Ninian Bay camping area (bush camping)

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

This camping area lies on the east coast of Cape Melville National Park, 88 km from the camping areas at Bathurst Bay. A 1 km stretch of beach, it contains no facilities, so bring all self-sufficient camping gear, including drinking water and rubbish bags. The road into Ninian Bay is difficult and should be attempted only by experienced 4WD operators. 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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