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Camping closures

All camping areas in Queensland national parks, state forests and recreation areas are closed from 26 March 2020 until further notice. Check Park Alerts for more information.

Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL)

Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL). Photo: Janie White Queensland Government.Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL). Photo: Janie White Queensland Government.

Camping bookings

All camping in this park must be booked prior to arrival. To find out more about purchasing an e-permit, see camping information.

Facilities and activities


The Traditional Owners—the Aba Yalgayi, Muli, Bagaarrmugu, Wurri, Manyamarr, Gambiilmugu and Yiirrku Aboriginal peoples—welcome visitors to their country and ask that you show respect for this powerful cultural place and do not disturb or damage any part of the landscape for your own safety and the health of the country.


On Cape York Peninsula, about 10 hours drive (475km) north of Cairns.

What's special

Rugged yet beautiful, Cape Melville National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal land (CYPAL)) features the rocky headlands of Cape Melville, impressive granite boulders of the Melville Range, sandy beaches of Bathurst Bay, sandstone escarpments and inland dunes.

Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) is jointly managed by the Cape Melville, Flinders & Howick Islands Aboriginal Corporation and the Queensland Government in accordance with an Indigenous Management Agreement. Read more about joint management of Cape York Peninsula national parks.

Maps and useful links

Location of Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) within Queensland

Last updated
30 July 2018