Cooktown History & Black Mountain

Home to a huge collection of historical items, the James Cook Museum is a must see attraction on any Cooktown visit. The museum is housed in a 19th century convent building and showcases the rich history of this remote town. Next, travel to Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) - an unusual and imposing black granite mountain. This amazing and unusual mountain was formed 250 million years ago during the volcanic period. The mountain was formed by hot magma that slowly solidified under the earth’s crust, the softer more exposed surfaces eroded away over time to form the mass of granite boulders we see today – some the size of houses. Please take care when walking around this site as the ground may be uneven with gaps and holes between boulders and rocks. Due to the historical nature of the building there is no lift access to the upper floor of the James Cook Museum. Guests must be able to ascend the stairs to the top level galleries
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    Sightseeing / City Tour

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    2 hours

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    Adult from $69.99
    Children (12 & under) from $59.99

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To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen. Make sure to bring bottled water.

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