Things to See & Do

Split Rock

When you arrive from south, about 15km before the town entrance is Split Rock – one of the best and easily accessible Aboriginal rock art sites around Laura. It is up in the hills with some nice views over the surrounding landscape.

Laura Australia – The Town

Once you arrive in the town, it looks like there is nothing but a roadhouse on your right hand side. Across the street from the roadhouse, on your left hand side is the Quinkan Art Centre – turn right onto the main street after it.

Quinkan Art Centre

The Aboriginal art around Laura is called Quinkan Art. There is a lot of information about the area’s Aboriginal history and art sites as well as European history in this art and tourist information centre.

European History

Laura was also an important town during the Palmer River Gold Rush in the late 1800s. Mining relics are still here, in the historical park on the main street. There is also an old Laura – Cooktown railway bridge from the time.

Aboriginal Rock Art sites

The Quinkan Hotel is named after a spiritual figure which has been painted in many of the rock art sites, Quinkan country is home to World Famous Rock Art sites and Aboriginal history. Bookings can be made at the Quinkan Centre for guided tours to a select number of Rock Art Sites.

Lakefield National Park

Lakefield is one of QLD’s, most remote and magnificent national parks, its rich and varied landscape a microcosm of Cape York Peninsula, Lakefield’s outstanding feature is a vast river system creating a wetlands area of permanent water holes, lakes for which the park is renowned.

Bird Watching

Lakefield is home to Brolgas, Sarus Cranes, Nankeen Night Herons, White Egrets, Darters, Little Pied Cormorants, Magpie Goose, Comb-crested Jacana, Green Pygmy Goose, and the famous Jabiru. Several threatened, species; Golden Shouldered Parrot, Star Finch, Red Goshawk, just to name a few, also at Mary Valley is one of the largest colonies of the Little Red Flying Foxes.


A Major  Attraction. Lakefield is fishing for the famous Barramundi, fishermen from all over the world come here to try their luck at our allusive Barra.


Lakefield is one of only six key areas in Australia designated for conservation of the Estuarine Crocodile.

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