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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.

Top Things to do in Cooktown

Grassy Hill
Grassy Hill

Come for a night, stay for a week - bring the family, explore our beautiful natural environment and connect with cultures old and new. The history is just the beginning ...

Discover more HERE

Getting Here ...

The Mulligan Highway
The Mulligan Highway

Get up to date road condition reports HERE

Travel the fully sealed Inland route to Cooktown or take the scenic Coastal route including the 4WD Bloomfield Track.

See our Getting Here page for details

Unique Events

Marines shooting
Cooktown Discovery Festival


Time your visit to coincide with one of our unique Events.

Suggested Itineraries

Bloomfield Falls
Bloomfield Falls

Self drive to Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula on The Great Tropical Drive - push your frontiers

Cooktown Short Break Getaway

Daintree-Cooktown Explorer Trail

Cooktown-Laura Discovery Trail

Suggested Cape York Itinerary


Sovereign Resort Hotel
Sovereign Resort Hotel

Find accommodation to suit all budgets from natural campsites, farmstays, historic pubs, backpackers and motels to resort hotels


Rock Art tour of Quinkan Gallery, Laura

Experience the region on a variety of local tours, including horse riding trails, fishing charters, guided coach tours, Aboriginal tours and river nature cruises- More information

Travel Planner

N.P. Campsite bookings e-permit information
N.P. Campsite bookings e-permit information

From February 2012, all camping in national park and resource reserve camping areas on Cape York Peninsula will need to be pre-booked.

Self registration will no longer be available and campers need to buy an e-permit before arriving at the camping area.

There is now a new simplified log-in system in place for the 2013 season

E-permits can be booked online HERE. All online bookings require either a Visa or Mastercard Credit Card

Permits can also be booked at certain over-the-counter booking offices. For a full list of Over-the-counter camping permit booking offices, and self-service touch-screen booking kiosks



For more info on Cape York's National Parks- Click here


Cape York has some of the best camping sites in the world, and everyone can help keep them this way by disposing of their rubbish correctly. Please click HERE to access an interactive map showing locations and opening times of Waste Disposal Facilities.

Cooktown and Cape York Media Centre

See our Media Kit pages for downloadable 2012 Media Kit and downloadable stock photos, and suggested travel features

View the Cooktown and Cape York You Tube Channel for inspirational film clips of the region

Join our social network at the Cooktown Tropical North Queensland page on Facebook and the MyCooktown page on Twitter

Read the Cooktown and Cape York blog

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