Australia: The Land Where Time Began

A biography of the Australian continent 

Edmund Kennedy National Park

What's special?

This section of coastline has changed little since explorer Edmund Kennedy passed this way during his ill-fated expedition to Cape York in 1848.

Edmund Kennedy National Park has a wonderful variety of vegetation including lowland rainforest, open eucalypt forest, paperbark woodland, sedge swamps and extensive mangrove forests. Most of the mangrove species found in Australia grow in this diverse wetland park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

The park provides valuable habitat for the endangered mahogany glider and the rare arenga palm.

Exploring Edmund Kennedy

Have a picnic on the foreshore at Rockingham Bay. Picnic tables and toilets are provided. Take drinking water and remove your rubbish. Enjoy the superb view over 13 offshore islands from the beach. Wear insect repellent and protective clothing, especially in summer.

Go birdwatching. Look for orioles, sunbirds, honeyeaters and nesting orange-footed scrubfowl.

Never cross any tidal creeks at high tide or swim in the creeks. Estuarine crocodiles, which live in the sea and estuaries here, pose a serious threat to humans. Be croc-wise.

The adjacent waters are protected in marine parks but most activities are allowed. Check zoning restrictions. Beware of marine stingers between October and May.

Camping is not allowed but you can stay at the caravan park opposite the park entrance or in nearby Cardwell.


Walk through the park along a series of boardwalks and tracks leading to the beach near Wreck Creek. Return along the beach at low tide only.


The toilets and picnic area are wheelchair-accessible.

Getting there

Turn off the Bruce Highway 4km north of Cardwell and drive 1km to the park entrance and a further 1km to the ranger station. The road beyond this point is unsuitable for caravans.

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