Laidley Creek Falls remote bush camp
Pitch you tent in a grassy clearing beside the headwaters of Laidley Creek and near the often-dry Laidley Creek Falls.
Camping area facilities
- Tent camping
- Long walk to tent
If you’re an experienced off-track walker with specialist equipment and well-developed navigational skills, then the walk to this remote camp site is for you.
Just east of the camp site are expansive views of Mount Castle, Little Liverpool Range, Laidley and Fassifern valleys, and Brisbane. Wake early to greet the sun and see the morning light colour the normally pink-hued trachyte cliffs of Mount Castle.
Follow the track that leads to the ‘Hole in the Wall’. This natural rocky arch collapsed in 2015—further proof of the ongoing geological process this World Heritage area was recognised for.
This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species).
Getting there and getting around
Laidley Creek Falls remote area bush camp is in Main Range National Park, about 120km south-west of Brisbane.
Before preparing to walk to remote camping areas, walkers should consider their experience and preparedness levels. A high level of physical fitness and navigational skills are essential.
- Plan to walk safely and be responsible.
- Familiarise yourself with the area before attempting an extended walk.
- Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
- Research the route thoroughly and get local advice. Recommended maps for bushwalking are 1:25,000 topographic maps. It is also advisable to carry a recognised guidebook for the area.
- Carry good navigation and communication gear.
- Complete a bushwalking advice form and leave your plan with a responsible person.
- Contact your local walking club or Bushwalking Queensland for further information.
Camping permits are essential.
Before you visit
Laidley Creek Falls remote area bush camp 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.
Camping area features: Open forest site adjacent to the headwaters of Laidley Creek. East of the camping area the forest thins allowing expansive views of Mount Castle and the Laidley and Fassifern valleys.
Location: Map Sheet: Townson 9342-22. Grid Reference: 407 054. GPS Reference: 56J 0440685 6905425 (WGS 84).
Access: Nearest vehicle access is via Lookout Road from the Goomburra camping area to Sylvesters Lookout walking track. Access is by high clearance 2WD in dry weather—the road is closed via a locked gate in wet weather.
Number of sites: Open area without separately-defined sites. Maximum of 8 people.
Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.
Camp site surface: Grass.
Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. The creek is not a reliable water source as it is often dry. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out. To protect water quality, ensure toilet areas are located at least 100 m from the creek.
Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.
Generator use: Not allowed.
Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying human waste. Read more about before you visit.
Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.
Mobile phone coverage: Poor.
Upcoming camping area availability
For more safety information see Visiting Main Range safely and camp with care.
- Main Range National Park - Gap Creek Falls track closed due to maintenance 6 March to 31 May 2023
- Main Range National Park- Goomburra section. Lookout Road closure due to road repairs 27 February to 6 April 2023
- Main Range National Park - restricted access to Head Road and southern remote bush camps 16 January to 16 June 2023