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Cape Melville National Park

A remote park with a spectacular coastline of rocky headlands. Massive granite boulders of the Melville range and sandstone escarpments of the Altanmoui range dominate the inland regions of the park. These features form part of a living Aboriginal cultural landscape.
Cape Melville National Park

Cape Melville

Accessible by 4WD during the dry season only (May-November).

Access via the Starcke Homestead 12 hours north (225 km) of Cooktown or through Lakefield N.P. and Kalpowar Aboriginal lands, 12 hours north of Cairns.

Recreational fishing is allowed in all rivers and creeks in the park and fisheries regulations apply. Estuarine crocodiles live in the waterways along the coast and offshore – be croc wise.

For coastal fishing limited fishing is allowed in the Conservation Park yellow zone in Bathurst Bay, check for marine park zoning info.

Bush camping is possible at Bathurst Bay behind the beach, camping permits are required and available from the self-registration shelter at Lakefield ranger station.

Other campsites are at Bathurst Head and adjacent to the Marrett River – ask for more info at QPWS offices.

Camping is also possible in the nearby Kalpowar Recreation Reserve and on Flinders Island.

Sunset at Bathurst Heads, Courtesy Graham Burton
Sunset at Bathurst Heads, Courtesy Graham Burton