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James Cook Museum
Those wanting to learn the legacy of Cooktown’s namesake will find everything they need and more at the James Cook Museum, devoted to preserving the town’s rich history and heritage. Housed in the painstakingly restored 19th-century Sisters of Mercy convent building, the museum tells the story of how Cook and his 86-strong crew spent 48 days marooned on the Northern Queensland shore in 1770, as they repaired their ship, the HMS Endeavour.

Exhibitions detail the fateful events of Cook’s stay, including the repairing of the Endeavour, the early encounters between the British explorers and Australian Aboriginals, and the first sightings of native Australian animals like kangaroos and dingos. Additional galleries cover Cooktown’s history, from the heritage of the indigenous Guugu Yimithiir people to the 19th century Palmer River gold rush, and the role of Chinese immigrants. Highlights include the Endeavour’s original anchor and cannon, and a series of personal stories and artifacts from local families, as well as a terrace café and gift shop.

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The James Cook Museum is located on Helen Street in Cooktown, North Queensland and is open daily April to Oct from 9am-4pm; Nov to Jan and March from 9.30am to 4pm; and Feb from 10am-1pm. Admission is AU$10 for adults, AU$3 for children.
Address: 50 Helen St, Cooktown QLD 4895, Australia
Hours: April-Oct: 9am-4pm; Nov-Jan, March: 9.30am-4pm; Feb: 10am-1pm
Admission: Adults: AU$10; Children: AU$3
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Cairns To Cooktown 4WD Tour

At Cairns To Cooktown 4WD Tours, we offer fun, interesting and informative day tours in our purpose built air conditioned 4WD coach.Having crossed the mighty Daintree River on a vehicle ferry, we head North through the lush, ancient Daintree Forests before arriving at Cape Tribulation.Refreshed we now embark on the iconic 4WD Bloomfield Track taking in the wonderful sights along the way, before we arrive at the Lions Den Hotel for a well earned "coldy".Shortly after we arrive in the historic settlement of Cooktown and take in the amazing Endeavour River and reflect on days gone by. We'll buy you lunch at the Cooktown Hotel, better known these days at The Top Pub, before we head to the best regional museum in Australia, The James Cook Museum, where we'll take care of your admission. We then head off to the stunning Cooktown Botanical Gardens. Heading home via the inland, outback route we stop at the mysterious Black Mountains and the remote Palmer River Goldfields.
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