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Cooktown (Ye Old Lions Den) - Thursday 25th August 1977

After another fairly late start, we left for Cooktown. Sue and I went in the truck, as it was supposed to be only a short day. We are now on good roads, with occasional stretches of bitumen. We passed some really nice rivers and these really interesting mountains, called the Black Mountains. They are quite big and made up completely of big black boulders. They are supposed to have some superstitious legend about them by the aboriginals who never go there. It only took 3 hours to reach Cooktown as we got there before 12 o'clock. Cooktown wasn’t how I imagined it at all. I expected it to be a fairly big place, a bit like Cairns. I really like Cooktown because it has lots of nice old buildings. The main street which runs partly by the Endeavour River has a couple of pubs, a little supermarket, chemist, newsagency, take-away-food place, post office and bank. The bank is a really nice old building, a bit in colonial style. After walking from one end of town to the other and doing our shopping, we went to the pub. I bought Mum a tea-towel for a present. Everyone was at the Sovereign Pub, which had a sort of beer garden. Joe Dowling and I went halves in a Galliano and lemonade. Then we played some pool. All the vehicles then drove up to the lookout at Grassy Hill. There is an old lighthouse up there and a really good view to the west of the Endeavour River and the coastline north and south. We had a quick shower of rain which quickly disappeared. We then went to the museum which is in this lovely old house which used to be a girls’ convent school. Most of the things were really interesting, but some weren’t. It was really interesting, particularly some of the things about Captain Cook. Most of the other displays were of antiques.

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