land who know this country best. Immerse yourself in the Great Outdoors, whether fishing, camping, bush walking, bird watching or exploring the excellent cultural centres, rock art galleries and museums. You will cherish the sense of freedom and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere found throughout the region.

Whats On

30

Sep

Wallaby Creek Festival

Wallaby Creek Festival is a celebration of music and arts in the rainforest - set in the stunning grounds of Home Rule Rainforest Lodge near Rossville, via Cooktown, Quee...

1

Oct

Conquer the Corrugations

Cape York mental health awareness walk

8

Oct

Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic

The famous Black Marlin Classic will in 2016 be celebrating its 30th year!

15

Oct

Legal Assault IX

Head to the Cooktown PCYC Events Centre on Saturday, October 15 to catch live muay thai action, featuring the best fighters from Cooktown’s Full Boar Gym, as well as interstate and international athletes. There will be a licensed bar, raffles, hot food, half time entertainment and ring card girls.

22

Oct

Cook Shire Garage Sale Trail

Do you have too much bric a brac?

22

Oct

Russell House and Cooktown General Auction

The Cooktown General Auction will help raise funds for registered clubs, charities and community groups of Cooktown.