Burrum Coast National Park Bundaberg | Fraser Coast

Kinkuna camping area, overlooking Palm Beach, is a great spot to enjoy the solitude and catch some fish. Photo credit: © Chris Whitelaw

Quiet beaches, flourishing wetlands and abundant wildlife make Burrum Coast National Park a great spot to retreat and relax. Photo credit: © Chris Whitelaw

Kinkuna Section bush camping

Create your home-away-from-home in this idyllic beach camping area with endless views over stunning Palm Beach.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD
  • Trail bike
  • Walk-in

Camping area facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
  • Picnic tables
  • Tent camping
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Tent camping beside car
  • Walking
  • Scenic drive
  • Trail bike riding
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

Coastal casuarina trees fringe large camp sites that stretch along the beach for more than 5km.

The surrounding park is full of opportunities! Curl up in the shade with a good book or head to the beach for a sunset walk, quiet fish or a family game of beach cricket.

On the water, keep an eye out for dugongs feeding in the seagrass, and humpback whales breaching and playing in the deeper water. Fishing is bountiful here, thanks to the nearby Theodolite Creek.

Away from the beach, spend half a day checking out the wallum lowlands by four-wheel drive. At low tide, you can even drive along the beach.

Getting there and getting around

Kinkuna camping area is in Burrum Coast National Park, 46km north of Maryborough or 57km south of Bundaberg in the Wide Bay area. The park is spread over four sections—Kinkuna, Woodgate, Burrum River and Buxton sections.

Kinkuna camping area is in the Kinkuna section of the park and is accessible only by high-clearance 4WD. All-wheel-drive vehicles, vehicles with low clearance, vehicles towing trailers, boats and caravans are not recommended.

  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
  • Take care to read the signs and watch out for heavy mine trucks that frequently use Palm Beach Road. Do not enter the sand mining leases as sign posted. We recommend that you use UHF radio channel 12 to listen for oncoming heavy traffic and alert other users of your whereabouts while on Palm Beach Road.

From the south to Kinkuna section

  • Follow the Bruce Highway north to Childers and turn right onto Goodwood Road.
  • To access the park from the north, drive 39.5km, turn right on Coonarr Road and drive 7.8km, then turn right onto Palm Beach Road and drive a further 1.5km to the northern park entrance, following signs to the camping area.
  • To access the park from the south, drive about 24km and turn east onto Woodgate Road, drive 18km then turn north onto Woppis Road, then Beach Road through the park to the camping area.

From the north to Kinkuna section

  • Follow the Isis Highway south from Bundaberg and turn east onto Walker Street.
  • Drive 2.4km then turn right onto Barolin Street towards Goodwood and Burrum Coast.
  • Follow Barolin Street and Goodwood Road for 12.6km, and turn left on Coonarr Road and drive another 7.8km
  • Turn right onto Palm Beach Road and follow signs to the camping area.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Kinkuna beach camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Kinkuna camping zone provides campsites just behind the coastal dunes.

Photo credit: Queensland Government

Camping area features: Camping is permitted behind fragile foredunes, just a short walk to the water and beach.

Location: Behind the beach foredunes in the defined camping zone in Kinkuna section.

Access: The camping area can be reached by high clearance 4WD vehicle only. It is not recommended for low clearance trailers, caravans or buses. During wet conditions, access roads may be closed as they pass through low lying, swampy areas. Use only established access points across the dunes to reach the beach. Driving on sand requires some care to protect both you and the fragile sand environment. Print the Driving on sand safety guide (PDF, 2.3MB) to take with you when you visit.

Number of sites: 40 (not individually numbered).

Campsites are suitable for: Tent camping beside your car and 4WD camper trailers.

Campsite surfaces: Sand.

Facilities: There are no facilities at Kinkuna.

Open fires: Allowed (except when fire bans apply) but fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: Permitted. Be considerate of other campers and keep noise to a minimum.

Essentials to bring: Food, drinking water, fuel, medical supplies, portable toilet, rubbish bags and insect repellent. Fuel stoves are recommended. If you choose to use a cooking fire, you must bring your own milled timber for use as firewood—it is an offence to collect firewood in the national park.

Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Camping tags are available from information shelters at the southern and northern road entrances to the camping area at Kinkuna. Record your booking number on your camping tag.

Mobile phone coverage: Variable depending on network provider— you may get reception along the beach.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Burrum Coast safely and camp with care.