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Cook Shire Council area


The Cook Shire Local Government Area has an active arts and cultural scene. The Cook Shire has a strong commitment to arts, heritage and cultural activities. A Foreshore Master Plan has been developed for four key precincts identified in the Cooktown Foreshore and Webber Esplanade Revitalisation Master Plan. Development of the Activity Precinct is currently underway. Many arts and cultural opportunities exist in the development of these precincts, given Cooktown’s strong historical and heritage attributes.

Arts and Culture

Current relevant plans and strategies

Cook Shire Community Plan 2021 |  Cook Shire Arts and Cultural Policy

Festivals and Events

Wallaby Creek Festival

Cooktown Discovery

Laura Dance Festival


Arts and Cultural Assets


Cooktown PCYC Events Centre

Nature’s Powerhouse


Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery


Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery

Kuku Bulkaway Indigenous Art Gallery

Cooktown Creative Arts Association

Quinkan and Regional Cultural Centre

Museums and Heritage

James Cook Museum

Cooktown History Centre - 121 Charlotte Street Cooktown Qld 4895

The Boat House - 121a Charlotte Street Cooktown Qld 4895

Rossville Historical Society Museum - 698 Rossville-Bloomfield Road Rossville Qld 4895

Cape York Heritage House and Mining Museum - Cnr Regent & Shepherd Street Coen Qld 4892

Wunthulpu Cultural Centre - Peninsular Development Road Coen Qld 4892

Arts Queensland investment

We are proud to partner with Cook Shire Council to support a range of local arts and cultural initiatives through the Regional Arts Development Fund in addition to investments through our other funding programs.

View previous funding recipients.

Other Queensland Government investment 

The Queensland Government also provides funding for local arts and cultural activities through the following investment programs: