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Location of Portland House - Cape York, Australia

Portland House interiorPortland House is on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia. We are approximately 800km by road from Cairns and 250km from Weipa on the west coast of Cape York.

Portland house is 145km from Archer River Roadhouse, where food, accommodation and fuel are available. Try the famous Archer Burger!

The nearest facilities are at the Lockhart River Aboriginal Community, 45km from Portland Roads. The community facilities include:

  • Hospital (07) 4060 7155
  • Police station (07) 4060 7120
  • Groceries shop including fuel (07) 4060 7192
  • Lockhart River Art Gallery (07) 4060 7341
  • Airport (07) 4060 7121
  • Weekly Sea Swift barge to and from Cairns
  • National Parks King Park, Iron Range (07) 4060 7170
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Intersection of Portland Roads and Lockhart River

Getting There

Road access from Cairns is limited to the dry season only. The wet season varies year to year, but generally would be around December to April. Access between Portland Roads and Lockhart River is open year round. However, during torrential rain Chili Creek may be impassable for a few hours while the tide goes out. Check local conditions before traveling.

Road to Portland House, Cape York, Australia

Self drive: (dry season)

  1. On the Cape York Peninsula Development road, turn right 35km north of the Archer River Roadhouse. The turn off is sign posted Lockhart River & Portland Roads.
  2. From Archer River to Portland Roads it can take from 3—5 hours depending on road conditions. We suggest you arrive at Portland House before dark.

Fly to Cape York on Skytrans' Cessna 404 TitanBy air: to Lockhart River (year round)

Skytrans provide a Monday to Friday return service, Cairns to Lockhart River. The airstrip is approximately a 34km drive to Portland House. Please confirm luggage limits with Skytrans.

A 4wd drive taxi service is available from Portland Roads, servicing Lockhart River and the Iron Range National Park. Please contact Peter Bakker at Lloyd Bay Shipping for rates and taxi bookings.

Phone Skytrans on 1800 818 405, email them or visit their website.

Phone Peter Bakker at Lloyd Bay Shipping on 07 4060 7322, or email Peter.

4WD Taxi ServiceBy air and 4wd hire: via Weipa or Cairns (dry season)

You can fly to Weipa and hire a 4WD and drive to Portland House. The journey takes at least 5 hours depending on road conditions.

Qantaslink flies to Weipa daily. Phone 13 13 13 for more information.

Lockhart River Car Hire
Paul or Laney
phone: 0427 607 035

Weipa Rent a Car
Contact Leanne or David
phone: (07) 4069 7311
fax: (07) 4069 7435

4WD Hire — from Cairns — Britz
phone: (03) 8379 8890
fax: (03) 9687 4844

Wet season access:

It is possible to access Portland Roads, Iron range National park and Chilli Beach during the wet season. This is the best time of year for the more adventurous.

Passengers can fly to and from Lockhart River via Skytrans. Your vehicle can be shipped between Lockhart River and Cairns by the Trinity Bay, Sea Swift. You then collect your vehicle via 4WD taxi. Vehicle shipping is also available should you be unable to drive out at the end of the dry season or have mechanical problems and need to get your vehicle back to Cairns.

Phone SeaSwift Pty Ltd on (07) 4035 1234 or visit their website.

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Portland House is in a remote wilderness area of Cape York Peninsula, Australia. A 4WD is necessary.


Portland House Lot 10 Portland Roads · Cape York · Far North Queensland · Australia
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