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Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL)

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Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL)

Discover rugged heath-clad ranges, lush lowland rainforest and long windswept beaches, rich in wildlife and cultural significance, in remote Cape York Peninsula.

Wander through rainforest and along creeks and rivers in the park.
Wander through rainforest and along creeks and rivers in the park. © John Augusteyn
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Venture to the eastern side of Cape York Peninsula for a cool respite from the rigours of your Cape York Peninsula journey, and for exciting wildlife viewing. This park—home to unique mammals, frogs and reptiles, and a refuge for birds found only here and in New Guinea—is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise!

Admire sweeping views over the heath-covered Tozer Range and learn about the Kuuku Ya’u people’s Dreaming stories for this park, named for Kutini the cassowary and Payamu the rainbow serpent at Mount Tozer viewing platform.

Delve into the largest remaining area of lowland rainforest in Australia, when you explore the Old Coen track through rainforest and open woodland. Look for iridescent riflebirds, raucous palm cockatoos and vibrant eclectus parrots. Then relish the freedom of hours wandering the vast stretch of palm-fringed coastline along Chilli Beach, fossicking amongst flotsam and gazing at the boulders dotted along the shore.

Bush camp in lush rainforest at Rainforest camping area or nestle behind the dunes at the popular Chilli Beach camping area, lulled to sleep by the breeze in the palm trees. After dusk, spotlight around the camping areas and roadsides for nocturnal wildlife. If luck is on your side, you’ll see green pythons and sweet-faced common spotted cuscus in your spotlight.

Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) is jointly managed by the Northern Kuuku Ya'u Kanthanampu Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC Land Trust and the Queensland Government.

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Top things to see and do

Quiet, shady camp sites on the bank of the Claudie River await you at the Rainforest camping area.

Kutini-Payamu's camping area...

See Kutini-Payamu's camping areas.

Travel through rainforest and open woodland along the Claudie River on the Old Coen track.

Kutini-Payamu's journeys

See Kutini-Payamu's walks.

Enjoy a walk along Chilli Beach from Chilli Beach day-use area.

Kutini-Payamu's attractions

See Kutini-Payamu's day-use area.

Getting there and getting around

Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) is about 200km north of Coen on Cape York Peninsula. The park can be accessed from the south via the Peninsula Developmental Road, or from the north via the challenging and unpredictable Frenchmans Track.

  • For both routes, you need a high clearance 4WD equipped with recovery gear and extra supplies and you should be proficient in four-wheel driving.
  • For Frenchmans track, your vehicle also should be equipped with a snorkel; and you need adequate experience in challenging 4WD conditions.
  • if you're towing a trailer, take the Peninsula Developmental Road route; neither route is suitable for towing caravans.
  • The self-service camping booking facility is at the Iron Range ranger base, 16.5km by road from the park entrance; Chilli Beach is 43km by road from the park entrance.
  • Alcohol restrictions are in place in many of Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and apply to the towns and areas around Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL). For the latest information on restrictions, see Community alcohol limits. The camping areas in the park are outside the alcohol restriction zone.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Peninsula Developmental Road

  • Turn off the Peninsula Developmental Road onto Portland Roads Road, 35km north of the Archer River Roadhouse (175km south-west of Weipa), and drive 83km along this well-formed gravel road to the park entrance.

Frenchmans Track

  • Turn off the Telegraph Road onto Frenchmans Track, 22km south of Moreton Telegraph Station, and drive 52km to the intersection with Portland Roads Road, then turn left onto Portland Roads Road and travel a further 13km to the park entrance.

Road conditions

  • Roads and camping areas within the park are not suitable for towing caravans.
  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Fuel and supplies

Food, fuel and mechanical services are available at Lockhart River, 10.5km from the intersection of Portland Roads Road and Lockhart River Road.

Wheelchair access

There are two wheelchair-accessible toilets at Chilli Beach camping area.

Camping

Choose from a shady rainforest camp site, or a beachside area behind the dunes. Some camping areas have toilets but you will need to be totally self-sufficient.

  • Camping permits are required and fees apply. Display the tag with your booking number at your camp site.
  • You can book up to six months in advance, and stay for up to 21 nights.
  • During peak periods (school holidays) the camping areas are fully booked. Do not travel to the park without a booking during these times.
  • Read more about camping with care in this park.

See camping areas

Walking

Enjoy a short stroll to a lookout, a walk through the dunes and or spend the day exploring the forests.

  • Stay on the tracks as this will keep you clear of the disused mine shafts that are scattered throughout the park.
  • Avoid stinging trees. These plants are found at rainforest edges, growing up to 4m high. They have large, heart-shaped leaves with serrated edges. Touching any part of the plant results in a very painful sting. If symptoms are severe, seek medical advice.
  • Read more about walking with care in this park.

Map of walking tracks

Picnicking

Explore the Chilli Beach and then picnic at shady, beach-side tables with nearby toilets.

Viewing wildlife

Birdwatching in this park is very rewarding. At Chilli Beach you may see many coastal and seabird species including pied oystercatchers, little terns and white-bellied sea-eagles.During the warmer months, head to Chilli Beach at dusk to see the spectacle of the metallic starlings flocking offshore. Palm cockatoos—large black parrots with distinctive crests and red cheeks—can sometimes be seen feeding on the ground around the camp sites. Double-eyed fig-parrots—small green parrots with pale grey beaks—may also be seen and give away their position as pieces of fruit rain down from the canopy.

At night, grab a light and search along the road and around the camp sites. On a good night you will be rewarded with glimpses of nocturnal birds, including owls, owlet-nightjars and Papuan frogmouths as well as snakes, frogs, giant tree geckos and mammals like spotted cuscuses, striped possums and sugar gliders.

Read more about the park's natural environment.

Mountain biking and cycling

You can explore the park by bike along the unsealed roads that extend from inland to the coast.

  • Keep to the roads, and share the roads safely with pedestrians, trail bikes vehicles and other cyclists.
  • Read more about cycling with care in this park.

Four-wheel driving and scenic driving

Explore the park by 4WD along unsealed roads that extend from inland to the coast.

  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • Take care driving on the beach as quicksand can develop near creek mouths and between the tides.
  • Share the roads safely with pedestrians, trail bikes cyclists and other vehicles.
  • Read more about driving with care in this park.

Trail-bike riding

If you and your trail bike are licensed and registered you can explore the park along unsealed roads and the beach.

  • Share the roads safely with pedestrians, vehicles, cyclists and other trail bikes.
  • Take care driving on the beach as quicksand can develop near creek mouths and between the tides.
  • Read more about trail bike riding with care in this park.

Fishing

You can fish from Chilli Beach but you're not allowed to wet a line in any of the freshwater rivers or creeks in the park.

Boating

Launch your boat and head offshore to explore this beautiful remote coastline and nearby islands.

When to visit

Opening hours

Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Seasonal closures

The park may be closed during the wetter summer months.

Climate and weather

Cape York Peninsula has a tropical climate. During the wetter months (December to April), the area can be deluged by heavy monsoonal rains and roads can become impassable for extended periods, preventing access to the park. The best time to visit is during the drier months of May to November. Extremes of climatic and seasonal variations prevail. Winter temperatures can drop below 10°C and summer temperatures can soar above 40°C. Daily variation at any time of the year seldom exceeds 15°C. The weather from October to November can be very hot and thunderstorms are common.

Permits and fees

Camping permits

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) or on adjacent tidal areas within the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park. Tidal areas include beaches, rocks, mangroves, dunes and tidal flats.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Unreliable. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

Brochure

Download this brochure and take it with you:

Information provided in this guide is correct at the time of printing. Check park alerts for the latest details.

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • Avoid lingering under coconut trees loaded with fruit as coconuts can drop heavily.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

Open fires

  • Open fires are allowed (except when fire bans apply) in existing fireplaces only. Fuel stoves recommended.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Take all your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • There is a rubbish pit on Portland Roads Road, near the turn off to Chilli Beach.

Drinking water

  • You can collect bore water from the roadside tank about 1km from Chilli Beach, or from the tap at the ranger base.
  • Treat all water before use.

Dump point

  • If you're in areas without toilets, move well away from camp sites, walking tracks and creeks, and use a trowel to bury waste at least 15cm deep. Bag all personal hygiene products including disposable nappies and take them away for appropriate disposal in rubbish bins.
  • If you're using a portable toilet, the nearest dump points are in Coen and Cooktown.

Camping

  • You can book up to six months in advance, and stay for up to 21 nights.
  • During peak periods (school holidays) the camping areas are fully booked. Do not travel to the park without a booking during these times.
  • The use of generators is permitted at Rainforest and Gordon Creek camping areas only. Generators can only be used between 8am and 7pm, and must not exceed 65dB(A) at a distance of 7m.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Walking

  • Stay on the tracks as this will keep you clear of the disused mine shafts that are scattered throughout the park.
  • Avoid stinging trees. These plants are found at rainforest edges, growing up to 4m high. They have large, heart-shaped leaves with serrated edges. Touching any part of the plant results in a very painful sting. If symptoms are severe, seek medical advice.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Cycling

  • Stay on the roads; and share the roads safely with pedestrians, trail bikes vehicles and other cyclists.
  • Read mountain bike and cycle with care for tips on riding safety and riding with care.

Driving

  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • Take care driving on the beach as quicksand can develop near creek mouths and between the tides.
  • Share the roads safely with pedestrians, trail bikes cyclists and other vehicles.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Trail bike riding

  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • Take care driving on the beach as quicksand can develop near creek mouths and between the tides.
  • Share the roads safely with pedestrians, vehicles, cyclists and other trail bikes
  • Read trail bike ride with care for tips on riding safely and riding with care.

Fishing and boating

  • You can fish from Chilli Beach but you're not allowed to wet a line in any of the freshwater rivers or creeks in the park.
  • When the weather is calm, you can launch your boat from Chilli Beach, otherwise, launch you boat from ramps at Portland Roads, Quintal Beach in Lockhart River township and Claudie River just south of the Lockhart River township.
  • The waters adjacent to Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) are in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park.
  • Before heading out on the water make sure you have a zoning map, know the zones and what's allowed there.
  • Fisheries regulations apply. You can obtain information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures from Fisheries Queensland.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.
  • Be croc-wise in croc country.
  • Beware marine stingers.

Spotlighting

  • Try to keep your bulb wattage to 30 or less. This will increase the chance of finding animals (by not warning them) and will extend your viewing time.
  • Use a white light to explore the forest then add a red or orange filter (cellophane works) to view wildlife.
  • Bring your binoculars to get a good view.
  • Be quiet and keep your lights off nesting birds.

Natural environment

Geology

About 300 million years ago Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) and surrounds was the scene of violent volcanic activity. Explosions of red-hot pumice, dust and gases filled the skies while lava spewed out across the landscape. As layers of ash and pumice covered the land, they welded together to form welded tuffs—a very hard volcanic rock.

Many years later a large body of molten magma rose from great depths, penetrating through the existing volcanic rocks. The magma slowly solidified beneath the surface to form granite.

Today, the volcanoes have gone and millions of years of weathering have carved the landscape to its present form. An obvious remaining landmark is Mount Tozer, standing 543m above sea level and made of remnant volcanic rocks and granite. Bands of penetrating granite among older welded tuffs can still be seen on this mountain.

Granite and welded tuffs erode to very poor soils that support only the stunted heath country dominating this area. Lush rainforests, found on the low country to the east below the escarpment, are the result of richer soils produced by older, more easily eroded metamorphic rocks.

White quartz sand is found at Chilli Beach, which stretches between Cape Griffith and Cape Weymouth. This sand is derived from the coarse-grained granite of the ancient coastal hills, approximately 285 million years old. The northern end of Chilli Beach is strewn with flotsam and jetsam. The ocean currents deposit debris and rubbish from as far away as Vanuatu and the Philippines.

Animals

A unique collection of mammals, frogs, lizards and snakes are found only at Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL). Mammals such as the shy common spotted cuscus Spilocuscus maculatus and the southern common cuscus Phalanger intercastellanus inhabit the high branches of the rainforest, while on the rainforest floor lives the rufous spiny bandicoot Echymipera rufescens. Most mammals in the park are nocturnal. The bare-backed fruit bats Dobsonia moluccensis and the much smaller fawn leaf-nosed bat Hipposideros cervinus.

Green pythons Morelia viridis also occur in the rainforest, their colour blending into the surrounding vegetation. In Australia, juvenile green pythons are bright yellow, changing to a lovely emerald green as they grow. The amethystine python Morelia kinghorni, a non-venomous snake that can grow greater than 5m in length, lives in the coastal vine forests of Chilli Beach. Many species of frogs live in the rainforest creeks and paperbark swamps. The distinctive reedy, quacking call of the Australian woodfrog Hylarana daemeli can often be heard around Chilli Beach camping area. Smaller, more elusive animals such as the cinnamon antechinus Antechinus leo and the Cape York nurseryfrog Cophixalus peninsularis also live in this area. The park is a refuge and stronghold for many animals including species with restricted distribution in Australia that are also found in New Guinea. The park has 15 endemic species of birds including the eclectus parrot Eclectus roratus macgillivrayi.

The park is also among the most diverse habitats in Australia for butterflies, ants, ferns, orchids and palms. The degree of orchid diversity of the McIlwraith Range and Iron Range areas is particularly significant. The McIlwraith Range is also a major location for butterfly diversity for the Cape York Peninsula. Sixty per cent of Australia's butterfly species are found in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL). Several species such as the green-banded jewel Hypochrysops theon and the Cape York pearl-white Elodina claudia are endemic. Offshore, different species of marine turtles can sometimes be seen feeding in the shallow seagrass meadows. Look for schools of small baitfish sheltering near rocks in the shallows or darting through the water, chased by large pelagic fish such as queenfish and trevally. Estuarine crocodiles Crocodylus porosus may occasionally be seen cruising along the coast as they inhabit most rivers and creeks on the Cape.

Forests

The rainforest in the park contains many significant species of plants and animals. Unlike most rainforest areas further south, some of these species are shared with nearby New Guinea. The parkhas one of the largest remaining areas of lowland rainforest to be found in Australia. This forest type is an ideal habitat for such plants as the blue quandong Elaeocarpus augustifolius. Along with other fruits and seeds, the blue quandong is a favourite food of the southern cassowary Casuarius casuarius.

Heathlands

Around the Tozer Range, shrublands carpet the hill slopes while heathlands are featured on the foothills and plains. Heathland plants can grow much taller in areas where the soil is deep and fertile, but around the Mount Tozer region their growth is impeded by the infertile shallow soils derived from the granite volcanics of the Tozer Range. About 200 different types of plants grow in the heathlands at Iron Range. Some of the plants are very unusual and have a distinctive form, which makes them easy to identify. One of the most unusual is the low-lying pitcher plant Nepenthes mirabilis found in the wetter areas around Tozers Gap. The most obvious heathland plants are she-oaks, including Allocasuarina littoralis with needle-like modified stems; grevilleas such as Grevillea pteridifolia that have long, wispy leaves and orange flowers; banksias with their two-toned, coarse, papery leaves and woody seed capsules; and the purple-pink flowering shrub Jacksonia thesioides. Growing close to the ground are orchids and other plants, the most common being a sedge Schoenus sparteus.

Coastal plants

Chilli Beach has an extensive dune system that rises up to 40m above sea level and is cloaked with evergreen notophyll vine forests. In places, this vine forest replaces a grassy eucalypt forest that was maintained by Aboriginal fire management until about 60 years ago. Coconut palms, relatively recent introductions in this landscape, fringe the foreshore at Chilli Beach. They possibly resulted from the increased European activity in the area and the corresponding halt in fire management. The dunes at the southern end of Chilli Beach are stabilised only by low-growing groundcover plants such as goatsfoot Ipomoea pes-caprae. They are vulnerable to damage from vehicles and people. Coastal plants along the foreshore include the sea almond Terminalia sp., with its distinctive red seed pods containing husky almond-like seeds; beach calophyllum Calophyllum inophyllum with its twisted, gnarled trunk and low, horizontal branches; and the beautiful river lily Crinum pedunculatum. Twenty-seven species of mangrove have also been recorded along the coast.

Request a species list to see what plants and animals have been recorded here.

Culture and history

Aboriginal culture

Kuuku Ya’u Aboriginal Corporation, Registered Native Title Body Corporate —Vision Statement

“By 2024, we the Kuuku Ya’u people (Kungkay and Kanthanampu) will be proud and healthy, managing our own Ngaachi land according to our strong customs and traditions.

Families will be living on Ngaachi land and sit by the crystal clear rivers. The children are calling the plants, trees and animals by their language names and know the stories about their totems. Our Puuya art will be filled with joy and our people will collect and eat plenty of fresh bush tucker. We can always come back anytime and there will be plenty of bush foods. We will fish and hunt in harmony within our Ngaachi land guided by our seasonal knowledge.

Our rangers are fully equipped, qualified and employed to manage our sea, our land and our sacred and story places. We are the rightful protectors for our Ngaachi land and our environment.

We will drive our vehicle with our outside friends as passengers. We have respect for everything in our Ngaachi land – the sea, the animals, culture, each other and our neighbours.”

Written by the Kuuku Ya’u people representing Kungkay and Kanthanampu groups during the Healthy Country Planning workshop (May, 2013).

Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) is of major Aboriginal cultural significance with story places and ceremonial sites located across the landscape. The Traditional Owners of the park are the Kuuku Ya'u people (including the Kungkay people and Kanthanampu people).

In 2011, the land in this park was transferred as Aboriginal freehold land to the Northern Kuuku Ya'u Kanthanampu Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC Land Trust. The national park (CYPAL) was then dedicated over the land. The Land Trust manages the park jointly with the Queensland Government in accordance with an Indigenous Management Agreement.

The Kuuku Ya'u culture is closely linked to the coastal environment. Their country extends beyond Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) and includes the sea and islands adjacent to the coast. People travelled only short distances to hunt or gather food and resources—the richness of their coastal and marine environment met their needs for most of the year.

Chilli Beach is the site of the tukulu (turtle) story and the lunthitha/pa'ukura (stingray) story from the Dreamtime. These language names describe the hunting seasons when tukulu and lunthitha/pa'ukura come into the Chilli Beach area and can be easily hunted. This is usually during the summer months when the wind dies down and the water becomes clear.

The arrival of European explorers William Bligh and Edmund Kennedy, and the establishment of the Lockhart River Mission in 1924, impacted greatly upon the lives of the Kuuku Ya'u people. They were displaced and removed from their traditional lands. In 1942, when Australia was threatened by Japanese invasion during World War II, a large airbase was constructed at Iron Range and the road from the airstrip to Portland Roads, just north of Chilli Beach, was sealed. Patches of bitumen can still be seen today. During this time, local Indigenous people were dispersed to bush camps for six months, many reluctant to return to mission life.

From the 1840s, collecting of beche-de-mer and pearl shell began. Many Aboriginal people were used unscrupulously as labour in these industries. In the late 1800s a sandalwood industry was established at Orchid Point in Lloyd Bay. Aboriginal workers cut sandalwood by hand and packed it onto horses for transport to the beach where it was loaded onto boats. The sandalwood was then exported to Asia where it was highly prized for its fragrant oil and use in making carved chests.

Aboriginal people left the mission during the war but were encouraged to return after fears of invasion faded. The mission was moved to its present location in 1969. Today, most Kuuku Ya'u people live at the Lockhart community along with others from different clans. They now manage their own lives and maintain a strong cultural association with their traditional country. Kuuku Ya'u people continue their traditional hunting, gathering and fishing practices along the coast. As in the past, children learn from their parents and grandparents about the creation of all things, how to spear fish and stingrays, where to collect mussels and find other food, and their relationship with sea country. Cultural knowledge is also passed on to younger generations through art, songs, dances and stories.

European history

European explorers arrived in Kuuku Ya'u country as early as 1789, the first being Captain William Bligh after the mutiny on the Bounty Bligh and 18 loyal crew, victims of the mutiny on theBounty,sailed in an open boat across the Pacific Ocean. They landed on a small offshore island, which he named Restoration Island. He also named Pudding Pan Hill and The Paps on the mainland. This ragged band of men then sailed on to Timor to alert authorities and the Pandora was sent in search of the mutineers.

This was later followed by the disastrous Cape York land expedition, led by Edmund Kennedy, in 1848. On his attempt to travel overland from Rockingham Bay to Cape York, Edmund Kennedy left a small party of men in Weymouth Bay, just south of the Pascoe River mouth. Kennedy and four others pushed north, all but a young Aboriginal man, Jacky Jacky, perishing along the way. Of the men left in Weymouth Bay, only two survived.

Exploration of both land and sea resources then commenced with the establishment of beche-de-mer, pearl and sandalwood industries, as well as tin and gold mining in the mid-1900s.

Mining ceased during World War II and the area became a staging post for at least 50,000 American and Australian troops. In 1942, a large airbase was constructed as a launching pad for American aerial bombing raids in the Pacific and the road from the Lockhart River airstrip to Portland Roads jetty (now removed) was sealed.

When the American 90th Bomb Group, known as the Jolly Rogers, arrived at Iron Range, they found two airstrips, named Claudie and Gordon, unfinished and unsealed. They described it as the worst airfield they were ever posted at during the war.American Coast Artillery Regiments were deployed around the airstrips. W. Rollins, of the 197th Coast Artillery (AA) Regiment, described the conditions in his diary:

The strips were a disaster. Muddy and flooded most of the time. I witnessed planes land without landing gear down, motors that didn't run, sometimes in a foot of water.

They manned anti-aircraft gun positions in the area until mid-1943.

Japanese planes have been sighted near the jetty but never an air raid. We experience at least two alerts every day—it seems the Japanese keep watch over this area.

W. Rollins. Difficult conditions were made worse during the monsoonal rains and possibly contributed to some of the several military aircraft crashes in the area. One of the worst disasters took place on 16 November 1942, when B-24 Liberators of the 90th Bomb Group took off on their first bombing raid of Rabaul. Dust that was blown up during take-off obscured the dim airfield lights, causing the eleventh aircraft in line to veer off the runway and crash into three stationary aircraft, killing 11 men.

Today, small patches of bitumen and remains of old bridges, bunkers, gun emplacements, defensive pits, machinery parts, concrete footings and fuel drum dumps can still be seen in the area. These are slowly being obscured by rainforest. A memorial has been erected at the Iron Range Airport in recognition of the lives lost during the war.

Last updated: 15 October 2018
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