Situated between the mouth of the Endeavour River and Grassy Hill, it has Mt Cook forming its backdrop. Cooktown is where Captain Cook beached the HMB Endeavour, for repairs in 1770.

To see this town, venture up Grassy Hill, for a specular 360° views of the river, town, mountain and Coral Sea. Captain Cook would climb this hill during the 48 days spent repairing the Endeavour,  making observations of the tides, so that he could safely leave the river.

There is now a lighthouse situated on its peak.
 Built in Birmingham, England, it was shipped to Cooktown in 1885 and was automated in 1927.

Our stop was the James Cook Museum, housed in the 1889, Sisters of Mercy Convent school building, it has the original anchor and cannon, from the Endeavour.

Our homeward journey was along Mulligan Highway, through Lakeland and stopping at the Palmer River Roadhouse for dinner. Cathy also made short stops at lookouts and a wetland, for photo opportunities.
Back down the Great Dividing Range, at Mount Molloy, brought us out to the coast road, between Mossman and Port Douglas, for the last stretch. The lights of Mossman breaking up the inky darkness, that had enveloped us on our return trip.
Some distances; Cairns to Cooktown, via Bloomfield Track, 260km. Cooktown to Cairns, via the inland road, 350km.
Home around 7.30pm.
We had a wonderful day seeing sights that were awesome.




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