We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander custodians of the land and sea throughout Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples please be aware this website includes images and names of deceased people. 

Reflecting on

The year is 1770

A man stands on the coast, gazing out to sea.

He watches a ship sail over the horizon. Shortly, an encounter between two peoples will take place. Neither this man nor those on the ship could imagine the impact their meeting will have.

This is the Endeavour story.

Endeavour 250 logo in white with a red background

About the anniversary

Marking 250 years

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour’s voyage along the east coast of Australia – part of James Cook’s first Pacific voyage.

It is a time to explore the Endeavour voyage and its legacy.

When the Endeavour arrived in 1770, a great many People already lived here. They made up different nations, with sophisticated knowledge systems.

Understand the story from all perspectives through online activities, educational resources and exploring items from our collecting institutions.
News and Media

Connect with history

Shared histories

Explore and learn

COVID-19 update

Navigating difficult waters

Some of the Endeavour 250 events and activities planned to mark the anniversary have been cancelled or postponed in response to official medical advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Where possible, online material is being offered in place of activities – to provide an opportunity for all Australians to reflect on our past, get a greater insight into the experiences of Indigenous Australians, James Cook and the Endeavour and all of the factors that have shaped our modern, diverse and vibrant nation.

Exploring vast oceans and uncharted lands, James Cook was known for his seamanship, leadership and cartographic skills

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