Smalleys Beach Camping Area - Cape Hillsborough NP

National Park - Queensland


You’ll need to stay for a few days to fully unwind and experience all this magical part of the world has to offer.

You’ll feel right at home in this shady camping area that is right on the beach and just a stone’s throw from walking tracks. Launch your boat nearby and spend your days exploring the nearby coves, islands and reefs of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Set out on foot to nearby beaches, ridge-top lookouts and mangrove forests, and watch the sunset splash across the sky as Cape Hillsborough’s agile wallabies visit the broad beach.

At night, sit around the camp fire (remember to bring your own off-ground fire container) underneath a star-studded sky as the waves gently roll up the broad beach.

Camping area features: shaded under eucalypt trees, this north-facing camping area has large camp sites and easy access to the beach and walking tracks.

Location: access is via a gravel road approximately 4 km before the main park entrance on Cape Hillsborough Road.

Access: conventional vehicles, caravans, campervans and camper trailers.

Number of sites: 11 numbered sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: caravans, camper trailers and tent camping beside your vehicle.

Camp site surface: dirt and grass.

Facilities: picnic tables, flushing toilets and drinking water.

Open fires: permitted in off-ground fire containers only. Bring your own clean, milled timber. Gas and fuel stoves preferred and recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: sturdy rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first-aid kit and a reliable torch. 

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Cape Hillsborough National Park is about 50 km north-west of Mackay by road:
  • From Mackay, travel north on the Bruce Highway for 20 km and turn right into Seaforth Road. Travel a further 20 km and turn right into Cape Hillsborough Road. It is then 10 km to the main park entrance.
  • From Proserpine, take the Bruce Highway south and travel 79 km to Mount Ossa. Turn left into the partly unsealed Mount Ossa Road and travel 15 km towards Seaforth. Turn right into Seaforth Road then left into Cape Hillsborough Road. Drive another 10 km to the main park entrance. 
  • Please note, the Mount Ossa road is not suitable for caravans. Caravan owners travelling from the north should continue to the sealed Seaforth Road, 20 km north of Mackay.
Visited site area today. Narrow one lane dirt road in & out. Be sure to book in in advance before going. Not much room for c/vans to turn around if all sites are occupied. Only Eleven (11) Good LARGE secluded level sites available - absolute beach frontage - some sites you can share with two (2) vans, with anexes opened, except for site #1 which has to be shared with any day visiters that turn up. The site is great value - a lot cheaper than at the at Cape Hillsborough C/Van Park.
Camping Fee $6.75
Per person, per night - from

Camping Fee - Family $27.00
Per family, per night (up to 2 adults, 6 children under 18 years) - from