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Arts, Crafts and Produce

Cooktown has a lively cultural scene with several artists, photographers, writers and craftsmen and women residing in the region. There is an enthusiastic music scene and popular local bands have achieved national acclaim. Local produce is abundant in season and the markets provide a focal point for the community.

Community Markets

Buy local produce and crafts at Cooktown, Rossville and Bloomfield Markets

Bloomfield Market
Bloomfield Market


There is a lively arts scene and a variety of art galleries in Cooktown and Bloomfield.

The Cooktown School of Art and the Cooktown Creative Arts Association welcome visitors and have local arts and crafts for sale.

Local artist Vera Scarth-Johnson has a permanent exhibition at Nature's Powerhouse.

Hopevale and Laura both have fascinating cultural centres showcasing local artists and the Art Gang at Lockhart River have received international acclaim.

The Aurukun Art Centre displays unique basket weaving as well as carvings and arts and is not to be missed.

For further information on the arts visit the Arts Cape York website

Jan Forster

Music in Cooktown

Several venues in and near Cooktown have live music performances including The Top Pub every Saturday, The Lion's Den Hotel and the RSL Club. Check the live music listings for what's happening.

Local bands who have acheived national and international acclaim include Black Image and The Roadtrippers who often play at The Top Pub.

In September the 3 day Wallaby Creek Festival is one of Queensland's most popular live music festivals - bring the whole family for a great weekend of entertainment.


Talented local photographers have a wealth of inspiration in Cooktown.
See the photo gallery for more images

Courtesy Vanessa Gillen
Courtesy Vanessa Gillen

Wood Carving

Visit the Aurukun Art Centre for distinctive carvings. In Cooktown, carver Mark Berg creates beautiful custom made woodwork.

Mark Berg Carving

What's Happening

April 10-May 31 Down Under Exhibition at Black Cockatoo Gallery, Bloomfield

13 April-May 08 Lockhart River Art Gang exhibition at Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

May 27-31 Ross Franzi master workshop Brisbane

June 06-14 The Cooktown Arts Competition