Charlotte Bay is a popular destination on its own.
Park and Cape Melville, it
tends to attract people who come here for a long
weekend or school holidays, often from Cairns, to camp and
fish around here
instead of doing the whole Cape York peninsula on the same trip.
But even if you are
planning to do the whole peninsula, you can get this area
in if you have enough time.
north is Port Stewart, accessible
by a good gravel
road, but it is not the greatest spot if you want to get out to the
bay, unless you have a boat, because you only get to the river mouth,
only see the actual bay from the distance.
half way out the Port Stewart Road a track turns in - it is the Running
Creek Track, a fun four wheel drive track through to the
northern parts of Lakefield National Park. At the creek mouth there is
a beach (UPDATE 2015 -
access restricted, details in Destination Guide). It is a
great coastal fishing
spot, and don't forget the crocs!
third place is Annie River
the area around it.
It is south of the Running
turnoff is 43km east of Musgrave
on the road into the central parts of Lakefield National Park, which is
also the western (and main) access road to Bathurst
Head and Cape
Annie River Annie
is a beautiful, and popular,
fish, but all you get
to see is the river - not the actual bay.
The river also means mozzies
but they don't seem to stop people from coming and enjoying this great
Further in you can drive to Five
Creek, which is another nice area and has shady camping, but has
less salty water (and the creek can be dry towards the end of the Dry
there is another turnoff to Marina
After driving across the vast floodplain, you come to another
saltwater fishing spot with a
there is no access to the actual bay.
Stewart is a small community on the eastern coast of Cape York.
It is in
the northern end of
Princess Charlotte Bay. The road
turns in from the Peninsula Developmental Road between Coen
... and a beach area in the river mouth, but that is as close as you get to
ocean. You can only see it in the distance.
You can camp here
- details in the Destination Guide.
River is in the north western end of Lakefield National Park.
It is a
popular place with
long weekenders, school holidaymakers and other campers who like to
come here and stay here, instead of trying to do the rest of the
peninsula on the same trip.
Most of them are from no further than Cairns,
and the main activity of their trips is of course fishing.
in is in the north
western end of Lakefield National Park, and the turnoff is 43km west of Musgrave on the main road from
Lakefield, Bathurst Head
12km in you come
to a crossroad where you can turn east to Marina Plains or west to
Annie River and Five Mile Creek camping areas.
Annie River camping area is
well used for camping and fishing,
even paths have been worn in to river banks by fishoes.
Creek Camping -
Princess Charlotte Bay
along the river you can keep driving to the Five Mile Creek camping area.
It is a beautiful shady
spot to camp
(as opposed to the one above, which is not shady), but the water is
fresh so no mangroves
Plains - Princess Charlotte Bay
Back at the T-crossing, if you turn east you come to Marina Plains.
It is another great spot for saltwater fishing and mud crabbing.
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