Tired of the mainstream and commercial ?
Cook Shire offers a relaxed lifestyle in a beautiful environment without foregoing modern services and technologies.
Cooktown is the central hub of the shire and services the outlying towns of Ayton, Rossville, Laura, Lakeland and Coen.
Cooktown is a beautiful, unspoilt small historic coastal town surrounded by stunning countryside. It is also Australia's closest town to the Great Barrier Reef. With its laid-back atmosphere and friendly people, this is the perfect base to explore the rugged beauty of the lower Cape, noted for its pristine environment and Aboriginal culture.
One of Australia's most historically significant townships, Cooktown, nestled between Mount Cook and the mouth of the Endeavour River, was the site for the beaching of the HM Bark Endeavour in 1770 under the command of Lt James Cook.
The pioneering spirit that opened and developed this region is still alive and strong in the 21st century.
Cook Shire .... the history is just the beginning.