North Qld

James Cook Museum

James Cook Museum


 The Museum is located in the former convent of St Mary, erected 1887-1889. The existence of this large masonry building is indicative of Cooktown’s importance during the Palmer gold mining boom. The collection includes an Endeavour cannon, one of six jettisoned by James Cook when his barque, Endeavour, ran aground on the Endeavour Reef south of Cooktown in 1770. Special features include the original Endeavour anchor also recovered from the reef, items pertaining to Cooktown history and the beautiful convent chapel.

Location: Corner Helen & Furneaux Sts, Cooktown Qld 4871. For more information.


National Trust Heritage Centre


The historic house complex displays on the site three (3) typical North Queensland Houses. They are a simple miners cottage built about 1884, a comfortable villa residence (1888) and a farmhouse (1921). Each house is furnished in a style appropriate to it and with an emphasis on items made in North Queensland.

Location: 5 Castling Street, Townsville Qld 4810. For more information.


Hou Wang Chinese Temple


The Hou Wang Temple was the social and religious heart of Atherton’s Chinese community. Apart from the temple itself, there was also a community hall, kitchen and a pig oven. People gathered here to worship, celebrate festivals and discuss community issues.

Nowadays, it is the only remaining structure of the original town. It is highly significant as a rare example of temples in overseas Chinese settlements. This unique building houses elaborate carvings and has an intriguing past.

Location: 86 Herberton Rd, Atherton Qld 4883. For more information.
Queensland, Australia