In Hinchinbrook

Who doesn’t love the great outdoors?! What better way to explore the untouched, wild, unseen sanctuary of Queensland than packing the car and heading off to one of Hinchinbrook’s favourite camping spots for a getaway. Hinchinbrook has many idyllic camping grounds… and the perfect warm climate to ensure the best camping experience ever!

Best National Park camping spots

in Hinchinbrook

Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park

Wallaman Falls Camping area is conveniently located a stone’s throw away from Stony Creek and a short drive or leisurely stroll from the Wallaman Falls lookout. Campers can take their pick of the perfect spot to pitch their tent or park up their campervan. Phone reception is scant, so be sure to book your camping permit with Queensland National Parks or visit the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre prior to your arrival. Bookings are essential.

The camping area facilities include cold water showers, hybrid composting toilets, picnic tables, wood-fire barbeques and fire pits for those chilly evenings. Don’t forget to bring marshmallows! Please remember to pack some rubbish bags as you will need to take all rubbish with you when you leave.

There’s much to experience at Wallaman Falls… there are walking trails to explore, wildlife to spot, or swimming holes to dive into or, just relax under the natural umbrellas provided by the lush national park, take in the beautiful scent of mother earth and listen to the bird’s chattering the day away.

Unfortunately, the water at Wallaman Falls camping area is not suitable for drinking. Bring a sufficient amount of water for the duration of your stay, plus extra if you are hiking!

Paluma Range National Park

The Paluma Range National Park, the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, is a haven for nature lovers. With a range of accommodation options to choose from including camping, caravanning, B & B or even just roughing it under the stars.  Camp at Big Crystal Creek or the Paluma Dam, enjoy the scenery and take in everything that nature has to offer. Big Crystal Creek also caters for caravans and motorhomes, set up your new home for a few nights to give you more time to explore. Stay within the Paluma village at a B & B and find out all the insider tips by getting to know the locals.

Big Crystal Creek

Sleep out under the stars surrounded by tall Paperbarks, Gum trees and Cocky Apple trees and listen to the wildlife wandering through the forest.

There are no allocated sites at Big Crystal Creek, so you can choose to set up camp on dirt, grass or sand.

Tow your caravan or camper trailer, drive your motorhome or even go old school in a tent or swag. Take a short walk from the camping area to the day use area to use the barbeques for lunch or enjoy a picnic. Refresh yourself with a swim in the crystal-clear water at Paradise Waterhole or take a short drive for an afternoon of fun at the Rockslides. Fires are permitted in a fire ring only, cook up an amazing Aussie dinner in the camp oven and then enjoy gooey marshmallows for dessert. Flushing toilets and cold showers are available and only a short distance from the camping area.  Be sure to book online with Queensland National Parks or visit the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre for a camping permit (Bookings are essential).

Lake Paluma

As you travel up the Paluma Range you will witness the transformation from a thriving dry forest to a flourishing rainforest.

Lake Paluma is located 12 kilometres from the township of Paluma along a dirt road.

Please check road conditions as heavy rain and strong winds can cause road closures. This area is not suitable for large caravans or motorhomes as the road is quite winding and tight in some places. Camp in a small caravan, camper trailer, tent or swag. Sites are limited and bookings are essential, without a booking you are not guaranteed a camp site. Lake Paluma is the perfect place for a little getaway for a couple, family, or a group of friends.

Explore Lake Paluma and discover the natural wonders that live within. Enjoy swimming, canoeing or paddle boating by day and a nice warm fire at night. Firewood is available for purchase when rangers are on site daily (payments by credit/debit card only), or you can supply your own untreated firewood (collection from the forest is not permitted).

Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest

Enjoy the serenity of the Broadwater campsite, surrounded by rainforest and the sound of the nearby creek flowing by. Broadwater’s cool waters provide the perfect destination for a refreshing dip or just relax in the calm water nooks.

The large camping area offers the perfect getaway for small and large groups, whether you are popping up a tent, rolling out a swag or bringing your caravan or motorhome. You will have access to facilities such as covered picnic areas, picnic tables, gas and wood-fired barbeques, toilets and cold showers.

Permits must be purchased with Queensland National Parks or at the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre prior to your stay at Broadwater, as there is very little phone reception or internet at the park. 

Hinchinbrook Island

If you are after a truly Jurassic Park experience, rugged and remote bush camping opportunities are available on Australia’s largest Island National Park! Completely uninhabited, untouched, unspoilt and uncommercialised, it’s the ultimate back to nature experience.  Each campsite is distinct and offers a variety of facilities and activities to see and do.

  • Agnes Beach: Wilderness beachside camping, privacy, stunning sunrises and spectacular ocean views.
  • Banksia Bay: Wilderness beachside camping, secluded and quiet with minimal overstayers.
  • Banshee Bay: Wilderness bush camping with great boat access and perfect beaches.
  • George Point: Beach camping with toilet facilities, long sandy beaches along the southern island coastline.
  • Mulligan Bay: Beach camping with toilet facilities, great spot for fishing along a lovely stretch of beach.
  • North Macushla: Shady beach side camping with toilet facilities, known for stunning ocean views and perfect base for exploring the island.
  • North Zoe Bay: Camping with toilet facilities right at the mouth of North Zoe Creek. Prime location for fishing and exploring.
  • Sea Kayaking: Wilderness camping, with access to locations along east coast of Hinchinbrook Island.
  • South Macushla: Shady beach side camping with toilet and picnic table facilities, perfect spot for boat camping and adventures exploring the island and surrounds.
  • South Zoe Bay: One of the most popular camping spots on the island, toilet and picnic facilities, entrance point to the famous Zoe Falls, stunning beach side camping with views of the bay.
  • Sunset Beach: Wilderness camping, intimate and idyllic, perfect place to start your adventure exploring the east coast.
  • The Haven (Scraggy Point): Grassy camping area with toilet and picnic facilities, the only camping area on the western side of the island, beautiful views overlooking the Hinchinbrook Channel.

Camping permits are required and can be booked with Queensland National Parks or at the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre.


Orpheus Island is everything a tropical island escape should be; secluded beaches, breath-taking sunsets, crystal clear waters and the most magical underwater experience at the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

Located just off the coast of Ingham in North Queensland, Orpheus Island is renowned for its exclusivity, beauty and spectacular fringing reefs.

There are three great camping sites available on the island:

  • Yanks Jetty
  • South Beach
  • Pioneer Bay

Yanks Jetty camping area features remote, island bush camping and is located on the south-west side of Orpheus Island. There is no anchoring area offshore but anchoring in the sand adjacent to the beach is permitted. Facilities at Yanks Jetty include composting toilet, picnic tables and a shelter with a free gas barbeque. It is recommended to bring a gas or fuel stove as the barbeque availability cannot be guaranteed. Fires and generators are prohibited. Pioneer Bay camping area features remote island camping and is located on the western side of Orpheus Island between Orpheus Island Resort and Cattle Bay.

There is no anchoring area offshore but anchoring in the sand adjacent to the beach is permitted. Facilities at Pioneer Bay include a composting toilet and a picnic table. Fires are prohibited so it is recommended to bring fuel stoves.

South Beach camping features remote island wilderness camping and is located on the south-east end of the island with views of Fantome Island.

Totally back to nature, this camping area provides no facilities. Fires are prohibited so it is recommended to bring fuel stoves.

Camping permits are required and can be booked with Queensland National Parks or at the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre.

Mount Fox

There is a great camping area nestled at the Mount Fox Cricket Grounds, situated a small distance away from the Mount Fox National Park area. Mount Fox is a place of incredible contrasts, from the tropical rainforests, open woodlands to the edge of the desert where the flat plain continues almost unabated until the coast, roughly 6000 kilometres west.

The grounds offer facilities such as toilets, hot showers, an undercover area with seating, children’s playground, rubbish bins and bore water. Fire pits are permitted. The camping area is also dog friendly. 

Although the camping area is free, a $10 per night donation is much appreciated. All donations go towards the Mount Fox Rural Fire Brigade, who volunteer their time to maintain the camping area. The diversity of landscapes provides habitats for an incredible range of flora and fauna, and combined with the elevation, brings cooler temperatures. Mount Fox is Hinchinbrook’s hidden gem.

Best Caravan Park camping spots

in the Hinchinbrook region

The Hinchinbrook Region is home to a myriad of adventures, find your home away from home at any one of the fantastic camping options on offer. The Hinchinbrook Shire has an abundance of natural attractions that will reset your mind, body and soul… and what better way to enjoy this space than in the comfort of your own caravan, motorhome, camper or tent! Check out some great properties in Hinchinbrook where you can have the luxury of your own abode in nature, with the extra comforts a caravan park can offer.

Ingham Tourist Park

Address: 49450 Bruce Highway, Ingham
Phone: 07 4776 2403

Wanderers Holiday Village

Address: 49 Bruce Parade, Lucinda
Phone: 07 4777 8213

Forrest Beach Hotel Motel

Address: 1 Ash Street, Forrest Beach
Phone: 07 4777 8700

Taylors Beach Holiday Park

Address: 87 – 99 John Dory Street, Taylors Beach
Phone: 07 4777 8560

Crystal Creek Caravan Park

Address: 8 Barrilgie Road, Mutarnee
Phone: 07 4770 8198


 in the Hinchinbrook Region


TYTO Self Contained RV Park

Address: Corner Bruce Highway & Cooper Street, Ingham
Phone: 07 4776 4790

Forrest Beach RV Park

Address: 3 Leichhardt Street, Forrest Beach
Phone: 0427 000 124

Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) RV Park

Address: Corner Coper & Davidson Street, Ingham

Mungalla Station RV Park

Address: 1236 Forrest Beach Road, Forrest Beach
Phone: 07 4777 8718