Jardine River

Jardine River is huge.

It is the largest perennial river in Queensland.

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.

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And its mouth is on the northernmost Cape York peninsula, near Mutee Head.

jardine river mouth

But the most of the time it is remote and inaccessible deep in the heart of the national park.

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Most travellers first get to it where the main road north crosses it at the vehicle
ferry crossing.
   jardine river ferry

And some still try their luck at the Old Ford.

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At the Old Ford you also have some national parks camping spots, both south and north of the river.

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You can also get to its mouth, via some sandy tracks from Mutee Head.

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Jardine River by Boat

Or if you have a boat you can go discovering it water-ways.
   jardine river boat

There is some wildlife to watch,

... and as you ride in via its mouth,
   jardine river vegetation

... it is interesting to see how quickly the vegetation changes as the river changes from salt to fresh water.
   jardine river vegetation

Further in there are a couple of nice spots ...
   jardine river freshwater arm

... where you can try freshwater fishing.
   freshwater fishing

And on the other side there is a saltwater arm,
   jardine river saltwater arm

... great for saltwater fishing.
   saltwater fishing

The whole river is great for fishing, even from the river bank, just watch out for

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