Black Mountain Road

Black Mountain Road is a small back road just south of Cape York.

It goes from Kuranda to Julatten, and you could do it as a part of your road up north (or back down south) if you have the time and prefer doing a track instead of the highways.

(I would in that case replace the inland way with it, not the coastal, which is beautiful between Cairns and Port Douglas).

black mountain road bridge

It is even quite famous - you do read about it, but don't expect it to be a bumpy, adventurous four wheel drive track.

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The Black Mt Road is more like a gravel road, but it's not all even - you do need high clearance, but not necessarily to use the four wheel drive gears.

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It goes through some tropical rainforests and pine plantations,

pine plantation

.. crosses a few creeks with small bridges,

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and enters, and later exits, Kuranda National Park.

kuranda national park

It gets a bit steeper in the northern, Julatten end.


There, you also have the Bump Track - one of the greatest bushwalks in Cape York.

bump track

From Julatten you can turn left to Mount Molloy, and continue the inland road north.

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