Mount Cook National Park
This park features the rugged Mount Cook, which provides a scenic backdrop to the town of Cooktown. Rainforest and tropical woodlands with a heath understorey cover the upper slopes and sheltered gullies. Mount Cook was named after Lieutenant James Cook, navigator and explorer, who had repaired the Endeavour in 1770 where Cooktown now stands, after damaging it on the reefs off Cape Tribulation.
Take the steep two kilometre walk to the lookout for scenic views over the Great Barrier Reef and coastline. Climb one kilometre further to Mount Cook’s summit. See large granite boulders covered with ferns. Look for tree snakes and lace monitors. Take binoculars for birdwatching.
What’s on nearby
Sports21 - 23 Sep 2019
The Cardiac Challenge is a three-day camping and recreational cycle ride in the September school holidays.View event
Arts & CultureJul 2020
NPA Culture Festival – Keep the Flame of Culture BurningView event
Arts & Culture3 - 5 Jul 2020
Laura Aboriginal Dance FestivalView event
Arts & Culture27 - 29 Sep 2019
Wallaby Creek FestivalView event
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Cooktown Expo 2020View event