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Cooktown Harbour

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  • Day126

    Cooktown

    March 6 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 32 °C

    Von Cairns gehts über den Daintree nach Cooktown. Die Stadt selbst ist nichts besonderes, eben typische 2000 Einwohner Stadt. Direkt gelegen am Endeavour River wo James Cook 1770 gegens Riff gebrettert ist, gibts aber genug Natur zu sehen. Ex-Crocodile Hunter und Jugo-Opa hat vor 2 Monaten beim Baum fällen den Zeh verloren, aber fürs Lieblingshobby reichts trotzdem noch.Read more

  • Day21

    Great Barrier Reef, Day 1

    August 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    After sailing all night, we arrived in Cooktown, on the Cape York peninsula., still part of the wet tropics. Like the Daintree, slightly south of here, it is very lush. The terrain reminds us a bit of Kauai, with its steep, tree-covered mountains surrounded by water.

    We got a little walking tour of Cooktown, where Captain Cook stopped to repair the “HM Bark Endeavour.” As good a navigator as Cook was, he underestimated the vastness of the reef and smashed a hole in his ship on the coral. Our trip leader, Dani, said that Cook’s maps are remarkably accurate, using much more rudimentary tools than now.

    In the late afternoon, we arrived at Lizard Island, where we could snorkel from the beach. The water temperature is a bit cool, but the clarity is spectacular. We saw plenty of fish, many that we’ve seen in Hawaii (parrot fish, moorish idols, wrasse, etc.), but the amazing array of coral formations and the giant clams were something we have not experienced. The clams almost look like they have a cozy fleece blanket around their ‘lips.’ Each clam’s markings are different, like fingerprints

    At sunset, we were taken back to the ship from the island in a 14-passenger glass bottom boat. Underwater photos are courtesy of Nance & Sande’s GoPro. The video of the nurse sharks was during a fish feed off the ship’s deck after dinner.
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  • Day88

    On to Cooktown ...

    June 10, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    I had another fantastic drive today through stunning scenery.

    By chance I find myself in Cooktown during the annual Discovery Festival. The town is named after Captain Cook who beached the Endeavour here to make hull repairs after running aground on the Great Barrier Reef during his first exploration.

    Just out of interest, because it's pretty mind-boggling, Cooktown has a population under 3000 and the massive Shire of Cook (area 41,000 square miles, compared to England's 50,000) has a population of about 5000. Correct, 5000. I'd read that Cooktown gets about 26,000 visitors pa and couldn't understand why that was so remarkable - now I understand!
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  • Day138

    Cooktown

    April 5, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Der für uns nördlichste Punkt auf unserer Reise über den Kontinent. Genau hier landete 1770 James Cook an der Mündung des nach seinem Schifff - der Endeavor - benannten Flusses Endeavour River nachdem er kurz zuvor auf der Höhe von Cape Tribulation auf ein Riff lief.
    Cooktown ist gleichzeitig die nördlichste Stadt der australischen Nordküste. Ca 4000 Einwohner zählt das Städchen. Erst seit 2006 gibt es überhaupt eine befestigte Straße an diesen abgelegenen Ort.
    Wir unsererseits besichtigten unter anderem das dortige Museum, wo neben Relikten des Golrausches auch Orginalteile der Endeavour ausgestellt waren.
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