Battlecamp Road

Battlecamp Road is a reasonably good gravel road.

It is the road between The Old Laura Homestead (in Lakefield National Park) in the west, and the main road between Cooktown and Hopevale in the east.

It is quite a good road, at least during the Dry season - it's mostly gravel and can get corrugated but that's all - no dramas, except that there are a few river crossings that could be deep in the early Dry.

Starting in the Cooktown end, the first nice place to stop is Isabella Falls, where you have to cross a tributary of Endeavour River (and of course, there is no bridge but it's shallow). It's a nice place for a cool dip in the water :-)

isabella falls

After the falls the Battle camp Road continues west; passes the turnoff to Starcke Wakooka Track, ...

battlecamp road

... crosses a mountain range, ...

battlecamp road

... and comes to Normanby River - which may be deep early in the Dry season (deeper than in the following photo).

normanby river crossing

But in the late Dry, like here, it's a bliss to cross :-)

normanby river

After the river and driving through the Normanby Station,

battle camp station

... you come to the gate of Battle Camp Station, and drive through it. 

battlecamp station

Not long after the station, Lakefield National Park starts. 


And after the turnoffs to Lake Emma and Horseshoe Lagoon,

lake emma

... you drive across Laura River

laura river crossing

After that the road ends. You can turn left to Laura, or right to the central and northern parts of Lakefield National Park.

lakefield national park

There is one more thing right next to this crossroad - and it's a beauty - the Old Laura Homestead - the best historical site in this national park.

old laura homestead

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