Oyala Thumotang NP Camping Area

National Park - Queensland

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Oyala Thumotang camping area incorporates 15 remote camp sites located throughout the park. These camp sites are set beside waterholes, lagoons and rivers. There are no facilities in the park.

Total self-sufficiency in food, water, equipment for treating water, fuel and vehicle spare parts is essential. It is recommended that visitors travel with another vehicle and have suitable vehicle recovery equipment on hand. Minimise your use of fresh water. Bury human waste (15 cm deep) well away from waterholes.

Camping area features: 15 camp sites throughout the park with excellent birdwatching opportunities.

Location: camp sites are located beside waterholes, lagoons and rivers throughout the park.

Access: camp sites can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicles and off-road camper trailers only.

Number of sites: 15

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car and off-road camper trailers.

Camp site surface: dirt, grass and sand.

Facilities: none.

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

Generators: generators that operate at a noise level less than 65 dB(A) at 7 m are permitted.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, equipment for treating water, rubbish bags, insect repellent and mosquito nets. Bring a 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.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

There are three sections of the park with different camping areas:

Langi Section

The Langi section is 78 km from the Rokeby Road turn-off. This section is in the north of the park close to the forest-lined Archer River. The Old Archer Crossing—the historical site of the main access to northern Cape York Peninsula—is located here. Lagoons covered in waterlilies and fringed with forest are also a feature. This section includes the following camp sites: Night Paddock Lagoon, Langi Lagoon, Old Archer Crossing, Jerry Lagoon, Twin Lagoons 1, Twin Lagoons 2 and 10 Mile Junction.

Coen River Section

The Coen River section is 74 km from the Rokeby Road turn-off. This section is located on the Coen River floodplain where the open woodlands and native grasslands are dotted with lagoons, swamps and creeks fringed with dry vine thickets. This section includes Pandanus Lagoon day-use area and the following camp sites: Mango Lagoon 1, Mango Lagoon 2, First Coen River, Chong Swamp, Second Coen River and Vardons Lagoon.

Archer Bend Section

The Archer Bend section is 125 km from the Rokeby Road turn-off, via the Coen River section. The road to Archer Bend crosses the privately owned Merapah Corridor for 8 km, north-west of Vardons Lagoon. Archer Bend section is bordered by the Archer River. Rainforest lines the river banks while open woodlands, sand ridges and swamps occur throughout the rest of the area. Archer Bend section includes the following camp sites: Governors Waterhole and Horsetailer Waterhole.

CMCA User
 23/07/2017
Long drive in, then another rough 28k's to Jerry lagoons, nice little spot beside lagoon, absolutely no facilities.
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