Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Photo: Adam Creed © Qld Govt

Photo credit: Photo: Adam Creed © Qld Govt

Ninian Bay camping area

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 swamp—large crocodiles are frequently seen here.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Campground facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
  • Tent camping
  • Tent camping beside car
  • Scenic drive
  • Boating
  • Fishing
The beaches of Ninian Bay camping area.

The beaches of Ninian Bay camping area. Photo: Janie White, Queensland Government.

Features: around 1km long, this 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 swamp—large crocodiles are frequently seen here. Always be croc wise in croc country.

Location: by the beach of Ninian Bay. The track meets the beach 41km from Wakooka outstation (39km from the national 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.

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.