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
Sports7 - 9 Jun 2019
Weipa Fishing Classic
Three days of non-stop fishing action – Cape York’s premier and most exciting fishing competition. Local and interstate anglers compete for a record prize pool of more than $100,000 up for grabs.View event
Sports21 - 23 Sep 2019
Cardiac ChallengeView event
Arts & Culture3 - 5 Jul 2020
Laura Aboriginal Dance FestivalView event
Arts & Culture14 - 16 Jun 2019
Cooktown Discovery FestivalView event
Sports28 - 30 Jun 2019
Laura Races and RodeoView event