Portland Road - Iron Range

Portland Road is a small community near Iron Range National Park.  There is accomodation at Portland House, which serves as a good launching point for the coastal habitats and the rainforest in the region.

Getting There

Portland Road is accessible by 4WD through most of the year, however in the wet season, starting early December most years, the area is cut off by flooding rivers for several months.  To access the area you must cross the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers so some 4WD experience is recommended.

GPS Coordinates 12°35.76′S, 143°24.45′E


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Butterflies 22 species
Greasy Swallowtail (Cressida cressida) 1
Priam's Birdwing (Troides priamus) 1
Broad-margined Grass-yellow (Eurema puella) 1
Bordered Rustic (Cupha prosope) 1
Hamadryad (Tellervo zoilus) 1
Northern Jezabel, Scarlet Jezebel (Delias argenthona) 1
Black-eyed Plane (Pantoporia venilia) 1
Blue Triangle (Graphium sarpedon) 1
Large Citrus Butterfly, Orchard Butterfly, Orchard Swallowtail (Papilio aegeus) 1
Black Jezebel, Common Jezabel (Delias nigrina) 1
Varied Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina) 1
Orange Plane (Pantoporia consimilis) 1
Red-banded Jezebel (Delias mysis) 1
Red Lacewing (Cethosia cydippe) 1
Ulysses Swallowtail (Papilio ulysses) 1
Caper Gull (Cepora perimale) 1
Blue Argus (Junonia orithya) 1
Red-bodied Swallowtail (Pachliopta polydorus) 1
Orange Albatross (Appias ada) 1
Green-spotted Triangle (Graphium agamemnon) 1
Caper White (Belenois java) 1
Brown Argus (Junonia hedonia) 1
Mammals 6 species
Northern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus) 1
Giant White-tailed Rat (Uromys caudimaculatus) 1
Dingo, Domestic Dog (Canis lupus) 1
Common Wallaroo (Macropus robustus) 1
Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis) 1
Cinnamon Antechinus (Antechinus leo) 1
Land Birds 17 species
Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotus chrysopterygius) 20
Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) 8
Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) 5
Red-cheeked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi) 3
Yellow-legged Flyrobin (Microeca griseoceps) 3
Red Goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus) 2
Tropical Scrubwren (Sericornis beccarii) 1
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) 1
Trumpet Manucode (Phonygammus keraudrenii) 1
Black-breasted Buzzard (Hamirostra melanosternon) 1
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater (Xanthotis flaviventer) 1
Green-backed Honeyeater (Glycichaera fallax) 1
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) 1
Northern Scrub Robin (Drymodes superciliaris) 1
White-streaked Honeyeater (Trichodere cockerelli) 1
Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito) 1
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura) 1
Terrestrial Reptiles 4 species
Black-headed Python (Aspidites melanocephalus) 1
Amethyst Python (Morelia amethistina) 1
Common Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) 1
Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis) 1
Amphibians 6 species
Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea) 1
Fringed Tree Frog (Litoria eucnemis) 1
Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) 1
Water Frog (Rana daemeli) 1
Giant Tree Frog (Litoria infrafrenata) 1
Northern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria bicolor) 1