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Reconciliation Re-enactment

Reconciliation Rocks Precinct 2 Furneaux Street, Cooktown, QLD

On this exact site in 1770, Australia's first recorded act of reconciliation occurred between Lt. James Cook and a local Guugu Yimithirr 'little old man'. Join us for a live re-enactment of this momentous occasion as we officially open the upgraded Reconciliation Rocks precinct and impressive public artwork.

Musket Firing

Festival Village Lions Park, Charlotte Street, Cooktown, QLD

Start the Discovery Festival off with a bang - literally!! Join the marines as they fire their muskets to officially open the event.

Banks Banquet Dinner

Nature's Powerhouse Cooktown, QLD

Enjoy an exclusive four course meal on the verandah of Nature's Powerhouse, set amongst the heritage listed Cooktown Botanic Gardens. The gardens are home to a living collection of plant […]

Botanic Garden Night Tours

Botanic Gardens 1 Walker Street, Cooktown, QLD

Ever wondered what creepy crawlies come out at night time in the Botanic Gardens? Join entomologists Dr David Rentz (AM), specialist in Orthoptera, the family of insects that includes grasshoppers, […]

Paranormal Investigations Tour

Cooktown Museum 50 Helen Street, Cooktown, QLD

As the sun goes down, join experienced guide and paranormal investigator, Brett Scotney, as he attempts to find out who is around when all is quiet. Discover the haunted heritage of the James Cook Museum.

Bugzy Bumblebee

Festival Village Lions Park, Charlotte Street, Cooktown, QLD

Follow the bubbles and you will find Bugzy the Bumblebee! Come and try out the different bubble wands or just chase the bubbles and release your inner child. Bubbles, bubbles […]

Extreme Bicycle Stunts Workshop – Beginners

William Daku Park Webber Esplanade, Cooktown, QLD

Join Borys Zagrocki from Extreme Bicycle Stunts as he teaches you how to do stunts and tricks on your BMX bike. Please bring: Bike Helmet Closed in shoes Water bottle […]

In the footsteps of Banks and Solander

Botanic Gardens 1 Walker Street, Cooktown, QLD

Join a guided scenic bush walk from Grassy Hill to the Cooktown Botanic Gardens via Cherry Tree Bay and learn about the botanical species that captured the imagination of Banks and Solander back in 1770. Lead by Professor Darren Crayn, Queensland Herbarium.

Roaming Wild Animal Encounters

Festival Village Lions Park, Charlotte Street, Cooktown, QLD

Join in on this fascinating, educational and interactive wildlife experience for children and adults of all ages. Animals may include a crocodile, python, blue tongue lizard, squirrel glider and gold […]

Hyper the Clown

Festival Village Lions Park, Charlotte Street, Cooktown, QLD

You can't miss Hyper the Clown with her brightly coloured hair, glitter art, magic show and funny puppets!! Fun for the whole family! Proudly sponsored by Hazelmere Station  

Queensland Ballet Workshops

Shire Hall Helen Street, Cooktown, QLD

The Queensland Ballet are excited to hit the road again and spread the magic of ballet with people of all ages and abilities as part of their 2022 Community Regional […]

CWA Cafe

Charlotte Street Charlotte Street, Cooktown, QLD

Join the Cooktown branch of the QCWA for a cuppa, a cake or a sandwich and support their fundraising efforts to give back to the local community. Visit the CWA […]

Cook Shire Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which Cooktown 2020 commemorations will be held and pay respect to the Elders past, present and future. 

© Cooktown Discovery Festival 2022 – Cook Shire Council