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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 :: Discovery Festival

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Friday 15th, 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 15th, 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 15th, June
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

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

Saturday 16th, June
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

Saturday 16th, 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 16th, 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 16th, 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 16th, 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 16th, June
10:00 am - 12:30 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
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 16th, 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 16th, 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 16th, June
1:00 pm - 3:30 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
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

Saturday 16th, June
3:30 pm - 4:30 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
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

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

Saturday 16th, 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.

Saturday 16th, June
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Sunday 17th, June
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

Sunday 17th, 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.

© 2018 Cook Shire Council