Jardine River National Park

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Fruit Bat Falls, Jardine River National Park, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland


Jardine River National Park, surrounding the state’s largest perennial river, lies at the remote northern tip of Cape York Peninsula and offers a true wilderness experience. The park is bordered to the north and south by resources reserves, to the east by the coast, and to the west by a historic telegraph line, installed in 1887 to provide communications to the remote areas of the cape. Within these boundaries are tracts of heath, rainforest and open forest, which provide habitat for unusual species such as the common spotted cuscus, spiny knob-tailed gecko, yellow-billed kingfisher, fawn-breasted bowerbird and the palm cockatoo. This is the traditional land of the Atambaya, Angkamuthi, Gudang, Wuthathi and Yadhaykenu language and social groups, who now jointly manage the park.

Fruit Bat Falls, with its picnic tables and boardwalk overlooking the falls, is a scenic spot. Eliot Falls is beautiful but dangerous – serious injuries have occurred here so exercise great care in the area. Beach fishing is allowed at Captain Billy Landing and Ussher Point but these waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park so anglers must check fishing restrictions (and heed all crocodile warnings). Bush camping is permitted at designated areas on either side of the Jardine River (be aware that there is no convenient acess between these campsites), and at various locations in the neighbouring resources reserves. Visitors must be self-sufficient, bringing all supplies and water with them. Keep the night insects at bay by using screened tents or nets for protection. At the town of Bamaga, north of the park, Resort Bamaga has 4-star accommodation; Seisia, 5 kilometres north-west of Bamaga, has a campground with self-contained units. Visit only during the dry season, which runs from May to October.

Fact file


Two bush camping sites and several in nearby resources reserves; permit and fees apply

Location and access

920 km north of Cairns via Peninsula Developmental Rd; 4WD access only

Park information

NPRSR 13 7468


237 000 ha

Visitor information

Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula (07) 4069 6004

See Also


Bridge Creek camping area (bush camping)

Bush camping is permitted at this site, 19 km north of Sam Creek camping area at the far north end of the 4WD Telegraph Track. There are no facilities; bring all self-sufficient gear.... Find out more

North Jardine River camping area (bush camping)

The Jardine River separates 2 camping areas, each within sight of each other. (The nearest crossing is the Jardine River ferry.) The camp on the northern side has 6 sites and is accessible via Telegraph Rd, south of the... Find out more

Sam Creek camping area (bush camping)

Bush camping is permitted at this site on the 4WD Telegraph Track, 4.1 km north of the Eliot Falls turn-off and 19 km south of Bridge Creek. There are no facilities; bring all self-sufficient gear.... Find out more

South Jardine River camping area (bush camping)

This campsite, on the southern side of the Jardine River facing the North Jardine River camping area, is accessible via Telegraph Rd. No facilities are provided, so bring all self-sufficient camping gear, including... Find out more

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