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Friday 14th, June
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join botanic artist, Julie McEnerny for a botanic drawing workshop set amongst the beautiful Cooktown Botanic Gardens.

Friday 14th, June
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join James Cook University Botanist for an educational and scenic Endeavour River cruise on board Riverbend Tours.

Friday 14th, June
2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Craft and food stalls will abound at the market place in Lions Park.

Friday 14th, June
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bring the kids to the fun and excitement of the funfair amusement rides.

Friday 14th, June
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Be amazed by master sand sculptor Dennis Massoud from Sand in Your Eyes as he creates a masterpiece. 

Friday 14th, June
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

All aboard Riverbend Tours for a sunset cruise on the Endeavour River.

Friday 14th, June
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Proudly presented by the Cooktown Bowls Club  Join us at William Daku Park for the official opening of the 2019 Cooktown Discovery Festival

Friday 14th, June
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Be entertained with live music by Lisa and Kimberley.

Friday 14th, June
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Round off a fabulous day of celebrations with a party at the pub Cooktown style – Dr Elephant will be performing live.

Saturday 15th, June
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Craft and food stalls will abound at the market place in Lions Park.

Saturday 15th, June
7:00 am - 11:00 am

For the early birds keen for adventure, we explore uncharted territory right up into the upper reaches of the Endeavour River

Saturday 15th, June
7:15 am - 9:00 am

The Cooktown Green Adventure Challenge is a street orienteering event on foot.

Saturday 15th, June
7:45 am - 10:00 am

Join Professor Darren Crayn, Director of the Australian Tropical Herbarium on a scenic and informative guided bush walk from Cherry Tree Bay to the Cooktown Botanic Gardens. Learn about the botanical species that were collected by Banks and Solander during their time in Cooktown back in 1770. 

Saturday 15th, June
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Bring the kids to the fun and excitement of the funfair amusement rides.

Saturday 15th, June
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Get a fresh perspective on Cooktown and see it from the air!

Saturday 15th, June
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Grab the kids, grab a mud map from the Visitor Information Centre at Nature’s Powerhouse and head out into the Botanic Gardens on Solander’s Scavenger Hunt.

Saturday 15th, June
8:00 am - 10:00 am

Join us for a specially prepared selection of comforting breakfast options, while poets whisk you away to the lands of their imaginations.

Saturday 15th, June
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Banks florilegium display at Nature’s Powerhouse is an inspiring catalogue of the flora and fauna identified by Banks during the Endeavour’s 48 day stay in Cooktown.

Saturday 15th, June
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Participants will be instructed on the art of traditional indigenous weaving by elders from the Hope Vale Arts Centre

Saturday 15th, June
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visit the Country Women’s Association Tea House and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some lovely home made treats.

Saturday 15th, June
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Ever wanted to add a bit of bling to your mobility scooter or help one of the local seniors flash their’s up?

Saturday 15th, June
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

While away your day watching the comedy and talent of an amazing array of street buskers.

Saturday 15th, June
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Be amazed by master sand sculptor Dennis Massoud from Sand in Your Eyes as he creates a masterpiece.  Dennis will be conducting workshops throughout the day, so you can drop in and try your hand at creating your own sand masterpiece. 

Saturday 15th, June
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join botanic artist, Julie McEnerny for a botanical drawing workshop set amongst the beautiful Cooktown Botanic Gardens and Nature’s Powerhouse.

Saturday 15th, June
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Dressed as Solander himself, former Botanic Gardens curator, Sandy Lloyd will give you both a historical and botanical tour through the secrets of the Cooktown Botanic Gardens.

Saturday 15th, June
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Live cooking demonstration with celebrity chef, Mark Olive

Saturday 15th, June
11:00 am - 11:30 am

Relive our gold rush history and witness the re-enactment of the delivery of gold by horseback to the old bank.

Saturday 15th, June
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Housed in a stunning nineteenth-century former convent, the James Cook Museum in Cooktown is one of Queensland’s best museums, showcasing the fascinating history of this remarkable town and is where you can view an original anchor and cannon from Cook’s HMB Endeavour!

Saturday 15th, June
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Everybody loves a parade! Come and see the community and culture of Cooktown all on display together!

Saturday 15th, June
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Ever tried eating a pie with no hands in the fastest time possible? Now is your chance by entering the pie eating competition!  Or bid for the fastest crab in the annual crab races.  Live action at the Top Pub!! 

Saturday 15th, June
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join botanic artist, Julie McEnerny for a botanical drawing workshop set amongst the beautiful Cooktown Botanic Gardens and Nature’s Powerhouse.

Saturday 15th, June
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

The Cairns and District Chinese Association invite you to share their culture through dance and music with the Lion Dance performance.   

Saturday 15th, June
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Be wowed by magic – fun for all ages

Saturday 15th, June
2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Be entertained with live music

Saturday 15th, June
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This cultural tour of the Botanic Gardens will be conducted by local Indigenous elder or traditional owner.

Saturday 15th, June
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Visitors vs locals? Young vs Old? Line up and let the craziness start as battles to be the strongest team commence.

Saturday 15th, June
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Channel your inner Italian as you speed your way through a mountain of spaghetti.

Saturday 15th, June
6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

The story of Cooktown and our region begins many, many years before the arrival of Captain Cook and his crew.

Saturday 15th, June
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All aboard Riverbend Tours for a sunset dinner and fireworks cruise on the Endeavour River.

Saturday 15th, June
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Round off a fabulous day of celebrations with a party at the pub Cooktown style – Area 13 will be performing live.

Saturday 15th, June
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Get ready to ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ as the impressive free fireworks display lights up the riverside.

Sunday 16th, June
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Craft and food stalls will abound at the market place in Lions Park.  

Sunday 16th, June
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Get a fresh perspective on Cooktown and see it from the air!

Sunday 16th, June
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Take a moment to pause and give thanks by joining us for our traditional combined Church service.

Sunday 16th, June
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Laugh off the weekend’s activities and kick start your Sunday with Laughter Yoga instructed by Hyper the Clown!  Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group but with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter […]

Sunday 16th, June
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bring the kids to the fun and excitement of the funfair amusement rides

Sunday 16th, June
9:00 am - 9:30 am

The Cairns and District Chinese Association invite you to share their culture through tai chi and lion dance demonstrations. 

Sunday 16th, June
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visit the Country Women’s Association Tea House and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some lovely home made treats.

Sunday 16th, June
10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Cooktown Re-enactment Association have been re-enacting the story of Captain’s Cook experience in Cooktown for 60 years and in this time, this community performance has become a landmark event on the regional calendar.

Sunday 16th, June
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Join the National Museum of Australia via video link for a virtual tour of their collection. 

Sunday 16th, June
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wind down from the busy weekend with live music from local artist, Ella Hartwig 

Sunday 16th, June
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

All aboard Riverbend Tours for a sunset cruise on the Endeavour River.

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