Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island
Set up camp in your own secluded piece of paradise and discover the walking tracks and snorkelling reefs of Chance Bay.
Camping area facilities
- Picnic tables
- Toilets (non-flush)
- Tent camping
- Snorkelling and diving
- Canoeing and kayaking
Nestled in a quiet bay, Chance Bay camping area offers spectacular views across the sandy beach to Pentecost Island and the Lindeman Islands Group.
Head out to snorkel the gentle waters of Chance Bay and explore the marine life.
Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles popping up to the surface for a rest—green, flatback and hawksbill sea turtles call this bay home.
Whitsunday Islands National Park is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, famed for its superlative natural beauty, outstanding examples of reef ecosystem development, evolutionary history and amazing diversity.
Getting there and getting around
Chance Bay camping area is on Whitsunday Island in Whitsunday Islands National Park, located offshore from the Queensland central coast, 25km east of Airlie Beach.
- Chance Bay camping area is located on the south-east side of Whitsunday Island, approximately 17.3nm (32km) east-south-east of Shute Harbour, travelling in an anticlockwise direction.
- Anchoring is permitted. Access to this site is possible from mid to high tide.
- Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.
- For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.
Getting to the Whitsundays
- Travel on the Bruce Highway to Proserpine, 125km north of Mackay.
- From Proserpine, drive 25km east along Shute Harbour Road to Airlie Beach, and continue a further 10km to Shute Harbour. Book your tour or charter boat or launch your vessel from here.
- All roads to the boat launch sites are suitable for conventional 2WDs.
The islands' national park is easily accessible by commercial tours and transfers, charter boat and private vessel from the coastal towns of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Hamilton Island (20km south-east of Shute Harbour) is also accessible by aircraft.
- Commercial operators offer day trips, camping tours and boat, camper and kayak transfers departing from Abell Point Marina at Airlie Beach and from Shute Harbour.
- Bare boats or private charters are available from Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour and Hamilton Island.
- There are public boat ramps at Port of Airlie and Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour, Cannonvale (4km east of Airlie Beach), Dingo Beach (50km north-west of Airlie Beach), Conway Beach (38km south of Airlie Beach) and Midge Point (60km south of Airlie Beach).
- Always take the weather and tidal influences into account when boating in the Whitsundays.
- Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach have airstrips and commercial operators offer sightseeing tours.
Before you visit
Chance Bay camping area 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: An elevated camping area with excellent views extending across the sandy beach to Pentecost Island, the Lindeman Group and Cape Conway.
Location: South-east Whitsunday Island; approximately 27km east-south-east of Shute Harbour.
Access: The camping area can be reached by boat (only) at mid to high tide. A good anchorage during northerly winds, access can be difficult during south-easterly winds.
Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites. Maximum of 12 people.
Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping.
Camp site surface: Sand and dirt.
Facilities: Composting toilet, picnic tables.
Open fires: Prohibited.
Generators: Not permitted.
Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent. Read more about before you visit.
Mobile phone coverage: Not available.
- Park Alert Feral animal control program involving ground shooting: Hook Island, Whitsunday Islands National Park 6–10 June 2022
- Dugong-Sawmill Walking Track Closure 6–24 June 2022
- Visitors to Great Barrier Reef reminded to be SharkSmart 14 October 2020 to 23 August 2022