Its catchment takes up
the whole Jardine River National Park, one of the largest
national parks in Queensland.
It starts up in the
mountains of the Great Dividing Range, not far from
Captain Billy Landing and Southern Bypass Road.
And its mouth is on the northernmost Cape York peninsula, near Mutee
But the most of the time it is remote and
inaccessible deep in the heart of the national park.
Most travellers first get to it where the main road north crosses it at
And some still try their luck at theOld
Old Ford you also have
parks camping spots, both south and north of the river. You can also get to its
mouth, via some sandy tracks from Mutee
Or if you have a boat
you can go discovering it water-ways.
There is some wildlife
... and as you ride in via its mouth,
... it is interesting to see how quickly the vegetation changes from
salt to fresh water.
Further in there are a couple of nice spots ...
try freshwater fishing.
the other side there is
a saltwater arm,
... great for saltwater fishing.
The whole river is great for fishing, even from the river bank, just
watch out for crocodiles.
River National Park is near the tip of Cape York.
It is the
national park in Cape York, and the
northernmost national park in Australia.
It is quite a large park
- its southernmost parts are near Captain
Elliott Creek about half way up the Old
northernmost end is at the mouths of Jackey Jackey Creek and Escape
River. The park almost covers the whole Jardine
It protects the upper parts of
the river, which is
mostly wide and shallow,
and has a thriving population of deadly saltwater
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
park does not protect tropical rainforests as does Iron
National Park. It has a tropical, green
vegetation with a lot of grass
but it is not exactly rainforest, more like tropical
It has many vast swamplands, and the highest
variety of mangroves
Along the creeks and in other
wetter places are carnivorous plants such as tropical
is the only place in
these are found.
Grass trees aka Blackboys.
no real bushwalking
tracks in this
national park. Instead there are some good drives where you can
Driving through the park.
Bird watching is quite
good with imperial pigeons, paradise kingfishers, red-bellied
pittas and many more. Mammals are easiest seen when spotlighting night
this 50 pages
guide totally for FREE.
contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip.
You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you
should take, how to get
there and get
to stay (general info), what
will it cost..
and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.
This complete 300 pages
travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the
background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all
the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact
detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks,
at least 30 guaranteed FREE
camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to
the Cape), at least 40 best
swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things -
from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception,
how to deal with the national
parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits
and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery
gear by my partner
Mark who is the recovery guy on northern Cape York and the Old
Not to mention locals'
tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)
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