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.