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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.
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Travellers talk about
“amazing views” (26 reviews)
“coral sea” (27 reviews)
“endeavour river” (57 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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"coral sea"
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"endeavour river"
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"degree view"
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"captain cook"
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"walk up"
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"light house"
in 7 reviews
"picnic tables"
in 11 reviews
"fish and chips"
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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"
in 5 reviews
"historical significance"
in 4 reviews
"limited parking"
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"great spot"
in 7 reviews
"well worth the effort"
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Reviewed yesterday 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 3 days 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.

Thank wombat05
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful lookout with panoramic views and informative displays of the area as well as a great lighthouse. Finch Bay is nearby and it is a lovely cove full of gigantic boulders that create an amazing backdrop for the ocean.

Thank Seva A
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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the best views ever Don't miss going up the hill and seeing this magnificent view Breathtaking

Thank Susannemargaret
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A visit to Grassy Hill is a must do when in Cooktown. Great views of the mouth of the Endevour River and views up and down the coast are to be had from here. There are alo a number of plaques depicting the historical significance...More

Thank Brenero
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This vantage point allows great views of the surrounding area. Take a long walk up the hill or hire a cab to get you to the top.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must see, great views overlooking Cooktown and river mouth as well as ocean views. You can imagine what Caption Cook must of seen when he walked up the hill.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Honestly, it rained quite a bit as it was that time of year. From the Post Office it is easy to follow the signs up, up the hill. This walk is not for the faint of heart as it is a bit steep. However, we...More

Thank tmjrobin
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

It was suggested by the receptionist at our hotel we go up the hill and what a great surprise we got at the top, the old lighthouse and superb views at one side over the river and the other over the coral sea. Perhaps I...More

Thank 800Mike
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

We would not like to walk up the hill in Cooktown heat but having driven up there, we were delighted by the views over the Coral Sea, the Endeavour River and Cooktown and the land beyond the town.

Thank Trimley11
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