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Camping along the Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail

The Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail (WNST) offers a range of camping areas and gives easy access to both short and long walks.

Use the table below or the map above to find the closest campsite to your chosen WNST walk.

If you are travelling by kayak between campsites, make sure you are familiar with the prevailing wind direction for that time of year and the distances you have to travel.

Island Walks Campground
South Molle Island Spion Kop and Mt Jeffreys Paddle Bay and Sandy Bay campcamping areas
Henning Island Use as a stop-over between South Molle and Whitsunday islands Northern Spit camping area
Whitsunday Island Whitsunday Peak, Dugong-Sawmill track Dugong Beach camping area
Hook Island Ngaro cultural site Curlew Beach camping area
Whitsunday Island Whitsunday Cairn Cairn Beach camping area
Whitsunday Island Tongue Point  
Whitsunday Island Solway circuit, Chance Bay track Whitehaven Beach and Chance Bay camping areas

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

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Park-specific conditions

You have to be totally self-sufficient when camping along the Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail. Only limited facilities are provided at campsites. Remember the essentials to bring, and please set up and camp carefully.

Please pack carefully

  • Bring sufficient food and water, plus extra in case of emergency. None of the islands have fresh water. Ensure you have enough water for drinking, cooking, washing and bathing. Allow at least five litres per person per day.
  • Pack a first-aid kit, lots of vinegar and advice on recognising and treating dangerous marine stingers.
  • Carry reliable equipment such as torches, AM/FM radio and VHF radio.
  • Dehydrated food and minimal packaging saves weight, space and rubbish.
  • Sturdy containers will help keep wildlife away from your food and rubbish.
  • Please clean your camping gear to prevent spreading seeds, insects and vermin.
  • Pack a tarpaulin, sunscreen and insect repellent to enjoy a comfortable stay.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Sandy Bay, South Molle Island

Sandy Bay campground, South Molle Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

Sandy Bay campground, South Molle Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: A relatively open campground with little shade, its long sandy beach provides an excellent opportunity for beachcombing. Great for keen bushwalkers, the bay is well connected to the rest of the island by an 11.5km walking track system.

Location: West side of South Molle Island, approximately 5km east-north-east of Shute Harbour.

Access: The camping area can be reached by boat (only) at mid to high tides.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites. Maximum of 36 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping; large groups.

Camp site surface: Sand and rubble.

Facilities: Micro-flush toilets, picnic tables.

Open fires: Prohibited.

Generators: Not allowed.

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. Advance bookings recommended for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Poor.

Paddle Bay, South Molle Island

Paddle Bay campground, South Molle Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

Paddle Bay campground, South Molle Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: This sandy site backs onto rainforest and overlooks Daydream Island. Well shaded, it offers privacy from other campers but still connects to the island’s 11.5km walking track system at low tide.

Location: On a sandy spit, west of South Molle Island resort, approximately 6km east-north-east of Shute Harbour.

Access: The camping area can be reached by boat at mid to high tides and from the island walking track.

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

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping; groups.

Camp site surface: Sand and rubble.

Facilities: Composting toilets, picnic tables.

Open fires: Prohibited.

Generators: Not allowed.

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. Advance bookings recommended for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Poor.

Northern Spit, Henning Island

Northern Spit campground, Henning Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

Northern Spit campground, Henning Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: Pleasant sandy beach backed by closed forest canopy. The campground is set among native grasses and casuarinas overlooking Whitsunday and Hamilton islands.

Location: Northern side of Henning Island, approximately 15km east-south-east of Shute Harbour.

Access: The camping area can be reached by boat (only) at all tides.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites. Maximum of 18 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Sand and dirt.

Facilities: Composting toilets, picnic tables.

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. Advance bookings recommended for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island

View from Chance Bay campground, Whitsunday Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

View from Chance Bay campground, Whitsunday Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: An elevated campground 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 things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

Whitehaven camp. Photo: Queensland Government.

Whitehaven camp. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: The dazzling white, pure silica sands of Whitehaven Beach are one of the best known Whitsunday drawcards. Camp sites are nestled among lowland vine forest and eucalyptus woodland behind the beach.

Location: South-east Whitsunday Island; approximately 30km east of Shute Harbour.

Access: The camping area can be reached by boat (only) at all tides.

Number of sites: 8 defined sites and large group camping node. Maximum of 36 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Sand and dirt.

Facilities: Composting toilets, picnic tables.

Open fires: Prohibited.

Generators: Not allowed.

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. Advance bookings recommended for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Cairn Beach, Whitsunday Island

Cairn Beach campground. Photo: Queensland Government.

Cairn Beach campground. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: This site has outstanding physical beauty, with a sandy beach backing onto rainforest with fringing coral reef. The campground is located within beach scrub vegetation containing numerous bottle trees. For amazing views you can also walk the Cairn track, part of the Ngaro Sea Trail, to a volcanic rock formation known as the Whitsunday Cairn. 

Location: North-western side of Whitsunday Island; approximately 27km north-east of Airlie Beach.

Access: The camping area can be reached by shallow draft boat (only) at mid to high tide. Anchorage at this site is poor.

Number of sites: Four defined sites. Maximum of 12 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: Walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Sand and dirt.

Facilities: Composting toilets, picnic benches.

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. Advance bookings recommended for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Available.

Dugong Beach, Whitsunday Island

Dugong Beach camp. Photo: Queensland Government.

Dugong Beach camp. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: This site is suitable for larger groups, and has a sandy beach backed by rainforest. A 1.5km walking track through coastal rainforest connects to Sawmill Beach.

Location: Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island; approximately 17km east-north-east of Shute Harbour.

Access: The campground can be reached by boat (only). There is protected anchorage, and access is best at mid to high tide.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites. Maximum of 36 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping; large groups.

Camp site surface: Sand and dirt.

Facilities: Composting toilets, picnic tables, sheltered picnic tables.

Open fires: Prohibited.

Generators: Not allowed.

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.

Curlew Beach, Hook Island

Curlew Beach campground, Hook Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

Curlew Beach campground, Hook Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: A sandy beach backed with rainforest and a small seasonal creek.

Location: Macona Inlet, Hook Island; approximately 17km north-east of Airlie Beach.

Access: The campground can be reached by shallow-drafted vessels (only) during mid to high tide.

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 rubble.

Facilities: Composting toilet, picnic tables.

Open fires: Prohibited.

Generators: Not allowed.

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. Advance bookings recommended for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

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Last updated
30 July 2018