Great Barrier Reef Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Great Barrier Reef - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Just south of Cooktown within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park protects a unique mix of...

Cook Monument

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

This monument was built in 1887 to commemorate James Cook's landing. Alongside it is a cannon that was brought to Cooktown in 1885, along...

Cooktown Creative Arts Association

  • Store/Shop/Mall

This small gallery exhibits and sells quality arts and crafts by Cook Shire locals—everything from Aboriginal artifacts to silk-screen...

Cooktown Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery

  • Store/Shop/Mall

The gallery sells locally made works of art (including Aboriginal art) in various media, whose proceeds benefit the Cooktown School of...

Cooktown History Centre

  • Museum/Gallery

Cooktown's historical museum, staffed by affable volunteers, is appropriately housed in one of the town's oldest buildings, a former...

Cooktown Hotel

  • Restaurant–Sight

Constructed in 1875, this place is affectionately referred to as the Top Pub and is a popular destination for locals and visitors looking...

Grassy Hill Lighthouse

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

A strenuous, not especially scenic walk or short drive from Cooktown lie Grassy Hill and the Lighthouse, spectacular lookouts affording...

James Cook Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Cooktown, in its heyday, was a gold-mining port town, with 64 pubs lining the 3-km-long (2-mile-long) main street; a significant slice...

Mrs. Watson's Memorial

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Erected in the late 19th century, the monument commemorates the survivor of an Aboriginal attack on Lizard Island in 1881. Mrs. Watson—along...

Nature's Powerhouse & Cooktown Botanic Gardens

  • Museum/Gallery

This interpretive center and museum is home to a valuable collection of local botanical illustrations by internationally recognized artist...