Mutee Head and Jardine Mouth

Mutee Head is a big headland north of Jardine river mouth.

Other than the headland itself, there are also some Second World War relics, Saibai Islander graves, and a beautiful beach.

The spot is reached from the main road that goes north to Bamaga, in the NPA (north of Jardine River).
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And if you like fishing and discovering,

... there is also a small track west to the mouth of Jardine River.
   jardine river mouth

The Road into Mutee Head

At the turnoff from the main road, there is now even a road sign saying Mutee Head.

mutee head turnoff

The road in is a good gravel road, doable in two wheel drive during the dry season.
mutee head road

Up on the hill behind the beach is a Second World War radar tower,

mutee head radar tower mutee head wwii relics

... reachable by a track that turns off the road in, not far from the beach.

mutee head radar station mutee head ww ii

The beach is beautiful,

mutee head beach

... day or night, 

mutee head beach front mutee head jetty
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... and not bad for fishing.
mutee head

The old poles sticking out of the water is what is left from a Second World War jetty,

mutee head jetty poles

... which was later useful for the community of Saibai islanders
mutee head beach

Yes - the WWII relics were already here when the first Saibai islanders came to settle on the mainland in 1947. They first settled in the Mutee Head because the WWII water tanks and the jetty were handy. The Government erected a temporary church, store and medical post. As more and more families arrived, old army huts were used for housing.

mutee head history

It later showed that the water source was not sufficient
, and they went looking for better spots.
They got help from people at Injinoo, and together they found natural freshwater sources at Red Island Point (now Seisia Jetty) and what was then called Ichuru (now Bamaga).

mutee head grave mutee head saibai islanders

While the Bamaga township was built most families stayed in Mutee Head, and gradually moved to Bamaga as the housing was completed there.

Track to the Mouth of Jardine River

The above-mentioned track to the radar tower continues west to the mouth of Jardine River.
   jardine river mouth sign

The track gets gradually sandier and is
four wheel drive,

jardine river mouth track

... at least towards the end. 

jardine river mouth track sandy jardine river mouth track boggy
jardine river mouth track four wheel drive jardine river mouth track 4wd

You first come to the river bank,

jardine river mouth bank

... there are some nice spots,

jardine river mouth spot

... and you can drive down to the river.

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The track continues,

jardine mouth track continues

... towards the river mouth,

jardine mouth track continues

... and once you get there,

jardine river mouth

... there is a boggy spot,

jardine river mouth boggy spot

... we have got bogged here many times,

jardine river mouth bogged

... and seen others to do the same and helped them out.

jardine river mouth drive to the beach

Behind the boggy spot is a beautiful beach,

jardine river mouth beach drive

... and in the eastern end of the beach, you can see Mutee Head.
   jardine river mouth mutee head

And to the west, you can see beyond the river mouth.

jardine river mouth beach

The place is on Aboriginal land - the camping rules are in the Destination Guide, along with all the rest of the places on the peninsula.

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