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Camping in Keppel Bay Islands National Park

Keppel Bay Islands National Park has seven islands offering a range of camping opportunities. North Keppel Island and Humpy Island support camping in larger groups. The other small islands provide a more self-sufficient camping experience and are suitable for families and couples. There is no ferry service to any of the national park islands. Some charter operators service the area.

If relying on commercial transport to the islands ensure you have organised your vessel passage prior to booking your camping holiday. See tourism information links for more information.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. Obtain your permit before setting up camp and attach it to your tent in a visible position.

Booking Humpy Island for school holiday periods

Camping bookings for Humpy Island during Queensland state school holiday periods can be made from 9am 11 months in advance of the commencement of the holiday period. If this day falls on a weekend or public holiday, bookings can then be made from 9am on the first business day following. Bookings commencing from other days during the school holiday period are able to be booked as per normal i.e. from midnight 11 months in advance.

  • Bookings for the 2017 Easter Queensland state school holiday period (commencing 1 April, 2017) will be made available from 9am on Tuesday 3 May, 2016.
  • Bookings for the 2017 June Queensland state school holiday period (commencing 24 June 2017) will be made available from 9am on Monday 25 July 2016.
  • Bookings for the 2017 September Queensland state school holiday period (commencing 16 September, 2017) wil be made available from 9am on Monday 17 October,2016.
  • Bookings for the 2017 December Queensland state school holiday period (commencing 9 December, 2017) will be made available from 9am on Monday 9 January, 2017.

Park-specific conditions

Warning: Strong wind, heavy rainfall and large tidal changes can make boating extremely dangerous in Keppel Bay. Check and maintain your safety equipment and notify the Yeppoon Volunteer Coastguard of your itinerary.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

North Keppel Island (Considine Beach) camping area

Camping area features: open, grassy areas scattered with Livistona palms and the native hibiscus or cotton tree. Explore the island along 3 walking tracks, or swim and fish at Considine Beach.

Location: North Keppel Island is 18km north-east of Rosslyn Bay Harbour, Yeppoon.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat only.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites. A maximum of 75 people can camp here at any one time. Group sizes are unlimited.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: sand/dirt.

Facilities: composting toilets, picnic tables, taps and limited shower facilities (occasionally water is not available); visitors must bring their own drinking water.

Open fires: prohibited, but gas and fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: all food and drinking water, sturdy rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first aid kit, reliable torch. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: mobile coverage generally reliable. VHF marine radios and satellite phones are recommended.

Humpy Island camping area

Camp under shady casuarinas at Humpy Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camp under shady casuarinas at Humpy Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: sheltered by Casuarina groves, the camping area is one of the most popular in the Keppels. The island boasts scenic views over Keppel Bay and gives easy access to fringing reefs for diving and snorkelling.

Location: Humpy Island is 13km east of Rosslyn Bay Harbour.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat only.

Number of sites: shaded area without separately defined sites. A total of 60 people can camp here at any one time. Group sizes are limited to 8 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: composting toilets, picnic tables, taps and bush showers. Visitors must bring their own drinking water.

Open Fires: prohibited, but gas and fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: all food and drinking water, sturdy rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first aid kit, reliable torch. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Advance bookings are essential for school holiday periods.

  • Bookings for the 2017 Easter Queensland state school holiday period (commencing 1 April, 2017) will be made available from 9am on Tuesday 3 May, 2016.
  • Bookings for the 2017 June Queensland state school holiday period (commencing 24 June 2017) will be made available from 9am on Monday 25 July 2016.
  • Bookings for the 2017 September Queensland state school holiday period (commencing 16 September, 2017) wil be made available from 9am on Monday 17 October,2016.
  • Bookings for the 2017 December Queensland state school holiday period (commencing 9 December, 2017) will be made available from 9am on Monday 9 January, 2017.

Mobile phone coverage: mobile coverage generally reliable. VHF marine radios and satellite phones are recommended.

Miall Island camping area

Have the place to yourself—Miall Island. Photo Queensland Government.

Have the place to yourself—Miall Island. Photo Queensland Government.

Camping area features: fringing reefs on the south-eastern and northern sides of the island are very good for diving and snorkelling. The camping area is behind the small beach and fore dune to the south-west.

Location: Miall Island is 11km east of Rosslyn Bay Harbour.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat only.

Number of sites: 1 site only with a maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none.

Open Fires: prohibited, but gas and fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: all food and drinking water, sturdy rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first aid, reliable torch. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: mobile coverage generally reliable. VHF marine radios and satellite phones are recommended.

Conical Island camping area

Camping area features: Conical Island’s small size together with its stunning views make it an intimate camping destination. A small sandy beach on the southern side complements the rugged, rocky platforms on the more exposed northern and western sides. Large coral bommies to the island's west are within easy snorkelling distance from the beach.

Location: Conical Island is 3km north-west of Great Keppel Island.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat only.

Number of sites: 1 site only with a maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: picnic tables.

Open Fires: prohibited, but gas and fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: all food and drinking water, sturdy rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first aid, reliable torch. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: mobile coverage generally reliable. VHF marine radios and satellite phones are recommended.

Divided Island camping area

Camping area features: the camp site lies on the island’s western side where the rocky beach is great for beachcombing. Ospreys and white-bellied sea-eagles use the island as a roosting and feeding site.

Location: divided Island is 10km south-east of Emu Park.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat only.

Number of sites: 1 site only with a maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: pebble beach.

Facilities: none.

Open Fires: prohibited, but gas and fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: all food and drinking water, sturdy rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first aid, reliable torch. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: mobile coverage generally reliable. VHF marine radios and satellite phones are recommended.

Pelican Island camping area

Pelican Island is quiet and secluded. Photo: Queensland Government.

Pelican Island is quiet and secluded. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: Pelican Island is a rarely visited, rugged island covered in grassland and low vine thickets. Camping is on the western-facing shingle beach where fishing and beachcombing can be enjoyed.

Location: Pelican Island is 5km east of Emu Park.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat only.

Number of sites: 1 site only with a maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: pebble beach.

Facilities: none.

Open Fires: prohibited, but gas and fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: all food and drinking water, sturdy rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first aid, reliable torch. Read more about things to know before you go.

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

Mobile phone coverage: mobile coverage generally reliable. VHF marine radios and satellite phones are recommended.

Last updated
18 April 2016