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This inland locality takes its name from the Archer River which flows from east to west across the locality towards the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Oyala Thumotang National Park (formerly known as Mungkan Kandju National Park and Archer Bend National Park) is in the south-west of the locality.[2]

The Peninsula Developmental Road passes through the locality in a NW-SE direction connecting Weipa on the Gulf of Carpentaria to Lakeland. There are two major road junctions within Archer River from the Peninsula Developmental Road. At 13°04′49″S 142°46′06″E / 13.0804°S 142.7682°E / -13.0804; 142.7682 there is a turn-off towards the north onto the Telegraph Road towards Bamaga at the northern tip of Cape York Peninsula. At 13°10′24″S 142°50′37″E / 13.1733°S 142.8435°E / -13.1733; 142.8435 there is a turn-off towards the north-east on Portland Road to the Lockhart River community on the Coral Sea coast.


The Archer River Roadhouse (13°26′16″S 142°56′30″E / 13.4379°S 142.9416°E / -13.4379; 142.9416 (Archer River Roadhouse)) is located on the Peninsula Developmental Road immediately south of the Archer River. It provides accommodation, laundry, meals, fuel, minor motor vehicle repairs, and internet access.[3]

Heritage listingsEdit

Archer River has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


  1. ^ "Archer River (locality) (entry 46121)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Oyala Thumotang National Park". Queensland Government. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Archer River Roadhouse". Tourism Cape York. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Wenlock Goldfield (entry 601862)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013.