Another View on way to Grassy Hill Lookout
Cooktown, Far North Queensland, Australia.
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Cooktown has over two centuries of rich history. It was the site of the first white ‘settlement’ in Australia when Captain James Cook, having accidentally struck the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast north of Cape Tribulation, struggled up the coast and beached the H.M.S. Endeavour on the shores of the Endeavour River.
Cook and his crew were to stay on the edge of the Endeavour River from 17 June to 4 August, 1770, the longest time they were to spend at any location in Australia.
Grassy Hill Lookout
Captain Cook climbed “Grassy Hill Lookout” on several occasions to view the surrounding reefs, enabling him to navigate a safe passage out after repairing his ship.
In 1885, a lighthouse was erected after being built and shipped from England. This became an automated lighthouse in 1927 but did serve another interesting term as a base for a radar station in World War 2.
Today “Grassy Hill Lookout” is still an excellent lookout that offers 360 degree views of Cooktown, Hopevale and the Coral Sea.
Canon PowerShot A650 IS