Things to do in Cooktown

Top Things to Do in Cooktown, Cook Shire - Cooktown Attractions

Things to Do in Cooktown

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  • M C
    Italy313 contributions
    Walking up here from Charlottes Street was worth every step.
    Not a huge walk 20 minutes to the top and then some jaw dropping scenery.
    River and sea!!!
    What more could a lady want from a quaint town?
    Written 15 April 2022
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  • _jennys3489
    Melbourne, Australia348 contributions
    Excellent display with all types of interactive media and for children . Lots of history photos and items. Fantastic building, squeaky stair case , great displays upstairs . Well worth a visit to learn about the town .
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • Mon55
    Brisbane, Australia1,193 contributions
    We walked there from the botanic gardens and it is a well marked path. It is a bit of up and down but worth it to arrive at the beach and wander along it. Of course you can drive to the beach too.
    Written 13 October 2021
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  • Trevor L
    Brisbane3 contributions
    Beautiful swimming hole underneath the falls, a bit of an effort to get there, but entirely worth it, 4wd is probably the best way to do it
    Written 2 August 2021
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  • _jennys3489
    Melbourne, Australia348 contributions
    Wonderful green and cool gardens , lots of history worth reading , lovely cafe . Say walk around with lots of information. Wonderful trees plants and flowers . Worth a visit if your interested in gardens
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • hmdoolan
    Townsville, Australia26 contributions
    Lovely gardens to visit on a hot day. Lots of shade from old trees, some planted in the late 1800’s. Seating for the cafe is on a large shady deck, with good coffee and food options. The gallery areas are very interesting, particularly the Vera Scarth -Johnson gallery, where her beautiful paintings of plants are shown next to the etchings of the same botanical specimens collected by Joseph Banks in 1770.
    Written 12 October 2020
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  • Mon55
    Brisbane, Australia1,193 contributions
    This is a well set out history of Cooktown from early settlement. It is staffed by very helpful volunteers and is so cheap to visit. Lots of information on the Gold rushes and early families who settled the area.
    Written 13 October 2021
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  • Indigo2011
    Albury, Australia43 contributions
    The falls were just gorgeous! We didn’t swim below the falls, but had a look around and then went above the falls and had a paddle. It was gorgeous!
    Written 13 April 2021
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  • Poppa
    Cooktown, Australia332 contributions
    I have visited the lagoon several times and have always been impressed with the amount of bird life. The lagoon is located minutes from town and has easy access. Well worth a visit.
    Written 11 March 2019
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  • Ross B
    Cairns Region, Australia916 contributions
    What a fantastic walk! Beautiful rainforest following the water pipes all the way. Very steep in parts & quite slippery. Moderate fitness required as a minimum. Beautiful falls with a great swimming area. Couldn't get GPS lock on my drone, so max height limitations meant we couldn't get shots of the top. But fantastic! They said 45 mins each way, but more like an hour each way.
    Written 5 August 2019
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  • Mon55
    Brisbane, Australia1,193 contributions
    The National Park is made up of rainforest and woodland areas. Mt Cook is on the southern end Cooktown and has some good walking tracks. there are a few lookouts along the way to the summit which give views over the area. Originally named by Capt. Cook as Gores Mount.
    Written 13 October 2021
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  • Mon55
    Brisbane, Australia1,193 contributions
    Beside the River this is a lovely spot to enjoy a picnic or just a quiet relaxing time in the grassy area.
    Written 13 October 2021
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  • Bob C
    Melbourne, Australia158 contributions
    The art gallery had an interesting display of art paintings, jewlery and woodcarvings. The opportunity to see aboriginal art by local artists was very rewarding.
    Written 7 August 2019
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
    Walked along here on our way to the museum from a boat. Well kept parklands, plenty of points of interest whether you like history or not, well worth visiting.
    Written 9 March 2021
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  • Indigo2011
    Albury, Australia43 contributions
    The kids loved seeing the tanks and the information was quite interesting. Plenty of room to run around and easy to get to.
    Written 13 April 2021
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