Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

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Camping in Cape Melville

All camping must be booked

All camping in Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) must be booked in advance prior to arrival. Campers must purchase an e-permit before arriving at the camping areas—self-registration is not available and there is no mobile phone coverage on site.

To obtain an e-permit, you can:

Making a camping booking may be difficult for campers who have not booked before arriving on the peninsula due to poor mobile phone and internet coverage. Recognising this, QPWS provides self-service kiosk camping permit booking facilities at Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL), Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) and Heathlands Regional Park ranger bases as well as QPWS Coen and Cooktown offices. Credit card and camping credits are accepted but no cash facilities are available.

The demand for camping on Cape York Peninsula parks and reserves is growing. The use of online bookings and e-permits will manage this demand sustainably.

There are camping areas on the eastern side of Bathurst Bay near Cape Melville (Crocodile, Wongai, Oystercatcher and Granite camping areas) and at Ninian Bay.

The roads and camping areas within Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) are not suitable for trailers, caravans, campervans or buses. Access to camping areas involves four-wheel driving in soft sand, as well as tidal creek crossings. Stay on designated roads and formed tracks—do not drive on salt flats. Extensive vehicle recovery equipment is essential. Travelling with another vehicle is highly recommended.

Campers must be equipped for camping in an extremely remote area and be prepared for a longer stay than anticipated in case of breakdown or stranding due to wet weather. Total self-sufficiency in food, water, fuel, vehicle spare parts and recovery equipment is essential. Fresh water is extremely limited so campers should bring adequate drinking water.

Wongai trees growing in this area have significance for the Traditional Owners—please do not damage or disturb them in any way. They also provide shelter from the wind. Remember, this is a national park—everything is protected.

All camping areas in Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) are near creeks, rivers and beaches where estuarine crocodiles occur—always be croc wise in croc country.

Camping permits must be obtained in advance and fees apply. Your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Park-specific conditions

Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL), including all camping areas, is closed throughout the wet season every year from 1 December to 31 July (inclusive). These dates may vary depending on weather and road conditions, and camping areas and roads may also be closed after heavy rain.

The maximum length of stay at all camping areas is 21 consecutive nights.

Generators that operate at a noise level less than 65dB(A) when measured at a distance of 7m from the generator are permitted at all camping areas in Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL).

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

  • Crocodile camping area is around 2km long, and has a shady beach-front vegetation and is bounded by tidal creeks.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • No camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
    • No dogs permitted
  • The Wongai camping area has an abundance of shady wongai trees and is bounded by tidal creeks.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • No camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
    • No dogs permitted
  • Oystercatcher camping area has shady beach-front vegetation and is bounded by tidal creeks.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • No camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
    • No dogs permitted
  • Granite camping area has shady beach-front vegetation and is bounded by a tidal creek and the rocky tip of Cape Melville.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • No camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
    • No dogs permitted
  • Ninian Bay camping area has shady woodland vegetation and is bounded by a rocky outcrop to the west and mangroves to the east. Inland from the camping area is a…

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • No camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
    • No dogs permitted