Portland Roads is a coastal community on Cape York Peninsula, approximately 800km north of Cairns. This tropical outpost is an historical site and key part of any Cape York experience. It’s a place to become excited about the past and living history of the area. Pause and reflect on the remoteness. Learn about the significant role it played during World War II and earlier visits by adventurers and miners. Explore the landscape, connect with nature and watch for unique and endemic wildlife. Sit and stay, refresh and unwind from the day to day. Welcome to Portland Roads, an historic site, natural paradise and place you will want to stop and linger.
Portland Roads is a place of historical significance and natural beauty. It sits on a small headland facing a naturally protected bay, which is a wonderful place for shore fishing and birdwatching. This small community of between 8-10 permanent residents is a must visit during any Cape York itinerary. As well as offering the Cape’s best, freshest seafood meals at Out of the Blue café, there are some excellent public facilities including a boat ramp, shaded picnic tables, toilets and boutique accommodation.
In the Dry season, Portland Roads is easily accessible by 4WD from Cairns via the Peninsula Development Road, or is accessible all year round on scheduled flights to Lockhart River Airport (a 45 minute drive away). It’s also a short 15 minute drive from the nearby Chili Beach and provides a comfortable base for those wanting to explore the unique flora and fauna of the lowland tropical rainforest, eucalypt and paperbark forests of the Iron Range National Park. There’s an array of activities you may choose to do, from bushwalking and beachcombing, to fishing and fossicking, birdwatching and star gazing.
This secluded spot is prized for its serenity and provides the perfect place to refresh and recharge during a trip to or from the Tip, or for anyone interested in Australia’s colonial, exploratory and World War II history. Self-drive during the ‘dry season’ or Fly/Drive during the ‘wet season’ and enjoy the remote wilderness and wild beauty of Portland Roads, the nearby Chili Beach and Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL).
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