Portland Roads - Iron Range National Park - WW2 Sites - Lockheart River
- Spend an exciting day visiting historical sites as we cross the Wenlock and Pasco Rivers before entering the Iron Range National Park via Tozer’s Gap. The park features the largest area of tropical lowland rainforest remaining in Australia. Rare fauna and flora includes cuscus, palm, cockatoo’s, eclectus parrots, green pythons, palms and orchids. Enjoy impressive costal and mountain ranges scenery.
- Portland Roads was once a vital sea-port for miners and the wartime airfields. Wartime gun emplacements are now silent sentinels around the headland. Chilli Beach is wide and long and fringed with palms - a truly magical spot overlooking Restoration Island, Capt Bligh’s first landing place in 1792. We explore and learn about the gold workings of the 1930's and the area around the airfield at Iron Range where there were major military installations. Anti-aircraft batteries, air raid shelters, the bakery complex and hospital site are a few to visit.
- Overnight stays in Iron Range and Chilli Beach.
Batavia Gold Fields - Weipa
- Travel West to visit across the Piccainny Plains and boundless Savannah to Weipa on the Gulf of Carpenteria, which is a virtual “Oasis in the Wilderness”. Weipa began as a tiny mission outpost of the Presbyterian Church in 1898. The tribal Aboriginals far outnumbered the handful of whites that called Weipa their home. In 1955 Bauxite, the raw material for aluminium was discovered here. Comalco moved in during 1962 and 1962 had sent trial shipments to Japan.
- Here we have a choice of a Bauxite Mine tour, a fishing charter or a day trip to Marpoon.
Wenlock River - Moreton Station
- With the Gulf behind us we pass through huge cattle runs to arrive at the fast flowing Wenlock River.
- The old Moreton Telegraph Station on the north bank is a place to see some of the nocturnal birds of the Cape. Spot-lighting around the grounds and river edge can be rewarding. Many species of frogs can be seen here, the most common being the Rocket frog, Dwarf Tree frog and Australia's largest, the giant White Lipped Green frog. Grey cuscus has been spotted here also and the silent gliding Papuan frogmouth and barking owls are often seen and heard. The tip of Cape York, and the most northerly patch of rainforest, Lockerbie Scrub, is home to many of the animals found at Iron Range.
- Our accommodation venue for the evening is a camp-over at Moreton Telegraph Station.
Twin Falls - Indian Head Falls - Captain Billy’s Landing
- Today we enjoy a challenging driving route as we ford fast flowing streams and traverse rugged 4WD tracks to Twin Falls for lunch.
- Elliot Creek with the Indian Head Falls is so picturesque we doubt if there is a more beautiful spot on the entire trip up to the Cape. We take some time out for a refreshing swim.
- From here we move onto the remote Captain Billy’s Landing on the East Coast and spend the night in our comfortable camp.