©

Cooktown trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Cooktown

Trip Planner Australia  /  Queensland  /  Cook Shire  /  Cooktown
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Cooktown is located about north of Brisbane and north of Cairns, by road. At the time of the 2011 census, Cooktown had a population of 2,339.Cooktown is at the mouth of the Endeavour River, on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland where James Cook beached his ship, the Endeavour, for repairs in 1770. Both the town and Mount Cook (431 metres or 1,415 feet) which rises up behind the town were named after James Cook.Cooktown is one of the few large towns in the Cape York Peninsula and was founded on 25 October 1873 as a supply port for the goldfields along the Palmer River. It was called "Cook's Town" until 1 June 1874.HistoryAboriginal historyIn the local Guugu Yimithirr language the name for the region is Gangaar, which means "(Place of the) Rock Crystals." Quartz crystals were used in various Aboriginal ceremonies across the continent and are found in the vicinity; they were traded from the Cooktown region at least as far as Mossman, about 300km south of Cooktown, and possibly much further.
Cooktown is in Cook Shire. To personalize your trip to Cooktown, create itinerary details specific to you using our Australia trip itinerary builder app .
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Cooktown

  • Get a personalised plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customise it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best activities
    and find special offers
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Cooktown

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Powered by Australia.com
2 adults
Adults (12 +)
- +
teens
- +
Children (2-11)
- +
Close

Recently planned trips to Cooktown

31 days in Queensland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Queensland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Cooktown BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Queensland BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND June, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Queensland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Queensland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Cooktown BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Great Barrier Reef BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Australia BY A USER FROM ITALY December, culture, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans