Camping near Cardwell with hiking

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Bella Vista

5 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Cardwell, QLD
Vacant semi cleared rural block with mountain views. This 2.02 acre semi cleared parcel of land is located in the picturesque Kennedy Valley and is just a short 10 minute drive to Cardwell, Port Hinchinbrook marina and boat ramps. This property boasts magnificent mountain views and the peace and tranquillity of a beautiful rural setting. This location allows access to amazing mountains, beaches such as Mission Beach, the Great Barrier Reef and stunning waterfalls and swimming holes. Not suitable for wet season use. Guests must be full self contained with their own toilet/shower facilities and must take all waste with them on departure. Campfires are welcome in visitor's own firepits. Pets are allowed on leash.
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Tranquil Estate

20 sites · Tents10 acres · Cardwell, QLD
Tranquil Estate is and ECO tourist site that is located 10 mins north of Cardwell and positioned in between Cardwell and Tully in North Queensland. Tranquil Estate is located at the foothills in a beautiful part of the world called Bilyana that overlooks the magnificent Hinchinbrook Island and waterway. Tranquil Estate has approximately 10 acres of flat grassed area for parking your RV, caravan or camping for the night. We are less than 2km off the Bruce highway and the the road into Tranquil Estate is a dirt road that is well maintained. There is a common use fire pit area and two wood BBQ's for use in the middle of the paddock. There is also a potable water tank for washing only. There are no toilets and drinking water available, so being self sufficient is a requirement. There is a massive 50 year old Mango tree that provides a heap of shade to sit under and enjoy the environment. Behind the Mango tree are walking tracks that take you across a bridge and into the rainforest. This is a pristine environment that we want to share with our visitors. Please be mindful that we have the usual wild animals that are native to the area (Cassowary's, pythons & snakes, wallabies & kangaroos) that should always be treated with the respect that they deserve. This is a beautiful part of the world to stay and you will enjoy stopping and recharging your batteries!
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Clearview

6 sites · RVs, Tents350 acres · Dingo Pocket, QLD
We are a working cattle property with extensive permaculture inspired production gardens. Our goals are towards regenerating the land and being as self sufficient and organic in production as possible. We encourage you leave lasting marks on the farm by being apart of our regeneration, self sufficient projects, we provide the first hand experiences to our farming lifestyle and volunteer our knowledge to encourage everyone to do their part to a more sustainable future. Situated 15 minutes from the North Queensland town of Tully, on record as being the wettest places in Queensland. We also encourage you to explore our 350 acres of bushland, rainforest and open grasslands or used us as a base to explore the surrounding environment including the stunning Tully Gorge National Park or the beautiful Mission Beach and Dunk Island or just chill out and relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding farmland. Our campsites have near 300-degree views of the surrounding Tully Valley, down private gullies or open grasslands. Other options in the area include sky diving, white water rafting, bush or coastal walking, swimming in pristine fresh or saltwater or star gazing this region has it all. Pets are welcome but must be under control at all times. We have a passion for the environment, agriculture and reducing the amount of waste created by humans, we try to reuse and repurposing as much of our own and others waste as possible. You can follow our progress to transform our farm on the Facebook page Clearview - Tully. We are fully off-grid, so you will need to be fully self-contained, a dump point and laundry mat is available in Tully if required. Campfires permitted.
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Butterfly Valley

2 sites · Lodging160 acres · Damper Creek, QLD
Butterfly Valley Holiday Accommodation is situated on a 160 acre property, that is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine National Park. Situated just 2.8 km from the Bruce Highway, 10 minutes from the seaside township of Cardwell and close to Hinchinbrook Island, here you can escape the hustle and bustle of life to the peace and quiet of lush natural surrounds. Enjoy private swimming holes and a waterfall that is only 300 meters from your front door, as well as a lookout over Hinchinbrook Island. There is abundant wildlife, and of course you will see many butterflies – watch it all from your private deck overlooking the creek. Our campsites are beside Five Mile creek on Butterfly Island and only accessible by off road vehicles.
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Kurrimine Beach bush camping

5 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Kurrimine Beach, QLD
This campsite suits guests in caravans, campervans and RV ,that are able to be self sufficient, ie shower and own toilets. off grid set up We have sites close to the main house that provide shade from the state forest or 2 acres of flat grassed areas a few hundred mtrs away . We have a large lap pool to use and fire pit area ,to enjoy in the evenings while chatting to other guests We have 2 Airbnb accommodation property's so at times your sharing the outdoor areas with guests. There is a bush shower for use hot water at a small $2.00 fee per shower We are 1klm from the beach and boat ramps ,and a 3 minute drive to the king reef pub. Pack packer and travellers welcome ,but should use the bush shower and the male and female toilets in the pool area . camping sites are $20.00 per night per couple including use off pool and amenities We are not able to provide power or water is not available to fill up your caravans /Rvs ect while staying at our property .
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Cullen Guesthouse & and Rest Stop

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Ingham, QLD
Park alongside Inghams 100 year old fully restored historical Villa. Shower and toilet facilities, power and water provided within. The property is located 30 seconds off the Bruce Highway. A great stop for the weary traveller. Overnight or longer if needed. An excellent stop for exploring the region, the Wallerman Falls etc. Close to all town amenities.
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Wonderland

4 sites · Tents10 acres · Mission Beach, QLD
Wonderland is only 9.5km from Mission Beach set on 12 acres of farm land and beautiful rainforest. The camp ground is nestled on the fringe of the rainforest with a beautiful little sandy creek. Must be self sufficient and take your rubbish with you. We have clean running water at taps around grounds.
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Herbert River Valley

10 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · Abergowrie, QLD
The serene and beautiful Herbert River awaits your visit to enjoy the breathtaking views the valley offers. Base yourself with us and explore the Yammanie National Park along the Herbert River. Gowerie creek has never stopped running in 60 years fed from the Mountains back towards Cardwell this creek presents beauty in every aspect.
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Hidden Valley Cabins

8 sites · Lodging8 acres · Paluma, QLD
At Hidden Valley Cabins you’ll find three generations of our family, living a simple eco-friendly life and ready to welcome you into our home. We are passionate about wellness, nature, and the biodiversity around us, and strive to educate our visitors from all over the world. Off Grid eco retreat, in Australian bushland. The property itself is on 8acres of untouched Australian bushland but surrounded by 55000acres or cattle station, with a River twisting and turning all through the Valley where we sit. There is a beautiful Gorge 10 mins down the road, countless walking/hiking trails and beautiful waterholes and waterfalls to find and enjoy! Hidden Valley Cabins offers a range of educational eco-tours including day tours from the resort and all-inclusive tours with meals, accommodation and transfers from Townsville. Explore the local area with a personal guide, adding to the Australian bush experience and cover the unique animals, ecosystems and landscape within the Hidden Valley area.
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AU$179
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Julanne's Forest

1 site · RV, Tent8 acres · Belvedere, QLD
Set in the tropical rainforest on 4 hectares. Julanne's Forest was planted 40 years ago as Cassowary habitat and to encourage a return of local species (both Flora and Fauna). Set high on the banks of Utchee Creek. This is wild rainforest regrowth with wait-a-while, birds and critters abounding. The campground is a mowed area in the paddock. No toilet. 4WD access recommended - essential when wet.
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Overview

The Northern Queensland town of Cardwell is in a convenient location on the coastal Great Green Way driving route that connects Townsville and Cairns, and on the Cassowary Coast. It’s also the gateway to Australia’s largest national park, Hinchinbrook Island, as well as the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and the wet tropics world heritage area. In short, there’s a lot to see and do around little Cardwell. Campers in Cardwell can choose between well-equipped coastal holiday parks in the town, as well as wilder campsites in the many national parks and forests in the wider area, including offshore Hinchinbrook Island. While Cardwell itself isn’t a beach destination–its foreshore is muddy and infested with crocodiles—the beaches of Hinchinbrook are spectacular.

Where to go

Hinchinbrook Island

Australia’s largest national park, Hinchinbrook Island can be accessed by boat from Cardwell, either private vessels or water shuttles that take people to and from the Thorsborne Trail. Campers on Hinchinbrook can choose between coastal and forest sites, but all are accessible only by boat or kayak and are suitable only for tent camping. Most are very basic and do not offer any facilities, while a few have toilets and picnic tables. Camping permits are required, and there are fees.

Girringun National Park

Inland from Cardwell, Girringun National Park has some incredible waterfalls that are worth going out of your way to see, particularly Wallaman Falls and Blencoe Falls. It’s also a great bird-watching spot, with seasonal waterholes and lagoons. Campers can choose from six different campsites within the park, a couple of which are hike-in only while others are suitable for caravans and camper trailers as well as tents.

Townsville

Northern Queensland’s largest city, Townsville is about two hours’ drive south of Cardwell. There are many places to camp around Townsville, whether you’re in a tent or a camping vehicle. Lake Paluma is a popular camping spot among UNESCO-listed wet tropics forests. Offshore Magnetic Island is a popular day and over trip destination from Townsville and although there’s only one actual campsite here, you can find plenty of upmarket cabin, glamping, and lodge accommodation.

When to go

Unlike much of the rest of Australia, tropical Northern Queensland experiences two main seasons—the wet and the dry—rather than four. The wet season is the hottest, and while it’s not necessarily a bad time to visit, you should expect high humidity and for some natural areas to be inaccessible due to the weather, including flooding. The dry season coincides with winter in southern parts of Australia so it’s a popular time to visit to escape the cold, and weather conditions are ideal for camping and outdoor activities.

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