Battlecamp Road


Battlecamp Road is a reasonably good gravel road.

It is the road between The Old Laura Homestead (in Lakefield National Park) in the west, and the crossroad south of Hope Vale and north of Endeavour Falls Tourist Park (on the main road between Cooktown and Hopevale) in the east.

It is quite a good road, at least during the Dry season - it's gravel and can get corrugated but that's all - no dramas, except that there are two river crossings that could be deep in the early Dry.


The easternmost one of them is a tributary of Endeavour River and it crosses the Battle Camp road at Isabella Falls. The westernmost one is Normanby River that crosses the road about 2/3 (from Cooktown end) into the track.


Starting in Cooktown end, the first nice place to stop is Isabella Falls, where you have to cross a tributary of Endeavour River (and of course, there is no bridge but it's shallow). It's a nice place for a cool dip in the water :-)

isabella falls

After the falls the Battle camp Road continues west; passes the turnoff to Starcke Wakooka Track, ...

battlecamp road

... crosses a mountain range, ...

battlecamp road

... and comes to Normanby River - the one that may be deep in the early Dry season (obviously also deeper than in the following photo).

normanby river crossing

But in the late Dry, like here, it's a bliss to cross :-)

normanby river

After the river you come to the gate of Battle Camp Station, and drive through it. 

battle camp station

There is a gate in the other end - leave it as you found it (open/closed).

battlecamp station

Not long after the station, Lakefield National Park starts. 

lakefield

And after the turnoffs to Lake Emma and Horseshoe Lagoon,

lake emma

... you drive across Laura River. 

laura river crossing

After that the road ends. You can turn left to Laura, or right to the central and northern parts of Lakefield National Park.

lakefield national park

There is one more thing right next to this crossroad - and it's a beauty - the Old Laura Homestead - the best historical site in this national park.

old laura homestead





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