Lizard Island National Park Tropical North Queensland

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Camping in Lizard Island

Camping area, Watsons Bay. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area, Watsons Bay. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camp at Watsons Bay on Lizard Island. Camping is not permitted on any of the other islands in Lizard Island National Park.

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

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Park-specific conditions

Campers must be self-sufficient in food, water, shelter and first-aid equipment. No supplies are available on the island but visitors are welcome at the Marlin Bar (although it is not open every day). Campers should take care not to feed the wildlife and ensure that all food and rubbish scraps are secured.

The gas barbecue provided in the camping area is an open flame burner and does not have a hotplate. It is necessary to bring pots or pans to cook on. The maximum stay on Lizard Island is 10 nights.

Bore water can be obtained from the hand-pump located 250m from the camping area. This hand pump may be unreliable at times. If it fails, water can be collected from a tap outside the Marlin Bar (approximately 40 minutes walk from the camping area). Bring water containers suitable for carrying water this distance and treat all water before drinking.

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  • Watsons Bay camping area is just behind the beach in scenic Watsons Bay. Some shade is offered by beachfront vegetation.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • No camper trailer camping
    • No campfires
    • Toilets
    • No showers
    • Barbecue (wood/fuel/coin)
    • Picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted