Walk in Cook's footsteps at 1770

Dressing up for the Captain Cook 1770 Festival.
Dressing up for the Captain Cook 1770 Festival. Dennis Richardson

SET on a picturesque peninsula surrounded by water and national parks, the peaceful Town of 1770 bursts into life every May for the Captain Cook 1770 Festival.

The celebrations mark the landing of Lt James Cook and a party from the Endeavour in May, 1770.

It was Cook's first landing place in Queensland, so 1770 is known as the birthplace of Queensland.

The festival includes a professional re-enactment of the landing, a street parade, an art exhibition, comedy, film, music, and competitions.

The area's traditional owners, the Gooreng Gooreng, also explain their dreamtime stories and perform traditional dances.

The Captain Cook 1770 Festival is on May 21-22, Town of 1770, Queensland.

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