One of the most popular journeys (for obvious reasons) is to head straight up the centre of Cape York Peninsula to the very Tip, via the Peninsula Development Road (PDR) and Bamaga Access Road, which form the main artery from Lakeland Downs up to Cape York (see map). This road is graded each year after the wet, and is usually opened by May. It becomes progressively corrugated throughout the year, and sections are regarded as needed.
Roadhouses are conveniently spaced along the Peninsular Development Road, providing food and fuel, as well as accommodation; enabling you to travel all the way to the top without camping, should you wish to. There is a general store in Coen, and supermarkets in Weipa, Lockhart River, and Bamaga. The Roadhouses are a great place to stop and meet some of the locals, so you can get updates on road conditions, and possibly some ‘inside information’ on some of the lesser known attractions. Travelling north you will pass Lakeland Roadhouse, Laura Roadhouse, Hann River Roadhouse, Musgrave Roadhouse, Archer River Roadhouse, Moreton Telegraph Station, and Bramwell Junction at the start of the Old Telegraph Line track and Bypass Roads.
You can stop for a swim along the way, in the shallow sandy rivers of Coen and Archer River.