Jardine River National Park, Heathlands Resources Reserve and Jardine River Resources Reserve Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: © John Augusteyn

Eliot Falls access, crossing Scrubby Creek

Access to Eliot Falls camping and day-use area is via the Overland Telegraph Track and involves crossing Scrubby Creek.

Campground hosts needed!

The department is seeking volunteers to work as campground hosts at Eliot Falls, Heathlands Resources Reserve. Volunteers camp free in return for helping maintain the camping area facilities.

South Jardine River camping area

South Jardine River camping area features sandy sites on the southern bank of the Jardine River, on the old Telegraph Road, 24km south of the Jardine River Ferry Crossing.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Campground facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
  • Tent camping
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Tent camping beside car

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, 88.5KB)

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.

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

Camp sites are suitable for: tents or off-road 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 before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options prior to arrival.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Jardine Heathlands safely and camp with care.