Skip to content

The National Museum of Australia is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Read more in our coronavirus statement

  • Closed
  • Free general admission

By early June 1770, the Endeavour was sailing through the Great Barrier Reef. This was the most dangerous part of the voyage. Just before midnight on 11 June 1770, Endeavour hit a reef and stuck fast. The ship began filling with water and the crew spent the next 24 hours working nonstop to keep it afloat.

We will add more stories and perspectives that Indigenous people have shared with us — stories missed by those on the Endeavour — on 11 June 2020.

Painting featuring a ship with a captain and crew. It is sailing on a sea with sea creatures and other life below.
Dangerous Reef by Gertie Deeral
Return to Top