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About Shoalwater Bay

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Getting there and getting around

Shoalwater Bay Regional Park is 18kms south, south-east of Stanage Bay by boat.  Access to the park is only by boat.

Wheelchair accessibility

Shoalwater Bay Regional Park is rugged and has no wheelchair-accessible facilities or tracks.

Park features

The park protects picturesque sandy beaches, fringing coral reefs, intertidal mudflats, sandflats, mangrove forests and melaleuca woodlands.

Camping and accommodation

Shoalwater Bay Regional Park is 18kms south, south-east of Stanage Bay by boat.  Access to the park is only by boat.

Wheelchair accessibility

Shoalwater Bay Regional Park is rugged and has no wheelchair-accessible facilities or tracks.

Things to do

Driving

Shoalwater Bay Regional Park is only accessible by boat.

Boating and Fishing

The adjacent waters offer ample boating and fishing opportunities. Refer to a marine zoning map before you set out. Zoning regulations specify how you can use particular sites and the permits you might require. For detailed information on activities such as fishing and crabbing, consult the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority zoning map. Maps are available from Queensland Fisheries, bait and tackle shops, Queensland Parks offices and online at Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Fisheries regulations apply—information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures is available from Fisheries Queensland.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

It is recommended you bring:

  • sufficient food and water
  • navigational and marine zoning maps
  • fuel stove and fuel
  • insect repellent and sunscreen
  • sun smart clothing and sturdy footwear
  • first-aid kit—and know how to use it
  • strong rubbish bags—bins are not provided.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
â–º Find out more about camping in Shoalwater Bay Regional Park.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Shoalwater Bay Regional Park.

Climate and weather

This region has a tropical climate, with an average summer temperature of about 32°C. However summer daytime temperatures can exceed 40°C. Winters are mild and often dry, with an average temperature of about 20°C.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Stanage Bay. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

Camping is only permitted at the designated camp sites. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Park specific conditions

Dangerous marine stingers may be present all year. Visit www.beachsafe.org.au for the latest safety and first-aid advice.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Looking after the park

Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Please help keep these places special during your stay.

  • Fires are permitted in areas more than 2m from flammable material—bring your own clean, milled timber. Gas and fuel stoves are preferred and recommended.
  • Avoid contaminating water with detergents, soaps or shampoos.
  • Take care not to bring weed seeds into parks and forests on shoes or tents.
  • Never feed or leave food for animals—you might be bitten or scratched. Let animals find their own food. Our foods can be harmful.
  • Pack strong rubbish bags for storing rubbish during your journey. Take all rubbish home with you. Carry a small container for cigarette butts.
  • Campers are encouraged to bring their own personal toilets.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The park is managed in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present its natural and cultural values.

Tourism information links

Capricorn Tourism Information Centre
www.capricorntourism.com.au
Tropic of Capricorn Spire
Gladstone Road, Rockhampton Qld 4700
Phone: (07) 4927 2055 or 1800 676 701
Fax: (07) 4922 2605
Email: 

Mackay Visitor Information Centre
www.mackayregion.com
320 Nebo Road, Mackay Qld 4741
Phone: (07) 4944 5888 or 1300 130 001
Fax: (07) 4952 2034
Email: 

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

Camping is only permitted at the designated camp sites. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Park specific conditions

Dangerous marine stingers may be present all year. Visit www.marinestingers.com.au for the latest safety and first-aid advice.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Last updated
30 January 2015