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Camping in Cape Palmerston National Park

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.

Cape Creek camping area

Cape Creek, Cape Palmerston National Park. Photo courtesy of John Atkinson.

Cape Creek, Cape Palmerston National Park. Photo courtesy of John Atkinson.

Camping area features: on a small peninsula bordered by a creek mouth and a beach. Sites are shaded by she-oaks, with easy access to water for fishing and boating.

Location: 45 minutes from the park boundary, weather and beach conditions permitting.

Access: the camping area can be reached by 4WD only.

Number of sites: undefined.

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

Camp site surface: sand/grass.

Facilities: picnic tables. Toilets are not provided at Cape Creek, visitors are advised to bring their own portable toilets or to bury all faecal matter and toilet paper 15–20cm deep at least 100m from tracks, campsites and waterbodies.

Open fires: on-ground campfires prohibited. Above-ground fire containers permitted—bring your own clean, milled timber. Remove your fire container when you leave. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not allowed.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, food, rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first-aid kit and a reliable torch. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: poor. Satellite phones or marine radios are recommended.

Windmill Bay camping area

Windmill Bay camping area. Photo courtesy of Marnie Augusteyn.

Windmill Bay camping area. Photo courtesy of Marnie Augusteyn.

Camping area features: shaded by she-oaks, Windmill Bay fronts a 200m sandy beach.

Location: 12km north from the park boundary.

Access: the camping area can be reached by 4WD only.

Number of sites: undefined. Maximum of 6 people per site.

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

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: picnic tables, bush-style pit toilets. Visitors are encouraged to provide their own portable toilets.

Open fires: on-ground campfires prohibited. Above-ground fire containers permitted—bring your own clean, milled timber. Remove your fire container when you leave. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not allowed.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, food, rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first-aid kit and a reliable torch. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: poor. Satellite phones or marine radios are recommended.

Bush camping

Eastern beach, Cape Palmerston National Park. Photo courtesy of John Atkinson.

Eastern beach, Cape Palmerston National Park. Photo courtesy of John Atkinson.

Camping area features: camp in the fore dunes along the eastern coast of Cape Palmerston National Park.

Location: eastern beach of Cape Palmerston

Access: the camping area can be reached by 4WD only.

Number of sites: undefined. Maximum of 6 people per site.

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

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: on-ground campfires prohibited. Above-ground fire containers permitted—bring your own clean, milled timber. Remove your fire container when you leave. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not allowed.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, food, rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first-aid kit and a reliable torch. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: poor. Satellite phones or marine radios are recommended.

Last updated
5 December 2017