Whitsunday Islands National Park Whitsundays

Under the rainforest canopy and tucked against a steep hill, is Nari's Beach camping area. Photo credit: © Brooke Miles Photography

Ngaro track under construction

The Ngaro track will provide a new and exciting opportunity to hike in the Whitsundays. For safety reasons, the Ngaro track is closed to the public while the track and campsites are being constructed. Photo credit: Nah Turnbull © Queensland Government

The iconic Hill Inlet is not to be missed on a visit to Whitsunday Islands National Park. Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Queensland

Nari's Beach, Whitsunday Island

Nestled against a steep hill, this private camping area is set under a rainforest canopy with spectacular views to Cid Island.

Accessible by

  • Boat

Camping area facilities

  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets (non-flush)
  • Tent camping
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Boating
  • Fishing

Discover a place to relax, unwind and simply soak up the beautiful surrounds at this secluded camping area off Nari’s Beach.

Dip your toes into the gentle waters of Nari's Beach or grab your snorkel and explore the reef.

Spend the day cruising through the Whitsundays' deep, blue waters on your kayak, canoe or boat. Explore the historical Cid Harbour, once used by the Australian and allied navies as an anchorage during World War II.

Try your luck at reeling in a big one fishing off the beach or from your boat. With keen eyes you may spot the giant nesting mounds of orange-footed scrubfowl in the rainforest behind the beach.

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

Nari's Beach camping area is on Whitsunday Island in Whitsunday Islands National Park, located offshore from the Queensland central coast, 25km east of Airlie Beach.

  • Nari's Beach camping area is located on the western side of Whitsunday Island in Cid Harbour, about 41nm or (76km) from Shute Harbour (travelling in an anti-clockwise direction).
  • Anchoring is permitted in Cid Harbour. 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 tours

  • 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.

Charter boat

  • Bare boats or private charters are available from Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour and Hamilton Island.

Private vessel

  • 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

Naris Beach camping area.

Naris Beach camping area. Photo: Queensland Government.

Photo credit: Queensland Government

Opening hours

Nari's Beach 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: Set under the rainforest canopy, tucked against a steep hill, this site has outstanding views of Cid Island.

Location: Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island; approximately 15km east-north-east of Shute Harbour.

Danger! Sharks: Do not swim in Cid Harbour. Serious injury or death may occur from shark attack.

Access: The camping area can be reached by boat (only). A reef line is close to shore with good access at mid-tide and plenty of anchorage.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites. Maximum of 6 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.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Advance bookings recommended for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Whitsunday Islands safely and camp with care.