Far North Queensland
is the mangrovy river mouth that is used by boats to dig themselves into
during a cyclone.
Cook chose the sandbank close to the shore here at Cooktown to careen his
ship Endeavour to mend the hole In the planking caused by the coral digging
into it when he went aground on Cape Tribulation on 11th June 1768
seen from Grassy Hill outlook. It became an important town during the
Gold Mining period in the 1870’s, then went to rack and ruin until
tourism took over again in the 1980’s.
Wharf restaurant and cafe is well situated to contemplate where Endeavour would
have been careened, and just watching life going on at the waters edge with
excellent food, or just fish and chips
James Cook Museum has the original anchor and canon which Cook had to
jettison to try and refloat his ship, plus the view given by the elder
aboriginals who thought these white people must be ‘gods’.
of James Cook in the town, contemplating how he might escape all the
he had to negotiate to get out of the Great Barrier Reef. This
lighthouse was not installed until 100 years later, when ships carrying
supplies for the influx of people during the goldrush needed it.
Beach is right next to the entrance to the Endeavour river, beware grounding
on these boulders!
our self-contained cottage for the night, was well placed on the edge of the
rainforest, even if we were woken up in the middle of the night by this scrub
turkey walking on the roof, and scratching around outside!
drove back to Cairns via the inland road, longer but so much faster, through
hilly but much drier country, used for Brahmen cattle, wandering across the