River is one of the remoter areas in Cape York.
It is a lovely fishing
and camping spot,
if you have a few nights for it.
The track in
starts off being a bit bumpy, but soon levels out and becomes quite a
There are sandy bits,
there is heathland in the beginning, but soon it
turns into woodland
with less sand and reddish soils.
There are a few large termite mounds, even a bit of corrugations, and
it isn't a hard track at
all, you wouldn't do it for 4WD challenge.
About 42km in you come to a side
track to Dulhunty River, and 3km later
After that, the vegetation gets added pockets of Zamia palms,
and the road gets strait
and starts zig-zaging with 45 degree turns
right and left like a typical mining road – and that's exactly what it
In the end of it you come to a hauling road, follow what the sign says
not get in even this
far without a pre-paid
permit, details in the Destination
Once checked in, you get to the track to the beach and
drive along it to the Skardon River mouth.
You don't have to drive right on the beach, there is a track right
behind the vegetation, still sandy and boggy in places,
keeping on the dunes with some
beach vine growth makes it steadier.
The camp spots
are pick and choose anywhere, the Skardon River mouth ones are
better and shadier than the ones along the beach.
Some have fire places
and other handy bits and pieces left behind by previous travellers,
... and late in the Dry season there are some turtle nests.
If you love fishing and remote camping spots, you will love Skardon
and you better have some
extra time, since the drive in is very long for one night.
Camp a few, fish, and you'll
spend enough time to see the crocodiles.
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