09 June 2021

Plenty of free fun, but no fun fair at Expo as industry insurance woes plague amusement park operators

With just days to go until the opening of the highly-anticipated Cooktown & Cape York Expo 2021, ongoing public liability insurance challenges faced by amusement park operators has meant that several operators have had to cancel their bookings to run the community fun fair that was scheduled as part of the event.

“Our Expo team explored several different operators and alternatives but were unable to source a suitable and safe solution at such short notice,” said Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott.  

“We understand how disappointed our community and visitors to the Expo will be, but the show will go on and with 10 jam-packed days of fun, entertainment and activities on offer – most of which is entirely free – we know there’s plenty that the whole family will enjoy.” 

The family-friendly program  enjoy free music and entertainment including performances from Troy Cassar-Daley and Busby Marou; the Cooktown Discovery Quest – an interactive and educational scavenger hunt around the town; magic shows and number of theatre, dance and arts and craft workshops. There is also a series of lantern-making classes where participants will construct their own lantern with an option to take part in the Lantern Parade being held on Friday 18 June. On Saturday 19 June, the Regional Street Parade is a much-loved highlight that attracts families and community groups from across the Cape.

“The Warrma followed by fireworks displays on Sunday 13 and 20 June are also showcase family-friendly events that embrace the true spirit of the Expo, and celebrate our shared history as well as everything that’s so great about living on the Cape.”

For full program details visit 60 Page Official Program