Kendall River Road

Kendall River Road is a less used road to western Cape York.

It goes to the areas south of Aurukun,

... that are not accessible to the public unless you join one of the tours that takes you around in these areas.

The road itself is easy to describe in four different sections.

PDR to Crystal Vale Turnoff

The road turns in about half way between Coen and Musgrave - at the turnoff there is a sign to Yarraden Station.
   kendall river road turnoff

There are first a few gates ...

kendall river road gates

... as you pass through the station.

kendall river road yarraden station

Then, on your right hand side, is the old Hamilton Goldfield with the site of the old Ebagoola township.
  kendall river road hamilton goldfield

Later, you cross Holroyd River,
   kendall river road holroyd river

... and then Station Creek, both
dry late in the dry season. 

kendall river road station creek

And then you come to the Crystal Vale turnoff.

kendall river road crystal vale

Crystal Vale Turnoff to Holroyd

After Crystal Vale turnoff,

kendall river road crystal vale turnoff

... there is a big hill,

kendall river road

... and you come to the land of Holroyd Station.

kendall river road holroyd station

The road starts getting a little narrower,

kendall river road narrower

... there are more gates,

kendall river road holroyd gate

... and you pass the homestead.

kendall river road past homestead

Holroyd to Merapah Track Turnoff

After the homestead,

kendall river road holroyd

... the road continues,

kendall river road

... through the Pretender Creek,

kendall river road pretender creek

... and gets narrower,

kendall river road cattle yards

... as it goes through some cattle yards.

kendall river road cattle

More gates,

kendall river road gate

... dams,

kendall river road dam

... grids,

kendall river road grid

... and you come to the Merapah turnoff.

kendall river road merapah turnoff

Merapah Track Turnoff to Kendall River

After the Merapah turnoff,

kendall river road

... the road gets even narrower,

kendall river road narrow

... and gradually turns into a track,

kendall river road track

... which will go through ...

kendall river track

... some bush that gradually gets thicker, 

kendall river road bush

... as the track gets narrower,

kendall river track narrow

... and finally straightens up,

kendall river track straight

... as it gets to the final gate.

kendall river gate

Hamilton Goldfield

Hamilton Goldfield is an interesting piece of Cape York gold history.

If you are interested in history and discovering old goldfields, it may well be worth turning into Kendall River Road.

Not long after you pass by Yarraden Station on your left hand side, on your right hand side is this shack:
   hamilton goldfield hoeys hut

There are a few tracks into the goldfield on your right hand side after the shack.
   hamilton goldfield ebagoola

The deposits were found in the late 1800s, and in the early 1900s this was a working goldfield with a few different mines and the township of Ebagoola as the settlement.
   hamilton goldfield tin shack

Ebagoola had a school, a post office and a few hotels, but it didn't last for long and today in fact very little remains of the town itself.

   hamilton goldfield boiler and stamper

The surrounding goldfields have some old mining equipment left around.
   hamilton goldfield

You should turn into Yarraden Station and ask for permission to visit Hamilton Goldfield.

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