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Cook Shire Council

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Whalebone By Jens Altheimer

Saturday 6 July 2024
"Step into the magical world of the 'Depository", a mysterious agency that safeguards human memories. As a rogue AI threatens to erase our treasured stories, a solitary worker races against time. Can his quirky contraptions and eccentric machines shield our stories? Jens Altheimer masterfully blends humour, imagination, and heart in WHALEBONE, a show bursting with dazzling visuals, playful inventions and a pinch of circus. Perfect for kids and adults, this is not just a show—it's a journey into a fantastical realm where tech meets tale, sparking wonder, curiosity and a good think about what AI means for our lives. Celebrate the magic of stories, laugh about comic clashes between man and machine and rediscover what truly makes us human. The circus performance workshop is for children aged 9-12 years only. The 7pm show is open to all ages. Under 5s are free but require a ticket. 5 years and above are $15 each.
Cooktown Shire Hall
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Worm Farm at Home Workshop

Saturday 15 June 2024
Cook Shire Council is excited to present the "Worm Farm at Home Workshop," hosted by The Worm Man. This interactive and informative workshop is perfect for anyone interested in sustainable waste management, composting, and worm farming. What’s Included with Your Ticket? • Workshop Sessions with the Worm Man: Learn the ins and outs of composting, worm farming, and using liquid applications in your garden. • Take-Home worm farm worth $120 (garden feeding station and plant saucer) mineral supplements needed to start your own worm farm at home and ensure your worms are healthy and productive • Worms A worm voucher to purchase worms needed to kick-start your composting process • Light refreshments throughout the day of the workshop
The Youth Block
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Cooktown Discovery Festival - Regional Street Parade

Saturday 15 June 2024
Cooktown Discovery Festival Regional Street Parade 2024. Post Cyclone Jasper, we are bouncing back! This years parade theme is "Bounce Back", great cash prizes for the floats that best fit the theme!
Corner of Adelaide and Walker Streets
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Botanic Drawing Workshop

Between Friday 14 June 2024 and Saturday 15 June 2024
Join botanical artist, Louise Saunders, for a three hour botanic drawing workshop where you will learn how to draw orchids and maiden hair ferns. All materials supplied. Suitable for all skill types. Age 13+
Nature's Powerhouse
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Guided Walk Gallop Botanic Reserve

Saturday 15 June 2024
Join a guided scenic bush walk of the heritage listed Gallop Botanic Reserve and learn about the botanical species that captured the imagination of Banks and Solander back in 1770. Lead by Professor Darren Crayn, Queensland Herbarium. Hurry, limited tickets available! $20 per person Reasonable level of fitness required. Suitable for ages 7+
Cooktown Botanic Gardens
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Guided Tour Cooktown Botanic Gardens

Friday 14 June 2024
Join the Curator of the Cooktown Botanic Gardens for a guided tour of the heritage listed botanic gardens and its collections.
Cooktown Botanic Gardens
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An Evening with Karl S Williams

Thursday 13 June 2024
Enjoy an evening with folk and blues singer and award winning musical artist, Karl S Williams. Canapes provided. BYO drinks.
Nature's Powerhouse
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Special Film Screening: Audrey Napanangka

Wednesday 29 May 2024
Join us for a special event film screening in Cooktown during National Reconciliation Week, where we proudly present "Audrey Napanangka." Audrey Napanangka's story is one of resilience, love, and the power of cultural heritage. Born into a time of immense change in the Central Australian Desert, Audrey's life became a testament to the fusion of worlds as settler colonialism reshaped her landscape. Yet, through it all, Audrey, alongside her Sicilian partner Santo, stands as a beacon of strength, navigating the complexities of blended family life with grace and determination. As a Warlpiri woman living in Alice Springs, Audrey embodies the spirit of her ancestors while embracing the challenges of the modern world. Together with Santo, she nurtures a multigenerational family, instilling in them the values of culture, language, and Law, alongside the tools of mainstream education.
Cooktown Shire Hall
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Soap Making Workshop - Rossville

Sunday 19 May 2024
As part of the Cyclone Jasper recovery we are offering Rossville, Helenvale and Bloomfield residents the opportunity to learn how to make natural soap and take home what you make! (approximately seven bars of soap). Open to Rossville, Helenvale and Bloomfield residents only. Ages 16+ Free
Rossville Hall
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Sunset with Santa 2023

Friday 1 December 2023
Sunset with Santa, Friday 1 December 2023 Come along to William Daku Park to enjoy an afternoon of family fun and a visit from Santa! Come dressed in your best Aussie Christmas attire. Prizes available for the best dressed boy, girl and family. Please bring: - Chairs or a picnic rug - Water - Towels - Togs - Hat - Sunscreen - Positive Christmas Vibes *Please note only Children 10 years and under are eligible for presents from Santa.
William Daku Park
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Cooktown's 150th - Bush Dance

Friday 20 October 2023
Help us to commemorate Cooktown being founded as a town 150 years ago with our family friendly Bush Dance event! Live music and dancing will be the highlight of the evening, perfect for all ages to enjoy. With a welcoming atmosphere and plenty of space to move, our Bush Dance is sure to be a night to remember. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to make memories with your loved ones! Time: 6pm to 10pm Live Music: Whiskey Boat Theme: Dress up in your Heritage costumes/Bush Dance Attire Price: Adults (18+) - $10.00 Children (3-17yrs) - $10.00 Children (under 3yrs) - free, no ticket required There will be bar service and hot food available for purchase on-site. BOOK NOW!
Shire Hall
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Cooktown Discovery Festival - Regional Street Parade

Saturday 17 June 2023
Cooktown Discovery Festival Regional Street Parade 2023! Will you go on a journey to your back yard? What do you see, what do you feel? What is your back yard? is it where you live? or does it explore further than that?... The options are endless! This years parade theme is "Our Backyard", great cash prizes for the floats that best fit the theme!
Corner of Adelaide and Walker Streets
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In the footsteps of Banks and Solander

Saturday 17 June 2023
Join a guided scenic bush walk from Grassy Hill to the Cooktown Botanic Gardens via Cherry Tree Bay and learn about the botanical species that captured the imagination of Banks and Solander back in 1770. Lead by Professor Darren Crayn, Queensland Herbarium. Hurry, limited tickets available! $25 per person
Cooktown Botanic Gardens
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Bama Beginnings Cultural Tours

Between Friday 16 June 2023 and Saturday 17 June 2023
Take a walk through First People's Grove in the Cooktown Botanic Gardens with local indigenous Tour Guides to learn about the history of indigenous culture and Bush Tucker in Cooktown. The tour will be followed by a hands on experience in spear throwing on the Queens Oval.
First People's Grove, Cooktown Botanic Gardens
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Cooktown Discovery Festival Bush Dance 2023

Friday 16 June 2023
Experience the joy of family-friendly fun at our Bush Dance event! Live music and dancing will be the highlight of the evening, perfect for all ages to enjoy. With a welcoming atmosphere and plenty of space to move, our Bush Dance is sure to be a night to remember. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to make memories with your loved ones! Live Music: Whiskey Boat Theme: Dress up in your Western/Bush Dance Attire Bar Available on-site provided by Cooktown Horse Sports Association. Food Available on-site by Cooktown and District Youth Association. Event Kicks off at 7pm to 11pm
Shire Hall
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LGAQ Natural Resource Management Field Trip - Cook Shire

Wednesday 10 May 2023
Field trip on 10th May 2023, the day prior to the LQAG NRM Forum. This tour includes: - Presentations from a variety of stakeholders on NRM projects within the area - Site visits to local businesses - Site visits to project locations around Cooktown - A highlight of Cooktown and popular destinations Lunch is included in field trip - please specify dietary requirements upon booking. Tour goes from 9:00am to 3:30pm however for those arriving at Lunch time their is a half day option.
Cook Shire Council
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3D Pen Art Workshop

Between Tuesday 11 April 2023 and Thursday 13 April 2023
Unleash your creativity and explore the endless possibilities of 3D art with this exciting workshop! These sessions go for 40 minutes each where you can design and create 3-Dimensional art with the touch of a pen! See more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4irdt1moZM
Cooktown Shire Hall
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West African Drumming Workshops Cooktown

Between Tuesday 13 December 2022 and Wednesday 14 December 2022
Experience and learn the techniques of West African Drumming this school holidays! Monday 12th - Wednesday 14th December 2022 The workshops will be held for 45 minutes each at 3 locations in Cook Shire. Monday 12th Dec @ Lakeland Gateway to Cape York - Session 1 - 4pm to 4:45pm - Session 2 - 5pm to 5:45pm Tuesday 13th Dec @ Cooktown QCWA Hall - Session 3 - 8:30am to 9:15am - Session 4 - 9:30am to 10:15am - Session 5 - 10:30am to 11:15am Tuesday 13th Dec @ Rossville Hall - Session 6 - 2pm to 2:45pm - Session 7 - 3pm to 3:45pm - Session 8 - 4pm to 4:45pm Wednesday 14th @ Cooktown QCWA Hall - Session 9 - 9am to 9:45am - Session 10 - 10am to 10:45am Open to children and adults All Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult Workshops are FREE however a pre-registration is required
Cooktown QCWA Hall
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West African Drumming Workshops Rossville

Tuesday 13 December 2022
Experience and learn the techniques of West African Drumming this school holidays! Monday 12th - Wednesday 14th December 2022 The workshops will be held for 45 minutes each at 3 locations in Cook Shire. Monday 12th Dec @ Lakeland Gateway to Cape York - Session 1 - 4pm to 4:45pm - Session 2 - 5pm to 5:45pm Tuesday 13th Dec @ Cooktown QCWA Hall - Session 3 - 8:30am to 9:15am - Session 4 - 9:30am to 10:15am - Session 5 - 10:30am to 11:15am Tuesday 13th Dec @ Rossville Hall - Session 6 - 2pm to 2:45pm - Session 7 - 3pm to 3:45pm - Session 8 - 4pm to 4:45pm Wednesday 14th @ Cooktown QCWA Hall - Session 9 - 9am to 9:45am - Session 10 - 10am to 10:45am Open to children and adults All Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult Workshops are FREE however a pre-registration is required
Rossville Hall
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West African Drumming Workshops Lakeland

Monday 12 December 2022
Experience and learn the techniques of West African Drumming this school holidays! Monday 12th - Wednesday 14th December 2022 The workshops will be held for 45 minutes each at 3 locations in Cook Shire. Monday 12th Dec @ Lakeland Gateway to Cape York - Session 1 - 4pm to 4:45pm - Session 2 - 5pm to 5:45pm Tuesday 13th Dec @ Cooktown QCWA Hall - Session 3 - 8:30am to 9:15am - Session 4 - 9:30am to 10:15am - Session 5 - 10:30am to 11:15am Tuesday 13th Dec @ Rossville Hall - Session 6 - 2pm to 2:45pm - Session 7 - 3pm to 3:45pm - Session 8 - 4pm to 4:45pm Wednesday 14th @ Cooktown QCWA Hall - Session 9 - 9am to 9:45am - Session 10 - 10am to 10:45am Open to children and adults All Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult Workshops are FREE however a pre-registration is required
Lakeland Gateway to Cape York
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Australian Live Theatre Films

Between Friday 16 September 2022 and Tuesday 20 September 2022
Sydney Festival Roadshow comes to Cooktown with a series of 4 pre-recorded live theatre films featured at the Cooktown Shire Hall. The films include: - Italian Baroque with Circa (100 mins) - Erth Prehistoric Picnic (40 mins) - The Pulse (76 mins) - Stay (78 mins) BYO cushions, bean bags and pillows if you wish to sit on the floor.
Cooktown Shire Hall
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Botanic Gardens Night Tours

Between Friday 17 June 2022 and Sunday 19 June 2022
Join entomologists Dr David Rentz (AM), specialist in Orthoptera, the family of insects that includes grasshoppers, locusts, katydids and crickets and Buck Richardson, the "moth whisperer", as they guide you through the gardens to identify insects and animals. Light sheets will be erected throughout the gardens to attract insects and help discover what's out there! What to bring: • A headlight or torch • Camera • Insect Repellent Adults: $10 per person Kids: Free
Cooktown Botanic Gardens
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Hats and High Tea

Sunday 19 June 2022
Enjoy a lovely high tea on the verandah of Nature's Powerhouse, set amongst the Cooktown Botanic Gardens. Price includes a scrumptious selection of sweet and savoury afternoon tea treats, coffee, tea, and live music from local artist, David Pyke. Don't forget to wear your fancy hat, because the best hat/fascinator/bonnet wins a prize! Dress: smart casual, with a hat $45 per person
Nature's Powerhouse Cooktown
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Extreme Bicycle Stunts Workshop - Intermediate

Sunday 19 June 2022
Join Borys from Extreme bicycle stunts for a morning of BMX tricks at the William Daku Park Waterfront Precinct! This intermediate class will teach you tricks and stunts for you and your BMX bike. Please bring: - Bike - Helmet and Safety Gear - Closed in shoes - Water Bottle - Sun Screen * You must be able to ride a bike to attend this workshop.
William Daku Park
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Cooktown Discovery Festival - Regional Street Parade

Saturday 18 June 2022
Regional Street Parade Sponsored By Essential Air Solutions Will you go on a journey with a step back in time, is it Captain Cook sailing down the Endeavour, is it the Gold Rush Days? How about an adventure, maybe it's a trip to the reef, a 4WD adventure in the bush - where will you go? Showcase our culture, will it be through local indigenous story telling and performances? or rock art brought to life? The options are endless! This years parade theme is History, Adventure
Corner of Hogg St and Charlotte Street
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In the footsteps of Banks and Solander

Saturday 18 June 2022
Join a guided scenic bush walk from Grassy Hill to the Cooktown Botanic Gardens via Cherry Tree Bay and learn about the botanical species that captured the imagination of Banks and Solander back in 1770. Lead by Professor Darren Crayn, Queensland Herbarium. Hurry, limited tickets available! $15 per person
Cooktown Botanic Gardens
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Extreme Bicycle Stunts Workshop - Beginner

Saturday 18 June 2022
Join Borys from Extreme bicycle stunts for a morning of BMX tricks at the William Daku Park Waterfront Precinct! This beginners class will teach you the base tricks and stunts for you and your BMX bike. Please bring: - Bike - Helmet and Safety Gear - Water Bottle - Sun Screen * You must be able to ride a bike to attend this workshop.
William Daku Park
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Banks Banquet Dinner

Friday 17 June 2022
Enjoy an exclusive four course dinner set on the verandah of Nature's Powerhouse Cooktown, overlooking the heritage listed Cooktown Botanic Gardens. The gardens are home to a living collection of plant specimens, from those that were collected by the H.M.B Endeavour botanists, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, back in 1770. - Set Menu - BYO Drinks - Live entertainment - Dress: Cocktail $80 per person 18+ event
Nature's Powerhouse Cooktown
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Women in Business Breakfast

Tuesday 31 May 2022
Come along and help celebrate Small Business Month on 31 May 2022 hosted by Cook Shire Council & the Cooktown Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Inc. The Women in Business Breakfast held at the Nature's Power House, Cooktown, will be supported by a keynote speech from the Small Business Commissioner of Queensland and regional women in Business. This event is the beginning of creating a sisterhood of support, encouragement, mentorship and empowerment for women in business in our region.
Nature's Powerhouse Cooktown
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Sculptural Metalwork Workshop

Between Saturday 13 November 2021 and Sunday 14 November 2021
Creating garden art with recycled mixed metals. Students will design and create a garden art project of their choice using different metalworking techniques including cutting, fixing (including welding) and forming metal. Nyree Smith, your trainer, is a creator of metal art and objects, with over 30 years’ experience. Saturday 13 November - Women Only Sunday 14 November - Open
Cooktown Mens Shed
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Iterate Elaborate Workshop

Saturday 30 October 2021
Join artist Leigh Schoenheimer in a hands-on sculpture workshop where participants will produce a small, three dimensional work using found materials. Participants will be encouraged to exercise their problem solving skills while engaging in the creative process.
Cooktown Croc Shop (underneath)
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Sunset with Santa

Saturday 7 December 2019
Join us at the Cooktown Foreshore for Sunset with Santa - a fun, tropical themed Christmas event with free refreshments and a visit from Santa! Each ticket holder will receive a free gift. Please only order a ticket for children aged 0 - 12 yrs. There is a limit of 200 tickets. Adults and children over 12 yrs DO NOT need a ticket but can still attend the event. Come dressed in your best tropical Christmas outfit to win a prize!
Cooktown Foreshore
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Solander's Artists

Friday 14 June 2019
Join Cairns botanical artist, Julie McEnerny for a fun filled workshop including botanical specimen collection and field sketching and drawing. All materials will be supplied on the day. BYO Lunch.
Cooktown Botanic Gardens
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Sunset with Santa

Saturday 1 December 2018
Join us at the Cooktown Foreshore for Sunset with Santa - a fun, tropical themed Christmas event with free refreshments and a visit from Santa! Each ticket holder will receive a free gift. Please only order a ticket for children aged 0 - 12 yrs. There is a limit of 200 tickets. Adults and children over 12 yrs DO NOT need a ticket but can still attend the event. Come dressed in your best tropical Christmas outfit to win a prize!
Cooktown Foreshore
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Aboriginal Storytelling

Saturday 16 June 2018
Join Nugal-Warra elder, Willie Gordon on an intimate story telling experience set among the Cooktown Botanic Gardens. Share the Aboriginal stories of the region and learn about the local cultures.
Cooktown Botanic Gardens
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Discovery Festival Ball 2018

Friday 15 June 2018
Join us at the Discovery Festival Ball for a formal evening of food, entertainment and dancing to help celebrate the official opening of the 2018 Cooktown Discovery Festival.
Cooktown PCYC Events Centre
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Solander's Artists

Friday 15 June 2018
Join Cairns botanical artist, Julie McEnerny for a fun filled workshop including botanical specimen collection and field sketching and drawing. All materials will be supplied on the day. BYO Lunch.
Cooktown Botanic Gardens