Cooktown Discovery Festival

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The three-day Cooktown Discovery Festival begins Friday, June 14 with action-packed event to please all ages and budgets. Friday’s program goes off with a bang at the Official Opening which includes marine gunfire, live entertainment and Welcome to Country at William Daku Park.

The Official Opening is a major highlight for festivalgoers and sets the scene for a unique event that shares the story of the first act of reconciliation between Lieutenant James Cook and First Nations people 249 years ago.  

From 10am enjoy a variety of activities including botanical drawing workshops or enjoy a relaxing and picturesque botanic river cruise. Stay until sunset and enjoy a variety of markets and funfair activities that will keep all ages entertained.

On Saturday as the community markets will serve up local flavours and handcrafted goodies that promise to delight the senses. Day two is jam-packed with activities including the Poet’s Breakfast, Grand Parade, scavenger hunt, cultural tours and workshops, pie and pasta eating competitions, live music, Indigenous Showcase, fireworks, Gold Delivery and much more.

Sunday is not to be missed with a re-enactment of the first reconciliation between the local Guugu Yimithirr people and James Cook at the site of the historic meeting in 1770. The significance of this first act of reconciliation will reaffirm what it means to be Australian and we know you will be surprised to learn that the iconic Kangaroo was first named in Cooktown!

Cook Shire Council would like to acknowledge the generous support of Tourism and Events Queensland, the National Trust of Australia (QLD) and The Cooktown Bowls Club.

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