South Cumberland Islands National Park Mackay

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Camping in South Cumberland Islands

Most of the South Cumberland Islands are national park and great places for camping.

Campers must be self-sufficient. Visitor numbers are limited to ensure a secluded experience. You will need to book your site and purchase your permit in advance.

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

Our precious Great Barrier Reef World Heritage islands are among the most pest-free islands in the world. They need your help to stay this way. Please Be pest-free! (PDF, 573.6KB) before your visit.

Park-specific conditions

Warning: Strong winds, rough seas and cyclones can isolate campers. Carry emergency food and water for several days, broadcast radio, spare batteries and medical supplies.

Dangerous marine stingers may be present all year. Visit Beachsafe for the latest safety advice.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

  • Cockermouth Island is a hilly island is mainly open grassland. Large tidal lagoons occur on the island’s western side where low tides expose an ancient Pleistocene reef.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • No camper trailer camping
    • No campfires
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted
  • Refuge Bay, Scawfell Island features granite cliffs line the coast of Scawfell Island, the largest national park island in the South Cumberland group.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • No camper trailer camping
    • No campfires
    • Toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • Picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted
  • Penrith Island is one of the most remote in the South Cumberland Islands National Park.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • No camper trailer camping
    • No campfires
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted
  • Turtle Beach, St Bees has a small sandy beach and bush camping is allowed on the shoreline above the high tide area.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • No camper trailer camping
    • No campfires
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted