Cape Palmerston National Park Mackay

Rocky headlands, mangroves, swamps and sand dunes are iconic features of Cape Palmerston National Park. Photo credit: Paul Curtis © North Queensland Wildscapes

Camping in Cape Palmerston

Cape Palmerston National Park is one of the few remaining areas of natural coastline in the Mackay area. Windswept headlands, rainforest, swamps and sand dunes are shadowed by the imposing peak of Mount Funnel. Middens throughout Cape Palmerston are a reminder of the special connection Indigenous people have with this place.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Park-specific conditions

Cape Palmerston National Park is very remote. Access is by 4WD only. Sand-driving experience is recommended. Beware of large tidal changes.

Camping is limited to a maximum of 22 nights in Cape Palmerston National Park.

Warning: Estuarine crocodiles inhabit the Cape Creek area. Dangerous marine stingers may be present all year.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

  • This sheltered camping area is a great home base from which to explore the park and surrounding waters.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • No campfires
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • Picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted
  • Base yourself at this centrally-placed camping area and spend your days exploring the surrounding parks.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • No campfires
    • Toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted
  • Your perfect camp site awaits! Find the one that is just right for you on the eastern coast of Cape Palmerston.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • No campfires
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.