Mast Head Island Camping Area - Capricornia Cays National Park

National Park - Queensland


Discover your own Robinson Crusoe-style wilderness experience on this seemingly remote coral cay, in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Set up camp under the shady sheoaks that fringe the beach. At night, listen to the mournful calls of shearwaters nesting in the pisonia forest that covers most of the cay. From your camp site, step onto the stunning white sandy beach, and plunge into clear waters to explore the outstanding coral reef surrounding this small coral cay.

At low tide walk on the reef flat or spend a few enjoyable hours walking around the cay, spotting seabirds as you go. Mast Head Island has a diverse seabird population and is one of the most important nesting sites for loggerhead and green turtles.

Mast Head Island camping area is in Capricornia Cays National Park, 60km north-east of Gladstone in the southern Great Barrier Reef.

The camping area is on the western side of the island.  Walk the short distance up to the camping area from your drop-off point on the beach.

Getting to the island

  • You can reach the island by private boat or commercial vessel. The nearest departure point is Gladstone.
  • The island does not have a regular charter service. You need to check with operators for timetables.
  • Access is restricted by tides. Commercial vessels (barges) will generally drop you and your gear on the beach at high tide.

Seasonal closures

  • You can visit Mast Head Island from the first day of the Queensland Easter school holidays until 14 October.
  • The island is closed to all visitors at other times.

Camping area features: Self-sufficient camping under casuarina trees with lagoon views. Swim, dive and snorkel or view abundant local wildlife.

Location: 60km north-east of Gladstone.

Access: This camping area is accessible by boat only.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites. Up to 50 people can camp here at any one time.

Maximum Number of Camping Nights: 21

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: Sand.

Facilities: No facilities are provided.

Fires: Prohibited (open and closed). Gas or liquid fuelled stoves for cooking purposes are permitted.

Generators: Not permitted. There is no medical exemption to operate a low decibel 65dB(A) generator in the Capricornia Cays National Park’.

Essentials to bring: All food and water, first-aid kit, insect repellent, sun protection, reliable torch, sturdy rubbish bags. Portable chemical toilets are also recommended. 

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Advance bookings are essential for school holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Unreliable. Marine VHF radios and satellite phones are recommended.

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Camping Fee - Family $27.00
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