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About Endeavour River
Endeavour River National Park is approximately 2200ha park protecting the lower reaches of the Endeavour River. Spectacular mangrove forests line the river, with coastal dunes and freshwater wetlands nearby. Heathlands and tropical woodlands are found further back from the river.
The Endeavour River is one of two major rivers in the Cooktown area. The Endeavour River originates in the mountains north-west of Cooktown, while the Annan River starts in the mountains to the south-west.
English navigator Lieutenant James Cook named the Endeavour River after his ship when it struck a reef off Cooktown on 11 June 1770. Botanists Banks and Solander collected many plant specimens along the river’s banks.
Read more about the nature, culture and history of Endeavour River National Park.
- Everything in the park, living or dead, is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
- Feeding wildlife is prohibited—it can affect their health and alter the natural population.
- Domestic animals are prohibited in national parks.
- Please take rubbish with you when you leave the park.
Endeavour River National Park is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for recreation and to protect the area’s natural values.
Endeavour River National Park was gazetted in November 2006.
The reef waters surrounding Endeavour River National Park are managed as part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The surrounding waters are managed in accordance with the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
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The natural, cultural and historical significance of Endeavour River