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Cooktown Discovery Festival
Cooktown Discovery Festival
Cooktown Discovery Festival
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Cooktown Discovery Festival
Cooktown, Cook Area

06 - 09 June

0467 058 731

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The Cooktown Discovery Festival is an annual event held in Cooktown, Far North Queensland, to celebrate the landing of Lieutenant James Cook at the Endeavour River in 1770 and his meeting with the local Guugu Yimithirr and Kuku Yalanji people. For 50 years, the people of Cooktown have come together every June to celebrate this historic event by staging a fully costumed re-enactment of Cooks landing and his time spent in this tropical paradise with the local Bama (Aboriginal people).

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The Discovery Festival creates a balance between the indigenous arts, culture and history and those of the Europeans so as to truly reflect the diplomatic relationship between the two cultures both in 1770 and today.

The festival features a multitude of activities and events for all the family held over the Queen's birthday weekend.

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How To Get There

From Cairns follow the fully sealed Mulligan Highway to Cooktown, approximately 330 kilometres or three and a half to four hours.
The re-enactment of Cook's landing takes place in the Endeavour Lions Park but activities take place throughout the town all weekend.

Free Entry

Event Dates

06 - 09 June

Frequency: Annual


Endevour Park

Charlotte Street
Queensland Australia 4895
Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4069 6861

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