Cooktown

Cooktown at last! A place we’ve wanted to visit for some time. It’s full of history both aboriginal (of which more later) and of course Captain James Cook beached his ship the Endeavour here in 1770 after he struck a reef at Cape Tribulation.

It’s a remote place but we instantly liked it. It’s a bit like a small Caribbean town surrounded by blue seas and green mountains. The long inland road from Mareeba was only sealed in 2005. The only other way is up the shorter coastal Bloomfield Track, a tough 4WD adventure. This is why the town survives on mainly tourism based on Cook’s visit.

We spent our first day just getting our bearings. There is a monument where the Endeavour actually lay undergoing repairs and a hiilside where Cook went daily to survey his route out of the estuary. The weather was glorious and we were keen to find one of the many fabulous beaches that abound here. We headed for Quarantine Bay and despite it’s name it was a pretty little bay and we parked virtually on the beach, took our chairs and eskie and sat under the shade of a tree. The eskie is always stocked with plenty of ice and cold drinks (mainly alcohol!) The one thing you don’t do here is swim. That’s for crocodiles and box jelly fish.

We spent the night on a campsite in Cooktown preparing for our Aboriginal walkabout.

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