The best camping near Capricornia Cays National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Capricornia Cays National Park adventure.

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The best camping near Capricornia Cays National Park guide



Capricornia Cays National Park is a pristine paradise for nature lovers and adventurers alike. With its abundant wildlife, including sharks, and the exceptional beauty of its islands, the park offers a unique camping experience amid the southern Great Barrier Reef. Visitors can enjoy snorkelling, bird-watching, and walking tracks that reveal the park's diverse ecosystems.

Notable campgrounds

  • North West Island: A remote sanctuary offering camping amid a wildlife-rich environment.
  • Lady Musgrave Island campground: Nestle in pisonia forest with reef and ocean views for a tranquil escape.
  • Mast Head Island: Secluded camping with opportunities for snorkelling and wildlife observation.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book online well in advance, especially for school holiday periods, to secure your spot.
  • Be flexible with your dates to increase your chances of finding availability.
  • Check park alerts for any closures or conditions that may affect camping availability.
  • Explore nearby camping options to have alternative plans in case your preferred site is booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Capricornia Cays National Park is from April to September when the weather is mild and conducive for outdoor activities. Avoid the wet season from January to March, which may bring cyclones and heavy rains, potentially impacting access and activities.

Know before you go

  • Be SharkSmart; sharks inhabit these waters all year round.
  • Check for seasonal closures, especially if planning to camp on the islands.
  • Prepare for a remote experience; bring all necessary supplies, including water and food.
  • Be aware of marine stingers (jellyfish); wear protective clothing in the water.
  • Understand the evacuation procedures in case of severe weather or emergencies.

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