Stunning Quintell Beach
The remote and beautiful Lockhart River community is the northern-most town on the east coast of Australia.
The coastline is strung with sandy beaches, where creeks and rivers enter the sea through mangrove protected estuaries. Traditional foods, including seafood and bush tucker, are popular and people retain many aspects of their traditional culture.
Lockhart River township is part of the traditional lands of the Kanthanumpu (southern Kuuku Ya’u) which cover about 354,072 hectares bounded by rainforest, low mountain ranges and the sea.
Located in Cape York Peninsula, it is about 12 hours’ drive, or 760 kilometres, along the Peninsula Development Road to the nearest city of Cairns, or about 280kms across dirt road to Weipa.
Situated in the tropics, the region experiences heavy monsoonal rains usually between December and April each year followed by a long dry season. During and immediately following the wet season, Lockhart River is completely isolated and accessible only by barge and plane.