Sadd Point Campground

Address: Jardine River Resource Reserve, on the east coast of the Northern Peninsula Area.
Location Description: Take the turnoff to Ussher Point which is located on Bamaga Road approximately 13 kms north of the Jardine River Ferry Crossing. Head along the track for approximately 56 kms where you will come to an intersection there is a QPWS ‘camping’ sign pointing right this leads to Ussher Point you need to keep left. You will then follow this track for approximately another 17 kms then turn right at the intersection and you are on your way. Strangely enough we found that Google Maps gave us a more accurate indication of where we actually were, Hema had us showing on the track but we were actually on the other side of a lake.
Cost: Fees apply
Type: Campground
Features:
  • Tents
  • 4WD Access
  • Generators
  • Fires Permitted
  • No Phone Reception
  • Crocodiles
  • Marine Stingers
  • Dingos
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing
  • Bush Walking
  • Look Out
  • Motor Bikes

Description:

Sadd Point is located within the Jardine River Resource Reserve on the east coast of the Northern Peninsula Area of Cape York. There is a beach on the northern end of the point and a freshwater creek on the southern end. The point overlooks the Great Barrier Reef Coastal Marine Park with a number of islets in the distance. All of which would make for a spectacular sunrise for those early morning people.

With the management of the area in progress of transitioning back to Traditional Owners we are uncertain if the area will be accessible in the future. Sadd Point is north of QPWS managed Ussher Point however there is no facility to book a campsite through the QPWS booking system. Prior to visiting Sadd Point we confirmed that camping was permitted with Heathlands Rangers however, we strongly suggest that if you are considering camping there contact Heathlands Rangers to confirm if the camping area is still open prior to visiting.

Access to Sadd Point is 4WD only and not used as much so overgrown bushes, fallen trees and branches and termite mounds can be found in the middle of the track make it a slower run. You will more than likely get some bush pinstripes from this track. There were several areas that the track was covered in water but these may dry up in the dry season however there is a creek crossing to be mindful of and likely still to be present throughout the dry season. The track is mixed surfaces but is mainly solid, there are some large washouts and once you get down to the beach the sand dunes are quite soft.

Without having designated camping areas there are a few options when it comes to actually setting up camp. It is important to be mindful of the delicate rainforest and coastal environments and have minimal impact. The areas below have evidence that people have already camped there so we encourage you to utilise these already cleared areas.

Rainforest Camping Area – This is the main camping area at Sadd Point. The area is tucked away from the prevailing winds in a rainforest area just before you get to the dunes of the point. There is no view of the ocean or the creek from this camping area. The campground is made up of are a number of varying sized cleared flat areas linked together with a track which would cater for any size group or setup. There are some sites close to the track in and others nestled further in the forest. The base is dirt however it was overgrown when we visited at the end of the wet season there is plenty of shade from the surrounding trees.

Camping on the Dunes – There are a few small areas just off the track when you are in the dunes that it would be possible to camp in but be mindful that you don’t block the track or fall off the side of the cliff. These areas have a great view over the creek on the southern end of the point and you can climb down the cliffs in some places and go for a fish. There is no shelter from the wind or sun in these areas.

Camping on the Beachside – As you head down the beach off the dunes you will see the remains of a old building (we aren’t sure about the history of it) it is surrounded by a flat cleared sand based area with coastal grasses that would be suitable for camping. It is totally open to the elements including the prevailing winds. It is close to the beach for fishing and not too far from the creek.

Throughout the camping areas there is existing fire pits so unless there is a fire ban utilise these rather than making new ones. You CANNOT collect firewood in the Jardine River Resource Reserve or the surrounding National Park so bring it in with you. Tip: with the winds in the area you are best to bring hardwood so you have a fire long enough to cook on.

Being the most remote camping area in the Northern Peninsula Area it does not have the services or facilities of those closer to the communities. There are no facilities, rubbish bins, drinking water or phone reception so you will need to ensure that you are organised to cater for this.

There is a lot of damage to the area from the feral pigs please keep in mind that they dig up and eat ANYTHING. So to save the area being ruined by dug up toilet paper make sure you burn all toilet paper prior to burying your waste. It is also suggested that you do not leave food scraps around your campsite as you don’t want any uninvited guests.

We did not have any issues with mosquitos, marsh flies or midges whilst we were there but this could mainly be due to the high winds. But being rainforest and beach front I do imagine that they are there from time to time.

With being so remote you need to ensure that you are prepared for any circumstance you are a long way from anywhere and being that remote there aren’t as many people around to help you if needed.

Please ensure that you contact Heathlands Rangers and confirm access prior to travelling to Sadd Point.


About The Area:

Jardine River Resource Reserve is approximately 20,000 hectares that is accessed by land through Jardine River National Park.


Nearby Attractions:

The Jardine River Resource Reserve and the surrounding National Park have lots of 4WD tracks to explore just be prepared to clear some trees and branches.

The diverse landscapes of Ussher Point including lakes, marsh lands, sand dunes, cliffs and coastline dotted with termite mounds make it great place to go and explore. There is also a historical plane crash to search for, caves with hundreds of bats to walk through and great fishing off the beach or river to the south.

Around the camping areas there are lots of bush walking tracks through the dunes and into the rainforest, on just a short expedition we found the remains of a makeshift ladder down to the creek, an old smashed glass fishing buoy and the remains of a Landcruiser that didn’t make it out.

There is fishing in both the creek and on the beach (pending the winds) and the creek is known to have oysters. Brendon hooked a good size barra in the creek so they are in there. But ensure whenever you are near a waterway you remain croc safe.

The tide mark on the beach is covered with marine debris, so why not take down a bag and help out the environment. You can find lots of interesting things washed up on the shores and you may be lucky and find something you can keep.


Closest Town And Distance: Injinoo, Cape York - 103 km Bamaga, Cape York – 110 km

What We Liked: We really enjoyed the true remoteness and beautiful location of Sadd Point. It was great area to walk around and explore and catching the barra was the icing on the cake.

What We Didn't Like: The winds if you are camped outside of the rainforest area can be pretty full on so make sure you have all the right gear to batten down the hatches.

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