Cooktown, Queensland

View of Cooktown from Grassy Hill
Cooktown is located in Queensland
Coordinates15°28′8.5″S 145°15′5.5″E / 15°28′8.5″S 145°15′5.5″E / -15.469028; 145.251528
Population2,631 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation6.0 m (20 ft)
  • 2,034 km (1,264 mi) from Brisbane
  • 326 km (203 mi) from Cairns
  • 267 km (166 mi) from Port Douglas
LGA(s)Shire of Cook
State electorate(s)Cook
Federal Division(s)Leichhardt
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
31.5 °C
89 °F
24.3 °C
76 °F
1,809.7 mm
71.2 in
Localities around Cooktown:
Starcke Starcke Hopevale
Lakefield Cooktown Coral Sea
Laura Lakeland Rossville

Cooktown is the northernmost town on the east coast of Australia. In 2006, there were 2093 people living in the town. It is at the mouth of the Endeavour River, on Cape York Peninsula in north Queensland. Cooktown is named after the English explorer, Captain James Cook, and the Endeavour River is named after his ship, the Endeavour.

Its population of 2000 doubles each June as the community re-enact Cook’s historic landing, complete with replica ship, cannon fire and period costume.[2]


  1. "Cooktown (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. Erin O'Dwyer, ''Cooktown: Place of endeavour ', Australian Geographic, AG Online, accessed online August 7, 2010
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