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Camping in Curtis Island National Park

Camp along some of Curtis Island's secluded beaches. Photo: D. Marshall, Queensland Government

Camp along some of Curtis Island's secluded beaches. Photo: D. Marshall, Queensland Government

Rugged and isolated, Curtis Island’s windswept coastline, long beaches and sweeping sand dunes provide solitude for the adventurous camper.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. Obtain your permit before leaving the mainland. Attach your camping tag to your tent in a visible position after setting up camp.

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Park-specific conditions

Curtis Island National Park is remote. Pack enough supplies for a few extra days. Always inform someone of your plans.

A vehicle ferry operates between Gladstone and the island. The national park can also be accessed by private boat.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Turtle Street

Camp behind the dunes at Turtle Street. Photo: A. Congram, Queensland Government

Camp behind the dunes at Turtle Street. Photo: A. Congram, Queensland Government

Camping area features: bush camping under coastal she-oaks with easy access to the beach.

Location: follow the unsealed roads north from Southend.

Access: 4WD and boat only.

Number of sites: undefined.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent,, 4WD camper trailer, 4WD camper van.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: prohibited. Gas and fuel stoves are recommended.

Open fires on tidal land (beaches): prohibited (lighting, keeping or using a fire)

Generators: not permitted.

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

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

Mobile phone coverage: unreliable. Marine radios and satellite phones are recommended.

Joey Lees

Joey Lees headland. Photo: A. Congram, Queensland Government

Joey Lees headland. Photo: A. Congram, Queensland Government

Camping area features: shady, secluded bush camping overlooking a scenic beach.

Location: continue north from Turtle Street to find Joey Lees.

Access: 4WD and boat only.

Number of sites: undefined.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent, 4WD camper trailer, 4WD camper van.

Camp site surface: grass.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: prohibited. Gas and fuel stoves are recommended.

Open fires on tidal land (beaches): prohibited (lighting, keeping or using a fire).

Generators: not permitted.

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

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

Mobile phone coverage: unreliable. Marine radios and satellite phones are recommended.

Yellow Patch

Camp at the amazing Yellow Patch. Photo: D. Sansom, Queensland Government

Camp at the amazing Yellow Patch. Photo: D. Sansom, Queensland Government

Camping area features: secluded bush camping near a bright yellow sand blow.

Location: Yellow Patch is on the western side of the north-eastern tip of Curtis Island, 30km north of Gladstone.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat only.

Number of sites: undefined.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: prohibited. Gas and fuel stoves are recommended.

Open fires on tidal land (beaches): prohibited (lighting, keeping or using a fire).

Generators: not permitted.

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

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

Mobile phone coverage: unreliable. Marine radios and satellite phones are recommended.

Last updated
29 May 2017