Cape Palmerston Camping Area - Cape Palmerston National Park

National Park - Queensland


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(external link).

Once you're set, relax or play on the beach, go kayaking or canoeing (if it’s 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.

Cape Palmerston bush camping 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: camp in the fore dunes along the eastern coast of Cape Palmerston National Park.

Location: eastern beach of Cape Palmerston

Access: the camping area can be reached by 4WD only.

Number of sites: undefined. Maximum of 6 people per site.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, camper trailers.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: on-ground campfires prohibited. Above-ground fire containers permitted—bring your own clean, milled timber. Remove your fire container when you leave. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not allowed.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, food, rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first-aid kit and a reliable torch. 

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

Mobile phone coverage: poor. Satellite phones or marine radios are recommended.
Best way to access the campsite is by travelling across the beach when the tide is right. Track behind the dunes is narrow, heavily rutted in places and with many tight turns. A large fallen tree partially blocks the track towards the northern end.
Camping Fee $6.75
Per person, per night - from

Camping Fee - Family $27.00
Per family, per night (up to 2 adults, 6 children under 18 years) - from