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Cooktown, Australia-port

This quaint frontier town, scenically located on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland, Cooktown is the site of Australia’s first European settlement. The town is named after the famous South Seas explorer Captain Cook, and Cook’s Pillar marks the spot where his ship, the Endeavour landed ashore in 1770. Grassy Hill offers a 360° panorama of the countryside and pristine beaches. The area remains a near-wilderness offering dramatic mountains, eucalypts, mangroves and rainforests, heathlands, grasslands, and rivers for the adventurous traveler.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Black Mountain & Lion's Den
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Historic Cooktown
    Light Activity /Walking

Black Mountain & Lion's Den

Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required

Duration: 2 hours

Tour Code: CTN-002

See two of Cooktown's most iconic sites: a mysterious heap of granite boulders known as Black Mountain, and the Lion's Den Pub, a fixture in the bush for more than 135 years.

Depart from the pier and enjoy a brief ride to Black Mountain, an enormous labyrinthine jumble of granite that originally formed beneath the earth's surface about 240 million years ago. Erosion gradually exposed the rocks, rounding their corners, and creating one of Queensland's most dramatic natural phenomena, with the rocks precariously stacked upon each other, seemingly defying gravity. While the granite appears to be black, the color is actually the result of oxidation and lichens clinging to its surface. The granite is pinkish-gray inside.

Over the centuries, the bizarre nature of Black Mountain has given rise to mysterious tales of people and even herds of cattle disappearing without a trace inside the maze of rocks. The ancient aborigines called Black Mountain "the place of spear" and held it sacred. Gazing out over the heap of granite boulders is a haunting experience, especially considering its place in aboriginal mythology and contemporary legend.

Continuing on, you'll arrive at the Lion's Den Pub for a cool drink. Built of timber and iron in 1875, the pub is known for its quirky decorations, 100-year-old mango trees, and offbeat characters that often drop by for a "coldie" or two in the afternoon. After absorbing the atmosphere for a bit, you'll drive back to the pier in Cooktown.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking that includes some uneven surfaces and slight inclines. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes re suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. Tour may be operated with a driver-guide.