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Camping in South Cumberland Islands National Park

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.

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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 www.beachsafe.org.au for the latest safety advice.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Cockermouth Island

Camping area features: this hilly island is mainly open grassland. Large tidal lagoons occur on the island’s western side where low tides expose an ancient Pleistocene reef.

Location: south-western bay of Cockermouth Island.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat (only).

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites. Maximum 12 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: sand and grass.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Refuge Bay, Scawfell Island

Camping area features: granite cliffs line the coast of Scawfell Island, the largest national park island in the South Cumberland group. Large areas of rainforest perch on steep mountain slopes. A wide sheltered bay faces north with all tidal access.

Location: Refuge Bay.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat (only).

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites. Maximum 12 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: sand and grass.

Facilities: pit toilet.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Last reviewed
28 June 2019
Last updated
6 December 2017