2015 Captain Cook Festival, 22-24 May 2015
Friday night – enjoy the re-enactment of “Cook’s” landing which is a special highlight of the festival. This year it will be held on the Friday night prior to the Festival at the Air Sea Rescue Park (1770 Foreshore).
Saturday – 9am – 10:30pm – Come and celebrate the main festival day with stalls, fun for the kids and live entertainment throughout the day until 10.30pm. A special feature of the evening is a spectacular 20 minute fireworks display showering over the bay, sponsored by Ergon Energy. Get your instagram ready for this!
Sunday – Family Fun Day for children.
The 1770 Captain Cook Festival is an annual event commemorating the visit of the HMB Endeavour and the landing of Lt. James Cook and his party on May 24 1770 in Bustard Bay at Seventeen Seventy, as it is now known. This was the first landing for Cook and his crew in Queensland, and only the second landing in Australia (the first being Botany Bay).
The festival also promotes and educates visitors of the indigenous history of the area. The Gooreng Gooreng people are the traditional owners and on the morning of the main festival activities, you can enjoy the dreamtime stories of the area and experience performances of traditional dances to the sound of didgeridoos.
Many Australians have little or no knowledge of the historical significance of Cook’s landing in Seventeen Seventy. Come and celebrate this year with a re-enactment of Cook’s landing with professional actors and period costumes. It’s educational and lots of fun.
In 2009 the Festival was also inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame for the Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg Tourism Regional Area.