Council is working closely with local service providers to ensure the community has up to date, relevant local information around the novel coronavirus pandemic. Click here to visit our coronavirus page, which includes locally-relevant information and the latest updates, including Cape York travel restrictions and other details.

Public Holiday Closure - Friday 17 July

To coincide with the Cook Shire's Annual Show Holiday on Friday, 17 July 2020, the following Council facilities will be closed:

  • Administration building
  • Works depot
  • Cooktown Pool
  • Cooktown and Bloomfield library
All waste transfer stations will be open in line with regular advertised hours, and scheduled kerbside collections will continue. All facilities will reopen from Monday, July 20 as per normal hours.

Pormpuraaw Camping Closed for 2020

Cook Shire Council has been requested by Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council to advise travelers that due to COVID-19 camping season has been closed for the rest of 2020. This includes camping at Chapman River, Mungkan River, and Coleman River camping grounds. For further information, or to request a refund please visit the Pormpuraaw website.

Free mulch at Mt Tully

Council is giving away free mulch at the Mt Tully commercial green waste site, but only while stock lasts. To find the green waste site, head north from Cooktown on Endeavour Valley Road and turn left 1.8km after the Reid Street turn off. Please bring your own ute or trailer and shovel for loading. For more information, phone Council's waste team on 4082 0500.

Cook Shire travel restrictions lifted from 12noon 3 July

Cook Shire and most other Cape York shires will be open to visitors from Queensland at midday, Friday 3 July. Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council and Torres Shire will keep their borders closed until midday 10 July. Please note, travellers will not be able to access the Tip of Cape York until after 10 July as non-residents are unable to cross the Jardine River ferry and enter the Northern Peninsula Area. For more information visit our Coronavirus page.

Council service changes due to coronavirus

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus in Cook Shire and in line with Government rules, Council has made changes to some of our services, including closing facilities, limiting public interaction and moving other services online.

OPEN - Council’s main office at 10 Furneaux Street and depot office at 31 Charlotte Street has re-opened to the public. The office is open from 8.45am to 4.45pm weekdays, and as always, you can phone 4082 0500 for urgent after hours enquiries and speak to our after hours call centre. The Cooktown Waterpark at William Daku Park on the waterfront is open, as are Shire playgrounds, public barbecues and outdoor gym equipment.

OPEN - WITH CHANGES - The Cooktown and Bloomfield libraries will re-open from 18 May, with strict social distancing and limited patron numbers. The Cooktown Pool will re-open on 16 May, with strict social distancing and limited patron numbers. The Pool hours have also changed - the pool will be open 1pm-4pm weekends and 6am-12pm weekdays.

NO CHANGE - Our transfer stations, landfills, remote rubbish cages and recycling skips are still available for use as normal. Scheduled kerbside waste pick ups will continue as usual. Opening hours, locations and a kerbside pick up schedule are available on our website.


ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday