In Cook was chosen to lead an expedition to the South Seas to . along the east coast of New Holland, or Australia, heading north (April-August ). were very different from the people Cook had come across in other Pacific lands. Captain Cook's Landing Place is a heritage-listed site at Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. It is so named because Captain Cook. Captain Cook `s landing site is the place where Cook stepped ashore. A commemorative obelisk stands opposite the rock where he is believed to have landed. The headland has naturally grassy cross country ltd running from the ocean on the east to the sheltered creek on the west and this swathe has been referred to as "Mrs Cook's Drive" since the turn of the century. John Gorton Building King Edward Terrace Parkes ACT GPO Box Canberra ACT Contact us. Because he travelled west on his first voyage, this a. Joseph Banks had been appointed to the voyage as the official botanist. The voyage lasted almost three years. Edmund Barton was the first Prime Minister. Repairs had to be carried out in Endeavour River.