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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 Botanists 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
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Friday 14th, June
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Friday 14th, June
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm

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

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

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

Friday 14th, June
8:30 pm - 11:45 pm

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

Saturday 15th, June
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

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

The Cooktown Green Adventure Challenge is a street orienteering event on foot. Teams of 2-5 people are given a map with checkpoints and a clue sheet and one hour to find as many checkpoints as possible. The catch is the map has no street names or identifying words to guide you! Teams must use basic navigation […]

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 - 2:00 pm

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

Saturday 15th, June
8:00 am - 10:00 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 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 - 9:00 pm

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

Saturday 15th, June
9:00 am - 4:00 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 - 11:00 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 - 5:00 pm

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

Saturday 15th, June
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

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 - 12:00 pm

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
10:30 am - 11:00 am

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

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
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
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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

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

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

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
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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

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

Yummm! Pies!

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

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

Saturday 15th, June
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Saturday 15th, June
6:00 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 - 11:00 pm

Live entertainment by Gerry Leigh

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

Be entertained with live acts from a selection of the 2018 Discovery Festival busking competition winners.

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

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

Saturday 15th, June
8:30 pm - 11:45 pm

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

Sunday 16th, June
8:00 am - 10:00 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 16th, June
8:30 am - 10:00 am

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

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

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

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 nearly 60 years and in this time, this community performance has become a landmark event on the regional calendar.

Sunday 16th, June
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

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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