Cape Palmerston Camping Area


5 from 4 users


LOT 1 The Esplanade, Koumala, Queensland

13 74 68


You can bush camp on the eastern beach of Cape Palmerston, in Cape Palmerston National Park. The park is 115km south-east of Mackay, on the Central Queensland coast. You need a 4WD to get to the camp sites. You must book and pay for your camping permit before you arrive at the camping area. Camp sites are locaterd along the eastern beach of Cape Palmerston on the Cape Palmerston drive. Pack you tent or hook up your high-clearance camper trailer and head to Cape Palmerston. Stake out your spot on the beach, overlooking the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Once you're set, relax or play on the beach, go kayaking or canoeing (if its not too windy), fish, birdwatch, beachcomb and more. Get up early to greet the sunrise and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, turtles, dugongs and whales. At night, sit around your camp fire (bring your own off-ground fire container and milled timber) and listen to the waves gently rolling into shore. On-ground campfires are prohibited. Above-ground fire containers permittedbring your own clean, milled timber. Remove your fire container when you leave. Fuel stoves are recommended. Generators and pets are not allowed. Mobile phone coverage is poor. Satellite phones or marine radios are recommended. Estuarine crocodiles inhabit the Cape Creek area. Dangerous marine stingers may be present all year. Camping is limited to a maximum of 22 nights in Cape Palmerston National Park.

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Lat: -21.543179 Lng: 149.486888

User Reviews



Beautiful spot. Quite a few people about but still managed to get a private spot with our own beach. Drove in with a fairly heavy land cruiser with slide on camper without dramas (reduced tyre pressures). Breeze keeps the mozzies away but you will have flapping canvas... choose your own annoyance and enjoy the beautiful NP.



You should report this to the national park and let them know it's a mess



Absolutely LOVED this camp site. We had the entire cape to ourselves with only one other camp way at the beginning of the camping zones. Very few mozzies, great driving tracks, amazing views and beaches to explore. Take a couple of sneaky drinks with you upto the lookout for sunrise will not disappoint! Only downside I will mention is yes there was some rubbish left behind from previous campers and a few fresh tracks created on the grassy dunes... if it's not already a track keep your bloody 4wd's off and respect the land!!


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