Cooktown - the gateway to the wilderness - was founded in 1873 as the port for the Palmer River Goldfields. This was more than a century after Captain James Cook spent 48 days in 1770 on the banks of the Endeavour River repairing his ship.

Getting There is Easy

By Road

Cooktown is located approximately 4 hours (350 km) from Cairns along the inland road which is completely sealed since March 2006. For those with a 4WD the coastal road is 260 km.

By Bus/Coach

Country Road Coachlines have scheduled services from Cairns and Port Douglas on both inland and coastal roads

By Plane

4 daily scheduled flights from Cairns to Cooktown on smaller regional airlines.

  • Call our tour desk for assistance and suggestions.


Cooktown map


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