Cooktown. Located on the east coast of Australia, Cooktown is a charming and historic town that is often overlooked by travelers. Named after Captain James Cook, who landed in the area in 1770, Cooktown has a rich history that is preserved in its architecture and landmarks. Visitors can explore the James Cook Museum, which houses artifacts and exhibits related to Cook’s voyage, or take a stroll along the scenic waterfront. Cooktown is also a great base for exploring the nearby Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. With its laid-back vibe and friendly locals.