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Camping in Byfield National Park, Regional Park and State Forest

Byfield national,regional parks and state forest offer a range of camping experiences, from sites with facilities to secluded bush camping. Five Rocks camping area in Byfield Regional Park is the only camping area with facilities. Nine Mile Beach camping area and Scouts Camp at Water Park Point headland in Byfield National Park offer bush-camp settings with no facilities.

Camping is not permitted on Five Rocks (Three Rivers) Beach, Sandy Point Section or Corio Bay.

Byfield State Forest offers three camping areas with adjoining day-use areas. Swim at Upper Stony, walk through the beautiful rainforest setting of Water Park Creek or listen to wind in pine trees at Red Rock. All camping areas have visitor facilities.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Park-specific conditions

Byfield camping permits can only be issued for a maximum of seven consecutive nights and are only valid for the number of people and specific camp site you have booked.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Byfield Regional Park

Five Rocks camp site. Photo: Jo Kurpershoek, Queensland Government.

Five Rocks camp site. Photo: Jo Kurpershoek, Queensland Government.

Five Rocks camping area

Features: surrounded by coastal woodland with access to a vehicle-free beach. Explore rugged headlands or fish, swim and surf.

Location: 28km east of Water Park Creek, just north of Stockyard Point township and accessed via Byfield National Park.

Access: the camping area can only be reached by 4WDs with high clearance. It is accessible for off-road camper trailers—track and weather conditions permitting. Read about road and track conditions.

Number of sites: 12 numbered and defined camp sites. Maximum six people per site.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car. Camp sites 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 are suitable for 4WD vans and camper trailers.

Camp site surface: sand/dirt/timber pallets.

Facilities: cold showers, composting toilets, picnic tables and water (treat before drinking).

Open fires: prohibited. Gas or fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: allowed. Generators may be operated only between 8.00am and 7.00pm providing they have a sound rating of 65 decibels or less.

Essentials to bring: insect repellent, sunscreen, first-aid kit, sturdy rubbish bags, drinking water and sufficient fuel for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: unreliable—mobile reception may be available from Stockyard Point headland or on the beach at low tide. Consider taking a satellite phone.

Byfield National Park

Pandanus camping area, Nine Mile Beach. Photo: Jo Kurpershoek, NPRSR.

Pandanus camping area, Nine Mile Beach. Photo: Jo Kurpershoek, NPRSR.

Nine Mile Beach—Myrtella, Melaleuca, Pandanus and Casuarina

Features: nestled in the foredunes with easy access to the beach for swimming, fishing or walking.

Location: 32km east of Water Park Creek and approximately 6km south of Nine Mile Access Track.

Access: Nine Mile Beach can be accessed by 4WDs with high clearance or boat. Nine Mile Beach is accessible for off-road camper trailers, track and weather conditions permitting. Read about road and track conditions. Access tracks from the beach to camping areas are marked by name and a camping and vehicle access symbol.

Number of sites: four defined open camping areas without separately defined sites. Myrtella (maximum 24 people), Melaleuca (maximum 18 people), Pandanus (maximum 12 people), Casuarina (maximum 18 people).

Camping areas are suitable for: tent camping beside your 4WD; off-road camper trailers. Note there is no guarantee that a suitable location will be available for off-road camper trailers as these areas are first-in, first-choice.

Camp site surface: grass/sand.

Facilities: none. The nearest facilities are at Five Rocks camping area in Byfield Regional Park.

Open fires: enclosed fires are allowed (except when fire bans apply) but with strict conditions—read take care with fire. Gas or fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: allowed. Generators may be operated only between 8.00am and 7.00pm providing they have a sound rating of 65 decibels or less.

Essentials to bring: insect repellent, sunscreen, first-aid kit, sturdy rubbish bags, drinking water and sufficient fuel for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go. Portable chemical toilets are recommended.

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

Mobile phone coverage: unreliable—mobile reception may be available from Stockyard Point headland or on the beach at low tide. Consider taking a satellite phone.

Water Park Point headland—Scouts camp

Features: small secluded beach camp site with views over Corio Bay and Sandy Point.

Location: Water Park Point headland on the northern side of Corio Bay.

Access: the camp can only be reached by water, or on foot at low tide from Corio Bay car park at the southern end of Nine Mile Beach.

Number of sites: one site only, suitable for up to 15 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: prohibited. Gas or fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: allowed. Generators may be operated only between 8.00am and 7.00pm providing they have a sound rating of 65 decibels or less.

Essentials to bring: insect repellent, sunscreen, first-aid kit, sturdy rubbish bags, drinking water and sufficient fuel for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go. Portable chemical toilets are recommended.

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

Mobile phone coverage: unreliable—mobile reception may be available on the beach at low tide. Consider taking a satellite phone.

Byfield State Forest

Upper Stony camp site. Photo: Matt Kayes, Queensland Government.

Upper Stony camp site. Photo: Matt Kayes, Queensland Government.

Upper Stony

Features: open-plan camp sites set among pine trees and natural bushland adjacent to Stony Creek. Swimming and walking opportunities.

Location: 11km along the rough gravel road turn-off signed on Byfield Road.

Access: the camping areas can be reached by conventional vehicle. It is accessible for camper trailers and caravans. Read about driving access.

Map: Upper Stony map (PDF, 113K)* 

Number of sites: 9 numbered sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car.

Camp site surface: grass/dirt.

Facilities: flushing toilets, individual fire rings, water (treat before drinking). Automatic barbecues and picnic tables are provided in the day-use area only.

Open fires: allowed in fire rings only (except when fire bans apply). Bring your own clean, milled timber. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: allowed. Generators may be operated only between 8.00am and 7.00pm providing they have a sound rating of 65 decibels or less.

Essentials to bring: insect repellent, sun protection and sturdy rubbish bags. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: unreliable. 

Water Creek Park

Features: private walk-in and drive-in camp sites surrounded by natural rainforest, with access to walking and canoeing opportunities along Water Park Creek.

Location: 4 km from the turn-off signed on Byfield Road.

Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle. It is accessible for trailers; caravans; small motorhomes. Read about driving access.

Map: Water Park Creek camping area map (PDF, 199K)*

Number of sites: 10 numbered sites.

Site
number

Suitable
for

Capacity
(number
of
people)

Camp site notes

1

Tent or small motorhome/campervan*

8

*Small motorhome/campervan must remain in car park allocated to site.

2

Tent or small motorhome/campervan*

8

*Small motorhome/campervan must remain in car park allocated to site.

3

Tent or small motorhome/campervan*

8

*Small motorhome/campervan must remain in car park allocated to site.

4

Tent or small motorhome/campervan*

8

Situated in the rainforest.
*Small motorhome/campervan must remain in car park allocated to site.

5

Tent or motorhome/campervan*

8

*Motorhome/campervan must remain in car park allocated to site.

6

Tent or small motorhome/campervan

8

Drive in to campsite.

7

Tent or motorhome/campervan*

8

*Motorhome/campervan must remain in car park allocated to site.

8

Tent or small motorhome/campervan*

8

*Small motorhome/campervan must remain in car park allocated to site.

9

Tent only

8

Car park is adjacent and suitable for car only.

10

Tent or small motorhome/campervan

8

Drive in to campsite.

Camp site surface: grass/dirt.

Facilities: flushing toilets, shared picnic tables, an automatic barbecue and water (treat before drinking).

Open fires: allowed only in fire rings provided at each site (except when fire bans apply). Bring your own clean, milled timber. Fuel stoves are recommended. Mosquitoes can be prolific when in season; mosquito coils/flames should be used with fire safety in mind— keep clear of leaf litter and flammable materials, extinguish when not needed.

Generators: allowed. Generators may be operated only between 8.00am and 7.00pm providing they have a sound rating of 65 decibels or less.

Essentials to bring: insect repellent, sun protection and sturdy rubbish bags. Opening hours for Byfield Waste Management Facility (Transfer Station). Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: unreliable.

Red Rock

Features: open grassy areas surrounded by pine forest plantation.

Location: 1km along the turn-off signed on Byfield Road, just before the Byfield Forestry office.

Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle. It is accessible for trailers, caravans and small motorhomes. Read about driving access.

Map: Red Rock map (PDF, 124K)* 

Number of sites: 10 vehicle camp sites (separate but not numbered on-site) and a walk-in tent camping area.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car of walk-in camping. 10 sites are suitable for small caravans, camper trailers or small motorhomes.

Camp site surface: grass/dirt.

Facilities: an open fireplace or wood BBQ is provided at most sites. Only some camp sites have picnic tables and shared facilities are provided in the walk-in camping area next to the car park and toilets. Water must be treated before drinking.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings and wood barbecues only. Bring your own clean, milled timber. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: allowed. Generators may be operated only between 8.00am and 7.00pm providing they have a sound rating of 65 decibels or less.

Essentials to bring: insect repellent, sun protection and sturdy rubbish bags. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Red Rock is particularly popular during school holidays. Book your camping permit well in advance, and please note that sites are occupied on a first-in, first-choice basis.

Mobile phone coverage: unreliable.

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Last updated
9 September 2014