Lakefield National Park


Lakefield National Park

Infobox_protected_area_of_Australia | name = Lakefield National Park
iucn_category = II



caption =
locator_x = 209
locator_y = 27
nearest_town_or_city = Cooktown
coordinates = coord|14|32|42|S|144|06|59|E|type:landmark_region:AU
area = 5370 km²
established = 1979
visitation_num =
visitation_year =
managing_authorities = Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
official_site = [http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/park/index.cgi?parkid=187 Lakefield National Park]

Lakefield is a National Park in Queensland (Australia), 1,707 km northwest of Brisbane. It is the second largest park in Queensland and a favourite place for fishing and camping. It can be accessed by road either through Cooktown or Laura.

The Park is very remote and visitors should stock up on food, petrol and other supplies before leaving Cooktown or Laura.

There are many bush campgrounds throughout the park, and two camps with toilets and showers (Kalpowar Crossing Campground and Hanns Crossing Campground). Permits are all obtained via self-registration at the self-rego boards located throughout the park. A flat fee of $4.50 per person per night is in place in all Queensland National Parks.

There is a Ranger Station within the park which can assist with information or give help in emergencies. There is one main, unsealed road through the Park but it is impassable through much of the wet season (roughly from early December to April/May).

Further reading

*Ryan, Michelle and Burwell, Colin, eds. 2000. "Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland: Cooktown to Mackay". Queensland Museum, Brisbane. ISBN 0-7242-9349-3.
*Scarth-Johnson, Vera. 2000. "National Treasures: Flowering plants of Cooktown and Northern Australia". Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery Association, Cooktown. ISBN 0-646-39726-5 (pbk); ISBN 0-646-39725-7 Limited Edition - Leather Bound.

ee also

* Protected areas of Queensland (Australia)
* [http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/park/index.cgi?parkid=187 Lakefield National Park, Official EPA Website]


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