For Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, today was an eventful day today visiting Australia’s northern frontier town of Cooktown. Being an election year he was in the area to present funding for the 2020 celebration planned for 250 year anniversary of Captain Cooks arrival in Australia. In Cooktown the HMS Bark Endeavour spent more time than any other port of call on Australia’s eastern seaboard. After striking Australia’s Great Barrier Reef just north of Hope Islands in June 1770 the Endeavour crew spent 48 days on the banks of what was later named the Endeavour River. Here the crew repaired the HMS Bark Endeavour whilst Sir Joseph Banks from England and Daniel Solander a Swedish naturalist were in their element. Solander’s work and social activities led him to meet Jospeh Banks who in 1768 invited him to join the scientific staff of the Endeavour. Solander assisted Banks to make a large collection of natural history specimens, including many from the Cooktown region.
Whilst endorsing funding for the Cooktown 2020 celebrations, Scott Morrison opened the Daintree Air Cooktown hanger and office. Daintree Air have made a significant investment into the region with this new facility, which will be the Cape York centre for their Cairns based operation. From Cooktown tourist scenic day flights are being offered to Lizard Island to enjoy the only Great Barrier Reef Island as well as the flights to the tip of Cape York. Two great adventures both from Cairns and Cooktown. Mungumby Lodge Cape York’s most revered nature lodge, in 2018 already started to package with Daintree Air utilizing the Lizard Island day trip. This can be added to online accommodation bookings over their booking engine or within their Epic Queensland Self Drive package also including Aboriginal guided tours at the renowned Quinkan Galleries.