Gheebulum Kunungai (Moreton Island) National Park and Moreton Island Recreation Area Brisbane

National park management with traditional owners

Mulgumpin’s national park and recreation area is jointly managed between the island’s traditional owners and native title holders, the Quandamooka People, and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Photo credit: © Bianca Holderness

Gheebulum Kunungai – ‘lightnings’ playground’

Mulgumpin’s national park was renamed in 2021 to Gheebulum Kunungai (Moreton Island) National Park to reflect its strong cultural and historical significance. Gheebulum Kunungai means ‘lightnings’ playground’ in the language of the Quandamooka people. Photo credit: istock

Review of protected area management plan

The long-term plan for managing and conserving the natural and cultural values of Mulgumpin’s protected areas, including the national park and recreation area, is currently under review. Read more about this process and how you can keep informed. Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Queensland

Native title on Mulgumpin

Find out more information and background about native title on Mulgumpin held by the Quandamooka People, the island’s traditional owners and custodians.

Bookings and permits

Permits to drive or camp in Mulgumpin’s recreation area are booked and managed through Mulgumpin Camping. Photo credit: © Bianca Holderness

South-east camping zone

South-east camping zone covers all eastern beach camp sites between Middle Road, heading south to Rous Battery. Sites vary in size and range from secluded sites to close social camping areas. Many sites have ocean views and shade. This camping zone offers exposed surf beaches.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Camping area facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
  • Tent camping
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Tent camping beside car
  • Short walk to tent
  • Walking
  • Scenic drive
  • Cultural and historic sites
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

Location: on the eastern side of the island between Middle Road, heading south to Rous Battery. Kooringal is the closest township.

Access: the camping zone can be reached by 4WD and on foot by experienced walkers only. Parking is available beside camp sites. It is accessible for camper trailers. If towing a trailer it is recommended to use Bulwer–Blue Lagoon Road instead of Middle Road as this track is one-way and narrow. The soft sand of Middle Road makes it easy for heavy vehicles to get bogged which can block the track for several hours. Amity Trader barge landing point from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) is a short drive to this camping zone. Periodic exposure of rocks may mean the south-east beach is impassable at high tide.

Number of sites: a maximum of 35 sites are available, all marked with totems. Seasonal closures mean that not all sites will be full all year round.

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

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none. This camping zone offers surf beaches. For hygiene purposes, campers who are planning an extended stay should bring a portable toilet. Please do not place contents into toilets on the island—it destroys the bacteria in the systems. All portable toilet waste must be removed from the island.

Open fires: allowed (in existing fire sites only), except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Fuel or gas stoves, rather than open fires, are recommended.

Generator use: permitted. Be considerate; use them between 8am and 7pm only.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and containers, water sterilisation tablets, rubbish bags, sunscreen, insect repellent, firewood (untreated mill off-cuts), axe, sealable containers for rubbish, first-aid kit, shovel, portable toilet and sand pegs. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: book online. Bookings can be made no more than six months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor and unreliable.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Gheebulum Kunungai (Moreton Island) safely and camp with care.