Escape River Area

The Escape River area is a huge area of mangroves.

It also means good fishing and lots of crocodiles to spot.

It is a remote area, even by Cape York standards, and more than anything it is an area where it is very easy to get lost.

With mangroves, mangroves and more mangroves, every corner looks the same, so if you have a boat and want to go, you better go with someone who really knows the area.

The area is in the northernmost Cape York peninsula, not far from the remote Ussher Point and Sadd Point, so apart from fishing and croc spotting, there is another interest for some - it is the area of Kennedy spearing, even though be aware you are not getting to the exact spot.
   escape river area crocodile

Right outside the area is Newcastle Bay, which is huge and can be windy, and you can see as far as to Mount Adolphus Island on a good day.
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Western Side of the Area

Just south of the Newcastle Bay, on the western side you have the Kennedy Inlet,
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... and Jackey Jackey Creek,
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... named after Jackey Jackey - Kennedy's Aboriginal friend and helper, the only person on the expedition who came back home alive.
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The Jackey Jackey Creek has some side creeks and channels,
   jackey jackey side creek

... amongst others the little Sunday Islet,
   sunday islet

... and plenty of crocodiles.
   jackey jackey creek crocodile

Eastern Side of the Area

On the other, eastern side of the area you have Trochus Island,
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... and Turtle Head Island,
   turtle head island

... with its beautiful bauxite cliffs, beaches,
   turtle head island

... and a pearl farm,
   turtle head island pearling

Near the southern end of the island is a resident croc,
   sharp point crocodile

... and south of the island is the Escape River - where Jackey Jackey escaped from the Aboriginals who had just fatally speared Kennedy.
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A bit into the river you come close to the areas where it all happened, but the exact spot of spearing was on the land.
   escape river kennedy

The Central Escape River Fish Habitat Area

In the middle of the eastern and western parts is the huge Escape River Fish Habitat Area with labyrinths of small creeks and channels
   escape river fish habitat area

... where it is even easier to get lost than in the rest of the area.
   escape river fish habitat area

The smaller creeks can be even better for seeing
   escape river area crocodile

... and their sliding marks.
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