Cooktown (Photo:electra/Shutterstock)
Cooktown (Photo:electra/Shutterstock)
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

Toni Eatts
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Cooktown

Cooktown is a town like no other. It still feels like a frontier town -- tropical, sleepy, remote but filled with stories from an extraordinary past. Located on the mouth of the Endeavour River on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland, it's the northernmost town on the east coast of Australia.

The first nonindigenous visitors were Captain James Cook and his 70 crewmembers in 1770. That legendary seafarer guided his sailing ship, Endeavour, into the safe waters of the river after the vessel had been damaged on the Great Barrier Reef.

Shore Excursions

About Cooktown


A tropical and remote town to discover Australian history or meet characters at the pubs


It’s a long, hot walk up to the lookout, and you can’t cool off in the crocodile-infested beaches

Bottom Line

The northernmost town on Australia’s east coast feels like the last frontier

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