The Program :: 15th June 2019

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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 - 4:30 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.

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