Hinchinbrook Island National Park Tropical North Queensland

Pitch your tent at the secluded Agnes Beach camping area. Photo credit: Emma Schmidt © Queensland Government

The rugged beauty of Hinchinbrook Island National Park must be seen to be believed! Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland

Agnes Beach camping area

This sheltered beach-side camping area is all about stunning ocean views, magical sunrises and plenty of privacy.

Accessible by

  • Boat

Campground facilities

  • Anchoring allowed
  • Tent camping
  • Short walk to tent
  • Walking
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Boating

Hop in your boat or sea kayak and head to Agnes Beach on the eastern side of the Hinchinbrook Island—between Little Ramsay and Zoe bays.

Set up camp in the shade and take a stroll along the beach. If the tide is low, walk across to Agnes Island and explore the grasstree-spotted isle. Marvel at how the sheer eastern side of the island drops straight into the churning sea below.

After a peaceful night’s sleep, wake up early to greet the sun over the horizon.

To protect the resident nesting seabirds, we only allow camping here between April and September.

This island park is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, famed for its superlative natural beauty, outstanding examples of reef ecosystem development, evolutionary history and amazing diversity.

Getting there and getting around

Agnes Beach camping area is in Hinchinbrook Island National Park, 8km off the Queensland coast at Cardwell.

  • The camping area is on the eastern side of Hinchinbrook, located south of Little Ramsay Bay and north of Zoe Bay and can be accessed by private vessel launched from Cardwell or Lucinda, or by sea kayak.

Private vessel

  • Visitors accessing the island by private vessel should obtain a copy of the Hinchinbrook Marine Wonders brochure for information on transit lanes and boat speeds to aid dugong and turtle conservation.
  • Access to some areas of Hinchinbrook Island is weather and tide dependent and a good knowledge of the waters and potential hazards is essential.
  • Check local tide tables and weather conditions at the Bureau of Meteorology before you set out.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Sea kayak

  • Commercial sea kayak tours of Hinchinbrook Island are available.
  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Agnes Beach camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Seasonal closures

To protect nesting beach stone-curlews camping at Agnes Beach is permitted only between April and September.

Camping area features: bush camping with beach access.

Location: eastern side of Hinchinbrook Island, south of Little Ramsay Bay and north of Zoe Bay.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat. Camping is only permitted between April and September to protect nesting seabirds. For the rest of the year access is weather-dependent and a good knowledge of the waters and hazards is essential. This camping area is not available to Thorsborne Trail walkers.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping.

Camp site surface: sand, dirt and grass.

Facilities: no facilities.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent and fuel stove. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Advance bookings are recommended for school holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Hinchinbrook Island safely and camp with care.