It is a small township on the crossroads of the Peninsula Developmental Road that goes north to the Tip of Cape York, and Mulligan Highway that goes east to the coast to Cooktown.
It is 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. Enjoy it while it still is - after this township the roads are only partly sealed, and will get worse the further north you go. If you turn right onto the Mulligan Highway here, the road is sealed all the way to Cooktown.
Lakeland Downs Roadhouse
Right 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 eat. There is also a small shop with basic supplies, soft drinks, chips and take-away food.
If you turn into the town, there is another similar place, but with better food and cheaper fuel. It is a coffee house and general store that also sells fuel, souvenirs, takeaway food and snacks, and basic supplies and groceries.
As every proper Australian country town, Lakeland Downs has a pub, which is also the town's only hotel. It serves hot meals and cold drinks. There are motel style rooms and this is also the town's only ATM, except the roadhouse on the highway.
There is a nice caravan park in town, with shady sites and the usual amenities. They have units as well as powered and unpowered sites. You can store your caravan here if you decide not to drag it all the way to the Tip of Australia.
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