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Cooktown Expo 2020 – Discovery Festival

17 July - 4 August 2020

Event Details

The second (or middle) weekend of the Cooktown Expo 2020 features the Discovery Festival. The highlight of the weekend will be the arrival of HM Bark Endeavour replica and the “Encounters Shore to Ship Exhibition”. Other exciting things to see include:
– a live performance and re-enactment of the landing of Captain Cook and his interactions with the Guugu Yimithirr bama
– The Cooktown to the Cape Agriculture and Environment Expo
– The Arts Market Regional Art Expo
– History tours, talks, street parade and stories from the Gold Rush
– Botanic Gardens tours, Banks Florilegium and Vera Scarth-Johnson botanic art exhibition, garden party, botanic art workshops
– Regional Produce Showcase, paddock to plate cooking demonstrations, lunch and dinners
– Kidz Zone – fun fair and sideshow alley
– Poet’s Breakfast, Petcha Kutcha and Cantata
– Launch of the new Botanic Gardens and the Gamaay Dreaming Track

  • Cooktown Expo 2020 – Discovery Festival


    Cook Area
    Queensland Queensland, Australia

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Cooktown Expo 2020 – Discovery Festival

Cook Area
Queensland Queensland, Australia

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Event Information

Cooktown Expo 2020 feature three festivals, the other two are:


July 17 – 19, Reconciliation Rocks Music Festival

Recognising our shared history through music, song, and dance and feature national and local Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.


August 1-4, Endeavour Festival

Highlights navigation, botany, astronomy, cartography, aviation, the Endeavour Ball and Re-enactment of Cook’s landing in 1770 and farewell of the Endeavour Replica.

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Cooktown Discovery Festival Highlights Reel from 2018!

119 days to the 2019 Cooktown Discovery Festival.... the countdown is officially on! Join us for some new events, new workshops and a few surprises as well as our all time favorite events! #cooktowndiscoveryfestival #itsliveinqueensland #tourismtropicalnorthqueensland #capeyork

Posted by Cooktown Discovery Festival on Thursday, February 14, 2019

See the highlights from the 2018 Discovery Festival in Cooktown.

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