This is the largest place in the eastern part of northern Cape York - where you turn in towards Iron Range National Park and Portland Roads, not far north of Archer River.
While the most famous place that brings people to this part of Cape York is the Iron Range National Park and its Chili Beach, Portland Roads is a beautiful small community, and Lockhart River is the administrative centre where you have all the facilities, including the only grocery shop in the area, and the only place where to get fuel.
It is an Aboriginal community so remember that alcohol restrictions apply - just read and obey the signs at the entrance.
Art Centre. ©cape-york-australia.com
Like in many other Aboriginal communities, there is an Art Centre, which displays Aboriginal art created by local Indigenous people, who come here every day to create paintings, carvings, weavings and ceramics that reflect their local traditions and culture.
Turnoff to the Airport. ©cape-york-australia.com
Airport and WWII Relics
The Airport was built during the Second World War. It was a military airport and there are still war relics and information about it all. It is also called Iron Range Airport, and it is today an important hub for transport, medical and food supplies during the Wet Season when the roads are closed.
Iron Range Airport. ©cape-york-australia.com
Being the largest place in this part of Cape York, the community has the only grocery store in the area, the only library (with free internet), and the only fuel station. It used to be that you needed to have cash to get fuel, nowadays there is a machine to put your card in.
The most beautiful spot in this community is of course the magnificent Quintell Beach - the place that is always on Lockhart River photos. There is a nice jetty, some strangely formed mangroves, and some strange granite boulders that are quite photogenic.
Quintell Beach. ©cape-york-australia.com
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