Some of the northernmost holiday destinations in Northern Queensland, Cape York and Cooktown offer some of the most unique landscapes and ecosystems in Australia. Cape York attractions include a range of stunning beaches, ancient aboriginal heritage and the iconic red soil of the Australian outback balanced by the lush greenery of the rainforest.
One of the most popular attractions is Cape York itself, allowing you the unique opportunity to stand on the very tip of Australia. However there are also a wide range of cultural, historical, environmental and leisure activities and attractions.
Black Mountain is a mysterious natural geological formation considered to be more than 150 million years old. A pyramid of stones, the local indigenous people have named this rock phenomenon 'Place of Spears'.
The Laura River Valley is also home to amazing Quinkan Aboriginal Rock art sites. This ancient Cape York and Cooktown attraction is approximately 32,000 years old and provides a fascinating insight into the traditional heritage of the indigenous people.
One of the best ways to explore this stunning region is on the variety of walking trails. Grassy Hill offers panoramic 360 degree views and therefore is one of the most popular walking trails.
Bicentennial Park is a lovely spot for a picnic or to catch a bit of sun but depending on when you're in town, you might be lucky enough to witness a re-enactment of the landing of Captain Cook for the annual Discovery Festival during the Queen's Birthday weekend in June.
The James Cook Museum is another fantastic way to get in touch with the region's historical heritage and is open year round, allowing you to see the original cannon and anchor from the 'Endeavour' whenever you happen to be in town.
Another lesson in early pioneer history is the Cooktown Cemetery and Chinese Shrine, a beautiful way to learn about the area's past. The nearby Lakeland Downs Coffee House is the perfect spot to enjoy a brew and sample some of the delicious locally grown coffees while the Lion's Den Outback Pub offers hearty meals in the ambiance of the frontier days of the late 1880s.