Camping near Emu Park with hiking

This friendly coastal town on Queensland’s Capricorn Coast overlooks the Keppel Islands.

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12 top campgrounds near Emu Park with hiking

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Take-A-Break Bush Camp

13 sites · RVs, Tents60 acres · Nankin, QLD
Located between Rockhampton and Emu Park beach. 711 Thompson Point Road Nankin Our campsites are located in a rural setting with plenty of shady trees, friendly cows and mountain views close to the Fitzroy River. Relax around a campfire on a peaceful dam and listen to the kookaburras. Dip your toes into the cool water whilst sipping watching the sunset. It is 10km to the upgraded Fitzroy River/Thompson Point boat ramp and pontoon. Enjoy some excellent fishing and crabbing on the river, bird watching and bush walking up the many hills. Only 1/2 hr. drive to the beaches (Emu Park and Yeppoon), National Parks (Mt Etna Caves, Mt Archer Baga, Limestone Creek), and Rockhampton (Kershaw Gardens and Rockhampton Free Zoo). Campfires in the firepits provided on each site. (Welcomed to BYO own firepit). Pre-cut fire wood for sale on site. Pets are welcome, however the must be kept within your allocated campsite area and supervised at all time. (Dogs are not allowed to chase livestock or native animals). Quiet genset are also allowed. Definitely no boats to be backed into the dam for washing purposes. Fish cleaning and boat washing facilities at the solar bore near front entrance. Telstra mobile reception (3G & 4G). TV reception with antenna. We a setup for fully self contained camping, however there is a basic bush shower/toilet available for our campers. The dam is a pristine eco area and no soap/detergents/chemicals to used in/around it. The dam is stocked with yabbies, silver perch and bass – catch and release. Camp site caters for 2 Adults and up to 4 kids per site. Come and Take-A-Break.
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Ferns Hideaway Resort

25 sites · RVs, Tents42 acres · Byfield, QLD
Ferns Hideaway is a secluded unique family owned bush resort and camping/caravan park nestled beside the stunning Waterpark Creek on 42 acres of riparian rainforest in tropical Central Queensland. Ferns is located in Byfield which is an easy 30 minute drive (39 kilometres) north of Yeppoon and adjacent to the beautiful Byfield National Park and central to all the area has to offer.We have a variety of sites and accomodation options to suit all styles and budgets with more than 25 camp/van sites, 5 traditional rustic log cabins, and several onsite vans, set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens and stunning natural surrounds.If it's peace and relaxation you're after, or more fun and adventure Ferns has something for everyone and boasts an array of other activities that are complementary for our guests. Spend the days lazing away by the pool, have a hit of tennis or explore the magical wilderness of Waterpark Creek in one of our canoes. The choice is yours! Our activities / amenities include: Fleet of Canadian canoes, in-ground swimming pool and spa, tennis court, beach volleyball court, ball games, kids activities, bush walking tracks, open grassed picnic areas, central camp ground, secluded camp sites, camp kitchen, camp lounge, toilets, hot showers, drinking water, licensed restaurant serving the best fresh local ingredients.Featuring an abundance of fauna and flora throughout the property, including a profusion of rare Byfield Ferns, giant paperbarks, wallabies, bandicoots, monitor lizards, water dragons and amazing birdlife, Ferns offers the perfect opportunity to relax and reconnect with nature, family and friends. With our licensed A La Carte restaurant open on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday lunch you can have your slice of paradise and eat your cake too!
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"Akubra Downs" HipCamp

26 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents600 acres · Mulara, QLD
A rare find. Conveniently located 12 mins to Yeppoon beaches, 15 mins to the Beef Capital City, Rockhampton. This property runs cattle, horses & it has its own airfield. Sky diving on weekends. Hedlow Creek runs through the 600 acre property. Great Keppel Island just off Yeppoon, daily trips. National Parks nearby.
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Laurel Bank

5 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Alton Downs, QLD
50 acres - 12 km’s from Rockhampton. Quite secluded areas for 4 wheel drive vehicles towing caravans and camper trailers. Walking (bird watching, abundance of wildlife, kangaroo’s etc). Cycling around property for mountain bikes and gravel roads in area perfect for gravel bikes and leisure riding. Fitzroy river 2 kms.
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Fairy Wrenn

11 sites · RVs, Tents60 acres · Kalapa, QLD
A peaceful and quiet slice of paradise between the hills and the creek. Relax around the campfire at one of the shady campsites available from mountain views to creek side stays. For the extreme camper break out your hiking boots and really get one with nature as you hike to your site at the top of the hill. All sites are non powered (welcome to bring your own generator), campfire friendly (pending local fire restrictions) and firewood is available. Rubbish facilities are available if required. Filtered rainwater is available. Sites are pet friendly. Guests will need to be self sufficient with their own toilet/shower facilities but there is a dump point available on site. Enjoy relaxing by the creek, have a swim or try your hand at catching some fish. Local birdlife is abundant and you might even see the occasional wild peacock. Kangaroos and wallabies will likely come and say hello to you too. Pack a picnic and your camera and hike up to the top of the hill to experience the best views. Mount Archer National Park, Mount Morgan Railway Museum and the Capricorn Caves are just a few of the local attractions close by.
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Great Keppel Island Hideaway

92 sites · Lodging11 acres · The Keppels, QLD
Great Keppel Island Hideaway offers a range of budget accommodation to suit singles, couples, families, friends and groups. Our friendly team can assist you with specific island accommodation requests for group bookings, special occasions, functions and events.Great Keppel Island is an island paradise where the ‘squeaky-clean’ white sand flows between your toes and the ocean sparkles before your eyes. As the largest island in the Keppel Group, Great Keppel is situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn and on Australia’s heritage listed Southern Great Barrier Reef. Whether you’re visiting Great Keppel for a day, a few nights, or for a couple of weeks, you can’t fail to be impressed by the scenery or the relaxed atmosphere on the island.
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Mt. Wheeler Farm Stay

4 sites · RVs, Tents500 acres · Bondoola, QLD
On our 500 acre property we have a small area which is currently available for camping whilst our riding school horses enjoy their summer spell. With scenic views of the mountain Gai-i, there is a hot shower, flushing toilet and camp fire area with a Brazilian style BBQ and a gas BBQ. We are only a 15 minute drive from the beach town of Yeppoon, which is also the gateway to The southern Great Barrier Reef and fringing reefs of Great Keppel Island.
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La Bougainville

7 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Joskeleigh, QLD
La Bouganville is located on 100 acres - 70ac is a farm and 30ac is a wilderness and wetlands. On the farm we have variety of animals - goats, sheep, dairy cows, horses, donkeys, poultry and even a pet pig! Our wetlands completely separate part of the property, completely fenced off and full of wildlife and possibly yowies! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRPbhJPYW10 " Joskeleigh between Yeppoon and Rocky. Creepy place where you see no one but you feel eyes watching you." https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-31/south-sea-islander-community-confronts-fears-of-yowies-ghosts/8572418 https://www.facebook.com/statelibraryqld/videos/734547326939005/ https://www.weekendnotes.com/joskeleigh-cemetery/ https://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/culture/indigenous/display/91732-south-sea-islanders-memorial-stone https://aumuseums.com/qld/joskeleigh-south-sea-islander-museum https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/group-portrait-of-australian-south-sea-islanders-at-joskeleigh-queensland-ca-1915-photographer-unknown/7QHqMBRPX9G7eA?hl=en
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M & R Grazing

10 sites · RVs, Tents680 acres · Gladstone, QLD
Welcome to M & R Grazing, our special slice of paradise! Our land spans 680 beautiful acres of diverse natural beauty! Only 10 kms from the highway. Pitch you tent, park your caravan and enjoy the natural beauty. The camping areas are mainly open paddocks, with some other options to go more remote (a 4wd will be required). There are no amenities here, campers will need to be self contained. Activities: Stargazing: With minimal light pollution, our location is perfect for stargazing. Lay out a blanket and be one with nature. Campfires: Enjoy a classic campfire experience. Roast marshmallows, share stories, and embrace the warmth of the fire (maybe not so much in summer). Photography: Whether you're a professional photographer or just love snapping pictures with your phone, the ever-changing landscapes and wildlife make for fantastic photo opportunities. Bushwalking/ mountain biking: With up to 20kms of bushing walking or mountain biking, enjoy the natural bushland and wildlife. Nearby Attractions: Royal Mount Larcom Hotel: Enjoy an amazing meal at the Royal Mount Larom Hotel Mount Larcom Climb: 360-degree view of the Gladstone area, rural lands and the harbour. 5 hours should be allowed to complete the climb. Fishing: Only 39 kms away from the Ramsey Crossing boat ramp were you launch you boat an go fishing and crabbing. Come and create unforgettable memories on our land, where nature's beauty and outdoor experiences await you. We can't wait to host you!
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The Paddock

3 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Cawarral, QLD
Our private 3-acre block is fully mowed and shaded by huge gum trees. A creek runs through the center of the property, dividing one side for Hipcampers and the other side for private use only. We're just a 5-minute walk to the shop, fuel, and pub, and a 5-minute drive to popular hiking at Baga National Park. Emu Park, a beach and coastal town, is only a 10-minute drive away. We offer fire pits and firewood for sale. We also offer the following when available: - Horse riding - Yoga and Breathwork - Martial arts training - Ice baths Guests must be fully self contained with their own toilet/shower facilities and must take all waste with them on departure. Campfires are welcome in the fire pit provided. Pets are allowed on leash.
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Little Glenora Bush Camp

1 site · RV, Tent25 acres · Cawarral, QLD
At Little Glenora we have created a private space where you can get closer to nature. You can enjoy the natural sounds, beautiful wildlife, star filled night sky and the beautiful sunrise and sunset. Cawarral is a unique and historic gold mining town and is situated 20 minutes from the coastal towns of Emu Park, Keppel Sands and Yeppoon where you can explore the beautiful beaches or enjoy one of the many cafes. The city of Rockhampton is within easy reach, where you can find everything you need to enjoy your stay with us. We are just 20 minutes from Mount Archer National Park where you can enjoy a number of different hikes, including hiking to the summit for some spectacular views of the region. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a leash to protect our wildlife, we also have neighbouring dogs that may sense them. Campfires are permitted as long as there are no restrictions in place. Campers must be self-contained with their own camping toilet and shower and take all waste and rubbish with them on departure. Please note; firewood is NOT supplied.
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Rockhampton Stopover

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Berserker, QLD
We have a large space available for stopovers during your holiday travels. This Rockhampton yard is near to all the services you may need: supermarket, shops and restaurants. We are located an easy drive to Yeppoon, the beach, the lagoon and the sail club. Campfires permitted. Super close to Mount Archer and the National Park, which offer spectacular views of Rockhampton city, deep valleys, dry rainforests, fleeting glimpses of forest inhabitants and birdlife. The Park has some good bike trails and climbing spots. You will need to be self-contained with own camping toilet/shower. We have drinking water and rubbish/recycling facilities. Your pooch is more than welcome as long as it's on a leash.
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Camping near Emu Park with hiking guide

Overview

A small coastal community on the shores of Keppel Bay, Emu Park offers a year-round sunshine-laced climate typical of southern Queensland. Captain Cook named Keppel Bay after sighting it in 1870, with the town of Emu Park evolving as cattle station owners established holiday homes on the beach. It has retained much of its small-town charm and serves as a popular holiday spot, particularly along the waterfront where parklands and the famed Singing Ship sculpture capture the breeze.

Where to go

Benarkin State Forest

At Emu Creek Camp Site, a large open camping area for caravans and tents sits adjacent to Emu Creek. Clancy’s Camping Area is adjacent to the Bicentennial National Trail, popular among horse riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. Wood-fired BBQs (bring your own wood) are available (except when fire bans apply) at both sites. Book your camping permit through the state’s Parks and Forest department.

Keppel Bay Islands

Camping is permissible on a number of islands within Keppel Bay Islands National Park. Book your camping permit through Queensland’s Parks and Forest department for campsites on North Keppel Island, Humpy Island, Miall Island, Conical Island, Divided Island, Pelican Island, Middle Island, and Hummocky Island—here, campsites are suitable for tent campers only and facilities are limited mostly to picnic tables and toilets.

Byfield National Park

Byfield National Park, Byfield State Forest, and Byfield Conservation Park all combine to form the Capricorn Coast’s park area. Here, massive sand dunes, rainforest-edged creeks, dramatic mountain ranges, and dense pine plantations are dotted with camping areas on the beach and in the forest. Park campsites are suitable for caravans, camper trailers, and motorhomes along with tents and swags, although some are only accessible by 4WD vehicle.

When to go

Emu Park, Yeppoon, and the Capricorn Coast are a year-round holiday destination. Summer storms that roll in from the north may impact the area, but summers are generally warm and humid, and winters are mild. Southeast trade winds blow from around April to October.

Know before you go

  • Swim for free at the waterfront Yeppoon Lagoon, an aquatic playground for all ages.
  • 4WD vehicles can drive on 17 km of sand at Farnborough Beach, with entry access at Bangalee.
  • Look for humpback whales passing through Keppel Bay on their annual migration between June and October.
  • Almost 30 islands sit offshore from Emu Park, with boat trips departing from Keppel Bay Marina.

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