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Camping in Expedition National Park

Expedition National Park offers a range of camping opportunities at Robinson Gorge on the east side of the park and at Lonesome and Beilba on the west side of the park. There are three camping areas in total and various bush camping locations elsewhere in the park.

Expedition National Park is remote and undeveloped. Visitors must be well prepared and self-sufficient. Bring at least 7 litres of water per person per day for drinking, cooking and washing as streams are seasonal and water quality cannot be relied upon. Bring a fuel stove and rubbish bags to take your rubbish away with you. Rubbish bins are not provided in the national park.

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

Starkvale bush camping area

Camp beside Starkvale Creek at Robinson Gorge section, Expedition National Park. Photo: Steven Vigar © Queensland Government

Camp beside Starkvale Creek at Robinson Gorge section, Expedition National Park. Photo: Steven Vigar © Queensland Government

Camping area features: in a forest setting, close to walking tracks.

Location: located 4km south-east of Robinson Gorge lookout, Starkvale camping area can be accessed from the main entry to the park from Taroom.

Map: Robinson Gorge map (PDF, 206K) 

Access: the camping area can be reached only by 4WD vehicles and high clearance off-road camper trailers. It is not accessible for caravans or buses.

Number of sites: open area with additional separate nodes (not individually numbered or bookable).

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car; walk-in camping; high clearance off-road camper trailers.

Camp site surface: grass.

Facilities: pit toilets and rainwater tank. Tank water is unreliable so bring your own drinking water. Treat tank water before use.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings only. Bring your own clean-milled firewood. Do not bring in or collect bush wood.

Generators: prohibited.

Essentials to bring: at least 7 litres of water per person per day (for drinking, cooking and washing), insect repellent, gas stove and fuel, and sealable containers for rubbish. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Lonesome bush camping area

The shade of tall eucalypts covers campers at Lonesome section, Expedition National Park. Photo: Melitta Marr © Queensland Government

The shade of tall eucalypts covers campers at Lonesome section, Expedition National Park. Photo: Melitta Marr © Queensland Government

Camping area features: alongside the banks of the Dawson River, this camping area is a grassy area surrounded by brigalow scrub and tall open forest. Please note that Dawson River does not have permanent water.

Location: located approximately 4km from the lookout, access to the camping area is via the Arcadia Valley Access Road and is approximately 500m from the road.

Map: Lonesome map (PDF, 141K)

Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicles. It is accessible for trailers, campervans, motorhomes and caravans.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car; walk-in camping; caravans; camper trailers, campervans and motorhomes.

Camp site surfaces: grass.

Facilities: picnic tables, fire rings.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings only. Bring your own clean-milled firewood. Do not bring in or collect bush wood.

Generators: prohibited.

Essentials to bring: at least 7 litres of water per person per day (for drinking, cooking and washing), insect repellent, gas stove and fuel, and sealable containers for rubbish. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: limited, generally unavailable.

Beilba bush camping area

The view from the camping area at Beilba section, Expedition National Park. Photo: Gareth Graham © Queensland Government

The view from the camping area at Beilba section, Expedition National Park. Photo: Gareth Graham © Queensland Government

Camping area features: shady open wooded bush camping area with views over a rocky gorge.

Location: from the park entrance drive 1.8km, turn left and drive a further 1.3km to the bush camping area.

Map: Beilba map (PDF, 170K)

Access: 4WD vehicles are recommended and off-road camper trailers. Roads are not passable during wet weather. It is not accessible for caravans or buses.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car; walk-in camping and off-road camper trailers.

Camp site surfaces: dirt.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply). Bring your own clean-milled firewood. Do not bring in or collect bush wood. Fuel stoves recommended.

Generators: prohibited.

Essentials to bring: at least 7 litres of water per person per day (for drinking, cooking and washing), insect repellent, gas stove and fuel, and sealable containers for rubbish. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: generally available.

Remote bush camping

Bushwalking through Expedition National Park should only be undertaken by fit, experienced bushwalkers with good navigational skills and equipment. Topographic maps, a compass and the ability to use them is essential. A GPS and Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) are highly recommended. Visitors planning to drive, walk and camp in remote sections of the park should have an emergency plan worked out with a responsible friend or family member.

Please complete a remote bushwalking advice form (PDF, 524K) to help with your remote walking and camping preparations. Give a copy of this form to a responsible person and make sure that they know your exact route and when you expect to return. If you change your plans, tell them. Contact them when you return and have an emergency plan in place if you fail to contact them by an agreed time. If you are overdue or potentially lost, your nominated contact should report this to the Queensland Police Service (phone Triple Zero 000). The police will organise rescue procedures.

Features: varying landscapes natural grasslands, brigalow and eucalypt woodlands and rugged sandstone gorges.

Location: all of Expedition National Park, except in restricted access areas.

Access: walk-in only.

Number of sites: there are two allocated non-specific sites available. Your group should have at least 2 people. Maximum group size is 6.

Camp sites suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: dirt.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: prohibited. Fuel stoves only.

Generators: prohibited.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, fuel stove, first-aid kit and topographic map. A hand-held UHF radio, PLB and a GPS are also recommended. Always carry extra water and boil any local water before use. Do not rely on creeks for water, as they are not always flowing and the water is not suitable for drinking. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: limited, generally unavailable.

Last updated
14 March 2019