Please Note: All camping in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) must be booked in advance. Campers must purchase an e-permit before arriving at the camping areas. Self-registration is not available and there is no mobile phone coverage on site (however there is limited mobile phone coverage on Chilli Beach).
To obtain an e-permit, you can:
- book online
- visit an over-the-counter permit booking office or self-service kiosk
- phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68). Mobile phone charges may apply.
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Iron Range / Lockhart River
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.
Self Drive to Iron Range
Be reminded that self driving to Kutini-Payamu Iron Range National Park Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal land (CYPA) is suited to 4WD vehicles only. Roads and camping areas are not suitable for caravans. Check out CamperTravel Australia to compare rates and book 4WD campers.
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.
The Lockhart River Community comprises the Kuku Ya’u, Wuthathi, Umpila, Kanju and Uuthalganu peoples plus a number of smaller clan groupings is located on the northeast coast of Cape York Peninsula (directly opposite to Weipa) and approximately 800 kilometres North of Cairns.