Aerodromes: Kowanyama, Laura and Cooktown

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  • Certified Remote non-controlled aerodrome
  • Operated by Aboriginal Shire Council; phone prior for any queries, including landing fee (see ERSA)
  • Check ERSA for details about refuelling options 
  • Birds and wallabies in vicinity


  • Uncertified, remote ALA, RWY 14/32
  • Use CTAF126.7 (Laura is depicted on charts but has not been assigned a discrete frequency.)
  • Public telephone, general store and hotel/motel in town, 500 m west of strip
Aerial view of Laura aerodrome
Aerial view of Laura aerodrome


  • Certified coastal non-controlled aerodrome
  • Check ERSA for details about refuelling options
  • Know the co-ordinates of the Cooktown airstrip and take care with identifying the correct strip. There's a decommissioned old airstrip nearby that may confuse pilots. It is about half way between the current aerodrome and the town of Cooktown, on the southern side of the Endeavour River 
  • Aircraft departing Cooktown for Cairns that have obtained a landing slot time from ATC will be processed more expeditiously
  • Caution: animal hazard, ant hills, fences
  • Caution: ultralight activity east of the airfield
  • Weather reflects tropical location of Cooktown. Prevailing south-east breeze can cause build-up of low cloud and precipitation on surrounding hills. Monsoon season over hotter months routinely delivers unstable weather – careful flight planning and alternates recommended
Aerial view of Cooktown aerodrome
Aerial view of Cooktown aerodrome
Published date: 17 October 2022
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