River Road is a less used road to western Cape York.
to the areas south
of Aurukun, that are not accessible to the public unless you join one
of the tours that takes you around in these areas.
On top of that all the alcohol is banned in those areas so most Cape
York travellers would never do this track.
It is, however, worth turning in if you are into old goldfields, as
one is right at
the beginning of the track.
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
Further in you cross a
that are dry in the Dry Season.
Then you pass by a few homesteads, some of which run hunting tours.
Towards the end of Kendall River road, the reasonable gravel road turns
into a smaller track, which goes into Aurukun Shire and the Blue Lagoon
Lodge that runs hunting and tag along tours in the area.
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
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