Birdwatching at lily covered lagoons and billabongs
22.08.2012 - 25.08.2012 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.