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Cooktown, Queensland

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View of Cooktown from Grassy Hill
Population: 2,631 [1]
Established: 1873
Postcode: 4895
Coordinates: 15°28′8.5″S 145°15′5.5″E / 15.469028°S 145.251528°E / -15.469028; 145.251528Coordinates: 15°28′8.5″S 145°15′5.5″E / 15.469028°S 145.251528°E / -15.469028; 145.251528
Elevation: 6.0 m (20 ft)
LGA: Shire of Cook
County: Banks
State District: Cook
Federal Division: 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. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cooktown (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 January 2018. Lua error in Module:EditAtWikidata at line 36: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  2. Erin O'Dwyer, ''Cooktown: Place of endeavour ', Australian Geographic, AG Online, accessed online August 7, 2010

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