Ninian Bay Camping Area - Cape Melville National Park

National Park - Queensland

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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.

Ninian Bay camping area has shady woodland vegetation and is bounded by a rocky outcrop to the west and mangroves to the east. Inland from the camping area is a swamp—large crocodiles are frequently seen here.

Features: around 1 km long, this camping area has shady woodland vegetation and is bounded by a rocky outcrop to the west and mangroves to the east. Inland from the camping area is a swamp—large crocodiles are frequently seen here. Always be croc wise in croc country.

Location: by the beach of Ninian Bay. The track meets the beach 41 km from Wakooka outstation (39 km from the national 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.

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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Camping Fee $6.75
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Camping Fee - Family $27.00
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