Swan Knoll remote bush camp
This great stopover spot has sprawling views of volcanic peaks rising from the floor of the Fassifern Valley.
Camping area facilities
- Tent camping
- Long walk to tent
- Photo credit: Briony Masters © Queensland Government
- Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government
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.
Pitch your tent among eucalypts and fire-scarred grasstrees on the crest of the knoll about 1080m above sea level.
Grab a cuppa and take in the views to the east of the camp site, where the ancient volcanic intrusions of mounts Greville, Edwards and Moon rising gracefully from the Fassifern Valley.
If the wind picks up there’s a more protected site just 60m west on a lower shelf.
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
Getting there Swan Knoll 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
Swan Knoll 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 with limited protection from wind. Limited views. Tent sites on the crest of the knoll or on a lower shelf approximately 60 m to the west.
Location: Map Sheet: Cunninghams Gap 9341-11, Grid Reference: 431 889, GPS Reference: 56J 0443164 6888944 (WGS 84).
Access: Nearest vehicle access is by 2WD/4WD to the eastern end of Swanfels Road, east of Yangan.
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. No water available nearby. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.
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 for maintenance 6 March to 30 November 2023
- Goomburra section, Main Range National Park - Lookout Road closure due to roadwork 29 May to 30 June 2023
- Main Range National Park - road damage Goomburra and Spicers Gap sections 30 March to 30 June 2023
- Main Range National Park - restricted access to Head Road and southern remote bush camps 16 January to 16 June 2023