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The Cooktown Discovery Festival will be complemented this year by Wild and Windy Cooktown - a community celebration offering a wide range of local activities

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The Program

Friday 15th, June
9:00 am

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

Friday 15th, June
10:00 am

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

Friday 15th, June
11:00 am

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

Friday 15th, June
12:00 pm

Be croc wise and learn about crocodiles in Far North Queensland. Participate in a palm frond weaving workhop to make a large crocodile sculpture.

Friday 15th, June
5:00 pm

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

Friday 15th, June
5:30 pm

Join us at the Discovery Festival Ball for the official opening of the 2018 Cooktown Discovery Festival.

Friday 15th, June
6:00 pm

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

Friday 15th, June
7:30 pm

Start the night off with a bang and watch the local marines fire their muskets!

Friday 15th, June
8:00 pm

Be entertained with live acts from a selection of the 2017 Discovery Festival busking competition winners.

Friday 15th, June
8:30 pm

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

Saturday 16th, June
7:00 am

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

Saturday 16th, June
8:00 am

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 16th, June
8:00 am

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

Saturday 16th, June
8:00 am

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

Saturday 16th, June
8:00 am

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 16th, June
9:00 am

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

Saturday 16th, June
9:00 am

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

Saturday 16th, June
9:00 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 16th, June
9:00 am

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

Saturday 16th, June
10:00 am

Join Pam Kusabs and Marcia Bird, lead artists from the Saltwater Creek Basketry Group and learn the art of natural fibre basketry.

Saturday 16th, June
10:00 am

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

Saturday 16th, June
10:00 am

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

Saturday 16th, June
10:00 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 16th, June
10:30 am

Bring the kids for a live, interactive and fun music and magic show.

Saturday 16th, June
11:00 am

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

Saturday 16th, June
12:00 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 16th, June
12:00 pm

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

Saturday 16th, June
1:00 pm

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

Saturday 16th, June
1:30 pm

Bring the kids for a live, interactive and fun music and magic show.

Saturday 16th, June
2:00 pm

This cultural tour of the Botanic Gardens will be conducted by local Indigenous elder, Alberta Hornsby.

Saturday 16th, June
3:00 pm

Join local Indigenous dancers for an interactive dance workshop and learn about their culture and traditions.

Saturday 16th, June
3:00 pm

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

Saturday 16th, June
3:00 pm

Yummm! Pies!

Saturday 16th, June
3:30 pm

How fast can a mud crab run? Don’t know? Well, there’s only one way to find out……

Saturday 16th, June
3:30 pm

Join Nugal-Warra elder, Willie Gordon on an intimate story telling experience set among the Cooktown Botanic Gardens. Share the Aboriginal stories of the region and learn about the local cultures.

Saturday 16th, June
4:00 pm

Be entertained by local Indigenous artists at the Reconciliation Rocks live concert.

Saturday 16th, June
4:00 pm

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

Saturday 16th, June
5:00 pm

How strong are you? Can you pull a truck down the street? Prove it to your mates at the truck pull competition!

Saturday 16th, June
5:30 pm

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

Saturday 16th, June
6:00 pm

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

Saturday 16th, June
7:30 pm

There’s nothing quite as mesmerising as watching a fire and our fire dancers will enchant you with their elegance and skill.

Saturday 16th, June
7:45 pm

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

Saturday 16th, June
8:00 pm

Live entertainment at the Captain’s Table Restaurant

Saturday 16th, June
8:00 pm

Live entertainment by Gerry Leigh

Saturday 16th, June
8:00 pm

Be entertained with live acts from a selection of the 2017 Discovery Festival busking competition winners.

Saturday 16th, June
8:30 pm

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

Sunday 17th, June
7:00 am

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

Sunday 17th, June
8:30 am

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

Sunday 17th, June
9:00 am

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

Sunday 17th, June
9:00 am

Run off the indulgences of Saturday’s events by joining us to run for fun. Drag the kids out of bed and off we go!

Sunday 17th, June
12:30 pm

Get your fastest billy carts ready to race down Walker Street for a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

Sunday 17th, June
1:00 pm

Uncover some of the lesser known stories of Cooktown’s historic inhabitants with this fascinating Cemetery tour.

Sunday 17th, June
5:00 pm

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

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