the central eastern peninsula is the Iron Range area.
for the national park by the same name, there are also the small
Portland Roads, the Aboriginal community of Lockhart River, some good four wheel drive
tracks, islands, and some Second World War and gold rush history.
North of Archer River you have the turnoff to the eastern coast, with a
sign to Iron Range National Park, and you first come to the first river
crossing - Wenlock.
It now even
has a causeway so the crossing is very
easy well enough into the Dry season, and north of the river you have
little further north of the river, on your right hand side is a turnoff
to a new camping ground - the Chuulangun camping, owned by the local
Aboriginal people - the people of the Pascoe and Wenlock
are a few turnoffs, just follow the signs, the camping ground is next
to a small creek and has facilities.
Further north you cross Pascoe River, which is also easy in the Dry
season, but is a little wider and bigger than the Wenlock
crossing on this road. Further north is the
eastern end of Falls Track, which goes from here to the PDR, also
crossing both Wenlock and Pascoe. UPDATE 2015 this track is no longer
accessible without permission (details in the Destination Guide).
north you come to the eastern end of Frenchman's Track - one of the
most popular tracks on the peninsula, which also crosses both Wenlock
It is not
hard in its full length, probably easiest in the
middle of the two rivers, but its river crossings are the challenge,
the eastern end of Frenchman's you come close to the national park, and
right near the beginning of it, on your right hand side you have a
lookout point over Mt Tozer.
area on the road are some
small creek crossings where water can rise quickly after bigger rains
(once leaving me stranded for hours).
that you come to the intersection where you can turn left to the heart
of Iron Range National Park and Chili Beach, or right to Lockhart River
- an Aboriginal community that is the administrative centre of this
part of Cape York peninsula.
thing to see is the beautiful
left back at the intersection takes you to a beautiful drive through
some most unique rainforest in Australia, which contains
plant, bird and animal species that the Cape York peninsula only shares
with Papua New Guinea and not the rest of Australia.
you drive through the rainforest, you come to an area with dry woodland
and later heath. Once you have driven through that, you come to a
left-hand turnoff to Portland Roads - a beautiful, small beach
community with about 10 homes on the beach.
past the left-hand turnoff to Portland Roads, you come to Chili Beach -
a beautiful beach, very popular with camping, although it can be very
camping spots are behind the first row of vegetation
and so protected from the winds.
of Chili Beach is Cape Weymouth, there is nothing much there except
private properties, but across the waters you can see the Restoration
- the mysterious, remote tropical island that is often featured in
different documentaries across the world.
River is in eastern Cape York.
It is the
community in the eastern part of central
Cape York -
and the administrative
of the Iron Range area. But there
are also a few
things to see in town.
There is an Art
displays Aboriginal art created by local indigenous people, who come
here every day to create paintings, carvings, weavings and
ceramics that reflect their local traditions and culture.
Airport was built during the Second World War. It was a
airport and there are still war relics and information about it all.
important hub for transport, medical and food supplies during the Wet
Season when the roads are closed.
most beautiful place is of course the magnificent
- the place that is always on Lockhart River photos. There is
a nice jetty, some
strangely formed mangroves,
some strange granite
boulders that are quite photogenic in the right weather.
Roads is a small beach community in Cape York.
just north of Iron
As you drive in from Peninsula
Developmental Road, you
the Lockhart River
drive through the national park, and
continue north towards Chili
Before you get to the Chili Beach
there is an intersection where you turn left to this small community.
It is a beautiful place with a small but picture
perfect beach lined by palm trees, a boat ramp and -
in fact, not so much more, except about ten private homes on the
Near the boat ramp is an Edmund
Kennedy expedition monument.
On the beachfront are the Out
Blue Cafe, Portland Roads Beach Shack, and Portland House
You can drop into the Cafe
a lunch between 10am and 2pm. If you want to visit for a dinner, you
to make a booking.
Roads is a great place to go
out with a
boat, and there is some good fishing.
I guess you could also try mud
there is only one thing - sand
With lots of insect repellent it's a
nice place to fish, gather oysters
and watch the birdlife.
watch out for the big deadly Australian
worth turning in to Batavia Goldfields.
north of Wenlock River
on the way to Portland Roads,
Lockhart River and
National Park. Cape
York had many big gold rushes in its history
and at the
times when Hodgkinson
Goldfields operated, the Peninsula was a very busy place with
some of the largest towns in Queensland.
Batavia fields are a bit
smaller but still worth discovering.
they are easily
accessible (the last bit is still four wheel
but they are not as far from the main road as Hodginson and Palmer.
discovering all the equipment that has been sitting here for
more than 100 years.
is a new camping ground in central Cape York.
It is on Aboriginal land,
owned and managed by Kaanju Ngaachi (Wenlock and Pascoe River) people. Chuulangun is located
north of Wenlock River, along the road to Iron Range,
Portland Roads and Lockhart River.
A small road takes you in, to an information
about the rules as well as the traditional owners.
There is an upper
camping ground with facilities,
... and then a lower
camping ground just around the corner,
... next to a small creek
and swimming hole.
Neither spot so far has
good shade, but it looks like they may have planned to
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