From here the penisula
is narrower, which means the coastal spots are
The places along the main
road are small.
Furthest south are Coen and Stewart Point.
In the middle are Archer River and Mungkan Kaanju National Park, and in
the north are Weipa and Iron Range National Park.
Plains, then The first area north and north east of Musgrave is the
Charlotte Bay. In the southern end of it are Annie RiverRunning
Creek Track; and in the northern end are Port
and Silver Plains;
and a back track to Coen - the Old
you don't do the Running Creek Track or Princess Charlotte Bay, along
the main road north of Musgrave you have the turnoffs to Kendall
Hamilton Goldfield, and Port Stewart. The next
north is Coen - your only town in the area, and it's not a big town.
Kaanju National Park
North of Coen is the Cape York Quarantine Station, and north from here
are a few turnoffs to Mungkan Kaanju National Park. It is a huge park -
60km in just to get to the camping grounds. It has
a dry vegetation, but the camping is next to rivers and waterholes.
Archer River in Central Cape
of Mungkan Kaanju is Archer River Roadhouse. It is a great roadhouse
with accommodation and a large camping ground, as well as a
licensed bar and a restaurant. It serves some big meals (Archer Burger
is popular) and
gets crowded in the season.
Coast of Central
Iron Range Area
North of Archer River you have the turnoff to the eastern coast (past
Batavia Goldfields and Chuulangun Camping Ground).
Other ways to get in are Frenchmans
Track and Falls
- some of the best 4WD tracks in this part of the peninsula. And some of the best
kept secrets is Restoration
administrative centre of the whole Iron Range area is Lockhart
River, which is the largest community in this area,
and it has a historical WWII airport, an Arts Centre, and the
most spectacular is of course the much photographed Quintell
Beach. It is an Aboriginal community with alcohol
North of Lockhart River - also here on the coast - is Iron
National Park. It is a very special place if you are into bird and
other wildlife watching, containing the largest amount of species Cape
York shares with Papua New Guinea and not the rest of Australia.
of the central section of Iron Range National Park is a road to its
northern section - Chili Beach, and Portland Roads (outside the
national park) - a tiny community with a lovely small beach.
There is not much for travellers, it's more of a local spot, but a
Coast of Central Cape York
the Peninsula Developmental Road, further north it turns west to
other places south
Weipa is a bauxite
town, there is nothing much
particularly for travellers, except beautiful beaches and great fishing.
there is a road to Mapoon.
You pass by turnoffs to Stones
Crossing, Barrage and Pennefather
In Mapoon, there are a few
nice beaches that are great for fishing. It is an Aboriginal community
River stretches pretty much across the whole peninsula in central cape
rainforests, in northern Kulla
- McIllwraith Ranges. Then it
crosses the Peninsula Developmental Road near the roadhouse by the
Bill Hanson bridge.
Then forms the northern border
of the Rokeby
Section of Mungkan
Kaanju National Park
and goes right through the Archer Bend Section of the same national
park, before it mouths at the Aboriginal community of Aurukun, south of
Crossing in dry
York travellers only
come across it once, when driving north along the Peninsula
Developmental Road, just north of Archer River Roadhouse.
get to it if you go
camping in Mungkan
Kaanju National Park.
River Roadhouse is a popular stop in central Cape York.
It is on
north of Coen and
National Park, and south of the turnoff to Portland Roads,
Lockhart River and Iron
Range National Park. Most
roadhouses sell food but not all have a
area where meals are served.
during the night time too (in the season of course).
and drinks, some souvenirs and basic groceries.
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