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Cooktown

Historic Cooktown became a thriving port during the gold rush era after it was discovered by Captain James Cook when the HMS Endeavour hit a reef in 1770. Hardened, pioneering characters and years of geographic isolation have added to the frontier town's unique character which continues to charm adventurers today.

Indigenous, European and Chinese history come together in this once-bustling town where there is still plenty of evidence of Cooktown's prosperity from the gold mining days. Wide streets with impressive handmade stone guttering, quaint buildings that were once the hub of commercial activity, and graceful, well-preserved Queenslander architecture give a hint of days gone by.

Monuments and museums with carefully preserved relics are reminders of the town's rich history, while the well-maintained cemetery bears testament to the hardships endured more than a century ago. History is even evident in Cooktown's Botanic Gardens which were gazetted in 1878 and feature 62 hectares of native and exotic plants.

Indigenous culture thrives in this part of Tropical North Queensland. Join an Aboriginal family for a yarn and a meal at their home, tour the arts and cultural centre at a nearby Indigenous community or take a guided tour of the rock art sites high in the hills.

Each June, the landing of Captain Cook and his interaction with the Indigenous Guugu Yimithirr people is marked with a re-enactment ceremony as part of the three-day Cooktown Discovery Festival.

It's bitumen all the way if you travel the 330 kilometres inland along the Mulligan Highway from Cairns, or take a Four Wheel Drive for a fun adventure along the coastal route crossing rivers and creeks through World Heritage-listed rainforest and join the highway at the mysterious pile of rocks known as Black Mountain.

Cooktown has a regional airport with regular flights and a range of accommodation from camping to four-star hotels.

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Mount Cook National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
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This park features the rugged Mount Cook, which provides a scenic backdrop to the town of Cooktown. Rainforest and tropical woodlands with a heath understorey cover the upper slopes and sheltered gullies. Mount Cook was named after Lieutenant James Cook, navigator and explorer, who had repaired the Endeavour in 1770 where Cooktown now stands, after damaging it on the reefs off Cape Tribulation. Take the steep two kilometre walk to the lookout for scenic views over the Great Barrier Reef and coastline. Climb one kilometre further to Mount Cook's summit. See large granite boulders covered with ferns. Look for tree snakes and lace monitors. Take binoculars for birdwatching.
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In this park, an imposing mountain range of massive granite boulders is home to unique wildlife and rich in Aboriginal culture. Located near Cooktown at the northern end of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Black Mountain is imposing mountain range of black granite boulders, some the size of houses, stacked seemingly precariously on one another. The wet tropics and drier savanna woodland regions meet in this park, and an unusual range of wildlife finds refuge here, including species that are found nowhere else. Known as Kalkajaka (meaning 'place of spear'), Black Mountain is an important meeting place for the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and is the source of many Dreaming stories. Stop at the Black Mountain lookout on the Mulligan Highway on the eastern side of the crest of the Black Mountain boulder field. Signs at the lookout tell of the geology, natural environment, culture and history of the area. There is no other access to the park. Do not risk injury by venturing onto the boulder field. People have been injured and have died trying to climb Black Mountain.

Lizard Island Group National Park

Lizard Island, Cook Area
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Set in a turquoise sea, the six high islands and islets of this park are surrounded by coral reefs, fringed by mangroves and sandy beaches, and cloaked in grasslands, woodlands and wind-sheared heaths. The island group lies midway between the coast and the outer barrier reef, within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Lizard, the main island, has several idyllic, sheltered, sandy beaches with easy access to picturesque coral and clam gardens. Snorkel in the sheltered, shallow waters of Watsons Bay and discover the famed Clam Gardens. Following in the footsteps of the famous explorer, climb the steep track to Cook's Look for breath-taking views over the islands and reefs. Walk to Blue Lagoon on the other side of the island for secluded swimming and snorkelling. Bush camp near the beach at peaceful Watsons Bay. Learn about a tragic episode in the island's history at Mary Watson's cottage ruin. Look for the yellow-spotted monitor, for which Lizard Island is named, and birdwatch around the island's beaches and walking tracks. Visit the Lizard Island Research Station during their tour times and relax at the resort's Marlin Bar (not open every day).

Cobia Hole Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Located off Lizard Island, on the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Cobia Hole is a pinnacle of rocks covered with marine organism including sponges, soft coral, coralliamorpharians, feather stars, sea stars, sea squirts, shrimps, crabs and gobies. Look for sea whips, gorgonian fans and stinging hydroids. Hovering bream can often be seen, as well as circling pelagic barracuda or trevally. Large turtles, toadfish and estuary cod. Explore the sea grasses and algae on the nearby sand.

Cooktown

Cooktown, Cook Area
Historic Cooktown became a thriving port during the gold rush era after it was discovered by Captain James Cook when the HMS Endeavour hit a reef in 1770. Hardened, pioneering characters and years of geographic isolation have added to the frontier town's unique character which continues to charm adventurers today. Indigenous, European and Chinese history come together in this once-bustling town where there is still plenty of evidence of Cooktown's prosperity from the gold mining days. Wide streets with impressive handmade stone guttering, quaint buildings that were once the hub of commercial activity, and graceful, well-preserved Queenslander architecture give a hint of days gone by. Monuments and museums with carefully preserved relics are reminders of the town's rich history, while the well-maintained cemetery bears testament to the hardships endured more than a century ago. History is even evident in Cooktown's Botanic Gardens which were gazetted in 1878 and feature 62 hectares of native and exotic plants. Indigenous culture thrives in this part of Tropical North Queensland. Join an Aboriginal family for a yarn and a meal at their home, tour the arts and cultural centre at a nearby Indigenous community or take a guided tour of the rock art sites high in the hills. Each June, the landing of Captain Cook and his interaction with the Indigenous Guugu Yimithirr people is marked with a re-enactment ceremony as part of the three-day Cooktown Discovery Festival. It's bitumen all the way if you travel the 330 kilometres inland along the Mulligan Highway from Cairns, or take a Four Wheel Drive for a fun adventure along the coastal route crossing rivers and creeks through World Heritage-listed rainforest and join the highway at the mysterious pile of rocks known as Black Mountain. Cooktown has a regional airport with regular flights and a range of accommodation from camping to four-star hotels.

Hope Vale

Hope Vale, Hope Vale Area
Hope Vale Aboriginal community lies 40 kilometres north of Cooktown. Originally established as a Moravian Lutheran Mission on the east coast near Cape Bedford, the community was later moved to its present location. Go on a tour with a highly-acclaimed Aboriginal guide who can show you rock art sites and other locations on the Deed of Grant in Trust land. What's to see - the arts and craft centre is worth a visit and a private beach house accesses a coloured sands beach. You'll need a Council permit to camp and make arrangements in advance with the beach house. Useful stores include a couple of general outlets, hardware, a butcher and petrol station - but you will need to pay cash here. Hope Vale is easily accessed from Cooktown on a good dirt road off the Battle Camp Road between Cooktown and Laura. Hope Vale has an Alcohol Management Plan (AMP). AMPs aim to reduce alcohol-related violence. AMPs vary from community to community. They include alcohol restrictions, home brew bans and dry place declarations which operate within a defined boundary, known as a 'restricted area'. These strategies set the quantity and type of alcohol you may possess in the restricted area. Penalties apply for possessing or attempting to bring illegal alcohol into a restricted area. To find out more about AMPs for each community, visit the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs web site.

Lizard Island

Lizard Island, Cook Area
We have received the first official assessment report on the condition of buildings, infrastructure and safety of immediate environs surrounding the resort, it is evident that Lizard Island will not reopen in the short term. An initial estimate at this time will see the resort closed until late 2014 however we will keep you updated as we learn more, following further assessments in the coming weeks. Lizard Island is a ruggedly beautiful island on the northern Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland. Lizard boasts 24 pristine beaches that range from white sand to rocky escarpments and easy access to some of the best diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Lizard Island is renowned for its scuba diving and snorkelling and is surrounded by coral reefs, ribbon and lagoon reefs. But its Lizard Island's close proximity to one of the best known diving sites in the Great Barrier Reef, Cod Hole, that distinguishes it from many other reef islands. Lizard Island can also be recognised as being home to one of Australia's most premier resorts: Lizard Island. It's one of Australia's northernmost island resorts, where design works in harmony with the island's spectacular natural beauty. This premium property caters for a maximum of just 80 guests. There is also a campground at the national park at the northern end of Watson Bay. And when you have the chance, make sure to take one of the many magnificent walks on the island. On at least one you can expect to glimpse a Monitor, the lizard after which Lizard Island was originally named.

Cooktown Scenic Rim Trail

Cooktown, Cook Area
Free Entry
Cooktown’s Scenic Rim Trail displays all aspects of the town’s historical and cultural delights. Experience a range of diverse natural habitats, each with their own special features and species. Walk through mangrove lined banks of the Endeavour River, an estuarine environment which forms a complex breeding ground for various wildlife. Pass through open forest on the lower reaches of Mount Cook, until the trail reaches the rainforest. Up through the dim rainforest light, weave past vine thicket and around walls of buttress roots. The trail crosses Alligator Creek, (only cross at low tide) and continues along the beach towards the northern end of Finch Bay. On the decent to the small secluded beach at Cherry Tree Bay enjoy magnificent coastal views. Sometimes fish, turtles and even dugongs can be seen in the bay. The Scenic Rim Trail is broken into nine different sections, catering for a range of fitness levels.
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