Bathurst Head

Bathurst Head is a great spot to camp and fish.

It is on the northern coast of the area covered by Lakefield National 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 Melville National Park in the east.

The headland, including all the way in, is on Aboriginal land.

It is a beautiful place, and the road in is less bumpy and more scenic than the road to nearby Cape Melville.

bathurst head road

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.    

bathurst head track

At one stage it passes by the old Bathurst Head Outstation.

bathurst head outstation

Once you get to the beach, the first camping spot you come to is overlooking Princess Charlotte Bay. It is a beautiful spot, however the water can be too shallow for fishing unless you have a dinghy.  

bathurst head

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.

conspicuous peak

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. You may find one but you're looking hard.

combe point

An upside.. 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 climate!

bathurst head bath

Thanks for the bath, whoever it was :-)

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