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Camping in Moreton Island National Park

Moreton Island provides a variety of coastal camping experiences, some accessible by 4WD, others accessible by boat or close to barge landing points. A vehicle access permit is required to drive on Moreton Island.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site at all times. All camping permits must be obtained before you arrive on the island (there is no self-registration on site).

You can camp in the five campgrounds and five camping zones along the beach. All camp sites are marked with a totem. Camping is permitted at a number of sites behind the foredunes. Protect the dunes by using existing camp sites and access tracks.

Before setting up your camp ensure:

  • you are in the correct camping zone or campground that you have booked.
  • you camp only within the campsite footprint near the camping totem. Do not place tents or other equipment outside of fenced campsites or existing cleared areas.
  • you are camping in a designated site. Camping is not permitted on the beach.

Maps and FAQ

Park-specific conditions

All camp sites are marked with totems. Camping is prohibited in all other areas. Moreton Island is remote and facilities are limited. There is no resident doctor on the island and medical assistance is hours away. All campers need to be self-sufficient and plan ahead for any contingency.

Campfires

Fires are permitted in pre-existing fireplaces or fire pits at designated camp sites marked with a totem in the Comboyuro Point, Ben-Ewa and Blue Lagoon campgrounds and the five camping zones. Fire is prohibited in all other areas of the Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area including The Wrecks and North Point campgrounds and on all beaches.

You should:

  • always check if local fire bans are in place before lighting a fire
  • never leave a campfire unattended
  • extinguish fires when unattended with a bucket of water, never use sand or dirt which retains heat for hours and can cause severe burns
  • keep campfires small and clear of vegetation.
Firewood

Collecting firewood on the island is prohibited. Bring your own firewood or purchase it at barge departure points or the Bulwer General Store. Chainsaws are prohibited in the national park, but an axe may be brought to split your own wood. Cut kindling from your firewood; do not collect twigs and branches from the bush.

Gas and fuel stoves

Use a gas or fuel stove whenever possible. This will allow efficient cooking during poor weather conditions or during fire bans, which can be declared at short notice. Test the stove before leaving home. Never operate it in confined spaces, such as inside tents.

Portable toilets

Large groups staying away from facilities should bring a portable toilet. Chemical or treated waste from portable toilets must be removed from the island. It is an offence under the Recreation Areas Management Act 2006 to bury, dispose of, or leave a noxious, offensive or harmful substance, such as portable toilet waste. Do not pour your portable toilet waste into any toilets on the island, as it destroys the bacteria in the composting systems used by the QPWS.

Drinking water

Treat all water collected on the island before drinking. Water is available at:

  • Big Sandhills on the western beach
  • Rous Battery on the eastern beach
  • the road to North Point beach
  • all established campgrounds.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

The Wrecks campground

Campground features: The Wrecks campground is set next to a sheltered bay. Sites are well defined and surrounded by native trees and shrubs.

Location: near the main barge landing point for Moreton Island Ferries and within easy walking distance to Tangalooma Resort. The campground is suitable for walkers, boaties and campers without vehicles.

Access: the campground can only be reached by 4WD and boats. It is not accessible for campers with camper trailers. The toilet facilities are accessible by 4WD, but campers need to park on the beach and walk a short distance to each camp site.

Number of sites: a maximum of 21 sites are available, all marked with totems. Seasonal closures mean that not all sites will be full all year round.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping only. Vehicles must be parked on the beach a short distance from the campground. School groups without vehicles are encouraged to use this campground.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: water (treat before drinking), hybrid toilets, cold showers and rubbish bins.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generator use: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and containers, water sterilisation tablets, rubbish bags, sunscreen, insect repellent, sealable containers for rubbish, first-aid kit and sand pegs. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Bookings can be made no more than six months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor and unreliable. Better reception may be possible near Tangalooma Resort on the island.

Ben-Ewa campground

Campground features: Ben-Ewa campground is in a valley providing shady sites and protection from strong winds. Sites are medium-sized and well-defined. Sheltered bay waters make this campground popular for young families and school groups.

Location: on the western side of the island, a short distance north of the main barge landing point for Moreton Island Ferries.

Access: the campground can be reached by 4WD. Parking is available near or beside camp sites. It is accessible for camper trailers.

Number of sites: a maximum of 12 sites are available, all marked with totems. Seasonal closures mean that not all sites will be full all year round.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, walk-in camping, camper trailers and large groups.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: water (treat before drinking), hybrid toilets and cold showers.

Open fires: allowed (in existing fire sites only), except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Fuel or gas stoves, rather than open fires, are recommended.

Generator use: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and containers, water sterilisation tablets, rubbish bags, sunscreen, insect repellent, firewood (untreated mill off-cuts), axe, sealable containers for rubbish, first-aid kit and sand pegs. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Bookings can be made no more than six months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor and unreliable. Better reception may be possible near Tangalooma Resort on the island.

Comboyuro Point campground

Campground features: Comboyuro Point is a large campground providing shady sites of various sizes. All sites are marked with totems. The area offers sheltered bay waters.

Location: on the western side of island within walking distance from Bulwer township.

Access: the campground can be reached on foot and by 4WD. Parking is available beside camp sites. It is accessible for camper trailers.

Number of sites: a maximum of 49 sites are available, all marked with totems. Seasonal closures mean that not all sites will be full all year round.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, walk-in camping, camper trailers and large groups.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: water (treat before drinking), septic toilets, rubbish bins and cold showers.

Open fires: allowed (in existing fire sites only), except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Fuel or gas stoves, rather than open fires, are recommended.

Generator use: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and containers, water sterilisation tablets, rubbish bags, sunscreen, insect repellent, firewood (untreated mill off-cuts), axe, sealable containers for rubbish, first-aid kit and sand pegs. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Bookings can be made no more than six months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor and unreliable. Better reception may be possible near Tangalooma Resort on the island.

North Point campground

Campground features: North Point campground offers large, grassy, defined sites, many with shade. All sites are marked with totems. Campground is close to surf beach and within walking distance to Honeymoon Bay.

Location: at the northern tip of the island, between Yellow Patch and Cape Moreton.

Access: the campground can be reached by 4WD only. Four sites are suitable for camper trailers. Although the campground is accessible by 4WD, it is necessary to park a short distance from each camp site. It is not possible to drive onto or beside tent sites.

Number of sites: a maximum of 21 sites are available, all marked with totems. Seasonal closures mean that not all sites will be full all year round.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping, camper trailers and large groups.

Camp site surface: grass.

Facilities: water (treat before drinking), hybrid toilets, cold showers and pedestrian access to surf beach.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generator use: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and containers, water sterilisation tablets, rubbish bags, sunscreen, insect repellent, sealable containers for rubbish, first-aid kit and sand pegs. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Bookings can be made no more than six months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor and unreliable.

Blue Lagoon campground

Campground features: Blue Lagoon campground offers beach style camping with medium to large sites, many with shade. All sites are marked with totems. Campground is within easy access to ocean surf beach and within walking distance to Blue Lagoon.

Location: on the eastern side of island, between Middle Road and Cape Moreton.

Access: the campground can be reached by 4WD and on foot by experienced bushwalkers only. Parking is available next to camp sites. It is accessible for camper trailers. If towing a trailer it is recommended to use Bulwer–Blue Lagoon Road instead of Middle Road as this track is one-way and narrow. The soft sand of Middle Road makes it easy for heavy vehicles to get bogged, which can block the track for several hours.

Number of sites: a maximum of 25 sites are available, all marked with totems. Seasonal closures mean that not all sites will be full all year round.

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

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: water (treat before drinking), septic toilets and cold showers.

Open fires: allowed (in existing fire sites only), except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Fuel or gas stoves, rather than open fires, are recommended.

Generator use: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and containers, water sterilisation tablets, rubbish bags, sunscreen, insect repellent, firewood (untreated mill off-cuts), axe, sealable containers for rubbish, first-aid kit and sand pegs. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Bookings can be made no more than six months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor and unreliable.

North-west camping zone

Campground features: North-west camping zone covers beach camp sites between Ben-Ewa and Comboyuro Point campgrounds. Sites vary in size and range from secluded sites to close, social camping areas. Many sites have sea views and shade. This camping zone offers sheltered bay waters.

Location: on the western side of island between Ben-Ewa and Comboyuro Point campgrounds. Some sites are within walking distance of Bulwer township.

Access: the camping zone can be reached on foot and by 4WD only. Parking is available beside camp sites. It is accessible for camper trailers.

Number of sites: a maximum of 76 sites are available, all marked with totems. Seasonal closures mean that not all sites will be full all year round.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, camper trailers and large groups. Only camp within the camp site footprint. For camp sites surrounded by a timber fence (sites CB1 to CB21), ensure all camping and other equipment is located inside this area.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none. The camping zone offers sheltered bay waters. For hygiene purposes, campers who are planning an extended stay should bring a portable toilet. Please do not place contents into toilets provided on the island—it destroys the bacteria in the systems. All portable toilet waste must be removed from the island.

Open fires: allowed (in existing fire sites only), except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Fuel or gas stoves, rather than open fires, are recommended.

Generator use: permitted. Be considerate; use them between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm only.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and containers, water sterilisation tablets, rubbish bags, sunscreen, insect repellent, firewood (untreated mill off-cuts), axe, sealable containers for rubbish, first-aid kit, shovel, portable toilet and sand pegs. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Bookings can be made no more than six months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor and unreliable.

North-east camping zone

Campground features: North-east camping zone covers all eastern beach camp sites between Middle Road, heading north to Spitfire Creek, excluding sites in the campground. Sites vary in size and range from secluded sites to close, social camping areas. Many sites have sea views and shade. This camping zone offers exposed surf beaches.

Location: on the eastern side of island from Middle Road, heading north to Spitfire Creek.

Access: the camping zone can be reached by 4WD and on foot by experienced bushwalkers only. Parking is available beside camp sites. It is accessible for camper trailers. If towing a trailer it is recommended to use Bulwer–Blue Lagoon Road instead of Middle Road as this track is one-way and narrow. The soft sand of Middle Road makes it easy for heavy vehicles to get bogged which can block the track for several hours.

Number of sites: a maximum of 89 sites are available, all marked with totems. Seasonal closures mean that not all sites will be full all year round.

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

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none. This camping zone offers surf beaches. For hygiene purposes, campers who are planning an extended stay should bring a portable toilet. Please do not place contents into toilets on the island—it destroys the bacteria in the systems. All portable toilet waste must be removed from the island.

Open fires: allowed (in existing fire sites only), except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Fuel or gas stoves, rather than open fires, are recommended.

Generator use: permitted. Be considerate; use them between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm only.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and containers, water sterilisation tablets, rubbish bags, sunscreen, insect repellent, firewood (untreated mill off-cuts), axe, sealable containers for rubbish, first-aid kit, shovel, portable toilet and sand pegs. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Bookings can be made no more than six months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor and unreliable.

South-west camping zone

Campground features: South-west camping zone covers all western camp sites from Tangalooma Bypass to Toulkerrie. Sites vary in size and range from secluded sites to close, social camping areas. Many sites have sea views and shade. This camping zone offers sheltered bay waters.

Location: on the western side of the island from Tangalooma Bypass to Toulkerrie.

Access: the camping zone can be reached by 4WD, on foot, boat and kayaks. Parking is available beside some, but not all, camp sites, due to tides. Some camp sites closer to Toulkerrie may only be accessible by 4WD at low tide.

Number of sites: a maximum of 24 sites are available, all marked with totems. Seasonal closures mean that not all sites will be full all year round.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping, with some sites suitable for camper trailers.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none. The camping zone offers sheltered bay waters. For hygiene purposes, campers who are planning an extended stay should bring a portable toilet. Please do not place contents into toilets on the island—it destroys the bacteria in the systems. All portable toilet waste must be removed from the island.

Open fires: allowed (in existing fire sites only), except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Fuel or gas stoves, rather than open fires, are recommended.

Generator use: permitted. Be considerate; use them between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm only.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and containers, water sterilisation tablets, rubbish bags, sunscreen, insect repellent, firewood (untreated mill off-cuts), axe, sealable containers for rubbish, first-aid kit, shovel, portable toilet and sand pegs. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Bookings can be made no more than 6 months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor and unreliable.

South-east camping zone

Campground features: South-east camping zone covers all eastern beach camp sites between Middle Road, heading south to Rous Battery. Sites vary in size and range from secluded sites to close social camping areas. Many sites have ocean views and shade. This camping zone offers exposed surf beaches.

Location: on the eastern side of the island between Middle Road, heading south to Rous Battery. Kooringal is the closest township.

Access: the camping zone can be reached by 4WD and on foot by experienced walkers only. Parking is available beside camp sites. It is accessible for camper trailers. If towing a trailer it is recommended to use Bulwer–Blue Lagoon Road instead of Middle Road as this track is one-way and narrow. The soft sand of Middle Road makes it easy for heavy vehicles to get bogged which can block the track for several hours. Amity Trader barge landing point from North Stradbroke Island is a short drive to this camping zone. Periodic exposure of rocks may mean the south-east beach is impassable at high tide.

Number of sites: a maximum of 35 sites are available, all marked with totems. Seasonal closures mean that not all sites will be full all year round.

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

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none. This camping zone offers surf beaches. For hygiene purposes, campers who are planning an extended stay should bring a portable toilet. Please do not place contents into toilets on the island—it destroys the bacteria in the systems. All portable toilet waste must be removed from the island.

Open fires: allowed (in existing fire sites only), except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Fuel or gas stoves, rather than open fires, are recommended.

Generator use: permitted. Be considerate; use them between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm only.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and containers, water sterilisation tablets, rubbish bags, sunscreen, insect repellent, firewood (untreated mill off-cuts), axe, sealable containers for rubbish, first-aid kit, shovel, portable toilet and sand pegs. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Bookings can be made no more than six months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor and unreliable.

Yellow Patch camping zone

Campground features: Yellow Patch camping zone covers all western beach camp sites in the Yellow Patch area, between North Point and Heath Island. There are no camp sites at Heath Island. Sites vary in size and range from secluded sites to close, social camping areas. Many sites have sea views and shade. This camping zone offers surf beaches.

Location: on the western side of island between North Point and Heath Island.

Access: the camping zone can be reached by 4WD only. Parking is available beside camp sites. Avoid parking or driving over dunes and vegetation as these areas are prone to erosion and may have shorebirds and turtle nests. It is accessible for camper trailers.

Number of sites: a maximum of 14 sites are available, all marked with totems. Seasonal closures mean that not all sites will be full all year round.

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

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: none. The camping zone offers surf beaches. For hygiene purposes, campers who are planning an extended stay should bring a portable toilet. Please do not place contents into toilets on the island—it destroys the bacteria in the systems. All portable toilet waste must be removed from the island. North Point campground is a short drive offering hybrid toilets and a cold water shower.

Open fires: allowed (in existing fire sites only), except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Fuel or gas stoves, rather than open fires, are recommended.

Generator use: permitted. Be considerate; use them between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm only.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and containers, water sterilisation tablets, rubbish bags, sunscreen, insect repellent, firewood (untreated mill off-cuts), axe, sealable containers for rubbish, first-aid kit, shovel, portable toilet and sand pegs. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Bookings can be made no more than six months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: poor and unreliable.

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Last updated
26 May 2014