Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

Long sweeping beaches, lowland tropical rainforest and heath-covered ranges are features of Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL). Photo credit: © John Augusteyn

Camping in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range)

All camping must be booked

All camping in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) must be booked in advance. Campers must purchase an e-permit before arriving at the camping areas. Self-registration is not available and there is no mobile phone coverage on site (however there is limited mobile phone coverage on Chilli Beach).

To obtain an e-permit, you can:

Making a camping booking may be difficult for campers who have not booked before arriving on the peninsula due to poor mobile phone and internet coverage. Recognising this, QPWS provides self-service kiosk camping permit booking facilities at Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL), Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) and Heathlands Resources Reserve ranger bases as well as QPWS Coen and Cooktown offices. Credit card and camping credits are accepted but no cash facilities are available.

The demand for camping on Cape York Peninsula parks and reserves is growing. The use of online bookings and e-permits will manage this demand sustainably.

Camping in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL)

Camp at Rainforest, Cooks Hut, Gordon Creek and Chilli Beach camping areas. The only facilities provided are toilets at Chilli Beach and Cooks Hut.

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

Camp sites in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) are very popular during peak periods. Campers should plan their visit and obtain an e-permit well in advance.

Roads and camp sites within the park are not suitable for caravans. Campers must be equipped for camping in a remote area. Total self-sufficiency in food, water, equipment for treating water, fuel and vehicle spare parts is essential. Minimise your use of fresh water.

Park specific conditions

At Chilli Beach, avoid camping and sitting under trees laden with coconuts.

The maximum length of stay at all camping areas is 21 consecutive nights and bookings can be made up to six months in advance.

Generators that operate at a noise level less than 65dB(A) measured at a distance of 7m from the generator are permitted between 8 am and 7pm at Rainforest and Gordon Creek camping areas only. Generators are not permitted at Cooks Hut and Chilli Beach camping areas.

Fires are allowed (except when fire bans apply) in existing fireplaces only.

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  • Relish a peaceful night’s sleep amongst lush lowland rainforest beside the river, and enjoy rewarding birdwatching around your camp.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
    • No dogs permitted
  • Set up camp in the shade of cool rainforest, with a musical backdrop of birdsong, and discover the story of historic Cooks Hut.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • Toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted
  • Enjoy a cool respite immersed in shady lowland rainforest on the bank of a creek and spend many rewarding hours birdwatching.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
    • No dogs permitted
  • Nestle down behind the coastal dunes, sheltered from sea breezes, and enjoy fishing and birdwatching in this popular beachside escape.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • Toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted