State preschool and primary school (up to year 7), limited secondary schooling (up to year 10). Older children mostly attend boarding schools.
Post Office is a sub branch which offers basic postal services and on weekday afternoons basic banking services for the Commonwealth Bank. There is an EFTPOS machine next to the bank.
Council workshop also does private vehicle repairs, services and puncture repairs (no panel repairs available). A welding section is also available for very basic welding repairs and fabrications.
The retail store is operated by the Department of Community Services. This store has an EFTPOS facility. It has a bakery, frozen meats and stocks sufficient foods for day-to-day living but at higher than city prices. Opening times on week days are from 8 am to 6 pm. On Saturday the store opens from 8 am to noon. The store does not open on Sunday. Diesel and unleaded fuels can be purchased by credit card or EFTPOS at the service station.
The Anglican Church shop, locally known 'Jamie's Shop’ opens most nights and on Sunday, depending on seasonal activity.
Puchiwu Fishing Cooperative sells fresh seafood, ice and has donga style accommodation.
Out of the Blue at Portland Roads is a restaurant, with some take-away food available.
There is also a library, an Arts Centre (where traditional art and carvings can be purchased), a locally run radio station and free-to-air television (5 channels). There are public phone boxes, with internet and mobile phone coverage provided on the Telstra NextG network only.
ALCOHOL RESTICTIONS Lockhart River is in an alcohol restricted area. This means no alcohol or home brewing equipment is permitted in the Lockhart River shire, including roads. Heavy fines will be enforced under the Queensland Government’s alcohol management plans if you are found with alcohol in Lockhart River and many other communities in Cape York Peninsula's alcohol restricted area.
Road conditions: The streets around community itself and the road to the Airport are bitumen. All other access roads are dirt. The access road is generally closed completely from December to March. Anybody who wants to travel off main roads and outside National Park boundaries onto traditional country must gain permission from Traditional Owners. During the dry months the road is suitable for experienced four wheel drivers only.
Barge delivers to the Quintell Beach wharf weekly, freight only - no passenger service.
Airport is run by the Lockhart River Airport Corporation. It is an all-weather strip, with flights to Cairns Monday to Friday. There is self-contained accommodation available at the airport. Hire cars are available at the airport from Lockhart River Car Hire.