Downs is more commonly known just as Lakeland.
It is a small
township on the
crossroads of the Peninsula
Developmental Road that goes north to the tip of Cape
Highway that goes east to the coast to Cooktown.
about 100km north of Mt
Carbine and about 30km north of Palmer River Roadhouse.
It is really small and there is nothing much to do there for travellers
- except to fill up your tank, buy something to eat and drink, and stay
over the night if needed.
The road that comes in to the town is good and it is sealed.
it still is - after this township the roads are only partly sealed
(UPDATE now sealed until Laura), and
will get worse the further north you go. If you turn right to
Highway, the road is sealed all the way to Cooktown.
along the main road is the roadhouse where truckies stop for a meal,
and where you can also fill up your tank and get something to
There is also
a small shop with basic supplies, soft drinks, chips and
you turn into the town, there is another similar place, but with better
food and cheaper fuel.
It is the
Lakeland Downs coffee house and
store that also sells fuel, souvenirs, takeaway food and snacks, and
basic supplies and groceries.
every proper Australian country town, Lakeland Downs has a pub, which
the town's only hotel.
Like all the
other proper Aussie pubs, it has a
public bar with pool tables, meals and drinks, and a beer garden in the
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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
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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
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