Grassy Hill - QLD

  Tourist Attraction


DEG: -15.46089 145.255203
DMS: 15º 27' 39.2" S 145º 15' 18.73" E
UTM: 55 L 8289936mN 312804mE
Altitude: 142.86m


Place Type

Recreation - Tourist Attraction


87.64kms North of Daintree

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On the 30th June, 1770 Lieutenant James Cook, Royal Navy wrote in his Diary - "and went myself upon a hill which lies over the south point to take a view of the sea........As this time it was low water, and I saw, with great concern, innumerable sand bank and shoals lying all along the coast in every direction"

Twelve day prior to this at 1pm on the 18th June 1770, the H.M.Bark Endeavour floated into the harbour and was moored alongside a steep beach. Cook and his crew of 86 men, as well as their livestock of sheep, pigs, dogs, ducks, hens and the ships goat reached the safety of the shore.

Today Grassy Hill is one of Cooktown's premier tourist attractions for both locals and tourists alike. Grassy Hill is so known because local aboriginals deliberately burnt the forest on the hill to encourage regrowth of vegetation and draw animals into the area for hunting. By 1886 the Lighthouse was in use and remain an manned lighthouse until it was automated in 1927.

During Word War 11 from early February 1942 until February 1945, Grassy Hill was also an important Radar Station manned by the 56 Radar Unit of the RAAF.

In 1987 the Government was decommissioning the Lighthouse and residents of Cooktown were so concerned about saving the historical facility of the lighthouse that they had great media attention, that the Lighthouse was sold to the Cooktown people for $100 in 1988.
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Closest Weather Station

Cooktown at 13/01:30pm EST
Distance from Grassy Hill 7.58km W
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Cooktown Airport
Distance from Grassy Hill 7.58km W
Mean Max. °C31.831.630.429.127.726.726.127.028.830.431.532.2
Mean Min. °C24.324.323.822.920.719.417.718.220.922.623.824.5
Mean Rain mm280.3295.7390.8156.736.628.521.817.67.224.671.0154.0

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