Laura is considered the gateway to Cape York Peninsula and is easily accessible since the road from Lakeland was sealed in 2013.The tiny town is worth a visit in its own right thanks to the nearby Quinkan Country rock art sites – listed by Unesco in the world's top 10 rock-art sites – and the biennial three-day Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, Australia's largest celebration of Indigenous dance and culture.
The Quinkan & Regional Cultural Centre covers the history of the region. Insightful tours of Quinkan Country rock-art sites with an Indigenous guide (price on application) can be booked here.
The Laura region is the traditional home of the Ang Gnarra people, who are the custodians of the Quinkan sites. European miners set up a staging post here after gold was discovered at Palmer River in 1872.