Access to the track to Cyprus Day Use Area is off Bamaga Road. On the right approx 17.9 km from the Jardine River Crossing if you are heading north, or approx 25km on the left if you are heading south from Bamaga.
The track is an easy drive which is suitable for all drivers even those with limited 4wd experience. It also does not require any major modifications to your vechile. There is some wash outs to navigate when you first enter the track then it changes to a sandy base.
Important note: If you are using a Hema map it has the area listed as Jackey Jackey Creek with a camping icon. We were advised by locals that it is only day use.
Day Use Area
Cyprus is located on one of the fresh water tributaries of Jackey Jackey Creek in Cape York. The cool fresh water and shaded picnic areas makes Cyprus Day Use Area a cracker spot to spend a day in Cape York.
There is a nice beach area with varying depths of water located just in front of the picnic area which would be suitable for sitting in and enjoying a drink or for children under supervision.
If you walk upstream a little you will find a fallen tree over some deep water which is great fun to jump from. You can also float down the creek from here to the beach.
REMEMBER YOU ARE IN CAPE YORK AND BE CROC SAFE AT ALL TIMES.
When you drive in you will see that there is plenty of open space and provided that there is not alot of other people already there, there is enough space to turn around if you are towing.
Surrounding the large open area there are lots of areas that shaded areas to set up for a picnic lunch or even a BBQ. We would suggest that you bring in some chairs or a blanket to sit on as it is a sandy base and no real grass covering the area. There was evidence of previous fire pits in the area, so we assume that they are allowed.
There is a bin in the day use area but if it is full please take your rubbish with you as there is wild pigs in the area and they will make a real mess.
There are NO toilets so you will need to act responsibly. Remember that this is a waterway that others will want to enjoy. If you are digging a hole make sure it is well away from the water and picnic area, burn your paper and cover it properly. Feral animals will dig up waste and unburnt paper. For the ladies bag your toilet paper and take it with you or put it in the bin. Lets not risk losing an awesome place to spend your day.
What we liked:
Besides the awesome place to swim, the accessibility of the area.
What we didn’t like:
There was already rubbish in the area and we visited in February. Lets keep it clean and keep it open.
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.
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.
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.
Ussher Point Campground is on the east coast and has some magnificent views over the ocean, however during the dry season it is not protected from the prevailing winds and it can get quite windy up there. Ussher Point is one of the most remote and isolated campgrounds in the Northern Peninsula Area which definitely adds to the experience.
Ussher Point Campground is a low cost campground that is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) so e-tags must be purchased prior to camping. Bookings can be made online, over the phone or at any of the QPWS Ranger Stations. Bare in mind that there is no phone reception there so you will have to book in advance.
The track into the campground is 4WD only and medium difficulty with a few large washouts to navigate around, it has a mix of surfaces including sand, rock and one or two muddy spots that in the peak of the Dry season may not be existent. QPWS does not recommend the towing of any caravans or camper trailers into the park. You will also need to be mindful of the height of your rig as there are some rather large fallen trees above the track.
QPWS booking system has all campsites listed as TENT ONLY and within the four designated areas within Ussher Point all of which are considerably spaced out and with the exception of coming and going it will be like you have the whole place to yourself. The campsites have a restriction to the number of vehicles and people that are allowed at each site which is highlighted in the booking system. Each site is marked however we could not find the actual sign for Campsite Three.
– Campsite One – One vehicle (4 people)
Is located right on a lake away from the coast there is a marked turnoff to the campsite so you will not have passing traffic. We are unsure of how well it fishes, but did see birds working over it, it is recommended that you are croc safe at all times. Being off the coast it is sheltered from the winds that the other sites have, it is a small flat clearing with a dirt base and is well shaded from the surrounding trees.
– Campsite Two – Two vehicles (8 people)
Is located at the top of a hill right on the main track to campsites 3 and 4. It is surrounded by coastal vegetation which offers some protection from the winds but also blocks the view of the coast. It is a small clearing and if the campsite sign was not there one could easily mistake it for a bypass/turning area. The base was coastal grasses with a gentle slope and there was no overhead shade offered from the surrounding vegetation. This campsite would be suitable for those that don’t care about a view or being near water just want some protection from the wind.
– Campsite Three – One vehicle (4 people)
Located on the dunes of the beach the campsite is an open area with no shelter from the winds or shade from surrounding trees. We did not see a sign indicating the exact location of the campsite but it was the most logical location. There is a freshwater creek with stained water that runs between the campsite and the actual beach, It is likely crocodiles are present however we didn’t see any during our stay. The sand getting in and at the actual campsite is quite soft so we would recommend letting down the tyre pressure and bringing a ground mat. The walk along the beach is nice leading up to a white sandy beach area with frequent small waterfalls out of the small cliffs. There is ALOT of marine debris on the beach so take a bag pick some up you never know what you may find, we found a message in a bottle from a cruise liner sent adrift at Christmas of 2016.
– Campsite Four – One vehicle (4 people)
If you are after a campsite with a view this is it, located at the very top of a cliff it over looks the oceans and the surrounding coastline. Just be careful near the edge as there is no guard rail and it is a LONG way down. There is no wind protection or shade in this very large open camping area whilst it is on the main track it is the last campsite and will only get the traffic of those off exploring. The base is dirt/small rocks and the ground gently slopes down away from the cliff face.
You will need to be prepared to be fully self sufficient being one of the most remote camps in the Northern Peninsula Area it does not have the services or facilities of those closer to the communities. There are NO facilities, phone reception, drinking water and it is a long drive into town. Generators are permitted but to have run at lower than 65dB(A) when measured 7 meters away from the generator and only between 8am – 7pm.
You will notice on your way in that 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. It is also suggested that you do not leave food scraps around your campsite as you don’t want any uninvited guests.
Campfires are permitted when fire restrictions are not in place but you cannot collect firewood in the resource reserve or the surrounding National Park.
Campsite 1 is likely to have mosquitoes and midgies at all times, the other campsites are likely dependant on the wind at the time.
As there are only limited campsites and it does take a while to drive out to Ussher Point, booking and purchasing your etag prior to arrival is strongly recommended. Maximum stay is 21 days.
About The Area:
Jardine River Resource Reserve is approximately 20,000 hectares that is accessed by land through Jardine River National Park.
The diverse landscapes including lakes, marsh lands, sand dunes, cliffs and coastline dotted with termite mounds make Ussher Point a fantastic destination. To top it off there is 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.
The fantastic Sadd Point and Escape river are within reach for a day trip or as the next camping destination for those with more time on their hands.
Closest Town And Distance: Injinoo, Cape York - 83 km. Bamaga, Cape York – 90 km
What We Liked: The highlight of Ussher Point for us was the magnificent views, even with the high winds and the dirty water from the rough seas it was beautiful.
It also catered for a range of camping types on the dunes, by the lake or on the cliffs and it was a fun drive in.
What We Didn't Like: Whilst it was interesting seeing all the strange things that had washed up on the beach we didn’t like the fact that there was so much rubbish in the oceans. It really makes you wonder why we are producing so much waste in the first place.
Location Description: Access to the track is on the left hand side of Punsand Bay Road if you are heading North.
This is a magical location with a view over the Torres Strait to islands like Roko Island and Possession Island. During the dry season the camp area is mostly protected from the prevailing winds making it a nice place to camp.
The campground is 4wd access only however you would be able to tow in a tinny, offroad camper trailer or small offroad caravan. The sand is quite soft in places.
Being bush camping there is no allocated camping areas, people have made campsites all along the waterfront on the road in however, at the end of the road there is a large area that has cleared for camping. When selecting a site ensure that you consider the high tide line and be aware that crocodiles are known to be in the area.
– Small campsites along the road are either sand or grass (depending on time of year), they vary in size, but a limited number of those are large enough for camper trailers or groups. The outlooks of most of these sites are straight over the ocean to the islands.
– Campsites in the main camping area are mostly sand based and they also vary in size but most are large enough to have a group or larger trailers. The area has sufficient shade from small trees, the area is adjacent to a creek which is lined with mangroves.
– Campsites on the hill are dirt based but with lots of little rocks. There are a number of sites that would only be suitable for a small tent, swag or rooftop tent etc but there is a larger area at the top that is open and overlooks the water. Definitely suitable for small groups or larger campers. Some of the tracks were not well maintained when we visited and one in particular required 4wd power to get up. The waterfront can still be accessed by walking a short distance down the hill. This would be my pick as it has the awesome views with the safety of being quite elevated.
There are no facilities, drinking water or rubbish disposal so; you will need to have the capacity to manage this yourself. Keep in mind that there are wild pigs that dig up toilet paper so make sure you burn it.
The nearest town is Bamaga but ‘Cape York Camping – Punsand Bay’ is close by and has a very limited range of supplies from their campground shop.
If you are going to have a fire please keep to the existing firepits.
As for our little friends that like to bite we were there in the middle of the day and did not have any issues. In saying that the main camping area is surrounded by mangroves so they may be an issue and being on the water there is always the risk of midges and sandflies.
On the shoreline you can see a lot of marine debris that has washed ashore. Take a spare bag and some gloves and walk along the beach (be croc wise), you can find some interesting ‘keepers’ and it doesn’t hurt to get another bag of debris off the beach. On our trip we found a wrecked carved out boat, a brand new boat fender and lots of odd shaped bottles that could be used as decorations once cleaned up.
The closest toilet dumpsite and water to fill your tanks is located in Bamaga.
This is another one of the amazing bush camping areas that is covered by the Jardine River Ferry fee.
About The Area:
Much of the history of the area has not been documented in detail or has been lost over the years, but there are still the decaying relics of times gone by in the area. The area was used for mining tin and gold and abandoned mines can be found through the region. Roonga Point was once a tin scratchers (small time prospector) camp, supplies and mail were delivered by boat to the hardened people that worked in the harsh conditions of Cape York in search of fortunes.
Cape York played a significant part in WWII and there is evidence of the war scattered throughout the Cape. As you walk around near the actual point you will find the remains of a WWII workshop site. Defence forces in the area needed to be self-sufficient so it was used to service earth moving equipment and vehicles. The size of the engine block that can be found in the mangrove is possibly evidence that it was quite a substantial site.
Whilst you are staying at Roonga Point why not take some time to check out these local attractions:
- The most northern point of mainland Australia (just a reminder lol..)
- The site of the original Jardine Homestead at Somerset
- Jardine Family & Pearl Divers Graves at Somerset Beach
- The Abandon Pajinka Wilderness Lodge on your way out to the tip
- Take a drive along the magical 5 beaches run
- Some souvenir shopping at The Croc Tent on Pajinka Road
- Enjoy a woodfired pizza at Cape York Camping in Punsand Bay
Closest Town And Distance: Bamaga, Cape York – 28 km Cape York Camping & Punsand Bay – 4.5km
What We Liked: What we liked most about this campground was the location. It is a great spot to have as a base whilst you explore the most northern attractions.
It has a scenic view, close to the tip and supposedly good fishing. It is also close enough to duck over to Punsand Bay for a pizza.
What We Didn't Like: Having the most awesome water, but you cannot swim in it hurts.