In 1873 the site of Cook Park was proclaimed as a park and in 1882 it was officially named in honour of Captain James Cook.
Cook Park was laid out with straight paths and rows of trees, with much of the original design still in place.
Overnight visitor to Cook Park
Cook Park attracts thousands of visitors every year, but one recent visitor decided to stay overnight ...
Behind the Scenes
During Orange's long, cold Winter months many of the trees and gardens are dormant.
But for Cook Park staff, it's a busy time to catch up on crucial maintenance and prepare for Spring.
This short video captures the behind-the-scenes work of caring for Cook Park's begonia collection and the story of how a Horticulture apprentice takes on a gardening project.
In warmer months the City of Orange Brass band stages a series of once-a-month Sunday afternoon performances in the Cook Park Rotunda.
Here's a taste.
This Cook Park Brochure (2.95 MB) outlines the major features of the park.
Other attractions in Cook Park are the historic trees dating back to the 1800s, duck ponds, aviaries, arts and craft shop, the fernery and glasshouse as well as many interesting plants.
A convenient way to find out more about the history of Cook Park first-hand, is to take a stroll using the Cook Park Heritage Walk (1.61MB) brochure.
Cook Park has a tradition of staging a seasonal display of spectacular Begonias in the historic Blowes Conservatory. This Begonia Brochure (185KB) has more information.
Cook Park Master Plan
You can learn more about the implications of the plan in an online article here and find a link to the draft plan.
The period for formal public comment about the plan ended 19 November, 2012.
Cook Park has its own Facebook page. You can stay in touch with news of the park by 'Liking' Cook Park's Facebook page.