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-west camping zone

South-west camping zone covers all western camp sites from Tangalooma Bypass to Toulkerrie. Sites vary in size and range from secluded sites to close, social camping areas. Many sites have sea views and shade. This camping zone offers sheltered bay waters.

Accessible by

  • Boat

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
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

Location: on the western side of the island from Tangalooma Bypass to Toulkerrie.

Access: the camping zone can be reached by 4WD, on foot, boat and kayaks. Parking is available beside some, but not all, camp sites, due to tides. Some camp sites closer to Toulkerrie may only be accessible by 4WD at low tide.

Number of sites: a maximum of 24 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, with some sites suitable for camper trailers.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none. The camping zone offers sheltered bay waters. 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 6 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.

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