Cooktown - Fishing and Boating
Cooktown is the perfect base to start or end your Cape York adventure. With its rich history, must-do Aboriginal tours, world-class fishing, and loads to see and do, you should plan for a minimum of three nights - and many visitors find themselves staying much longer.
Boat cruises on the Endeavour River explore ancient mangrove systems and magnificent rainforest habitat. Guests experience native wildlife and fauna in its natural form and learn about this amazing eco-system and the part it plays in supporting its neighbour the Great Barrier Reef.
Cooktown is unique for its close proximity to a myriad of angling environments. You can fish the outer reef for its legendary black marlin; the inner reef for coral trout, red emperor, mackerel and tuna. On the beaches, headlands and coastal flats you'll find trevally, queenies, permit and the elusive bonefish; and in the estuaries chase barramundi, mangrove jacks, fingermark and crabs. And way up in the sweetwater jungle, perch and sooty grunter abound. This is a fishing paradise!
The beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is yours to experience from Cooktown – Australia's closest mainland port to the Great Barrier Reef.
Rinyirru (Lakefield) is Queensland’s second largest National Park and the largest park in Cape York at 537,000 ha. Spectacular wetlands and extensive river systems attract a great diversity of waterbirds while estuarine and freshwater crocodiles bask along the river banks and barramundi wait in the shallows.