Cooktown cruises destination information
|Cooktown itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Jan 21, 2020||Ancient Landscapes, 52 Nights||from $90610|
|Jan 21, 2020||Exotic Adventures, 40 Nights||from $70324|
|Jan 21, 2020||Koalas and Komodo Dragons, 22 Nights||from $26409|
|Mar 1, 2020||Aussie Discovery, 18 nights||from $38141|
|Nov 6, 2020||Grand Spice Route Quest, 76 nights||from $121245|
|Dec 20, 2020||Balinese Celebration, 18 nights||from $31085|
The Stunning Main Port of Cooktown
Cooktown - the gateway to the wilderness - was founded in 1873 as the port for the Palmer River Gold fields. This was more than a century after Captain James Cook spent 48 days in 1770 on the banks of the Endeavor River repairing his ship. Every June the town celebrates Cooktown's status as Australia's first, if brief, European settlement at a Discovery Festival which includes a colourful re-enactment of Cook's landing.
The town itself was later carved out of the Cape York wilderness during the gold rush. Today Cooktown is a living museum of pioneer Australia, A highlight of a visit to Cooktown is an extended tour of the James Cook Museum - built in 1888 as a convent school run by Irish nuns. The Museum documents Cook's voyages, Aboriginal and natural history, the gold rush days and their Chinese legacy. Walking tracks in the area allow for visitors to explore areas of beach, bush and mountains. Closer to town is Grassy Hill where one can share the same view as Captain Cook.
Cooktown Cruises: What to do in Cooktown
Cooktown History Centre
After spending your time on one of Australia’s top cruises, round off your holiday by diving into the past stories of Cooktown. Cooktown History Centre has an award-winning historical display that is visited by thousands every year, and the beautiful old building which homes it speaks volumes of the treasures you’ll discover behind its doors. Offering an interesting and educational insight into the history of Cooktown and the surrounding area, the Cooktown History Centre shares photographs, murals, local stories and interactive displays to set the scene for life in Cooktown’s past. Learn about the railways and first roads, natural disasters that swept through town, and early residents.
Where: 121 Charlotte Street, Cooktown, Queensland, 4895, Australia
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tucked into the stunning World Heritage Rainforest lies the wooden bungalows of Mungumby Lodge. Wake to the sound of the rainforest each morning when you book one of these cosy units. Boutique lodges weave through the trees near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, creating a very different accommodation opportunity than your recent (or upcoming!) Australia cruise. Near the city of Cooktown, the Mungumby Lodge bungalows are in the perfect spot to get a well-earned rest, while not being too far away from the hustle and bustle, should you like to get out and explore. A variety of lodges are available, ranging from double bungalows for a couple’s getaway to family bungalows for a holiday with the kids.
Where: 388 Mungumby Road, Cooktown, Cape York, Queensland, 4895, Australia
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 1:00pm
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