8.5 out of 10

Cooktown

-14.9795621009895 144.749450582796
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Cost of Living
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Professionals

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Small town life - quiet and easy to get to know the people"

Friendly town. Peaceful. Lots of community organisations to find an interest you like. Get annoyed if can't park outside shop as usually easy parking. No public transport, no traffic lights, lots of dogs and pets. Three pubs though one lost roof with recent cyclone! Arts and crafts, CWA, fishing ++++. Very near barrier reef. Windy place - keeps monsoon season bearable unlike Cairns with less breeze. Crocodiles so don't swim in ocean but town will have salt water tidal swim pool soon! Has annual events - historic Captain Cook Re-enactment and Discovery Festival, annual races and Ag Show. Arty groups. Sports and Rec groups.
Pros
  • Friendliness, overall peaceful town,
  • Kid friendly. Retirees welcomed.
  • Community groups / voluntters - activities
Cons
  • Crocodiles prevent swimming - tidal pool will solve this!
  • Lack of night life - but I think it's a plus!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
helenb3
helenb3 We spent a week at cook town end of last month ..and do so at the same time of the year every year now for some time. we are in our own caravan so don't need to eat out, but generally do ,just to support the local businesses.
this year for the first time in a long time, I can not recommend any of the places we bought meals at. River Of Gold Hotel was not value for money, neither was capers, we paid $16.00 each for a plate of rocket and 7 over cooked prawns, a total rip off, our friends had a toasted sandwich ,for around 8 .00dollars each and it was better value by far, and the local fish and chip shop in the main street was no better, we used to eat at the RSL and they have closed down, and so have the Bowls club, where the food was great and the service was second to none, what a disappointment it has all been this year, if we do go again will take all our own
tucker with us and I will cook up meals at the caravan park, to delight the taste buds for half the price we paid any where, in and around the town.
Sep 10, 2016
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4/5
2yrs+

"Cooktown - Explore the far north"

Cooktown is in far Nth Qld and is a small settlement that can now be reached via the road and has an airstrip about 10 kms from the town centre. For many years Cooktown was very hard to get to but is now much easier for the tourist and local alike. Glassy hills Lookout offers 360 degree views of the beaches and surrounds and the visitor must see the James Cook Historical Museum. There are also walking tracks with views and wildlife visible. Plenty of guided tours are available around the local environs and accommodation is available in lodges which offer some great accommodation facilities or there is a well appointed travel park in the centre of town. Cooktown property prices can vary with some properties being quite affordable but other can go through the roof.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees