20 September, 2020
Weekend Getaway - Cooktown on our doorstep
A quaint historical coastal town, Cooktown is a unique holiday destination.
Nestled on the mouth of the Endeavour River, beside the Great Barrier Reef you’re surrounded by unspoilt countryside that’s home to a variety of native flora and fauna. Within a short drive from Cooktown’s town centre, you’ll find yourself in ancient rainforests, outback plains, tidal wetlands, untouched beaches and hidden waterfalls.
The region is famous for its pristine natural environment and well-documented history that is rich in Aboriginal culture and rock art galleries. Cooktown, with its laid-back atmosphere and charismatic locals, is the perfect base from which to explore the rugged beauty of South East Cape York.
Open for business and accessible by car or plane all year round, Cooktown’s superb tropical climate ensures that every month is a good month to visit and explore. Summer and the monsoonal rains bring renewed life to both the rainforest and the outback, making it an opportune time to witness the waterfalls in full flow and the wildlife at its most vibrant.
Plus, there’s incredible fishing conditions and a cornucopia of seasonal tropical fruit. Winter brings warm sun-filled days, cool breezy evenings and an abundance of bird-life encounters.
For those seeking more adventurous endeavours, Cooktown and its surrounds also offer serene sandy beaches, bushwalking trails, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes, ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, 4WD tracks, sunset river cruises, fishing charters, the historical James Cook Museum, world-class botanic gardens, World Heritage rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
A step-back through history, heritage, culture and nature, Cooktown, its people and its surrounds is an experience like no other; one you’ll cherish and remember and is certainly sure to earn a place in your heart.