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Cooktown

With bitumen all the way along the 330 kilometre inland Mulligan Highway from Cairns, Cooktown is easy to get to. If you want a more adventurous route, go four wheel-driving along the coastal Bloomfield Track crossing rivers and creeks through World Heritage-listed rainforest and join the highway at the mysterious pile of rocks known as Black Mountain.

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. Stroll through the town and you will get a sense of its prosperous past from the handmade stone guttering lining the wide streets and the graceful, well-preserved architecture.

Each June, the landing of Captain Cook and his interaction with the Indigenous Guugu Yimithirr people is re-enacted as part of the three-day Cooktown Discovery Festival. Discover Cooktown's multicultural history at the museum and walk through the cemetery to learn about the hardships endured there more than a century ago.

The fishing in Cooktown is world-renowned with the Cooktown River and offshore reefs yielding tasty species like barramundi and coral trout. Vessels from around the globe arrive each year to chase the legendary black marlin.

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

Cooktown
Cooktown,
Queensland
Australia

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21 July 2017
The Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic is on again this year as the biggest family fishing event in Queensland. This competition captures the spirit of adventure with over a week of entertainment, fishing, boating, beach four wheel driving and family fun The Competition encompasses a large fishing area including offshore and inshore waters from Eurong, Fraser Island to the Noosa River.

Tin Can Bay Markets

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15 April 2017
Held on the third Saturday of each month in the park alongside the RSL Hall on the Tin Can Bay Road from 8.00am until 12 noon in the Winter and 7am in the Summer. Stock up on the freshest of produce, specialty fare and original creations.
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