Moreton Telegraph Station is located on the Wenlock River in the centre of Cape York Peninsula just 293 kilometres from Cape York (‘The Tip’), the Australian mainland’s most northerly point.
Cape York Peninsula covers almost 138,000 square kilometres (53,282 square miles), it is home for only about 18,000 people (including Thursday Island and Horn Island). It is also home to 734 vertebrate land animal species and at least 2,412 plant species, more than 300 of these being found nowhere else in Australia or the world. It is one of the three most unspoiled areas left on Earth.
Moreton Telegraph Station’s spacious and shady 6 hectare (15 acre) clearing in natural bushland provides ample space for adventurous travellers looking for a tranquil camping spot and hot shower after a hard day’s drive. If the urge to sleep in a real bed cannot be resisted, our safari tent options may interest you.
The Wenlock River flows all year, although the levels can vary dramatically between the ‘wet’ season and the ‘dry’ season. Keen fisherfolk can try their luck at catching barramundi, black bream or saratoga but be aware that Estuarine crocodiles may inhabit this river system.
So far over 110 bird species have been noted in the Moreton vicinity, and many, including the Palm Cockatoo and Magnificent Riflebird, may be regularly observed throughout the site and along the river’s edge. Agile Wallabies often feed on the grounds while the shy and elusive Antilopine Wallaroo can often be found in the neighbourhood. The sparsely distributed Common Spotted Cuscus (a type of possum) has been seen on numerous occasions feeding on the leaves of Moreton’s riverside trees.
A 3 kilometre (1.9 mile) walking track along the north bank of the river and through the adjacent bushland will introduce you to some of the more dominant and interesting species of the local flora, and a short detour takes you to Cave Creek where the bedrock has been eroded to form a natural bridge.
Our friendly staff are always available for information on local flora & fauna, regional history, road conditions or just a chat.
Lots of space and plenty of shady campsites are available throughout the well-kept grounds. Fireplaces are established in the most popular campsites (firewood is not supplied – please collect your firewood outside the property prior to arrival). Three ‘unisex’ shower/toilet facilities are available for use by campers.
Situated away from the main camping area, close to the beautiful Wenlock River are our Safari Tents. Each comes with bed linen, towels and face washer. There is a modern ablutions block with toilets and hot showers and an undercover dining area with self-catering facilities subject to availability. Our in-house chef can cater for small or large groups (bookings essential).
Ensuited and air conditioned, nestled into the surrounding landscape and right alongside the magnificent Wenlock River. Linen & towels are provided for your conveniences. Meals are served on the Linesman Deck where you can meet other guests an d share your travel experiences or swap 4WD and fishing yarns.
Moreton Telegraph Station
PMB 7, Cairns Mail Centre, Queensland, 4892, Australia
Phone: 07 4060 3360
Fax: 07 4060 3327
International: + 61 7 4060 3360