The adventure to Cooktown begins along the 350-kilometre inland highway or 4WD coastal route via the Bloomfield Track from Cairns. 

Lay of the land

  • Stroll the wide welcoming streets, lined with grand Queensland architecture from the bygone gold rush days, and the botanic gardens filled with 62-hectares of native and exotic plants.
  • Anglers can cast a lure on a guided tour and explore the river estuary day or night for barramundi.

History repeated

  • Dress up with proud locals to celebrate the landing of Captain James Cook and his interaction with Indigenous Guugu Yimithirr people, with a three-day festival each June. 
  • Take an educational journey into Aboriginal culture over a meal with an elder or enlist a guide to hike to rock-art sites high in the hills.

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Lizard Island Resort

Lizard Island, Cook Area
From AU$2029 - 7000
Lizard Island, Australia's northernmost island resort on the Great Barrier Reef, is truly secluded from the rest of the world and is located a one hour scenic flight over the reef from Cairns. With only one resort on the island hosting 40 rooms – it is the tranquility and natural beauty of the island that will first greet you.

Cooktown Holiday Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
From AU$49 - 175
Cooktown Holiday Park is just a short stroll into town and is set amongst eight acres of tropical award winning gardens and beautiful surroundings, comfortable fully self-contained one and two bedroom cabins, motel style units, budget cabins, and roomy caravan and camping sites that can accommodate large motorhomes and recreational vehicles.
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