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Lakefield National Park

Birdwatching at lily covered lagoons and billabongs

semi-overcast 30 °C

Rinyirry (Lakefield) is the second largest national park in Queensland and the most popular in the Cape York Peninsula. The park stretches from Princess Charlotte Bay in the north to the town of Laura in the south. It covers 537,000 ha of land and includes sections of the Normanby River, Morehead River, Hann River, Laura River and North Kennedy Rivers, as well as lakes, billabongs and wetlands. There are more than 100 permanent riverine lagoons in the park.

We approached the park from the north-west after our stay in Oyala Thumotang National Park and our shopping stop in Coen. The road leading into the park was in good condition except for a few bad spots around creek crossings. We camped at Hann Crossing on the banks of the North Kennedy River which is tidal at the spot we were camping and you can just see and feel that this is croc country. The campsite is remote with the closest site about four kilometers away and the access track narrow and rough.

From Hann Crossing we explored some of the lakes, lagoons and water holes of Lakefield National Park, including Red Lily and White Lily Lagoons. These lagoons and billabongs have excellent bird watching opportunities and we saw many Sarus Cranes that are only found in Cape York Peninsula. We also saw two wild boar close to our campsite. After two days we were pretty tired and dusty and we packed up and travelled south on a very rough gravel road to Elim Beach on the east coast, 25 km from Hope Vale, an Aboriginal community north of Cooktown.

Hann River

Hann River


Juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle

Juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle


Go away!!!

Go away!!!


Watching you!

Watching you!


Sarus Cranes

Sarus Cranes


Magpie Geese on White Lily Lagoon

Magpie Geese on White Lily Lagoon

Skippy watching on

Skippy watching on

Wild boar

Wild boar

White Ibis, Radjah Shelduck, Royal Spoonbill and Egret

White Ibis, Radjah Shelduck, Royal Spoonbill and Egret

Wandering-Whistling Ducks on White Lily Lagoon

Wandering-Whistling Ducks on White Lily Lagoon

Wandering-Whistling Ducks

Wandering-Whistling Ducks

Lotus Lily on Red Lily Lagoon

Lotus Lily on Red Lily Lagoon

Ducks on White Lily Lagoon

Ducks on White Lily Lagoon

Posted by KobusM 01:45 Archived in Australia

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Dear KobusM,

I am fascinated by your travelling in Australia. I've seen some of your pictures and loved them. I would like to talk about sharing them with a wider backpackers' community in Australia.
Please contact me via my e-mail I provided here for cooperation.

All the best in your travelling,
Julius Narkus

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