Cooktown / Australia
Cooktown in Queensland is the northernmost town on Australia's east coast. The English explorer James Cook landed here in 1770 at the mouth of the Endeavor River named after his ship and spent with his crew there several days to repair his ship. Some 110 years later gold was found in Palmer River. Through rush of diggers (prospectors) a tent city arose which very fast became a proper settlement which was given the name Cook's Town (later Cookstown) At that time Cookstown counted approximately 30,000 residents. But even before the turn of the century the gold discoveries ran dry and the decline of the city began. In the years 1907 and 1949 violent storms raged across the city, so that a large part of Cooktown was destroyed. The settlement has today about 1,800 inhabitants.
Even today, Cookstown offers visitors some attractions. In the Charlie Tanner Gallery, named after the same-named snail collector, one finds fantastic pictures of snails, termites and crocodiles that live only in this region. In the Vera Scarth - Johnson Gallery remarkable illustrations of native plants can be seen. On the Grass Hill Lookout you have a wonderful view over Cooktown and the surrounding area. In the Charlotte Street and the Bicentennial Park are some interesting monuments, including a bronze statue of Captain Cook.