The best camping near Hinchinbrook Island National Park

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

Escape the crowds to explore this little-visited Great Barrier Reef island on foot or by kayak.  

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Crystal Creek

25 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Mutarnee, QLD
Crystal Creek Campsite is a large camp area with private access to the creek. Large area with plenty of shade. Dog friendly (on a lead). Campers must be self contained with their own toilet/shower facilities and take all waste with them. Our current facilities are unable to be regularly cleaned so will be closed to guests.Campers MUST provide car registration details at time of booking.This is a privately run camp (Operated by Mungulla Station). It is not part of the National Park. Close walk to natural swimming pools which are absolutely picturesque.We offer large shady spots with a few BBQ's, fire pits and amenities. Plenty of fishing and swimming to enjoy.Amenities include hot showers (10 MINS ONLY PLEASE).Access to campsite passes our school so please drive very slowly if your accessing campsite during school hours.Children under 6 stay for free. Do not include them at time of booking.DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN TOILET PAPERPlease read all information, rule and directions (provided once you have a confirmed booking) carefully before contacting your host. We have done out best to provide all the information for you so messages should not be required.
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Mungalla Station

14 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Forrest Beach, QLD
Mungalla Cattle Station Camp (125kms north of Townsville, near Forest Beach) Campers MUST provide car registration details at time of booking.If you have your own tent, van or RV come and camp! Small dogs welcome. Flat sites, suitable for caravans and 2WD. Guests are welcome to use the worker's toilets and showers, though please keep in mind these are very basic if self-contained greywater can be dispersed on the ground.Mungalla Station is a historic cattle station near Ingham in North Queensland. Come and share a unique experience of the culture and history of Mungalla Station and its Aboriginal owners.Guests can meet the Nywaigi Aboriginal people, the Aboriginal traditional owners of the lands around Ingham in North Queensland. Experience our rich culture and history.Explore the property established by James Cassady, who fled the potato famine of Ireland and created a pastoral dynasty. Visit the birthplace of the world-famous Droughtmaster cattle breed, the original homestead, the graves of James Cassady and his son.Children under 6 stay for free. Do not include them at time of booking.We ask campers to please try to arrive before it gets dark. Please read all information provided carefully and only contact your host if absolutely necessary.
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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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Te Pamu Resort - Mission Beach

8 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Tully, QLD
Welcome to Te Pamu, your ultimate boutique camping destination nestled just 10 minutes away from Mission Beach town centres. Spread across a few acres of pristine paradise, Te Pamu offers a perfect blend of tranquility, nature, and convenience. Whether you prefer powered sites with water hook-ups or the freedom of free-camping, we've got you covered. Immerse yourself in the serene bush surroundings dotted with flourishing fruit trees, where the symphony of nature sets the tone for a peaceful retreat. At Te Pamu, relaxation is effortless, and the possibilities for adventure are endless. One of the highlights of Te Pamu is our expansive swimable lagoon and sandy beach, inviting you to indulge in a day of refreshing dips and laid-back lounging. Whether you're unwinding solo, with friends, or with family, our idyllic setting promises a memorable escape. Your hosts, Clay and Aimee, embody the spirit of warmth and hospitality, ensuring that your stay is nothing short of exceptional. From assisting with your setup to providing local tips and recommendations, they're here to make your experience seamless and enjoyable. Te Pamu is not just a camping spot; it's a haven for everyone, including your furry companions. We welcome dogs with open arms, making sure that your entire family can revel in the joys of outdoor living. Whether you arrive in a camper, caravan, or tent, you'll find ample space to park your rig or set up your gear. At Te Pamu, we embrace diversity and cater to campers of all kinds, fostering a community where everyone feels at home. Come and experience the magic of Te Pamu, where every moment is infused with serenity, adventure, and the simple pleasures of life amidst nature's embrace. Book your stay with us now and unlock an unforgettable camping experience like no other. Ablutions are coming soon, for now bring your own toilet and shower set-ups.
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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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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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Hinchinbrook View

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Macknade, QLD
Park up amongst the Mango Tree orchard on manicured lawn with views to Hinchinbrook Island. Ideal spot to base yourself while exploring Lucinda, The Palm Islands and Wallaman Falls or for a quick over nighter. Plenty of room to spread out.
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Crystal Creek Camp

8 sites · RVs, Tents12 acres · Coolbie, QLD
We have over 12 acres of private, tropical parkland, that runs right along the Crystal Creek in Mutarnee, QLD. 2 hectares of this land is between the Crystal Creek Caravan Park and the Crystal Creek itself. This area has it's own amenities block (toilets and showers) and access to water. There is a large communal campfire in the middle, and plenty of space for a perfect getaway! Should you require it, there is also access to the caravan park's amenities block which includes more toilets and showers, a camp kitchen, and a laundry. This camp is right across the road from the Paluma National Park, little Crystal Creek, Big Crystal Creek, and numerous natural swimming holes. Right behind the camp is a boat ramp, and the beach is 10 minutes away. You will have access to walking tracks, mountain bike trails, bird-watching, swimming, fishing, crabbing... the list is endless!
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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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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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Crystal Ridge

2 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Mutarnee, QLD
Welcome to Crystal Ridge, a peaceful location where you can enjoy peace and privacy.Campers can fish, swim, bird watch or just relax by the water and watch the cows grazing around the property. Nearby you'll find Mount Spec, Paluma Range National Park straddles the summit and escarpment of the Paluma Range, rising 1,000m above the Big Crystal Creek floodplain. This is the most southerly national park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.Located approximately 45 minutes north of Townsville on the Bruce Highway, Mutarnee is a small peaceful hamlet nestled on the banks of beautiful Crystal Creek. At the local caravan park there's a small shop and service station and just a minute down the road you'll find the Crystal Creek boat ramp. There is great bushwalks in the area and place to mountain bike.Any camping set up is welcome to pull up on the flat, grassy site.You are welcome to bring your pet, but please ensure they are kept on a leash and under control. 
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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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The best camping near Hinchinbrook Island National Park guide

Overview

About

Misty mountains, rainforest, and white sands lie just off the coast of Cardwell in the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re looking for an adventure, this is a place to truly escape from it all. Cruise out to Hinchinbrook Island to hike in the wilderness, swim beneath waterfalls, or paddle out to secluded beaches by kayak. Hire a boat to sail the coast, go fishing along Diamantina Creek, and stop to picnic in sandy coves with magnificent ocean views. Experienced hikers can follow the 32-kilometre Thorsborne Trail along rugged ungraded tracks, camping out at remote bush campgrounds along the way.  

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for hikers: Banksia Bay camping area lies along the Thorsborne Trail and has ample pitching by the beachside, a short stroll from Banksia Creek lagoon.  
  • Best for wildlife watching: Banshee Bay camping area is reachable only by boat and kayak, and is surrounded by wildlife—spot whales around the bay or go birdwatching at nearby Eva Rock. 
  • Best for photo-worthy views: South Zoe Bay camping area has beachside camping with easy access to Zoe Falls, one of the island’s most impressive natural wonders.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Camping permits are required for all the park’s campsites, and campsites must be reserved in advance. A tag with your booking number must be displayed on your tent at all times. 
  2. There is a separate booking system available for the east coast ‘Sea kayaking camping grounds’, which can only be reached by water. 
  3. Check access to campsites before booking—campsites are accessible either on foot or by boat or kayak, and walking times vary.

When to go

The island’s subtropical climate means you can expect hot weather whenever you visit, and water temperatures rarely drop below 20°C, even in winter. The dry months of April through September are most popular for hiking and camping, with cooler weather and less humidity, but there are good reasons to visit year-round. Winter is the time to spot migrating whales, summer is best for bird-watching, and wildflowers blanket the island in spring.

Know before you go

  • Hinchinbrook Island National Park is eight kilometres off the coast of far north Queensland, about 200 kilometres south of Cairns. The island can be reached by ferry or private charter from Cardwell or Lucinda (Dungeness). 
  • The island is pest-free, so be sure your clothing, shoes, and bags are free of soil, weeds, seeds, and pests before boarding the boat. Don’t bring any plants, seeds, or fresh food to the island either.
  • Crocodiles are common on Hinchinbrook Island, both along the coast and in lagoons, rivers, and swamps—only swim in designated areas and take care when hiking close to water. 
  • Hinchinbrook Island is remote with limited facilities and self-sufficient camping, so you must bring everything you need with you. There is limited cell phone signal on the island, and campers are advised to carry a satellite phone. Fuel and supplies are available in Cardwell and Lucinda. 
  • There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities or trails on the island.

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