Cook Shire


Cook Shire is located in Far North Queensland. The Shire includes significant areas of national park and state forest, rural areas and urban areas. The main township is Cooktown (with about half of the population), with smaller population centres at Ayton, Coen, Lakeland, Laura, Lizard Island, Marton, Portland Roads and Rossville. Urban areas include residential, commercial, entertainment and tourist land uses. Rural land is used largely for pastoral purposes (bananas, coffee, maize, melons, peanuts, sorghum, tea and tropical fruit growing and cattle grazing) and mining. Tourism is also an important industry.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Mulligan Highway
  • Coen Airport
  • Peninsula Development Road
  • Cooktown Airport


  • Cairns CBD 330km
  • Brisbane CBD 2,000km
  • Townsville CBD 650km
  • Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby) 700km

Cook Shire Council

economic profile