Today Cooktown is a memorial to Cook’s voyages around Australia documenting the coastline, a witness to the story of gold mining in Queensland, a dreamline of Aboriginal culture and a burgeoning tourist industry. Mass tourism has yet to arrive in town. This makes the place a destination in itself, with its quirky character intact. You can stroll the Esplanade in search of Cook’s statue, check out an interesting souvenir shop named Croc, spend time browsing in Nature’s Powerhouse and linger in one of Australia’s best regional museums, the James Cook Museum without large crowds. For photo moments you can’t look past the grassy lookout, Cooks cairn and imagine yourself beached on an estuary in the 1770’s. Cooktown is beguiing, charming and a favourite place in Australian hearts.
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