What's On in and around Cooktown

Did you know that Cooktown has been named one of Australia's Top 100 Towns by Australian Traveller magazine? (Our appearance at #44 disgusted some visitors who thought we should be in the Top 10, or even the Top 5, so you'll have to come and judge for yourselves!) Read what the judges say.... - and Guurrbi's Aboriginal tours get a mention too. 

Also worth a read: "Take me to the Waters" - A feature on Cooktown and Guurrbi in The Weekend Australian magazine (Feb 2010); "Cooktown & The First Reconciliation" and "Cooktown - the small town whose history changed the world"

What's New in Cooktown

In the Footsteps of Captain Cook - Walking Trail
Feel the history as you walk around Cooktown! New interpretive signage now allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of Lt (later Captain) James Cook. Historically significant sites such as the HMB Endeavour's landing place, shipwreck site, careening place, Reconciliation Rocks, and viewpoints on Grassy Hill, display signs with quotes from Cook's and Parkinson's journals.

Forthcoming Events 2013 

2-3 August 2013 - Cooktown & District Country Show
Affectionately known as 'The Ag Show' this is a great get-together for locals and visitors alike, with displays, competitions, arts and craft, produce, livestock, the Animal Nursery, food and refreshments, market stalls, and entertainment for the whole family. For more information (07) 4069 5444.

31 August 2013 - Bloomfield Agricultural Show
Take a trip down to the rainforest and meet the locals at the Tin Shed in Ayton for the Bloomfield Agricultural Show. All day markets with produce, plants, homemade foods, arts and crafts, and lots for the kids to do. Food and refreshment available.
23 September 2013 - Cardiac Challenge
This annual fundraising bicycle ride from Cairns to Cooktown raised over $300,000 in 2012 for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, and every year attracts more and more riders of all ages. Their arrival into Cooktown is always a major event, and it's well worth being there to see around 300 cyclists come down the main street of Cooktown to a warm reception on the banks of the Endeavour River.  More...   

27-29 September 2013 - Wallaby Creek Festival
A three-day festival of music and arts in the beautiful rainforest setting of Home Rule near Rossville, with great musicians, artists, workshops, market stalls and children's activities. More...

9 November 2013 - Cooktown Race Day 
Join the locals for their fabulous annual race meeting in Cooktown - a highlight in the region's social calendar. It's always a stunning day out with great food and refreshments, music, entertainment, Fashions on the Field, and great racing too. 

For more local information

Welcome to Cooktown!
Take a walk around historic Cooktown in this Picture Gallery of images and stories of our beautiful town and region.

Cooktown & Cape York Visitor Guide
To read more about Cooktown and the surrounding region, what to do, what to see, where to go, where to stay, look out for our 2012-13 Visitor Guide, or read it online


Fierce Dinosaur said...

This is a terrific website - informative, lots of links, up to date, comprehensive - I have a list of things to do in Cooktown already, just from this one site! Can't wait. Claire in Sydney.

Magical, award-winning Aboriginal rock art tours with Nugal-warra Elder, Willie Gordon said...

Thanks so much Claire - you've made our day! If there's anything else we can help you with, please let us know.
Hope to meet you soon!
Best wishes
Willie & Judy

Unknown said...

Love this page guys. Bookmarked so I can follow the events through the year.

Magical, award-winning Aboriginal rock art tours with Nugal-warra Elder, Willie Gordon said...

Thank you! And if you're planning a trip to Cooktown, just let us know. We're always happy to help :)

Anne B said...

Congratulations on all the hard work, Willie and Judy, and here's hoping you continue to do well.