Roads to Bathurst Heads and the Marrett River will not be Passable Due to Boggy Road Conditions.

Bathurst Heads Campground - Aerial Shot
Bathurst Heads Campground - Aerial Shot


Alka Bawar (Kalpowar) Aboriginal Corporation offers an open campground at  Bathurst Heads, and two campgrounds sites adjacent to the Marrett River. The Kalpowar Recreation Reserve can be accessed via Lakefield National Park via Kalpowar Crossing on the Normanby River or via Wakooka, en route to Cape Melville National Park and Cooktown. Access to Kalpowar area is only by 4WD or by boat when the road is open. Boat Access is permitted along the coast.

The Bathurst Heads area is best visited during the dry season May - December, when the Lakefield National Park road is open. When planning a trip, please check that the road is open. Please observe road closure signs.

The Traditional Owners advise that there is no access or Camping at Bathurst Bay as this is private Aboriginal Freehold Land. Vehicles that access this track illegally, will have their details provided to the Queensland Police. 

Caring for country

The Traditional Owners respectfully ask that you assist in protecting the natural and cultural values of the area. Please respect these rules, so that use of the area can be enjoyed by all.

Map of camping area on Kalpowar Aboriginal Land
















  • Please only camp at the designated areas.
  • Please do not interfere with fences, gates, infrastructure
  • Driving on restricted access tracks or off road is prohibited.
  • Do not drive on SALTPANS.
  • Please take your rubbish away with you.
  • Camp only in designated camping areas.
  • Do not light a fire other than in a fireplace provided.
  • Always bury (15cm) human excrement well away from camps and watercourses.
  • Do not disturb or remove plants or animals, alive or dead.
  • Do not bring exotic plants into this area.
  • Please stay on formed and signposted roads.
  • There are sites of cultural significance in the area.
  • Please take note of all on-site management and safety signs.
  • Use fallen timber only for firewood.
  • Dogs must be supervised and on a lead at all times.
  • The use of firearms and chainsaws is not permitted.

Be croc wise in croc country!

Estuarine crocodiles live in the waterways, along the coast and offshore of the Kalpowar area. Visitors are asked to avoid and respect crocodiles and report any sighting of large crocodiles to 1300 130 372. Crocodiles are potentially dangerous to people.

  • Obey crocodile warning signs. They are there for your safety and protection.
  • Never swim in water where crocodiles may live even if there is no warning sign present.
  • When fishing, always stand a few metres back from the water’s edge and never stand on logs or branches overhanging the water.
  • Never clean fish or discard fish scraps near the water’s edge or at boat ramps.
  • Stay well back from any crocodile slide marks. Crocodiles may still be close by and may approach people and boats.
  • Never dangle your arms or legs over the side of a boat. If you fall out of a boat, get out of the water as quickly as possible.
  • Never provoke, harass or interfere with crocodiles, even small ones.
  • Never feed crocodiles — it is illegal and dangerous.
  • Do not prepare food, wash dishes, or pursue any other activities near the water’s edge or adjacent sloping banks.
  • Be more aware of crocodiles at night and during the breeding season, September to April.