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Grassy Hill

Hope Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5444
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Grassy Hill offers a 360 degree view of Cooktown, the Endeavour River and the Great Barrier Reef. Although now quite heavily forested, Grassy Hill is so known because local aboriginals deliberately burnt the forest on the hill to encourage re-growth of vegetation and draw animals to the area for hunting. The landscape you see today from the top of the hill has changed little since Captain James Cook and the crew of the HMB Endeavour climbed Grassy Hill in 1770 to view the surrounding reefs enabling him to navigate a safe passage. The views today, especially at sunset and sunrise, are still as spectacular as in 1770 making Grassy Hill one of Cooktown's most popular attractions.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good20%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“amazing views” (26 reviews)
“captain cook” (42 reviews)
“coral sea” (27 reviews)
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LOCATION
Hope Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
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+61 7 4069 5444
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"amazing views"
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"captain cook"
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"coral sea"
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"endeavour river"
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"degree view"
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"walk up"
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"light house"
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"historical significance"
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"picnic tables"
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"sunrise and sunset"
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"disabled parking"
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"viewing area"
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"great lookout"
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"limited parking"
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"blowing a gale"
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"great spot"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Walk in Captain James Cook's footsteps! Stand and view the vista he did only for you it's sheer wonder...for him it was life and death.

Thank gajted
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely 360 views of Cooktown and the surrounding mountains. Be aware that there is only 2 car parking spaces up the top for those with disabled permits, otherwise you will have to park down the bottom and walk up. The views are gorgeous up top,...More

Thank Jessica C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bit steep to climb so suggest taking the car. Unbelievable 360°views. Stunning reef views as well. The lighthouse is interesting. Take time to read the displays around the too. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing 360 degree view of Cooktown and surrounds. It is well setup clean and one of the best vantage point for a truly great view. Great little lighthouse with history. Could not possibly go to Cooktown with heading up to Grassy Hill.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction was outstanding. We even went back for the sunset it was so good. Lots of signage and great information.

Thank Dashman1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A short drive or steep walk from town is Grassy Hill where stunning views of the mouth of the Endeavour River and surrounding coastline and reefs that Cook would have experienced in 1770. It is well documented about the historical importance of this spot. It...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the top to see the view that Captain Cook took in when he was looking for a place to repair the Endeavour.

Thank Frenchypa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must do in Cooktown👌 A bunch of us from Cairns rode to Cooktown on the weekend and finished the ride with the short, but steep climb up Grassy Hill. Even with the wind blowing a gale and heavy rain fast approaching (soon arrived🌧) the...More

Thank DAMAHATH
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What's an awesome experience to stand on what is where CAPT James Cook stood. The stairs are paved with sponsors and the views are amazing. The look out is well maintained and well signed

Thank MargBordin
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous panoramic view but blowing a gale the day we went! Don’t miss the cemetery after. Some of the first settlers are buried there.

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