Coastal camping near Hamilton Island

This is the main island hub of the Whitsunday Islands, Australia’s favourite island getaway.

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7 top coastal campgrounds near Hamilton Island

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Creek and Antique Camping

50 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · Mackay, QLD
We have a selection of beautiful creek side locations where you can enjoy the clear, fresh running water and a selection of other sites only a short walk from the water. Conveniently located just a short drive off the Bruce Highway our sites are not designated, you choose your own on arrival While staying, you will have the opportunity to take a walk into the past to view a private collection of Australiana, including a working stationary, engine display and vintage kitchen with wood stoves. Access to the property is via a creek crossing so it is advisable to phone ahead if there has been recent rain or rainfall is forecast. Toilets are located on the property but campers will need their own shower facilities and take all waste with them on departure. Campfires are permitted but must be contained at all times in a fire pits that we also have for your use Calen is a small cane growing and cattle town with a general store, pharmacy, service station, butcher and the local pub. Zarby's cafe is a short drive away if you would like to dine in for breakfast or lunch in a retro style setting. Each site fee is for 2 adults and kids stay at no cost Pets are welcome.
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Ben Lomond Station

6 sites · RVs, Tents1800 acres · Hideaway Bay, QLD
Ben Lomond Station is an 1800 acre working cattle station 25 minutes south of Bowen and 35 minutes north of Airlie Beach on the Whitsundays. We border onto Eden Lassie Creek which has tidal ocean access for saltwater fishing and there is an abundance of estuary fishing and crab spots available. We are a nature based camping area. Cleared shady camping spots are available for fully self contained campers as there are currently no facilities available so you must have own camping toilet and leave no trace. Access to the camping area is for 4WD only with caravans off road and high clearance. Firewood is available for a small fee or you can collect any fallen timber yourself. There is a ban on cutting down any standing timber even it is dead. There is plenty of room to run for the kids and dogs though we do ask that your pet not annoy our cattle or other campers. Ben Lomond station has an abundance of flora and fauna such as burdekin plum trees, mango trees, wallabies, kangaroos and bird and fish species.
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Kangaroo Tales

4 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Midge Point, QLD
When you pay to stay here - you are helping us pay for the care of our injured and orphaned wildlife. We are located on a secluded bush block across the road from the beach giving you access to great fishing and crabbing. With a fire pit and plenty of wood to burn. Enjoy your tranquil escape to Midge Point. We are pleased to announce that we are now proudly a member of the Wildlife Land Trust and listed as a Wildlife Sanctuary. This helps us become a release sit for our local native wildlife and furthers our efforts with wildlife Care and Rehabilitation. There is a local takeaway and tavern just down the road. Please note: You must be self contained to stay here as there are no amenities. Grey water can be placed on the trees. Dogs are allowed however will need to be kept on leads at all times to ensure they do not chase the wildlife. We do have wildlife in care behind fences and in cages :- however we ask that you please do not touch as the animals are being prepared to be released back into the wild.
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Land for Wildlife

4 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · QLD
With panoramic escarpment views, peace, privacy and quiet, this mountain top property has easy access from the road. The property is serviced by free courtesy buses, tour adventures, taxi service, and takeaway food services. Please understand seasons of the dry tropics changes the look of the property photos. We have breathtaking distant Eco views of mountains, escarpments and nature that will leave you awe struck. It makes for a great stay over. Located between Northerlies Bar Bistro, Cannonvale Shopping Centre, Airlie Beach and the Great Barrier Reef islands corals, parks. We have a limited number of campsites so your quiet, privacy, independence and convenience are important to us. We see high tide and have cooling sea breezes. Very, very important the drive has entry and exit. 1. To enter: Unhook the gate let yourself in; then close it please to maintain our privacy and stop transport services driving through. 2. Leave exit gate open. 3. Park so reversing beepers are not activated when leaving early morning to avoid waking up other guests. You can leave your camp and get courtesy buses to explore Great Barrier Reef tour options, refresh in Airlie Central, stock shop or just go out on the town for fun. So, relax here with us and revitalize from all the driving. Prepare yourselves now for your Great barrier Reef adventures before your next long distant OZ trip. Stay for a holiday or a night as you travel Queensland/Australia. Maybe you can refer a fellow traveler of how central this Hipcamp is to the Great Barrier Reef and township of Airlie Beach. We look forward to welcoming you!
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Hydeaway Stay - Powered

1 site · RV1 acre · Hideaway Bay Dingo Beach, QLD
Situated in beautiful Hydeaway Bay in the heart of the Whitsunday's, this quiet little block is a perfect spot to stay and unwind with only a short stroll to the white sandy beach where you can go fishing, kayaking, explore the rock pools at low tide or simply relax and enjoy breath taking views of the Whitsunday Islands. The property features a large flat grassy area suitable for an RV, Caravan or Campervan. If you are looking for hidden gems then Hydeaway Bay should be on your list when visiting the Whitsunday's.
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Midge Point Waters Camping

6 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Midge Point, QLD
Experience the quiet serenity of Midge Point. Midge Point is situated in Repulse Bay which is at the southern end of the Whitsunday Passage. There is 1 island group within Repulse Bay - the Repulse Islands & 2 other islands - Midge Island & Gould Island plus a multitude of estuary creeks and rivers. All are accessible by tinny from Midge Point. Our camp/caravan site is level with shaded areas, water and power. It is a 2-minute walk to the water. Features swing set & cubby house for children. Pets are welcome. There is plenty of firewood and a brazier on site for evening campfires and cooking. Midge Point has a small shopping centre, post office and tavern bistro. Beautiful beaches with some of the best fishing and crabbing in the region. Keen anglers now have the availability of the newly constructed boat ramp, off Jimmy Rocks Road. All are only 5 minutes down the road. Airlie Beach is only 45 minutes away, with access to the islands and reef. The airport is only 20 minutes away and a further 5 minutes to Proserpine.
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Sea View Hill

1 site · RV, Tent150 acres · Bloomsbury, QLD
Discover a tranquil retreat nestled within a lush, wooded property. Our property offers a picturesque setting with a dam and a running creek. A small herd of cattle roams freely and there are a few other smaller animals adding to the rustic charm. The property has a track which leads up to Sea View Hill lookout that has beautiful sea views of Midge Point and Exmoor Station. A great place to set up camp and immerse yourself in nature. And if you’re up for a challenge, Hellmans Pass beckons—a steep trail down the north side of the property that will truly test your off-road skills. Local attractions: Airlie Beach (50mins), Midge Point (20mins) and Proserpine (30min), Cathu State Forest (30mins), Local Truckstop/convenience store (5mins) Escape to our peaceful haven and create lasting memories amidst the beauty of the outdoors.
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Coastal camping near Hamilton Island guide

Overview

Hamilton Island—with its well-connected airport to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane—lies at the heart of the 74 islands within the Whitsunday Islands. It’s the natural jumping-off point for Whitsunday camping as well as beach camping within the national parks of the Great Barrier Reef. Try Whitehaven Beach, Chance Bay, Joe’s Beach, Nari’s Beach, or Dugong Beach on Whitsunday Island, or Crayfish Beach or Maureen’s Cove on Hook Island. Have an entire island to yourself at the national park’s Henning Island, where the Northern Spit camping area and its sandy beach are a popular rest stop for kayakers paddling the Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail.

Where to go

Whitsunday Island

Whitehaven Beach is the poster child for Whitsunday Island, and is often voted among the top 10 beaches in the world. Its dazzling white silica sand and turquoise waters are the main attractions for beach walking, swimming, and snorkelling, while a small campsite sits tucked in among the bushland on the beach in the southern corner of a sweeping bay. Walk across Hill Inlet at low tide to reach the lookout point at Tongue Point for sweeping views of the national park, beach, and islands.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is the first stop for any Whitsunday Island holiday and one of Queensland’s favourite holiday playgrounds. Boats depart daily for the islands, but there is plenty to do in the town itself, with its free waterfront lagoon, markets and tour operators. Book a day trip to the islands to snorkel on fringing reefs and coral gardens at Hayman Island, kayak at south Molle Island, or swim among tropical fish at Maureen’s Cove.

Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsunday Islands lay within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and are a dream destination for campers, snorkellers, scuba divers, kayakers and nature lovers. Book a boat tour to visit the outer reef, where water clarity is at its best, and scuba diving and snorkelling are superb. Around the islands, the best snorkelling locations to see colourful reef fish and corals are Blue Pearl Bay near Hayman Island, Butterfly Bay on the north side of Hook Island, and on the beaches lining the passage between Hayman Island and Hook Island.

When to go

The Whitsunday Islands are a year-round destination and a popular holiday region. During the summer months, they may be prone to dangerous tropical cyclones. The southeast trades are the prevailing wind, generally blowing between April and November, and making for great sailing and kitesurfing conditions. School holidays, especially during Easter and Christmas, are busy times when campsites should be booked well in advance.

Know before you go

  • Boats to Hamilton Island depart from either Shute Harbour or Airlie Beach.
  • Camping permits are required and must be pre-booked online.
  • Campsites have limited facilities, so campers should be self-sufficient and take all rubbish when they depart.
  • Open fires are not permitted at any campsites.
  • Marine stingers inhabit the waters of the Whitsundays, so precautions like stinger suits should be taken, particularly during the summer months.
  • Shark attacks have occurred at Cid Harbour, where swimming is not recommended.
  • Tour operators at Hamilton Island, Airlie Beach, and Shute Harbour can arrange island drop-offs and camping connections for island-hopping campers.

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