Highway is the road from Mareeba to Cooktown.
words it is the inland way from Cairns to Cooktown.
Named after the famous prospector James
Venture Mulligan who found the
gold deposits that started both Palmer River and Hodgkinson
- the southern part of this highway goes through the area with a lot of
The central part goes through some huge cattle farms that are unfenced
so there is cattle on the road - take care.
And the northern part
crosses the west and east Normanby River and on top of the cattle also
has lots of kangaroos at dusk and dawn, again, take care here as well.
Molloy and Mt
Mareeba the road to Cooktown and Cape York turns north towards Mt
first pass Biboohra and Mareeba
Wetlands, and further north you pass Lake Mitchell
before you get to Mount Molloy - a little one-pub town famous for its
North of Mount Molloy, the road continues, flat and straight, through
eucalypt woodland towards Mt
Carbine - a
tiny township with a wolfram mine, a pub, and a
roadhouse that used to sell fuel and basic supplies but burned down in
late 2013 (UPDATE and is getting rebuilt as of late
2014, reopened in
North of Mt Carbine the road climbs across a mountain range where there
are good views from Bob's Lookout. About 20km north of the mountain
range is a turnoff to Palmer
River Goldfields. Further north, Palmer
River Roadhouse has a
restaurant and a beer garden, and a camping ground.
If you have the time and are interested in mining history, south of the
Palmer River Roadhouse you can turn into
Palmer River Goldfields. It's a fun drive along the Whites Creek Road, there are some great old
with a lot of old equipment,
the former capital. If you are into hard four wheel driving there is
also the Old
30km north of the Palmer River Roadhouse is the small township of
more commonly known as Lakeland.
It has a roadhouse, a
hotel and a caravan park. After entering the town, a left hand turnoff
goes to PDR and
Cooktown you continue north.
You continue along Mulligan Highway, towards
crossinga few creeks, the West and East Normanby rivers, and
later past Little Annan
Gorge, then the intersection with the coastal road, and Black
National Park, before you get to Cooktown - one of the greatest towns
in Cape York.
River Roadhouse is a nice place to stop.
It is on
north of Mt Carbine
and south of Lakeland. It is on
the top of Byerstown
Mountain Range - south
is Bob's Lookout,
and north of it is James
are on your way past,
it is a nice place to
stop to enjoy a lunch in the relaxing beer gardens.
Or stay for the night
- particularly handy if you are planning a day for Palmer River
It has accommodation
permanent tents, as
well as powered and
meals and drinks and
has a bar
and a nice beer garden.
item on the menu
which is delicious.
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