Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Photo: Eric Wason © Qld Govt

Photo credit: Photo: Adam Creed © Qld Govt

Granite camping area

Granite camping area has shady beach-front vegetation and is bounded by a tidal creek and the rocky tip of Cape Melville.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Campground facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
  • Walking
  • Scenic drive
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Tent camping
  • Tent camping beside car
Part of Granite camping area

Part of Granite camping area. Photo: Janie White, Queensland Government.

Features: around 4km long, this camping area has shady beach-front vegetation and is bounded by a tidal creek and the rocky tip of Cape Melville.

Location: by the beach at Bathurst Bay between Oystercatcher camping area and the tip of Cape Melville. The camping area begins 47km from Wakooka outstation (43km from the park boundary).

Map: Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) camping areas map (PDF, 739.3KB)

Access: the camping area can be reached by high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle only—it is not accessible for trailers, caravans, campervans or buses. Access involves four-wheel driving in sand, a freshwater creek crossing and several tidal creek crossings. The tidal creek crossing between Oystercatcher and Granite camping areas is extremely difficult and dangerous—take extreme care and do not attempt to cross except on a very low tide. Vehicle recovery equipment is essential. Always travel with another vehicle.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply). Fuel stoves are recommended. Do not collect firewood in the park.

Generator use: generators that operate at a noise level less than 65dB(A) when measured at 7m from the generator are permitted.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, mosquito nets, fuel stove and adequate fuel, spare parts for your vehicle and recovery equipment. Read more about before you visit.

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

Mobile phone coverage: not available. Satellite phones are essential and personal locator beacons (PLBs) are highly recommended.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Cape Melville safely and camp with care.