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All camping must be booked

All camping in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) must be booked in advance. Campers must purchase an e-permit before arriving at the camping areas. Self-registration is not available and there is no mobile phone coverage on site (however there is limited mobile phone coverage on Chilli Beach).

To obtain an e-permit, you can:

Making a camping booking may be difficult for campers who have not booked before arriving on the peninsula due to poor mobile phone and internet coverage. Recognising this, QPWS provides self-service kiosk camping permit booking facilities at Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL), Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) and Heathlands Regional Park ranger bases as well as QPWS Coen and Cooktown offices. Credit card and camping credits are accepted but no cash facilities are available.

The demand for camping on Cape York Peninsula parks and reserves is growing. The use of online bookings and e-permits will manage this demand sustainably.

Camping in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL)

Camp at Rainforest, Cooks Hut, Gordon Creek and Chilli Beach camping areas. The only facilities provided are toilets at Chilli Beach and Cooks Hut.

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

Camp sites in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) are very popular during peak periods. Campers should plan their visit and obtain an e-permit well in advance.

Roads and camp sites within the park are not suitable for caravans. Campers must be equipped for camping in a remote area. Total self-sufficiency in food, water, equipment for treating water, fuel and vehicle spare parts is essential. Minimise your use of fresh water.

Park specific conditions

At Chilli Beach, avoid camping and sitting under trees laden with coconuts.

The maximum length of stay at all camping areas is 21 consecutive nights and bookings can be made up to six months in advance.

Generators that operate at a noise level less than 65 dB(A) measured at a distance of 7 m from the generator are permitted between 8 am and 7 pm at Rainforest and Gordon Creek camping areas only. Generators are not permitted at Cooks Hut and Chilli Beach camping areas.

Fires are allowed (except when fire bans apply) in existing fireplaces only.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Rainforest camping area

Site two, Rainforest camping area. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

Site two, Rainforest camping area. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

Features: a shady and sheltered area in the rainforest on the bank of the Claudie River—a great spot for birdwatching.

Location: near the start of the Old Coen walking track, just off Portland Roads Road.

Map: Rainforest, Cooks Hut and Gordon Creek camping areas map (PDF, 137K)

Access: the camping area can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Number of sites: three numbered sites. Camp sites are very popular during peak periods. Campers should plan their visit and obtain an e-permit well in advance.

Site Maximum vehicles Maximum people Site dimensions
1 Two cars and trailers. 12 14 m x 16 m
2 One car (not suitable for trailers). 6 7 m x 12 m
3 Two cars (not suitable for trailers). 12 13 m x 13 m

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car and camper trailers (site one only).

Camp site surface: dirt.

Shade: all sites are shady and sheltered.

Facilities: none. A hybrid toilet is located at Cooks Hut camping area (about 900 m away).

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

Generators: generators that operate at a noise level less than 65 dB(A) at 7 m are permitted between 8 am and 7 pm only.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, equipment for treating water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, screened tents or mosquito nets, a fuel stove and adequate fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone prior to arrival. Camp sites are very popular during peak periods. Campers should plan their visit and obtain an e-permit well in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Cooks Hut camping area

Cooks Hut camping area. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

Cooks Hut camping area. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

Features: a shady and sheltered area in the rainforest near the Claudie River—a great spot for birdwatching.

Location: on the northern side of Portland Roads Road near the Claudie River.

Map: Rainforest, Cooks Hut and Gordon Creek camping areas map (PDF, 137K)

Access: the camping area can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Number of sites: six numbered sites. Camp sites are very popular during peak periods. Campers should plan their visit and obtain an e-permit well in advance. These sites are also used by commercial tour operators.

Site Maximum vehicles Maximum people Site dimensions
1 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m
2 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m
3 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m
4 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m
5 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m
6 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car and camper trailers (maximum of one trailer per site).

Camp site surface: dirt.

Shade: all sites are shady and sheltered.

Facilities: hybrid toilet.

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

Generators: prohibited.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, equipment for treating water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, screened tents or mosquito nets, a fuel stove and adequate fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone prior to arrival. Camp sites are very popular during peak periods. Campers should plan their visit and obtain an e-permit well in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Gordon Creek camping area

Sites one and two at Gordon Creek camping area. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

Sites one and two at Gordon Creek camping area. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

Features: a shady and sheltered area in the rainforest on the bank of Gordon Creek—a great spot for birdwatching.

Location: near the Gordon Creek crossing on Portland Roads Road—sites one and two are on the southern side of the creek while sites three and four are on the northern side.

Map: Rainforest, Cooks Hut and Gordon Creek camping areas map (PDF, 137K)

Access: the camping area can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicles and off-road trailers only.

Number of sites: four numbered sites. Camp sites are very popular during peak periods. Campers should plan their visit and obtain an e-permit well in advance.

Site Maximum vehicles Maximum people Site dimensions  Other comments
1 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m Near site 2, on the southern bank of Gordon Creek.
2 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m Near site 1, on the southern bank of Gordon Creek.
3 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m Near site 4, on the northern bank of Gordon Creek.
4 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m Near site 3, on the northern bank of Gordon Creek.

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

Camp site surface: dirt.

Shade: all sites are shady and sheltered.

Facilities: none. A hybrid toilet is located at Cooks Hut camping area (about 800 m away).

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

Generators: generators that operate at a noise level less than 65 dB(A) at 7 m are permitted between 8 am and 7 pm only.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, equipment for treating water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, screened tents or mosquito nets, a fuel stove and adequate fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone prior to arrival. Camp sites are very popular during peak periods. Campers should plan their visit and obtain an e-permit well in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Chilli Beach camping area

Site eight at Chilli Beach camping area. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

Site eight at Chilli Beach camping area. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

Sites 21 and 22 at Chilli Beach camping area. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

Sites 21 and 22 at Chilli Beach camping area. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

Features: located behind the dunes and fringing coastal vegetation, including coconut palms, this popular camping area offers beach walking and fishing opportunities. Avoid camping and sitting under trees laden with coconuts.

Location: near the north-east boundary of the park on the coast. Follow Portland Roads Road to the Chilli Beach turn-off.

Map: Chilli Beach camping area map (PDF, 198K)

Access: the camping area can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Number of sites: 25 numbered sites. Camp sites are very popular during peak periods. Campers should plan their visit and obtain an e-permit well in advance.

Site Maximum vehicles  Maximum people Site dimensions Comments
1 One car and trailer. 6 10 m x 10 m Shady; sheltered from wind.
2 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m Shady; sheltered from wind.
3 Two cars and trailers. 12 9 m x 10 m Shady; sheltered from wind.
4 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m Shady; sheltered from wind.
5 One car and trailer. 6 8 m x 9 m Shady; sheltered from wind.
6 One car and trailer. 6 7 m x 9 m Shady; sheltered from wind.
7 One car and trailer. 6 7 m x 9 m Shady; sheltered from wind.
8 One car and trailer. 6 7 m x 9 m Partial shade; partial shelter from wind.
9 One car and trailer. 6 8 m x 10 m Partial shade; partial shelter from wind.
10 Two cars and trailers. 12 13 m x 15 m Shady; sheltered from wind.
11 One car and trailer. 6 10 m x 10 m Partial afternoon shade; exposed to wind.
12 Two cars and trailers. 12 13 m x 15 m Partial afternoon shade; exposed to wind.
13 One car and trailer. 6 10 m x 10 m Partial afternoon shade; exposed to wind.
14 Two cars and trailers. 12 13 m x 15 m Partial afternoon shade; exposed to wind.
15 One car and trailer. 6 10 m x 10 m Partial afternoon shade; exposed to wind.
16 One car and trailer. 6 8 m x 9 m Partial afternoon shade; partial shelter from wind.
17 Two cars and trailers. 12 12 m x 18 m Partial afternoon shade; exposed to wind.
18 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m Partial afternoon shade; partial shelter from wind.
19 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 10 m Shady; sheltered from wind.
20 Two cars and trailers. 12 15 m x 15 m Shady; sheltered from wind.
21 One car and trailer. 6 8 m x 9 m Partial shade; partial shelter from wind.
22 Two cars and trailers. 12 12 m x 18 m Partial shade; partial shelter from wind.
23 One car and trailer. 6 9 m x 12 m Partial shade; partial shelter from wind.
24 One car and trailer. 6 6 m x 18 m Partial shade; partial shelter from wind.
25 One car and trailer. 6 8 m x 13 m Partial shade; partial shelter from wind.

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

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: hybrid toilets.

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

Generators: prohibited.

Essentials to bring: adequate food and drinking water, equipment for treating water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, screened tents or mosquito nets, a fuel stove and adequate fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone prior to arrival. Camp sites are very popular during peak periods. Campers should plan their visit and obtain an e-permit well in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor—there is limited coverage on the beach.

Last updated
16 July 2015