Comment: Jardine River Ferry Campground & Service Station

Single vehicle fee as at 31Mar2015 is $99
All other fees available at http://www.nparc.qld.gov.au/travel-and-transport
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Reply By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 19:17

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 19:17
The locals stuck the price up i think about two years ago.The service station has the dearest fuel going to the tip and the camp ground is average at best.They put the ferry price up for no other reason than they could.Story has it the locals dug up where you could cross the Jardine river to force you to take the ferry.There was talk that the QLD government was thinking about putting a bridge across the Jardine if they did not drop there prices but i dont know if anything will come of that.
Good luck if you dont wish to pay the ransom prices.
Bye Stuart and Gunny
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony F8 - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 16:15

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 16:15
Truth be known, a whitefella was running a pretty dodgy ferry many many years ago, they weren't happy with him taking the money and also the risk of an accident, so the Injunoo council opened up the current operation. Ole Jacob used to operate the ferry for many years, but did enjoy a drink after hours, so they advertised for a couple to run the camp ground and ferry, well if the were worried about Jacob having a few ales, the birds husband would head to Bamaga to get the groceries and turn up 3 days later after spending most of that time in the Bammy pub. They from memory only lasted 1 season, and were very self promoting. Jacob was born on the banks of Cockatoo Creek and stil lives in Umagico, his nephew now drives the ferry. The local council blew the old river ford with approval, simply because they were sick of pulling people out of the Jardine and that area is not shy of crocs either, a telecom linesman was taken trying to swim to the ferry, which was only 10 to 15 metres from the bank. The story about the bridge and dropping ferry prices has been around for longer than I can remember.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 19:26

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 19:26
Thank you, I've removed the previous price and linked to the new document.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:40

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:40
Thanks for the update Ken. So fees have gone from $130 per vehicle plus $15 for trailer, covering camping, total $145 - to $129 for vehicle with trailer, plus $10 per person for camping ($20 per couple) bringing it to $149 as a comparison. Just a re-arrangement.


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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:49

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:49
Hi Motherhen
I stand to be corrected but i think i paid $129 for a single unit last year.Before that it was a heap cheaper.It appears this year the price has dropped.I am sure people on this site can correct one or two of us that have a better memory than me.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:52

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:52
You must have got a dollar discount Stuart and Gunny LOL.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:59

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:59
Fair comment have fun and enjoy your travels.LOL.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 22:17

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 22:17
I forgot to mention,old age i guess,i did not stay in what is called a camp ground.When i passed through there.
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Follow Up By: Member - OnYaBike - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:39

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:39
Even the locals pay $50 each way when it used to be $11 if they paid at all.
Makes a day picnic to Fruitbat Falls or shopping trip to Weipa expensive.
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Reply By: Top End Az - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:47

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:47
Don't like being bent over and ripped off. I'd tell them to get stuffed and vote with your feet. Go somewhere else I reckon. We have.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 22:08

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 22:08
The top end is a great place to explore and meet lots of interesting people.If you wish to go there which is well worth your while you have to pay what every they are charging that year.After staying up there for a month or more i would pay what ever the locals are charging,with in reason.
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 09:43

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 09:43
I found it the cheapest place to camp. 2010 $88 for the crossing and camp as long as you like. 2 months camping for $88 is pretty cheap. So I can't see how you are ripped off for that money.
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Reply By: BunderDog - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 23:02

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 23:02
I recall paying $120 in 2013 just to cross.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 23:10

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 23:10
Yes the locals are taking advantage of the situation.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 08:27

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 08:27
$99 for 2 ferry crossings and a couple of weeks camping seems like pretty good value to me.

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Follow Up By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 08:39

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 08:39
I agree with Peter - and we paid $145 to take the Bushtracker over. But we did not buy fuel there.

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Reply By: Omaa - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 19:33

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 19:33
2012 $66 pensioner discount for vehicle. It was then $88 normal.
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Reply By: Member - silkwood - Monday, Apr 13, 2015 at 23:23

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 at 23:23
taking into account the overall cost of the trip, including fuel, I thought the ferry cost (which includes free camping at dozens of spots) was very acceptable (I thing around $130 in 2013?).
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 13:05

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 13:05
Agree

In the scheme of things of the overall cost of going to the Cape it is hardly a deal breaker

If the locals are putting the money to good use I am happy with that
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