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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.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“amazing views” (25 reviews)
“endeavour river” (59 reviews)
“coral sea” (26 reviews)
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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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"endeavour river"
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"coral sea"
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"degree view"
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"captain cook"
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"walk up"
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"light house"
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"viewing area"
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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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"great lookout"
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"vantage point"
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"well worth the effort"
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"great walk"
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Reviewed yesterday

Not sure this is the number 1 thing to do in Cooktown ( surely fishing trips beat this ! ) but the view is second to none - on a clear day as we had it is just amazing - you can see for miles....More

Thank Steve-70
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The views from Grassy Hill are fantastic. There are information signs around the area. It would be a nice area for a picnic if you can get a day that isn't windy. The lighthouse is very cute and well maintained.

Thank ChippyO
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location to watch the sun go down over Cooktown. Cute lighthouse...its tiny! Such an historical landmark it was great to check out.

Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a bit bigger than it first seems and would be a good walk or bike ride. Lighthouse and viewing platform at the top. It gives the best view of Cooktown and a better idea of the coast than you see from the drive up.

Thank Mark P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic views. Worth the drive up to the lighthouse to see all over cooktown. I highly recommend. Can take great photos from anywhere you park on the lookout hill.

Thank Rosalie C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gary is our guide who took us in his mini van to the top of Grassy Hill to see the sunset. He was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable that he held us spellbound whilst he informed us about the history of the area.

Thank Roger T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Grassy Hill at sunrise and the views were spectacular. We arrived around 6.15am and the sunrise occured from 6.20am for us. Well worth a visit, breath taking views.

Thank Laura S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to historic Cooktown is a must and a visit to grassy hill certainly shows the beauty of the location....

Thank Karl T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cooktown shire have created a very good viewing point of Cooktown & its surrounds. The views are excellent, especially of the river. There is limited car parking at the top & several small parking & viewing areas on the drive up the steep road....More

Thank David H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the long weekend in Cooktown. Lovely little town. Amazed at how good the road from cairns to Cooktown is. Grassy hill great for photos shots.

Thank Susanne63ph
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