Things to do

Black Mountain (Kalkajaka)

The mysterious mountain overlooks Rossville Retreat, tours are available from local Indigenous tours guides.

Gold prospecting

Popular in the area and it is thought that over 40 tons was extracted during Cooktown’s gold rush.

Cooktown’s fishing

Unique for its wide variety of environments. You can fish the outer reef for the legendary black marlin; the inner reef for coral trout, red emperor, mackerel and tuna. On the beaches, headlands and coastal flats you’ll find trevally, queenies, permit and the elusive bonefish; and in the estuaries chase barramundi, mangrove jacks and crabs.


A popular pastime whilst staying at Rossville Retreat with an abundance of birdlife available.