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Camping in Barnard Island Group National Park

Bush camping is available on Stephens and Kent islands. Both camping areas have very limited facilities and campers must be self-sufficient. Bring drinking water, a fuel stove, food, shelter and rubbish bags. See essentials to bring for further information.

Cyclone Yasi has damaged vegetation on the Barnard Island Group National Park. Campers on Stephens and Kent islands are advised to bring a tarpaulin as there will be a lack of shade in the camping areas until the canopy recovers. Poles are provided at each site for erecting tarpaulins. Campers must only use the sites delineated by tarpaulin posts and seats.

Camping permits are required for both camping areas and fees apply for camping on Stephens Island. Kent Island is a Commonwealth island and no camping fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Numbers are limited and small scale commercial camping is only permitted on weekdays outside Queensland school holidays.

Park-specific conditions

To protect nesting seabirds, access to Stephens Island (PDF, 125K) is restricted to the sand spit and camping area on the western side of the island from 1 September to 31 March.

The maximum length of stay at any camp site (on both islands) is seven nights in non-peak periods and four nights during peak periods (Queensland school holidays).

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Stephens Island camping area

Camping area features: sandy bush camp.

Location: on the western side of Stephens Island.

Access: private boat or sea kayak from Mourilyan Harbour or Kurrimine Beach. Several commercial operators also provide access to the Barnard Islands. See tourism information links.

To protect nesting seabirds, access to Stephens Island (PDF, 125K) is restricted to the sand spit and camping area on the western side of the island from 1 September to 31 March.

Number of sites: two sites (separate but not numbered).

Camp sites are suitable for: small tents. Each campsite holds six people. A maximum of 12 campers are allowed on the island at any one time.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: picnic tables and seats. At each site poles are provided for erecting tarpaulins.

Open fires: not allowed. Fuel stoves only.

Generators: prohibited.

Essentials to bring: tarpaulin, drinking water, rubbish bags, fuel stove, comprehensive first-aid kit, insect repellent and sun protection equipment. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Bookings are essential and are required well in advance for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Kent Island camping area

Camping area features: considered the best of the Barnard Island Group National Park camping areas—a great base for fishing and birdwatching.

Location: on the north side of Kent Island.

Access: private boat or sea kayak from Mourilyan Harbour or Kurrimine Beach. Several commercial operators also provide access to the Barnard Islands. See tourism information links.

Number of sites: three sites (separate but not numbered).

Camp sites are suitable for: small to medium sized tents. Each campsite holds five people. A maximum of 15 campers are allowed on the island at any one time. Maximum group size is 10 people.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: seats. At each site poles are provided for erecting tarpaulins.

Open fires: not allowed. Fuel stoves only.

Generators: prohibited.

Essentials to bring: tarpaulin, drinking water, rubbish bags, fuel or gas stove, comprehensive first-aid kit and insect repellent. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book onlineover-the-counter or by phone. No camping fees apply. Bookings are essential and are required well in advance for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Last updated
17 March 2016