Cedar Bay camping area (bush camping)
This campground is just east of Centre Garden at the southern end of the beach. Access is via the Home Rule or Gap Creek walking tracks, or by boat. Generators are not permitted and gas/fuel stoves are preferred. Bring all self-sufficient supplies. Wildlife watchers can look out for Bennett’s tree-kangaroo, the endangered southern cassowary and beach stone-curlew.
This campsite is located in Ngalba Bulal National Park
About 40 km south of Cooktown, Ngalba Bulal National Park attracts visitors with its beautiful sandy beaches. Getting to its Mangkalba (Cedar Bay) section is a little more challenging than most national parks; you can reach it by boat or along 2 difficult walking tracks. The Home Rule track (16 km one-way, 6–8 hr) begins at Home Rule Rainforest Lodge, a private property 3 km off Cooktown–Bloomfield Rd from Rossville. The Gap Creek track (6 km one-way, 4–6 hr) begins further south on the eastern side of Cooktown–Bloomfield Rd. Note: access to Rattlesnake Point is restricted to members of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people.
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