Cooktown has two attributes; the most northern Qld accessed via bitumen and more importantly the location Captain Cook ran aground on his escape from the northern eastern shores of terra australis in that era.
Cooktown is a ‘museum in progress’ and will be that way for the future. Each new discovery will be an invitation to record and then optimize and the ‘official’ Museum gives a good insight into the official ‘Cook’ happenings.
Here is some recorded history:-
‘The captain of the Endeavour, James Cook, wrote: “. . . it was happy for us that a place of refuge was at hand; for we soon found that the ship would not work, and it is remarkable that in the whole course of our voyage we had seen no place that our present circumstances could have afforded us the same relief". A semi paradise had been circumstanced.
In 1872, William Hann discovered gold in the Palmer River, and soon a party was dispatched to advise whether the Endeavour River would be a suitable site for a port. Shortly after, a new township was established at the site of the present town, on the southern bank of the river.’
Cooktown is a great place to visit.