Bottom Whiphandle Waterhole Camp - Lakefield NP

National Park - Queensland


Camping area features: on a high ridge a short distance away from the western bank of the Normanby River. This is the most northerly camping area on the Normanby River. This out-of-the-way permanent waterhole is ideal for bank fishing or to just enjoy the peace and quiet. Large crocodiles are frequently seen here—be croc wise in croc country.

Location: northern part of the park on the western bank of the Normanby River. By road, camp site one is 48 km north of Lakefield ranger base or 29 km north-east of Hann Crossing. Camp site two is a further 3 km north.

Access: the camping area can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicle only. It is not accessible for caravans, campervans or buses. The road becomes impassable after rain.

Boat launching: nil.

Number of sites: two numbered sites

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

Camp site surface: dirt and grass (seasonal).

Shade: partial shade.

Facilities: nil.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply). Fuel stoves are recommended. Do not collect firewood in the park.

Generators: only generators operated at less than 65dB(A), when measured 7m from the generator, are permitted, and only between 8.00am and 7.00pm.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, equipment for treating water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, mosquito nets, fuel stove and adequate fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. 

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone prior to arrival. Bookings are essential and should be made well in advance for May to August and the September school holidays.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

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