Camping area, Watsons Bay. Photo: Queensland Government.
Camp at Watsons Bay on Lizard Island. Camping is not permitted on any of the other islands in Lizard Island National Park.
Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.
Campers must be self-sufficient in food, water, shelter and first-aid equipment. No supplies are available on the island but visitors are welcome at the Marlin Bar (although it is not open every day). Campers should take care not to feed the wildlife and ensure that all food and rubbish scraps are secured.
The gas barbecue provided in the camping area is an open flame burner and does not have a hotplate. It is necessary to bring pots or pans to cook on. The maximum stay on Lizard Island is 10 nights.
Camp sites have limited shade. Photo: Queensland Government.
Camping area features: just behind the beach in scenic Watsons Bay. Some shade is offered by beachfront vegetation. The camping area is adjacent to the day-use area and close to the network of walking tracks around the island.
Location: in Watsons Bay on the north-west side of Lizard Island.
Access: on foot from the airstrip (1.2 km; campers must carry all their gear) or by boat in Watsons Bay.
Number of sites: five sites (separate but not numbered).
Camp sites are suitable for: tents.
Camp site surface: sand.
Facilities: composting toilet, picnic tables and gas barbecue (burners only, no hot plates). Poles are also provided for erecting shelters for shade. Water is available from a hand pump 250 m from the camping area or from a tap at the Marlin Bar. Treat all water before drinking.
Open fires: not allowed.
Generators: not permitted.
Essentials to bring: rubbish bags, insect repellent, insect-proof tents, tarpaulins for extra shade and pots and pans to use on the barbecue. Water containers and water-treating equipment are also required. Read more about things to know before you go.
Mobile phone coverage: not available.