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Laura is a small town, with a population around 100 people on the Cape York Peninsula in Tropical North Queensland. the township boasts the largest collection of prehistoric rock art in the world. The area around Laura is known for Quinkans, giant figures who according to Aboriginal legend, were spirits that lived in the crevices of rocks. They would emerge from the cracks to frighten people into properly. Basically the Quinkan spirits were 'boogie men' of the Laura area.

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The Quinkan and Regional Cultural Centre is the first stop for all travellers to Laura. The Quinkan Centre showcases all aspects of Quinkan Country including Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage and the natural environment.

Laura lies about 300 kilometres north of Cairns.

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How To Get There:
Laura is located 348 kilometres north of Cairns and is recommended to allow at least four hours to safely travel this distance. From Cooktown the distance is approximately 146 kilometres west of Cooktown. From both directions the turn-off of Laura and for the rest of Cape York Peninsula is at Lakeland Downs.
There are two access roads to Laura. The first is the Lakeland turn-off (185 kilometres north of Mareeba) then a further 62 kilometres along the Peninsula Development Road. There is approximately 35 kilometres of dirt road. It is generally well maintained and accessible to Two Wheel Drive vehicles with high clearance.
The second access road is from Cooktown along the Battlecamp Road and total distance is approximately 132 kilometres. This route has been highly recommended by travellers as among the best wilderness drives on the Australian mainland. However, it is recommended for Four Wheel Drive vehicles only due a number of sandy creek crossings and the corrugations that develop between each grading of the road.

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