View to Mangroves - Cooktown

Marilyn Harris

Joined February 2008

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View overlooking the Mangroves on the way to “Grassy Hill Lookout”, Cooktown, Far North Queensland, Australia.

Featured in History, Explore Featured Photography and Australian Coastal Towns

My Diary: Cape York Adventure – 2008

Another View on way to Grassy Hill Lookout

Cooktown, Far North Queensland, Australia.

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 HMS 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, allowing 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. It also served as a base for a radar station in World War II.

I highly recommend a visit to “Grassy Hill Lookout” with its 360 degree views of Cooktown, Hopevale and the Coral Sea.

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