Lakeland, Queensland

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Lakeland Downs
Lakeland is located in Queensland
Coordinates 15°51′30″S 144°51′20″E / 15.85833°S 144.85556°E / -15.85833; 144.85556Coordinates: 15°51′30″S 144°51′20″E / 15.85833°S 144.85556°E / -15.85833; 144.85556
Population 227 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4871
LGA(s) Shire of Cook
State electorate(s) Cook
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt
Localities around Lakeland:
Laura Cooktown Rossville
Palmer Lakeland Bloomfield
Groganville Hurricane
Mount Carbine

Lakeland (also known as 'Lakeland Downs') is a town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2011 census, Lakeland had a population of 227 people.[1]


Lakeland is a small farming centre on the Cape York Peninsula. It is at the junction of the main Peninsula Developmental Road (which is paved all the way from Cairns to Lakeland), and the Mulligan Highway.

It contains a hotel, a cafe, and roadhouse and a small store. The main products are peanuts, maize, sorghum and cattle, coffee, tea and tropical fruits.


The village is named for William Lakeland who was one of the earliest prospectors of Cape York Peninsula.

Heritage listings[edit]

Lakeland has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lakeland (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lakeland (town) (entry 18830)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lakeland (locality) (entry 46131)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nuggety Gully Water Race and Chinese Camp (entry 600426)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Trezise, P.J. 1969. Quinkan Country: Adventures in Search of Aboriginal Cave Paintings in Cape York. A.H. & A.W. Reed, Sydney.
  • Trezise, Percy. 1973. Last Days of a Wilderness. William Collins (Aust) Ltd., Brisbane. ISBN 0-00-211434-8.
  • Trezise, P.J. 1993. Dream Road: A Journey of Discovery. Allen & Unwin, St. Leonards, Sydney.
  • Premier's Department (prepared by Connell Wagner). 1989. Cape York Peninsula Resource Analysis. Cairns. (1989). ISBN 0-7242-6200-8
  • Roth, W.E. 1897. The Queensland Aborigines. 3 Vols. Reprint: Facsimile Edition, Hesperian Press, Victoria Park, W.A., 1984. ISBN 0-85905-054-8
  • Ryan, Michelle and Burwell, Colin, eds. 2000. Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland: Cooktown to Mackay. Queensland Museum, Brisbane. ISBN 0-85905-045-9 (set of 3 vols).
  • Scarth-Johnson, Vera. 2000. National Treasures: Flowering plants of Cooktown and Northern Australia. Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery Association, Cooktown. ISBN 0-646-39726-5 (pbk); ISBN 0-646-39725-7 Limited Edition - Leather Bound.
  • Sutton, Peter (ed). Languages of Cape York: Papers presented to a Symposium organised by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Canberra. (1976). ISBN 0-85575-046-4
  • Wynter, Jo and Hill, John. 1991. Cape York Peninsula: Pathways to Community Economic Development. The Final Report of The Community Economic Development Projects Cook Shire. Cook Shire Council.

External links[edit]

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