Lizard Island National Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Qld

Watsons Bay camping area

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

Accessible by

  • Walk-in
  • Boat

Campground facilities

  • Anchoring allowed
  • Electric/fuel barbecue (free of charge)
  • Mooring points
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets (non-flush)
  • Tent camping
  • Long walk to tent
  • Walking
  • Cultural and historic sites
Camp sites have limited shade. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camp sites have limited shade. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: just behind the beach in scenic Watsons Bay. Some shade is offered by beachfront vegetation. The camping area is adjacent to the day-use area and close to the network of walking tracks around the island.

Location: in Watsons Bay on the north-west side of Lizard Island.

Access: on foot from the airstrip (1.2km; campers must carry all their gear) or by boat in Watsons Bay.

Number of sites: five sites (separate but not numbered).

Camp sites are suitable for: tents.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: composting toilet, picnic tables and gas barbecue (hot plate only, no burners). Poles are also provided for erecting shelters for shade. Water is available from a hand pump 250m from the camping area or from a tap at the Marlin Bar. Treat all water before drinking.

Open fires: not allowed.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: rubbish bags, insect repellent, insect-proof tents, tarpaulins for extra shade and pots and pans to use on the barbecue. Water containers and water-treating equipment are also required. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Visiting safely

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

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