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All camping must be booked

All camping in Jardine River National Park, Heathlands Resources Reserve and Jardine River Resources Reserve must be booked in advance. Campers must purchase an e-permit before arriving at the camping area. Self-registration is not available and there is no mobile phone coverage on site.

To obtain an e-permit, you can:

Making a camping booking may be difficult for campers who have not booked before arriving on the peninsula due to poor mobile phone and internet coverage. Recognising this, QPWS provides self-service camping permit booking kiosks at Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL), Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) and Heathlands Resources Reserve ranger bases as well as QPWS Coen and Cooktown offices. Credit card and camping credits are accepted but no cash facilities are available.

The demand for camping on Cape York Peninsula parks and reserves is growing. The use of online bookings and e-permits will manage this demand sustainably.

Camping in Jardine River National Park, Heathlands Resources Reserve and Jardine River Resources Reserve

Sunrise at Ussher Point. Photo: Stuart Swanson.

Sunrise at Ussher Point. Photo: Stuart Swanson.

Camping is permitted in Jardine River National Park at North and South Jardine River, in Heathlands Resources Reserve at Eliot Falls and Captain Billy Landing and in Jardine River Resources Reserve at Ussher Point. Camping is not permitted in other areas, including Fruit Bat Falls, which has day-use facilities only.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag must be displayed at your camp site.

Camp sites in Jardine River National Park, Heathlands Resources Reserve and Jardine River Resources Reserve are popular during peak periods. Campers should plan their visit and obtain an e-permit well in advance.

Park-specific conditions

Campers must be self-sufficient in this remote area as fuel, supplies and first aid are not readily available. Drinking water is available at Eliot Falls camping area.

The maximum length of stay at all camping areas is 21 consecutive nights and bookings can be made up to six months in advance.

Fires are allowed in existing fireplaces only. Do not collect firewood in the national park. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators that operate at a noise level less than 65dB(A) measured at a distance of 7m from the generator are permitted between 8.00am and 7.00pm at North Jardine River, South Jardine River and Ussher Point camping areas only. Generators are not permitted at Eliot Falls and Captain Billy Landing camping areas.

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North Jardine River camping area

Camping area features: sandy sites on the northern bank of the Jardine River.

Location: on the Telegraph Road, 32km south of Injinoo.

Map: North and South Jardine River camping areas map (PDF, 89K)

Access: the camping area can only be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicles and off-road campervans and camper trailers. It is not accessible for caravans or conventional buses.

Number of sites: six numbered sites.

Site Camp size Other comments
1 Maximum two car and trailers (six people). Beside the old Jardine River crossing.
2 Maximum four cars and trailers (10 people). Beside the old Jardine River crossing.
3 Maximum two car and trailers (six people). Elevated site looking over the Jardine River.
4 Maximum two car and trailers (six people). Elevated site looking over the Jardine River.
5 Maximum two car and trailers (six people). On the edge of a sandbar, near the Jardine River.
6 Maximum three cars and trailers (eight people). Near the old telegraph line crossing of the Jardine River.

Camp sites are suitable for: tents or camper trailers.

Camp site surface: dirt.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in existing fireplaces only. Do not collect firewood from the national park. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: generators that operate at a noise level less than 65dB(A) at 7m are permitted.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, screened tents or mosquito nets, a fuel stove, adequate fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone prior to arrival.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

South Jardine River camping area

Camping area features: sandy sites on the southern bank of the Jardine River.

Location: on the Old Telegraph Track, 32km north of Eliot Falls camping area or 24km south of the Jardine River ferry crossing via the Northern Bypass Road.

Map: North and South Jardine River camping areas map (PDF, 89K)

Access: the camping area can only be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicles and off-road campervans and camper trailers. It is not accessible for caravans or conventional buses.

Number of sites: seven numbered sites.

Site Camp size Other comments
1 Maximum one car and trailer (four people). Near the Jardine River.
2 Maximum three cars and trailers (eight people). On the edge of a sandbar, near the Jardine River.
3 Maximum three cars and trailers (eight people). On the edge of a sandbar, near the Jardine River.
4 Maximum three cars and trailers (eight people). Beside the old Jardine River crossing.
5 Maximum two cars and trailers (six people). Beside the old Jardine River crossing.
6 Maximum one car and trailer (four people). Elevated site looking over the Jardine River.
7 Maximum one car and trailer (four people). Elevated site looking over the Jardine River.

Camp sites are suitable for: tents or camper trailers.

Camp site surface: dirt.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in existing fireplaces only. Do not collect firewood from the national park. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: generators that operate at a noise level less than 65dB(A) at 7m are permitted.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, screened tents or mosquito nets, a fuel stove, adequate fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone prior to arrival.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Eliot Falls camping area

A tent camp site at Eliot Falls camping area. Photo: Queensland Government.

A tent camp site at Eliot Falls camping area. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: nestled in woodland between Canal and Eliot creeks, close to the famed scenic Eliot and Twin falls, this popular camping area is an oasis for travellers.

Location: close to the northern boundary of Heathlands Resources Reserve, at the joining of Canal and Eliot creeks.

Map: Eliot Falls camping area map (PDF, 177K)

Access: the camping area can only be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicles and off-road campervans and camper trailers. It is not accessible for caravans or conventional buses.

Number of sites: 31 numbered sites consisting of 16 tent sites, nine sites suitable for off-road campervans or camper trailers and six commercial operator sites (numbered 1 to 6 not listed below).

Site Camp size Site dimensions Other comments
7 Maximum two cars (six people). 15m x 3m car park, 15m x 4m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
8 Maximum two cars and trailers (six people). 20m x 5m Bollards around perimeter. Suitable for off-road campervans or camper trailers.
9 Maximum one car (four people). 9m x 2.5m car park, 10m x 3m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
10 Maximum one car (four people). 9m x 2.5m car park, small tents only—trees in tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
11 Maximum one car and trailer (four people). 13m x 6m Bollards around perimeter. Suitable for off-road campervans or camper trailers.
12 Maximum one car (four people). 9m x 2.5m car park, 5m x 4m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
13 Maximum two cars and trailers (six people). 10m x 6m car park, 5m x 11m tent area Bollards around perimeter. Suitable for off-road campervans or camper trailers.
14 Maximum one car (four people). 7m x 3m car park, 9m x 9m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
15 Maximum three cars and trailers (eight people). 14m x 16m Bollards around perimeter. Suitable for off-road campervans or camper trailers.
16 Maximum one car (four people). 9m x 2.5m car park, 8m x 4m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
17 Maximum three cars and trailers (eight people). 23m x 12m Bollards around perimeter. Suitable for off-road campervans or camper trailers.
18 Maximum two cars (six people). 9m x 2.5m car park, 12m x 8m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
19 Maximum one car (four people). 9m x 2.5m car park, 7m x 7m Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
20 Maximum one car (four people). 8m x 2.5m car park, 8m x 3m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
21 Maximum one car (four people). 8m x 2.5m car park, 7m x 7m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
22 Maximum two cars and trailers (six people). 14m x 12m Bollards around perimeter. Suitable for off-road campervans or camper trailers.
23 Maximum two cars and trailers (six people). 10m x 9.5m Bollards around perimeter. Suitable for off-road campervans or camper trailers.
24 Maximum one car (four people). 9m x 2.7m car park, 8m x 4m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
25 Maximum one car (four people). 9m x 2.5m car park, 8m x 4m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
26 Maximum two cars (six people). 9m x 2.5m car park, 10m x 4.5m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
27 Maximum one car (four people). 7m x 3m car park, 4m x 4m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
28 Maximum two cars (six people). 8m x 3.5m car park, 9m x 9m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
29 Maximum four cars and trailers (ten people). 23m x 10m Bollards around perimeter. Suitable for off-road campervans or camper trailers
30 Maximum one car (four people). 9m x 3m car park, 7m x 6m tent area Tent camping only. Car park and tent area separated by bollards.
31 Maximum two cars and trailers (six people). 12m x 12m Bollards around perimeter. Suitable for off-road campervans or camper trailers.

Camp sites are suitable for: tents, campervans or camper trailers. Separate areas for commercial operators are provided. Car parking is provided adjacent to each site.

Camp site surface: dirt.

Facilities: drinking water, hybrid toilets, picnic tables and individual fire rings.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in existing fireplaces only. Do not collect firewood from the national park. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, screened tents or mosquito nets, a fuel stove, adequate fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone prior to arrival.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Captain Billy Landing camping area

Captain Billy Landing camping area. Photo: Queensland Government.

Captain Billy Landing camping area. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: directly beside the beach, offering opportunities for beach walking and fishing.

Location: on the eastern extremity of Heathlands Resources Reserve, on the coast.

Map: Captain Billy Landing camping area map (PDF, 128K)

Access: the camping area can only be reached by four-wheel-drive and off-road camper trailers. It is not accessible to caravans or conventional buses.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites, a maximum of eight vehicles and 18 people are allowed at any one time.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car and camper trailers.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: hybrid toilet, individual and communal fire rings, picnic tables and a shelter.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in existing fireplaces only. Do not collect firewood from the national park. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, screened tents or mosquito nets, fuel stove, adequate fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone prior to arrival.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Ussher Point camping area

Camping area features: very remote and isolated. Close to the beach and cliffs and surrounded by coastal heath vegetation.

Location: on the eastern boundary of Jardine River Resources Reserve on the far-northern east coast of Cape York Peninsula.

Access: the camping area can only be reached by four-wheel-drive. Camper trailers are not recommended.

Number of sites: four numbered sites.

Site Camp size Other comments
1 Maximum one vehicle (four people). 2km inland from the beach. Surrounded by heath vegetation with good protection from south-easterly tradewinds.
2 Maximum two vehicles (eight people). Surrounded by heath vegetation with some protection from south-easterly tradewinds.
3 Maximum one vehicle (four people). Open site on the dunes beside the beach.
4 Maximum one vehicle (four people). Open site on the coastal cliff with excellent views. Limited beach access.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: dirt.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in existing fireplaces only. Do not collect firewood in the national park. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: generators that operate at a noise level less than 65dB(A) at 7m are permitted.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, screened tents or mosquito nets, fuel stove, adequate fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone prior to arrival.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Last updated
26 October 2016