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Camping in Molle Islands National Park

White sandy beaches, pockets of rainforest and pale blue waters make these picturesque inshore islands a wildlife refuge and a scenic retreat for nature lovers. Campers can choose from large group sites to secluded 'deserted' islands, all with close proximity to the extensive walking tracks of South Molle and Long islands

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.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Sandy Bay, South Molle Island

Sandy Bay, South Molle Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Sandy Bay, South Molle Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Camping area features: good open camping area with a long sandy beach, providing an excellent opportunity for beachcombing. Great for keen bushwalkers, the bay is well connected to the rest of the island by walking tracks.

Location: west side of South Molle Island, approximately 5 km east-north-east of Shute Harbour.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat (only) at mid to high tides.

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

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

Camp site surface: rubble.

Facilities: toilet, picnic tables.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent. 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: poor.

Paddle Bay, South Molle Island

Paddle Bay, South Molle Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Paddle Bay, South Molle Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Camping area features: this sandy site backs onto rainforest and overlooks Daydream Island. Well shaded, it offers plenty of opportunity to escape other campers as well as connecting to the rest of the island walking tracks accessible at low tide.

Location: on a sandy spit, west of South Molle Island resort, approximately 6 km east-north-east of Shute Harbour.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat at mid to high tides and from the island walking track.

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

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping; groups.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: toilet, picnic tables.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent. 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: poor.

Cockatoo Beach, North Molle Island

Cockatoo Beach, North Molle Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Cockatoo Beach, North Molle Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Camping area features: a number of large campsites around the forest edge face Daydream, Mid and South Molle islands.

Location: south end of North Molle Island, approximately 6 km east-north-east of Shute Harbour.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat (only). Access is limited by tide. Anchorage off the beach is not recommended due to exposure to wind and currents.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites. Maximum of 24 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping; groups.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: toilet, picnic tables, sheltered picnic tables.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generators: not permitted.

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

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

Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Planton Island

Planton Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Planton Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Camping area features: a 'deserted island' experience, with tent sites nestled within the island’s dry rainforest. While the island cannot be navigated, a small sandy beach beside the camping area is perfect for beachcombing.

Location: east of South Molle Island, approximately 7 km east-north-east of Shute Harbour.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat (only) at all tides.

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: toilet.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent. 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: poor.

Denman Island

Denman Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Denman Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Camping area features: a small island offering pleasant bush camping with a remote feel. The camp site is set in dry rainforest behind the island’s coral rubble shore. As there is no fishing allowed, please ensure that you are familiar with marine park regulations before visiting the site.

Location: east of South Molle Island, approximately 6.5 km east-north-east of Shute Harbour.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat (only) at all tides.

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

Campsites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Campsite surface: rubble.

Facilities: toilet.

Open fires: prohibited. 

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent. 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: Poor.

Tancred Island, Shute Harbour

Tancred Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Tancred Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Camping area features: while close to mainland facilities, this private campsite is hidden from Shute Harbour by Repair Island.

Location: approximately 1 km east of Shute Harbour.

Access: the camping area can be reached by small boats with care taken on the fringing reefs at mid to low tides.

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

Campsites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Campsite surface: rubble.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generators: not permitted.

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

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

Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Sandy Bay, Long Island

Sandy Bay, Long Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Sandy Bay, Long Island. Photo: Jae Milowski, Queensland Government

Camping area features: a small secluded beach lined with mangroves and backed by rainforest. Walking track depart the campsite allowing you to explore Long Island.

Location: approximately 6 km east-north-east of Shute Harbour.

Access: the camping area can be reached by shallow draft boat only at mid to high tides.

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

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: toilet.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generators: not permitted.

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

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

Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Last updated
27 August 2013