A must do if you can get the chance to spend the weekend at Cooktown for the re-enactment of the Landing of Captain Cook. The whole town comes to life for this weekend, with Markets, Street Parades, Entertainment all weekend, so much to see and do. And the amazing compilation of both from the Indigenous Australians and the people of Cooktown.
Captain Cook (Re-enactment)
Cooktown was settled by Captain Cook in 1770 when the Endeavour boat was beached here, and is where Joseph Banks gathered 186 different species of Australian plant life along the Endeavour River. Cooktown grew to the second largest town in Queensland after the Palmer River Gold Rush, although WWII and various cyclones almost destroyed Cooktown.
Banks and Cook both sat and spoke on six occasions with the Guugu Yimithirrbama but it was Sydney Parkinson who was to record 156 words of the language of these people for the very first time.
Was this the first meaningful contact between the indigenous people of Australia and Europeans? Was this the first recorded written language of the Indigenous people of Australia?. Cook landed 13 times on the East Coast of Australia – 12 of them in Queensland waters. He named 106 places on the East Coast, 83 of them in Queensland waters.
Beautiful Aboriginal Girl in Character
The lighthouse is conical in form, about 6 metres (20 ft) high, constructed of timber clad with corrugated iron sheets, on a concrete base. It is about 3 metres (9.8 ft) diameter at the base. Small rectangular windows are set about mid height on the south and east sides. Entrance is through a small entry on the western side, with timber-framing, convex corrugated iron roof, and timber double doors. The tower is topped by a balcony supported on timber brackets which has a lightweight balustrade. The cylindrical lantern sits above, capped with a hemispherical dome. Access to the light is via a timber stair. The tower is painted white, with the dome and the concrete base painted red.
Cooktown Light House (Grassy Hill)