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Cape York Roads - General Information

Overview of Cape York Roads including descriptions, contacts and alerts. If you are travelling through Cape York ensure you have obtained your necessary road information.

 

1. Area

CAPE TRIBULATION to WUJAL WUJAL (Coastal Road)

Road Name

Southern section of the 'Bloomfield Track' - check with Douglas Shire Council 07 4099 9444.

General Description

Dirt road with some creek crossings subject to flooding.  Drive according to prevailing conditions.

Contact Douglas Shire Council  (07) 4099 9444 or Website

 

2. Area

WUJAL WUJAL to AYTONROSSVILLE-BLOOMFIELD ROAD

Road Name

Rossville Bloomfield Road

General Description

Bitumen road.   Drive according to prevailing conditions.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

3. Area

AYTON to ROSSVILLE to MULLIGAN HIGHWAY

Road Name

Rossville Bloomfield Road 

General Description Bitumen road.  Drive according to prevailing conditions.
Contact

Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444 if you require a permit.

Mulligan Highway turnoff to Shipton Flat Road is the responsibility of TMR in Cairns.

 

4. Area

ARCHER POINT

Road Name Archer Point Road
General Description

Dirt road can be slippery when wet. Take care at creek crossings. Drive according to prevailing conditions.

High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended during wet season or after prolonged rain.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444
 
Road Name Esk Valley Road
General Description

Dirt road can be slippery when wet. Drive according to prevailing conditions. 

High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

5. Area

COOKTOWN to HOPEVALE

Road Name Endeavour Valley Road including McIvor Road
General Description

Bitumen and dirt road.

Drive according to prevailing conditions - potholes and corrugations in some areas.

Dirt section of the road can be slippery when wet

High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended during the wet season.

Contact Department of Transport and Main Roads Ph 131940 or Website
Road Name Isabella-McIvor Road - Starcke River Boat Ramp
General Description Dirt road can be slippery when wet.  Drive according to prevailing conditions.
Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444
Road Name Cameron Creek Road
General Description Dirt road can be slippery when wet. Drive according to prevailing conditions.
Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

6. Area

COOKTOWN to OLD LAURA & LAURA via BATTLECAMP ROAD

Road Name Battlecamp Road
General Description

Slow down and take care at river crossings,  Bitumen over range.

Drive according to prevailing conditions.

Dirt road can be slippery when wet.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444.

 

7. Area

OLD LAURA to MUSGRAVE via LAKEFIELD ROAD

Road Name Lakefield Road
General Description

Dirt road - when open, drive according to prevailing conditions.

High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended

Off-road trailers only, Not suitable for caravans.

Becomes extremely boggy when wet. 

Contacts

For reservations contact Lakefield National Park - refer Queensland Parks and Wildlife

Website Ph (07) 4060 3271 or 1300 130 372

 

8. Area

MARINA PLAINS ROAD - EAST of MUSGRAVE ROADHOUSE

Road Name Marina Plains Road
General Description

Dirt road - drive according to prevailing conditions.

This is black soil country which becomes very sticky and boggy when wet.  

High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended during wet season or after prolonged rain.

Contacts Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

9. Area

COOKTOWN to LAKELAND DOWNS

Road Name Mulligan Highway
General Description

Bitumen road. Beware of wallabies and cattle, particularly early morning and late afternoon.

Subject to flooding at Little Annan River and McLeod River crossings during the wet season. 

Contact Department of Transport and Main Roads Ph 131940 or Website

 

10. Area

LAKELAND TO LAURA

Road Name Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) 90C - Laura
General Description

Bitumen road - new bridge has been built over Laura River. 

Contact

Department of Transport and Main Roads Ph 131940 or Website

 

11. Area

LAURA to COEN

Road Name Peninsula Developmental Road (Coen)

General Description

Dirt road.  When roadworks in progress - slow down for road crews. 

Contact

Check with Department of Transport and Main Roads Ph 131940 or Website

Permit enquiries for heavy vehicles - contact Dept of Transport and Main Roads (07) 4050 5448

 

12. Area

COEN to WEIPA

Road Name Peninsula Developmental Road
General Description

Dirt road - slippery when wet. 

High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended during the wet season or following prolonged rain. 

Contact

Check with Department of Transport and Main Roads Ph 131940 or Website

Permit enquiries for heavy vehicles - contact Dept of Transport and Main Roads (07) 4050 5448

 

13. Area

KIMBA, PALMERVILLE, MAYTOWN

Road Name Kimba Road (west of Laura to Kimba-Gamboola Rd junction)
General Description Dirt road - drive according to prevailing conditions.  4WD high clearance  recommended.
Contact Cook Shire Council  (07) 4069 5444
Road Name Kimba-Gamboola Rd (through to King Junction)
General Description Dirt road - washouts can occur after heavy rain.  High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended.
Contact Mareeba Council is responsible for the southern end of this road Ph (07) 4086 4500
Road Name Dixie-Kimba Road
General Description Dirt road - drive according to prevailing conditions.  High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended.
Contact Cook Shire Council  (07) 4069 5444
Road Name Kimba and Killarney Roads
General Description

Dirt road - slow down if wet. Drive according to prevailing conditions. 

High clearance 4WD recommended.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444
Road Name Welcome Road - Laura
General Description

Dirt road - subject to changing conditions in wet season. Drive according to prevailing conditions.

High clearance 4WD recommended.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444
Road Name

Fairview-Palmerville Road from Fairview Outstation turnoff past Fairlight Station  

General Description

There are gates around Palmerville Station - please ensure you close these gates after passing through.

These gates should NOT be locked. 

If you find locks on these gates - please photograph and advise Council.

Dirt road - drive according to prevailing conditions. Dirt Road can be slippery when wet.

River Crossing subject to flooding during wet season. High clearance 4WD recommended.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444 
Road Name Palmerville/Maytown Road
General Description Dirt road - deep sandy creek crossings. Drive according to prevailing conditions. Subject to closure at short notice.
Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

14. Area

WHITES CREEK RD to MAYTOWN

Road Name White Creek Road
General Description

Dirt road - beware of deep sandy creek crossings - not suitable for small vehicles or caravans. 

Off-road trailers only at your own risk.

High clearance 4WD recommended, conditions can change quickly.

Drive according to prevailing conditions.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

15. Area

PORMPURAAW

Road Name Musgrave - Strathgordon Road
General Description

Dirt road - drive according to prevailing conditions. Dirt Road can be slippery when wet.  

Drive according to current road conditions slow down at river crossings.  

High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended

 

15a Area

AURUKUN

Road Name

Aurukun Road

General Description

High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended after prolonged rain.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

16. Area

PORT STEWART

Road Name Port Stewart Road
General Description

Dirt road with bitumen sections of the range. Drive according to prevailing conditions. 

High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended during wet season or after prolonged rain.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

17. Area

BAMAGA

Road Name Bamaga Road from Moreton Telegraph Station via Bramwell Junction
General Description

Dirt road can be slippery when wet. Drive according to prevailing conditions.

Care should be taken at river crossings.

Dirt roads can deteriorate quickly with wet weather and heavy traffic. 

High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

18. Area

BAMAGA to CAPTAIN BILLY'S TURNOFF

Road Name Bamaga Road
General Description

Dirt road can be slippery when wet and soft in places. Drive according to prevailing conditions.

Dirt roads can deteriorate quickly with wet weather and heavy traffic. 

Off-road trailers only recommended. 

High clearance 4WD recommended.

Contact

Healthland Ranger Station Ph (07) 4060 3241.

The road to Captain's Billy's Landing is not maintained by Cook Shire Council.

 

19. Area

CAPTAIN BILLY'S TURNOFF to JARDINE FERRY

Road Name Bamaga Road
General Description

Dirt road can be slippery when wet - conditions change with heavy rain.

Drive according to prevailing conditions.

4WD vehicles with a high ground clearance recommended.

Contact

Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444 

From Jardine Ferry North and Vrilya Point, contact the NPA Regional Council Ph (07) 4090 4100

 

20. Area

LOCKHART (including Chilli Beach)

Road Name Portland Roads Rd to Wenlock River
General Description

Dirt road can be slippery when wet.

River crossings subject to flooding after heavy rains.

Drive according to prevailing conditions. High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

21. Area

MT WEBB - WAKOOKA (including Princess Charlotte Bay)

Road Name Mt Webb - Wakooka Road via Starcke
General Description

Dirt road - because of the isolation of this area, you are advised to ensure others know your expected date of return.

The middle section of this road is a 4WD "Adventure Track" for experienced 4WD drivers only.

It is mandatoryfor any persons embarking on this road to carry with them self-sufficient recovery gear and means of communication to outside emergency services (have satellite phone, VHF radio phone), as well as first aid equipment; safety equipment and extra supplies

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

22. Area

KOWANYAMA

Road Name Dunbar turn-off to Kowanyama
General Description Please check with Carpentaria Shire Council    
Contact Carpentaria Shire Council (07) 4745 2200

 

 

23. Area

MT AMOS 

Road Name Mt Amos Road/Gampie Drive
General Description

Dirt road can be slippery when wet. Drive according to prevailing conditions.

Care needs to be taken at culverts.  High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

 

24. Area

QUARANTINE BAY

Road Name Quarantine Bay Road
General Description

Bitumen road. Steep ascent at far end - not suitable for caravans.

Drive according to prevailing conditions.

Contact Cook Shire Council (07) 4069 5444

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895

Email: mail@cook.qld.gov.au

Phone: (07) 4069 5444

Fax: (07) 4082 0588