Camping on the Whitsunday Islands
What better way is there to really experience the Whitsundays up close than to pitch a tent near the beach under cover of the peaceful rainforest, and take in all the wonderful sights and sounds of nature?
Not only do you get to see the islands in a way many visitors miss the cost of camping is negligible with camping permits costing just over $5 per person per night, with family permits also available and no charge for children under the age of five.
Permits must (in most cases) be booked in advance and are available up to a year before your visit. Keep in mind that many of the sites have a maximum capacity of 12 people, though some allow up to 24 or 36 people. Obviously, it will be harder to find a place during a school or public holiday.
Whitsunday Island: Chance Bay, Dugong Beach, Joe’s Beach, Nari’s Beach, Peter Bay and also at the incredible Whitehaven Beach.
Henning Island: the campsite on Henning Island is at Northern Spit, maximum number of persons is 18 and it is only accessible by boat.
Hook Island: Hook Island has four campsites accepting 12 to 24 persons each – Crayfish Beach, Curlew Beach, Maureen’s Cove and Steens Beach.
It is important to bring sufficient drinking water to last for your entire stay and it is recommended you have a minimum of five litres for each person each day. Open fires are strictly prohibited though gas stoves may be used for cooking. All rubbish must be collected and taken with you when you leave.
To make a booking you can call 13 7468 (13 QGOV) or visit the QPWS office in Airlie Beach at the corner of Mandalay & Shute Harbour Roads (07 4967 7355). Some sites can also be booked online here.
More information on the attractions, access and facilities of individual camping sites, fees and regulations can be found here.
Enjoy your time camping on the Whitsundays, and please remember to leave area as beautiful as you found it!