CAPE YORK – DAY 2 – Lion’s Den to Cooktown

Today we drove from The Lions Den hotel & were making our way to Cooktown. This was only a short trip. We stoped at Back Mountain which looks like someone has put big black heavy boulders on top of each other to make a mountain. The mountains are black granite, the colour comes from a algae on the surface & is about 470m in height. Mum & I looked thru the binoculars to find special lizards only found in this area, we saw some sunning themselves.

We set up our campsite then had a look around town.

We first went to the James Cook museum, where we saw Captain Cook’s giant anchor, which was thrown overboard on my birthday June 10th in 1770 to lose some weight when they hit the Great barrier reef so they could come into land to repair the ship, there was also lots of really old stuff, like bottles and spears, shells & money.

The roof had fans which were like the sails of a ship. There was a safe which had a riddle to open it, it took me a while but I cracked it & got a prize, I also got to write my name on the sheet which is locked inside the safe.

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We then drove down to the area where we saw a statue of Captain Cook, also a cannon & the very spot he landed back in 1770


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