If you’re on the way to the top of Cape York, you’ll pass a number of different places that you can pull in and relax, grab some food or set up for the night in a tent, or supplied accommodation.
Moreton Telegraph Station is one of these places, and after a few days at Weipa, we decided to continue our journey north, and stop here, or Bramwell Station.
The intention was to do one station on the way up, and the opposite on the way back down, and we eventually settled on Moreton Telegraph Station.
Where is Moreton Telegraph Station?
This private property is super close to the Telegraph Road, about an hour and a half away from Weipa via the Batavia Downs shortcut, or you can skip Weipa all together and keep heading north from Coen.
In distance, you’re looking at 194 km from Coen, 38 km from Bramwell Junction and 262km to Bamaga.
Do you need a 4WD to get there?
You’ll find most people who are out here have 4WD’s, but technically speaking you could get a 2WD, or AWD vehicle to Moreton Telegraph Station, depending on the road conditions.
When we did it, the road was great with exception of a handful of dips or floodway’s which needed some clearance.
How much is the camping?
When we’d scoped Moreton Telegraph Station out, we had read on Wikicamps that it was $15 per adult, and $5 for the kids, so it was going to cost $40 for us, in an unpowered site.
We were already considering skipping the property due to the pricing (which we thought was expensive), but decided to make it a short day it would do.
However, when we arrived, the prices have gone up for 2023, and we paid a whopping $50 for an unpowered, bush camping site. That’s $20 per adult, and $5 for both kids (anyone over 4), which I reckon is a bit rough.
Now, I understand that this is a business, and they aren’t open all the time and need to recover costs of operating, but when you camp at Hann River Roadhouse for $30 a night, or Bramwell Station for $30 I have to question the fairness, and did feel like we’d made a mistake.
What’s on the property?
Moreton Telegraph Station is a picturesque location that runs a substantial number of cattle. There’s a coffee van, small shop, and little café.
There’s also a small museum, lots of grassy areas with plenty of shade, and powered or unpowered sites.
They do a number of glamping tents, and its really well set up.
The property backs onto the river, and they advertise a Barra hole, which apparently a 1 metre barramundi was pulled out of a few days prior to us arriving.
You have to walk here, and the walk continues around to a natural bridge, and lagoon if you are in the mood for a stroll.
There’s a lot of room, a heap of bird life, a fair bit of privacy, and the hum of the diesel generators ticking away.
Would we stay here again?
I really liked Moreton Telegraph Station, but the price certainly left a sour taste in my mouth, and whilst they are free to charge whatever they like, it’s too expensive for us. There’s plenty of gravel pits and cheaper campsites nearby that in hindsight we’d have made use of.
We had a nice, private, grassy site with lots of bird life, and it was a really nice place to be. The amenities are good, but not anything I’d rave about, and for us, we’d find something else next time.
That said, Cape York is expensive, and this is a magic property, so if you are happy paying that sort of money its a different thing.
Pricing aside, if you want a quiet, well set up property that is really convenient to visit and stay at, Moreton Telegraph Station is a fantastic place to spend a night or two.