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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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  • Very good21%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
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“amazing views” (26 reviews)
“coral sea” (28 reviews)
“degree view” (23 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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"coral sea"
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"degree view"
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"endeavour river"
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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"
in 11 reviews
"sunrise and sunset"
in 5 reviews
"disabled parking"
in 5 reviews
"great lookout"
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"vantage point"
in 6 reviews
"great spot"
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"well worth the effort"
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"great walk"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great to get an overview of the Endeavour River and Cooktown. Very close to town and pleasant drive.

Thank Jill H
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was easy to see why Captain Cook used the bay for his ship repairs. The information presented at this site was interesting and provided an insight to the level of community pride felt by the residents of Cooktown. If you like history it is...More

Thank 255103Sally
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It gave me a thrill to stand where Cook had stood and feel the Trade Winds on my face. I was disappointed that visibility wasn't good on either day I visited. Shame there's not more parking for the elderly, it was hard walking up that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Cooktown is a windy place but nowhere more so than Grassy Hill. Once there, it offers panoramic views of the area and gives a good explanation of how difficult it was for James Cook to leave the harbour after repairing his ship. The story of...More

Thank Warwick D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great walk from botanic gardens. Quite arduous. Need to be fit and have good footwear. Took 2.5 hours to get back to resort and have a much appreciated swim. Literally walking up and down thru forest, seeing 2 bays on the coral sea, then up...More

Thank Debbie G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very windy road behind Cooktown is well signposted to Grassy Hill Lookout. Fantastic views to the ocean, reef and Endeavour River. Lots of wind and a well maintained viewing area.

Thank Trishb2302
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure you go to the lookout. Gives you a wonderful 360 degree view of Cooktown plus its right where captain cook stood all those years ago! Great views over the Harbour and nice place to view sunset!

Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 11 June 2018 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.

Thank Kevin B
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