Granite Camping Area - Cape Melville National Park

National Park - Queensland


The roads and camping areas within Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) are not suitable for trailers, caravans, campervans or buses. Access to camping areas involves four-wheel driving in soft sand, as well as tidal creek crossings. Stay on designated roads and formed tracks—do not drive on salt flats. Extensive vehicle recovery equipment is essential. Travelling with another vehicle is highly recommended.

Features: around 4 km long, this camping area has shady beach-front vegetation and is bounded by a tidal creek and the rocky tip of Cape Melville.

Location: by the beach at Bathurst Bay between Oystercatcher camping area and the tip of Cape Melville. The camping area begins 47 km from Wakooka outstation (43 km from the park boundary).

Access: the camping area can be reached by high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle only—it is not accessible for trailers, caravans, campervans or buses. Access involves four-wheel driving in sand, a freshwater creek crossing and several tidal creek crossings. The tidal creek crossing between Oystercatcher and Granite camping areas is extremely difficult and dangerous—take extreme care and do not attempt to cross except on a very low tide. Vehicle recovery equipment is essential. Always travel with another vehicle.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.

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

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none.

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

Generator use: generators that operate at a noise level less than 65 dB(A) when measured at 7 m from the generator are permitted.

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

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone prior to arrival.

Mobile phone coverage: not available. Satellite phones are essential and personal locator beacons (PLBs) are highly recommended.

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