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Camping in Gloucester Islands National Park

Seclusion, beaches, rainforest and reefs are just some of the attractions of this scenic group of islands north of Airlie Beach. Camp sites close to the coast are popular with locals, while smaller more remote islands offer a secluded experience.

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

Park-specific conditions

Open fires and ash-producing stoves are not permitted on national park islands or intertidal lands adjacent to national park islands. Use gas or fuel stoves for cooking.

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Bona Bay, Gloucester Island

Campground features: With a pleasant outlook and long sandy beach, the campground is large and shaded with ample opportunity to find secluded camping.

Location: Bona Bay is on the south-west side of Gloucester Island, approximately 20 km east of Bowen.

Access: The campground can be reached by boat (only). It has a good sandy beach and anchorage, and is accessible at all tides.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites. Maximum of 36 people.

Campsites are suitable for: walk-in camping; large groups.

Campsite surface: Sand and rubble.

Facilities: Composting toilets, picnic tables, sheltered picnic tables.

Open fires: Prohibited.

Generators: Not permitted.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel stove. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: Book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Advance bookings recommended for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

East Side Bay, Gloucester Island

Campground features: Set in vegetation behind the beach adjacent to a seasonal freshwater lagoon, this bay provides a pretty and secluded camping experience.

Location: Set between two rocky headlands on the east side of Gloucester Island, approximately 25 km east-north-east of Bowen.

Access: The campground can be reached by boat (only). The east-facing beach is steep and the anchorage is unreliable.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites. Maximum of 6 people.

Campsites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Campsite surface: Sand and rubble.

Facilities: None.

Open fires: Prohibited.

Generators: Not permitted.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel stove. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Saddleback Island

Campground features: This small site on Saddleback Island’s sandy spit offers a wilderness camping experience but can be exposed during northerly winds.

Location: Western side of Saddleback Island, approximately 5 km north-east of Dingo Beach.

Access: The campground can be reached by boat (only). The anchorage is reasonable for small boats with access during all tides, but be aware of the current.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites. Maximum of 12 people.

Campsites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Campsite surface: Sand and rubble.

Facilities: Picnic tables.

Open fires: Prohibited.

Generators: Not permitted.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel stove. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Armit Island

Campground features: Suitable for small groups, this pretty campground among casuarina trees provides a wilderness camping experience. Access to the southern beach and Little Armit Island is prohibited between 1 October and 31 March (inclusive) each year to protect sea, shore and migratory birds.

Location: South-west corner of Armit Island, approximately 17 km north-west of Airlie Beach.

Access: The campground can be reached by boat (only). It has a good sandy beach and anchorage, and is accessible at all tides.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites. Maximum of 12 people.

Campsites are suitable for: walk-in camping; large groups.

Campsite surface: Sand and rubble.

Facilities: None.

Open fires: Prohibited.

Generators: Not permitted.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel stove. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Last updated
8 October 2012