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Visiting Finucane Island safely
There are no access roads into the park and no tracks within the park. The park can only be accessed by boat from the Albert River, Leichhardt River, Landsborough Inlet or the Gulf of Carpentaria.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities or tracks at Finucane Island National Park.
Finucane Island is a remote and undeveloped national park and visitors must be well prepared. For your safety, please:
- be prepared for delays caused by stranding due to weather
- ensure family and friends know your itinerary
- remember to bring insect repellent and to wear protective clothing.
Crocodiles are potentially dangerous. Never take unnecessary risks in crocodile habitat. You are responsible for your own safety, so please follow these guidelines and be croc wise in croc country:
- Obey crocodile warning signs—they are there for your safety and protection.
- Never swim in water where crocodiles may live, even if there are no warning signs present.
- Swimming or standing in water above knee-height near a crocodile warning sign, or where estuarine crocodiles are frequently seen, is illegal in protected areas (you can still enter the water if you have a reasonable excuse, e.g. launching a boat).
- When fishing, always stand a few metres back from the water's edge and never stand on logs or branches overhanging the water.
- Never clean fish or discard fish scraps near the water's edge, around campsites or at boat ramps.
- Stay well back from any crocodile slide marks. Crocodiles may be close by and could approach people and boats.
- Boats and vehicles must never be brought within 10 m of an estuarine crocodile in the wild—it is illegal unless part of a commercial crocodile viewing tour, or there is a reasonable excuse, e.g. where a creek is less than 10 m wide.
- Never dangle your arms or legs over the side of a boat. If you fall out of a boat, get out of the water as quickly as possible.
- Never provoke, harass or interfere with crocodiles, even small ones.
- Never feed crocodiles—it is illegal and dangerous.
- Camp at least 2 m above the high water mark and at least 50 m from the water's edge. Avoid places where native animals and domestic stock drink.
- Never leave food scraps, fish frames or bait at your camp site. Always check that previous campers have not left these behind.
- Never prepare food, wash dishes or pursue any other activities near the water's edge or adjacent sloping banks.
- Be more aware of crocodiles at night and during the breeding season (September to April).
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Essentials to bring
Visitors need to be completely self-sufficient with adequate food, water, fuel, spare parts and basic boat repair equipment. There are no facilities in the park. Always prepare for a longer stay than anticipated in case of stranding due to weather.
- Wear insect repellent, protective clothing and sturdy footwear for protection against stings, scratches and bites.
- Ensure you carry plenty of drinking water.
- Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Carry at least one form of communication equipment. Satellite phones and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) are the most effective. Mobile phone coverage is unreliable.
- Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking. Lighting of fires is prohibited. Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave.
Finucane Island National Park is open 24 hours a day. Closures may occur for management purposes.
Domestic animals are not allowed in Finucane Island National Park.
Climate and weather
Two seasons occur in the Gulf Savannah—the wet and the dry. During the dry season, April to November, the sky is generally clear and humidity is low. The wet season, December to March, brings heavy rain and high humidity. January is the wettest month, with over 200 mm of rain.
July, the coolest month, has an average minimum temperature of 13 °C and maximum of 28 °C. Wet season temperatures range from 25–35 °C.
Weather information and forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Fuel and supplies
The nearest major centre for a full range of supplies and services is Burketown, approximately 25 km south–west of Finucane Island National Park.