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Termite mounds, Nifold Plain, Lakefield
Lakefield wetlands and waterbirds
Four-wheel-drive crossing river, Lakefield
Pastoral history of Old Laura Homestead, Lakefield
Map of Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL)
Lakefield Ranger Station
Lakefield Road
Queensland 4871 Australia

Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL)
Laura, Cook Area

Free Entry

13 7468


This iconic remote park has a rich and diverse landscape that features spectacular wetlands and river systems. In the north, grasslands and woodlands, wetlands, coastal estuaries, mangroves and mudflats, are prominent, while in the south, sandstone hills and escarpments dominate the landscape. Lakefield is a wildlife refuge for threatened species including the red goshawk, Lakeland Downs mouse and spectacled hare-wallaby. Hann and Kalpowar crossings are two of the many significant Aboriginal cultural heritage sites found in this landscape.

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Bush camp beside a waterhole at one of many camping areas. Take your pick from popular busy camping areas with all facilities or camp sites that are remote bush getaways. Visit the Old Laura Homestead for a brush with the pastoral history of the cape. Fish for barramundi in the waterholes. Take your binoculars and marvel at the diversity of waterbirds at Low Lake. Admire the beautiful lotus-lilies carpeting Red and White Lily lagoons. Explore the Kalpowar discovery walking track or take your bicycle or trail-bike along the network of internal roads throughout the park. This is croc country so remember to be croc wise!

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Property Details


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
    Mountain Biking
  • Off Road Driving
    Off Road Driving
  • Walking

Open Times

Public Holidays: The park is closed throughout the wet season every year from 1 December to 30 April. All camping areas north of the Lakefield ranger base remain closed until 31 May. These dates may vary due to weather conditions.

Other Information

Children are welcome.

There is access for guests with a disability. The Red Lily Lagoon viewing platform and Kalpowar Crossing camping areas toilets are wheelchair-accessible.

How To Get There

Drive north from Cairns for six to seven hours on the Peninsula Developmental Road and turn into the park two kilometres past Laura. From Cooktown, travel four hours along the Battlecamp Road to the eastern boundary of the park. From Coen, travel south on the Peninsula Developmental Road and turn off at the Musgrave Roadhouse. From there drive three hours to reach the Lakefield ranger base. Access is only possible by four-wheel-drive vehicle in the dry season from May to November.

Free Entry

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