Ussher Point


Ussher Point is on the eastern coast in northern Cape York.

It is a nice coastal point with white-sand beaches, some sand dunes, coastal heath vegetation and some beautifully red cliffs, north of Jardine River in the Northern Peninsula Area.


The track in is quite slow, 60km long, and most tourists don't come in here.


The track takes a good few hours,

ussher point road ussher point track

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and has some corrugation and wash-outs.
 

ussher point track ussher point track ussher point track ussher point track

... but is by no means horrible to drive.

ussher point track ussher point track
ussher point track ussher point track

And if you do drive all the way in, it's also worth turning off to Sadd Point.

ussher point track ussher point track
ussher point track ussher point track

As you first arrive at Ussher Point,

ussher point track ussher point track
ussher point camping ussher point track

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you come to an intersection with one track going south to the beach, and another track to the cliffs north of it.

ussher point northern track

Ussher Point North

The track to the north is fun and has spectacular views over the water and the coastline.

ussher point cliff ussher point cliff

It first takes you to the top of the cliffs and the views are great but it can be a windy spot, and sometimes there can be sandflies.

ussher point cliff ussher point cliff
ussher point cliffs ussher point views

If you drive further north, there is a steep, boggy track down to the cliffs, that area has no beach, it is just a headland.

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Ussher Point South

Back at the intersection, the track to the south goes down to a lovely beach :-)

ussher point beach ussher point beach
ussher point beach ussher point beach

Once down, the red cliffs are beautiful,

ussher point cliffs
ussher point cliffs
ussher point cliffs ussher point cliffs

... with beautiful views to north,

ussher point views north
ussher point views north
 

And if you like to continue south there are a few more beaches :-)


ussher point beach south
ussher point beach south
 
There are some caves,

ussher point caves ussher point caves
ussher point caves ussher point caves

... some remnants of WWII plane wrecks,

ussher point wwii airplane wrecks

... and some not too bad treasure hunting :-)

ussher point treasure hunting ussher point treasure hunting
ussher point treasure hunting ussher point treasure hunting

You can easily drive all the way to the northern end of Orford Bay - the famous challenge on the East Coast Drive.

ussher point beach drive ussher point beach drive
ussher point beach drive ussher point beach drive

Be aware that getting back off the beach to Ussher Point can be boggy.

ussher point max trax

Full information about Ussher Point is in the Destination Guide.





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