Deepwater National Park Gladstone

Deepwater National Park features stunning coastal scenery. Photo credit: © Chris Whitelaw

Be inspired: Coastal camping at Deepwater is our best-kept secret!

Everybody loves a secret, right? Well, we have a beauty! Just over an hour north of Bundaberg on Queensland’s central coast there’s a little-known place, Deepwater National Park, that’s perfect for a short break or weekend getaway for the whole family. Photo credit: Paul Curtis © North Queensland Wildscapes

Things to do

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Vehicle-based camping is permitted at Wreck Rock and Middle Rock camping areas.

    Wreck Rock can be accessed by high clearance four-wheel-drive from the north or by conventional vehicle from the south. Check park alerts before travelling as road conditions can change.

    Middle Rock camping area is accessible only by high clearance four-wheel-drive.

    Toilets and a cold outdoor shower are provided at Wreck Rock camping area. No facilities are provided at Middle Rock camping area.

    Camping permits are required and fees apply.

    Read Things to know before you go for information about essentials to bring when camping in Deepwater National Park.

    Other accommodation

    Motel and caravan park accommodation is available at Baffle Creek, Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy and Miriam Vale.

    For more information see the tourism information links.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Picnic facilities including untreated water and toilets are available at Wreck Rock camping area.

    Beach recreation

    Enjoy the ocean beach—take a beach walk or rest and enjoy the beach environment beneath shady she-oaks. The beach is a vehicle-free zone.

    Bring your binoculars and a bird field guide to help you identify shore birds and birds of prey.

    Be aware that swimming is not recommended in the coastal waters in this area—there are strong currents and rips, sharks and marine stingers. The beach is not patrolled and help can be hours away.

    Fishing

    Coastal areas bordering the park are part of the Great Barrier Reef Coast and Great Barrier Reef marine parks—make sure you know the zones.

    Viewing wildlife

    Take time to discover Deepwater's plants and animals and to absorb its peaceful atmosphere.

    • Bring your binoculars and a bird field guide to help you identify Deepwater's diverse birdlife.
    • From January to April, marine turtle hatchlings emerge, usually at night, from their nests.
    • Goannas are frequent visitors to the camping areas. Please do not feed the goannas. It can make them sick and encourages them to scrounge around your camp site.

    Read about the park's natural environment and discover its diverse wildlife.