Jardine River National Park

Jardine River National Park is near the tip of Cape York.

It is the northernmost national park in Cape York, and the northernmost national park in Australia.

It is quite a large park - its southernmost parts are near Captain Billy Landing and Elliott Creek about half way up the Old Telegraph Track,

... and its northernmost end is at the mouths of Jackey Jackey Creek and Escape River.

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The park almost covers the whole Jardine River catchment area.

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It protects the upper parts of the river, which is mostly wide and shallow, and has a thriving population of deadly saltwater crocodiles.

Jardine River NP Animals

Like Iron Range and other national parks and places in Cape York, many of the plants and animals in Jardine River National Park are found nowhere but it Cape York and Papua New Guinea.

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Eclectus parrot, cuscus and palm cockatoo are only some of the examples.

Jardine River NP Plants

The park does not protect tropical rainforests as does Iron Range National Park.

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jardine river np vegetation
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It has a tropical, green vegetation with a lot of grass trees, but it is not exactly rainforest, more like tropical savannah.

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It has many vast swamplands, and the highest variety of mangroves in Australia.

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jardine river national park mangroves
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Along the creeks and in other wetter places are carnivorous plants such as
tropical pitcher plants.

jardine river np pitcher plants
jardine river np pitcher plants

Cape York is the only place
in Australia where these are found.

Things to Do

There are no real bushwalking tracks in this national park.

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Instead there are some good drives where you can discover the park.

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Bird watching is quite good with imperial pigeons, paradise kingfishers, red-bellied pittas and many more species.

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Mammals are easiest seen when spotlighting night time.

Jardine River National Park Camping

There is national parks camping both south and north of the river.

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All the spots are near the Old Jardine River Ford, which used to be the old crossing before the ferry came along.

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