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General Info

The turn-off to Iron Range is 35km north of the Archer River on the right. It is 143km in to Lockhart River; and Portland Roads and Chili Beach are 30km from the Lockhart River Road. The trip
in takes a while due to the many dips and ford crossings you will have to slow for. There are river crossings at the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers. Just past the Wenlock crossing a track leads to the old Batavia goldfields.

Past the Wenlock River you travel through the Kaanju Ngaachi Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers Indigenous Protected Area and then on through the Kutini Payamu (Iron Range) National Park. Bush camp on the western side of the Wenlock or have a hot shower while camping at the Chuulangun Camping Area (Chuula), 5km east of the Wenlock crossing. Iron Range has great birdwatching with 15 endemic species, and walking trails in the National Park.

The Iron Range area incorporates the Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park with picturesque Chili Beach, the thriving Lockhart River indigenous community (home to the Lockhart River Art Gang) and the small coastal hamlet of Portland Roads. Iron Range is a mecca for 4WD campers in the dry season and accessible all year round by air from Cairns. With a range of accommodation options, Iron Range is an amazing experience whether your passion is fishing, camping, birdwatching, beachcombing, WWII history or just reading a book in a tranquil forest.


Lockhart AJ Nov2014







Map 13- Iron Range inset map


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