Events and Celebrations
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Events and Celebrations

We love a good excuse to celebrate!

Cook Shire Council run and participate in various celebrations and awards ceremonies. Check out some of the biggest annual events in Cook Shire, see how you can be involved, and make sure to read the Event Information Kit if you are planning your own event in the Shire.

Christmas Lights Competition 2018

Help make Cook Shire shine by participating in the 2018 Christmas Lights Competition, and be in with a chance to win great prizes for first, second and third place thanks to our sponsors, the Cooktown Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and Cooktown Hardware. Entries are now open, and close on Monday, December 10 2018. Judging will be on Friday, December 14 2018. Download an entry form here, or pick up a copy from Council's office or Shire libraries.

Australia Day

Australia Day is an annual favourite with a regular attendance of around 150 locals who help us acknowledge and celebrate our outstanding citizens and be reminded of all the reasons why being an Aussie is so great.

Click here to see more information on Australia Day in Cook Shire.

Event Information Kit

The Event Information Kit has been designed to assist and support organisations, individuals and community groups who are planning events in Cook Shire. The kit consolidates all of Council's requirements and procedures for events, including what licences, approvals or bookings may be required. 

Click here to see more information on the Event Information Kit.

Cooktown Discovery Festival

The Cooktown Discovery Festival is one of Cook Shire's most popular and long standing events, with the highlight being the re-enactment of Captain James Cook's arrival on the banks of the Endeavour River in 1770 and the interaction between the Europeans and the First Nations people.

Click here for more information about the Cooktown Discovery Festival.

Australian Citizenship

Many residents become Australian citizens through Citizenship ceremonies conducted by Cook Shire Council. We ensure your citizenship ceremony is a meaningful and special experience for you and your friends and family.

Click here for more information about becoming an Australian Citizen in Cook Shire.

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Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


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