The Iron Range Locality

 Iron Range 

The Iron Range locality in the north of Cook Shire, Cape York, takes its name from a low coastal range in the rainforest near the Gordon Creek and Cooks Hut camping grounds.

Iron Range also honours our colonial past; namely the Iron Range gold mines in the 1930/50’s, and the Iron Range Airfields in WW2.

 This beautiful area is 752km north of Cairns and contains the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Australia.

From its numerous waterways, to its array of woodlands, rocky outcrops and long sweeping beaches, it’s a place of great natural beauty. It’s also a haven for rare and endemic plants and animals and is a living, cultural landscape for the Kuuku Ya’u Aboriginal people, the Traditional Owners of this country.

To visit our locality and explore Kutini- Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) you will need to stay at Portland Roads, Lockhart River or camp at Chili Beach, all of which provide easy access to the wonders and beauty of Iron Range.

Early morning fog forms on Portland Roads Rd in the Rainforest

Early morning fog forms on Portland Roads Rd in the Rainforest

Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) N. P.


Chilli Beach

Portland Roads & Iron Range are in Kuuku Ya’u Country

Within the Iron Range locality, the majestic Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) is owned by the traditional owners, the Kuuku Ya’u people, and is jointly managed with the Queensland Government’s National Parks group.

Explore the unique flora and fauna of the lowland tropical rainforest, eucalypt and paperbark forests that this National Park is famous for.

The Kuuku Ya’u people…

Welcome to country those people who will respect and take care of our land and waters as well as the native plants and animals. We hope visitors enjoy their visit and return home safely to their families to share the knowledge they gain during their stay.

Traditional Kuuku Ya’u fish trap from earlier times.

Traditional Kuuku Ya’u fish trap from earlier times.