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Camping in Benarkin State Forest

Benarkin State Forest has two camping areas: Clancys and Emu Creek. Both are open areas beside Emu Creek (a tributary of the Brisbane River) and cater for a range of camping experiences from tents to caravans and motorhomes.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. Permits must be obtained before setting up camp. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

Park-specific conditions

  • Maximum length of stay is 14 nights.
  • Dogs are allowed overnight in Clancys camping area provided they are under control and restrained on a leash at all times.
  • Supervise children closely—Emu Creek flows nearby both camping areas.
  • Emu Creek may rise suddenly without warning.

Clancys camping area

Clancys camping area. Photo: Karen Smith, Qld Govt.

Clancys camping area. Photo: Karen Smith, Qld Govt.

Camping area features: Large, open grassy area adjacent to Bicentennial National Trail. Dogs permitted overnight. Horses should be tethered away from camping area and watered downstream (or water carried to them).

Location: 14 km into Benarkin State Forest, adjacent to Emu Creek.

Access: Accessible by conventional vehicles (with care) via gravel road with some steep, narrow and winding sections. Watch for logging trucks. It is accessible for trailers, caravans, motorhomes and buses with care.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites for up to 60 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car; walk-in camping; caravans; camper trailers; motorhomes; large groups.

Camp site surface: Grass.

Facilities: Flushing toilets, tap water (treat before drinking).

Open fires: Allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fireplaces only. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove. Bring your own firewood if you want to use the fireplaces.

Bookings: Book online, over-the-counter or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Emu Creek camping area

Emu Creek camping area. Photo: Karen Smith, Qld Govt.

Emu Creek camping area. Photo: Karen Smith, Qld Govt.

Camping area features: Large, open grassy area with vehicle access to sites. Ideal for family camping. Dogs are not allowed in camping area, but are allowed on a leash in the adjacent day-use area.

Location: 16 km into Benarkin State Forest, adjacent to Emu Creek.

Access: Accessible by conventional vehicles (with care) via gravel road with some steep, narrow and winding sections. The road is slippery when wet. Watch for logging trucks. It is accessible for trailers, caravans, motorhomes and buses with care.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites for up to 150 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car; walk-in camping; caravans; camper trailers; motorhomes; large groups.

Camp site surface: Grass.

Facilities: Flushing toilets, cold showers, tap water (treat before drinking).

Open fires: Allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fireplaces only. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove. Bring your own firewood if you want to use the fireplaces.

Bookings: Book onlineover-the-counter or by phone

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Last updated
22 December 2014