Granite camping area (bush camping)

4WD Camping fee Dry weather access No dogs/pets No rubbish disposal Ranger Vehicle-based camping Wood fireplace Crocodile warning Fishing No swimming Walking trails

This camping site on the beach at Bathurst Bay stretches across the 4 km span between Oystercatcher camping area and the northernmost point of Cape Melville. Accessing the site requires 4 creek crossings, including a difficult and dangerous tidal creek crossing at the boundary between Oystercatcher and Granite camping areas – bring vehicle recovery equipment. There are no facilities, so bring all self-sufficient camping gear, including drinking water and rubbish bags. Open fires are permitted (bring your own firewood), but a gas/fuel stove is preferred.


How to book: NPRSR 13 7468 Permits: camping permit required

This campsite is located in Cape Melville National Park

Some gruelling 4WD tracks lead to this national park on Cape York Peninsula. At journey’s end is a wild and rugged coastline of rocky headlands and sandy beaches bordered by wetlands and eucalypt woodlands stretching inland to the Melville and Altanmoui ranges. This is the land of the Daarba, Junjuu, Muli, Bagaarrmugu, Wurri, Manyamarr, Yiirrku and Gambiilmugu people. The ruins of homesteads, testament to early European pastoral settlement, are scattered throughout the region. Travel here from the west via Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (280 km, 6 hr) or from the south from Cooktown and Starcke Homestead along Coast Rd (250 km, 12 hr). Note: this park is closed for the wet season, Dec–Jul each year; access is 4WD only. Advance bookings are required for camping.

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