Skardon River

Skardon River is one of the remoter areas in Cape York.

It is a lovely fishing and camping spot, if you have a few nights for it.

The track in starts off being a bit bumpy, but soon levels out and becomes quite a cruise.

All the practical and permit detail is in the Destination Guide :-)
   skardon river track

There are sandy bits, there is heathland in the beginning, but soon it turns into woodland with less sand and reddish soils.
   skardon river sandy track

There are a few large termite mounds, even a bit of corrugations, and it isn't a hard track at all, you wouldn't do it for 4WD challenge.
   skardon river track

About 42km in you come to a side track to Dulhunty River, and 3km later another one.
   skardon river dulhunty

After that, the vegetation gets added pockets of Zamia palms, and the road gets strait and starts zig-zaging with 45 degree turns right and left like a typical mining road – and that's exactly what it is.
   skardon river zamia palms
In the end of it you come to a hauling road, follow what the sign says (
you will not get in even this far without a pre-paid permit, details in the Destination Guide).
   skardon river mine

Once checked in, you get to the track to the beach and then drive along it to the Skardon River mouth.
   skardon river beach track 
You don't have to drive right on the beach, there is a track right behind the vegetation, still sandy and boggy in places, keeping on the dunes with some beach vine growth makes it steadier.
   skardon river beach drive 
The camp spots are pick and choose anywhere, the Skardon River mouth ones are better and shadier than the ones along the beach.
   skardon river camping

Some have fire places and other handy bits and pieces left behind by previous travellers,
   skardon river dunny

... and late in the Dry season there are some turtle nests.
   skardon river turtle nest

If you love fishing and remote camping spots, you will love Skardon River, and you better have some extra time, since the drive in is very long for one night.
   skardon river mouth

Camp a few, fish, and you'll spend enough time to see the crocodiles.

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