• Endeavour 250 is the Australian Government’s program of activities marking 250 years since the HMB Endeavour’s voyage along the east coast of Australia in 1770.
  • After observing the transit of Venus in Tahiti and mapping the North and South Islands of New Zealand, the Endeavour sailed west.
  • The crew first sighted the mainland of Australia on 19 April 1770. James Cook and some of his crew landed at Kamay Botany Bay on 29 April 1770.
  • They spent the following months charting the continent’s eastern coastline, encountering Australian flora and fauna and interacting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from different nations.
  • The HMB Endeavour voyage marks a significant moment in Australia’s history.
  • Led by James Cook, a British explorer, surveyor, navigator and cartographer, the voyage contributed to western knowledge of geography, navigation and natural science, which is still used today.
  • It left a profound legacy of scientific investigation, including the first large-scale hydrographic surveys and a significant contribution to the measurement of longitude.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who had lived on the Australian continent for more than 60,000 years.
  • To understand the significance of the voyage, it is important to reflect on its impact from all perspectives, and to learn about the history, science and values that connect all Australians.
  • We want to encourage respectful reflection on the legacy of the voyage and positive connections between Australians - sharing their diverse views on this legacy.
  • The anniversary is an opportunity to understand the Australian story – reflecting on more than 60,000 years of custodianship through to more recent migrant stories. The anniversary marks a point in time from which we embarked on a shared journey.
  • The anniversary presents a chance for Australians of all backgrounds to listen to and learn from each other’s stories. It is a chance to understand what happened and to discuss what it means for our future.
  • The Australian Government is supporting a range of activities to mark the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s voyage to Australia. These activities offer different perspectives and insights into the voyage.
  • Unfortunately, some of the activities originally planned to mark the anniversary have been cancelled or postponed in response to official medical advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • To find out more about Endeavour 250 activities, visit the About the Anniversary and the What’s On pages.
  • The views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have helped shape the initiatives that make up the Endeavour 250 program, from the exhibitions to the design of the Endeavour 250 logo.
  • The Australian Government has also funded activities for the anniversary that have an Indigenous focus, including:
    • The Return of Cultural Heritage Project, led by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, which is working on the return of Indigenous cultural items and artefacts held overseas to Australian Indigenous communities.
    • The Encounters Fellowships, led by the National Museum of Australia, which is an opportunity for 6 Indigenous cultural practitioners to participate in a tailored professional development program.
    • The Cultural Connections Program, led by the National Museum of Australia, is partnering with local organisations to support community-led projects that strengthen local cultural practices and knowledge transmission.
    • Development of a new interpretive centre in the Town of Seventeen Seventy.
  • The Government has also provided funding for events, activities and exhibitions that feature the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, tell Indigenous stories, or that focus on reconciliation.
  • All Australians are encouraged to engage in a range of activities and to share their diverse views and perspectives on the anniversary. This is an important step in having a safe and respectful national conversation on our history and on our shared future.
  • To find out more about how you can participate in anniversary activities, visit the ‘What’s On’ page.
  • If you are organising your own online activity or event, you can register this on the ‘Submit your event’ page.
  • Some of the activities originally planned to mark the anniversary have been cancelled or postponed in response to official medical advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • In marking this anniversary we want to protect public safety. All decisions about activities will be informed by official medical advice, which is being updated regularly. We will also update information on Endeavour 250 activities regularly.
  • For more information on the current status of COVID-19, visit the Department of Health’s website.
  • The ANMM has suspended the voyages of the replica HMB Endeavour and the companion touring exhibition ‘Looking Back, Looking Forward’ to ensure the health and safety of the public and voyage crew given the current COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more about this decision on the ANMM's website.
  • The ANMM will continue to mark the anniversary through its Encounters 2020 program, which will consist of a number of film and digital projects, and a range of educational resources for teachers and students.