It is on the
northern coast of
the area covered by Lakefield
Park, but it is not in the national park itself.
It is the headland between Princess
Charlotte Bay and Lakefield
National Park in the west, and Bathurst
Bay and Cape
National Park in the east.
The headland, including all the way in, is on Aboriginal
It is a
beautiful place, and the road in is less bumpy and more scenic
than the road to nearby Cape
The road goes first through some open
woodland and grassland with
termite mounds and sometimes large flocks of brolgas;
and later it passes some salt plains and tall eucalypt
forest with some massive palm trees.
it passes by the
old Bathurst Head
Once you get to the beach, the first camping spot you come to is
Charlotte Bay. It is a beautiful spot, however
can be too shallow for fishing unless you have a
dinghy. UPDATE 2017 - the camping is being regulated and will no longer be FREE shortly - I will update here as well as in the Destination Guide.
There is a little track up to the hill called Conspicuous Peak,
and once you get up there you get to another beautiful camp spot,
great for fishing
from the rocky headland as well as the beach. There
is a river mouth good for mud crabbing too. UPDATE 2017 - this area is no longer available as the land has been given back to Aboriginal people.
There is a third beach (east of the previous one), which is longer, and
shallower. All the camp spots have the downside of very little shade.
find one but
you're looking hard. UPDATE 2017 - this area is no longer available as the land has been given back to Aboriginal people.
someone has been really smart and put a
bath in here
(reachable from a track near the easternmost beaches), with fresh water
dropping in through a little pipe. What a great idea - we all know how
a cool dip feels when you're camping with no showers in this hot
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