A lot of travellers drive
quite quickly, barely stopping in Laura and Musgrave.
But if you have the time
the area is
Cooktown and Laura have a
lot of history, Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw have remote Aboriginal camping
Lakefield - Cape Melville area is a destination on
its own for many Australians.
If you drive the inland way up (which leaves the tropical coast for the
way back and which I always recommend), you are on the Peninsula once
you are in Lakeland.
It's a small township, and it's here that the the
main, inland road (Mulligan Hwy) turns off to Cooktown.
It's easy to drive through without ever turning into the
town, but if you have the time there is some interesting history.
The next spot north after Laura is Hann River Roadhouse.
It is just a
roadhouse and a camping ground, with a nice swimming hole in the back,
a resident emu and a few peacocks, and during the season, probably a
backpacker serving you as in many other roadhouses.
of Hann River, the road continues, red and straight, north past Artemis
Musgrave - a historical roadhouse with a small restaurant,
accommodation and a camping ground. It's on the crossroads east to
Lakefield National Park and west to Pormpuraaw.
The Coastal Way
If you come up the coastal way - the road from Cairns to Cape
Road, and Bloomfield
to Rossville Road
you come to Cooktown.
It is a Cape York town not to be missed,
particularly if you are interested in history, fishing and good scenery.
North of Cooktown is Hope Vale and the beautiful Cape
Bedford area with some white sand dunes at Coloured Sands and Elim
is Cape Flattery, the Starcke-Wakooka
Head and Lakefield
National Park before you come to Musgrave and continue north.
River Roadhouse is a nice place to stay in southern Cape York.
It is in
southern Cape York,
on the main road up north (Peninsula Developmental).
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