It was named after the Jardine Brothers, Frank and Alex, who struggled getting their cattle through its many swamps and tributaries in the 1800s when they moved up to Somerset from Rockhampton.
The river starts up in the mountains of the Great Dividing Range and flows into the ocean at Mutee Head.
There is some great fishing and camping at its mouth near Mutee Head.
The river. ©cape-york-australia.com
A Mighty River
It is a calm wide river during the Dry season, but during the Wet it floods vast areas around it. The swamps around it is what the early European explorers called the Wet Desert. It is also a prime habitat for the deadly saltwater crocodiles.
A croc. ©cape-york-australia.com
The Old Ford
The Old Ford, east of the northern end of the Old Telegraph Track, used to be the place to cross it.
You can still do it – I have seen a few getting through. But it is not recommended unless you have someone to pull you out in case you get stuck.
Crossing the river. ©cape-york-australia.com
The New Vechicle Ferry
Instead, you should take the ferry - I know it feels a lot to pay $88 for getting across a river that is about 10 metres wide.
But it's the only safe way to get across. There is a camping ground behind the ferry kiosk and fuel station.
The ferry. ©cape-york-australia.com
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