Cooktown - Far North Queensland
Whilst camped on the Palmer,
we took a day out from metal detecting to make the hour and a half hour
journey to the coast to visit Cooktown, which originally served as the
port for the Palmer Goldfields.
Discovered in June 1770 when
Lieutenant James Cook beached his ship, the Endeavour, to repair damage
it had sustained whilst attempting to negotiate the myriad of unchartered
atolls that constitute the Great Barrier Reef.
Located on the banks of the
Endeavour River, Cooktown is a scenic seaside town with azure blue waters
and excellent fishing from its jetty, coastline and the abundant reefs
that are so easily accessed from it.
Although tourism is already
a strong element of its local economy... with the sealing of the remaining
45 km of dirt road over the next twelve months or so, it's sure to be
the subject of increased tourism and the focus of new commercial activity.