River Road is a less used road to western Cape York.
to the areas south
... 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
- at the turnoff
there is a sign to
There are first a few
you pass through the station.
Then, on your right hand side, is the old Hamilton
with the site of
the old Ebagoola
Later, you cross Holroyd River,
... and then Station Creek, both dry late in the dry season.
And then you come to the Crystal Vale turnoff.
Crystal Vale Turnoff to Holroyd
After Crystal Vale turnoff,
... there is a big hill,
... and you come to the land of Holroyd Station.
The road starts getting a little narrower,
... there are more gates,
... and you pass the homestead.
Holroyd to Merapah Track Turnoff
After the homestead,
... the road continues,
... through the Pretender Creek,
... and gets narrower,
... as it goes through some cattle yards.
... and you come to the Merapah turnoff.
Merapah Track Turnoff to Kendall River
After the Merapah turnoff,
... the road gets even narrower,
... and gradually turns into a track,
... which will go through ...
... some bush that gradually gets thicker,
... as the track gets narrower,
... and finally straightens up,
... as it gets to the final gate.
Goldfield is an interesting piece of Cape York gold history.
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
There are a few tracks into the goldfield on your right hand side after
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
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.
The surrounding goldfields have some old mining equipment left around.
You should turn into Yarraden Station and ask for permission to visit
this 50 pages
guide totally for FREE.
contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip.
You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you
should take, how to get
there and get
to stay (general info), what
will it cost..
and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.
This complete 300 pages
travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the
background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all
the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact
detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks,
at least 30 guaranteed FREE
camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to
the Cape), at least 40 best
swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things -
from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception,
how to deal with the national
parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits
and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery
gear by my vehicle-recovery-guy partner).
Not to mention locals'
tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)
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