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How to save money on Accommodation

Save money on accommodation

Working out how to save money on accommodation is important because the cost for somewhere to stay each night can be one of your biggest expenses. It will of course depend on your setup, style of travel, where you go and your experience.

We found the longer we traveled, the more experienced we got and the less it cost us.

After 12 months on the road our average cost per night for accommodation was $33.12. It was costing us around 14% of our expenses.

At the 2 year mark accommodation was 12% of our expenses and now our average per night is $15.15. We have certainly reduced our accommodation costs as we have learnt more and gained experience on our travels.

Over the last 2 years our average cost for accommodation has been just $7.62 per night.

We have worked hard to find ways to reduce our costs and save money on accommodation with Free camping just one of those. On other occasions, opportunities just became available.

Today we share everything we have learned on how to save money on where to stay overnight.

Save money on Accmmodation
Camping Free at Uluru in 2017

Here are our tips on How to Save Money on Accommodation

WikiCamps

WikiCamps is the traveller’s bible, it’s a fantastic app that the owners have done an amazing job to create, but it’s not the Law of Camping Accommodation.

It doesn’t know everything as it’s run by us as users. It only knows what information we enter into it. Also it needs to be seen to reflect compliance, but not everything in life is black and white.

There are many more places you can stay that aren’t in Wikicamps!!

Use Wikicamps as an absolutely invaluable guide and everyone that sets off on your Big Lap needs to have it, but don’t limit your thinking to it having the only places you can find to stay.

Wikicamps is an app you can download to your Phone or Tablet for just $7.99.

Free Camps and RV Stopovers save money on Accommodation

This is the best and most common way to reduce your costs for overnight stays. There are so many fantastic locations to stay for free or very low cost all around Australia.

Check out our list of Free camps here – https://indefiniteleave.com.au/best-free-camps/

Free camping obviously will save you money on accommodation but there are other advantages too. It’s more relaxed and usually you have a bit more space too.

There are still a lot of places that you can’t free camp and that’s why having other options is just as important.

Our website has hundreds of great locations all around Australia you can search by location or camping type.

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Brown Bay SA

Low Cost Campgrounds also save money on Accommodation

Free Camps aren’t the only way to save funds on the road. There are lots of Low Cost locations to stay also.

These include Showgrounds, Pubs, Parks, Clubs, Station stays and Home Stays where you can stay for a small fee and will save you a lot of money on accommodation.

Check out: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds around Australia

Vineyards

It’s probably debatable about saving money at Vineyards, for us it’d be a lot like staying at Pubs and we would absolutely over indulge haha

There are vineyards around the country though that do offer the opportunity to stay overnight. With some it may not be advertised but by asking the question you might find they say yes.

We spent some time on the road with my cousin. We went south from Mt Gambier and they headed north for a night.

They ended up staying the night in the vineyard car park after the owner said it was OK and they even got given a couple of bottles of wine that had been opened.

They were a little worse for wear the next day when we caught up again and I was very unhappy at missing out on the fun.

Get Discounts

Caravan Parks are still an important part of traveling Australia. For families they can be great places for the kids to have a lot of fun and enjoy their experience on the road.

For us it’s about the location and having power to run our air con and a pool to swim.

We have stayed at some awesome Caravan Parks that have had the most amazing water parks which were fun for everyone.

You don’t have to pay full price at Caravan Parks, there are lots of ways to enjoy discounted stays and actually save money on accommodation.

Read more: How to save money when staying in Caravan Parks.

Save money on Accommodation by free camping
McGaurans Beach Vic

Leave the children at home

Ok, just threw this one in to see if you are paying attention lol

Wait, is it an option…… no…. ok!!

Save Money on Accommodation by talking to the Locals

We pulled up in a car park by the river at North Haven in NSW and an older man came over and asked if we were staying there the night.

The answer was No as we were just there to take a look at the river and maybe do some fishing.

We were being very cautious as we didn’t know where he was going with it. We had no intention to stay in that spot the night anyway but it did seem strange.

Turned out he used to have a Motorhome and was a local and he gave us all the details of where we could stay.

One spot was where the Rangers don’t enforce any rules and another where the Rangers couldn’t do anything.

We ended up in a great spot by the river for a couple of nights for free and have been back again since too.

He was a lovely fellow, hope he’s OK as he was having some cancer issues at the time.

That is just one example of locals giving us Gold information.

We met a young family at Dalmeny Campground and then bumped into him again in his hometown further south.

He gave us a premium location to stay that we enjoyed all to ourselves for 3 nights, listening to the waves and enjoying some spectacular beaches and fishing.

These are just 2 occasions, there have been other circumstances too. The more people you meet and are friendly to, the more opportunities that arise.

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it

Find places that Council don’t have jurisdiction

The Council don’t own everything in town. You’d be surprised where you can actually stay that Rangers don’t have jurisdiction over and no-one else will be bothered.

The big trick to this is don’t put anything outside, not even your step down to climb in your rig, no awning, nothing. Don’t even leave your TV aerial up for the night.

The obvious one is also to contain your water and leave the area tidier than when you arrived.

Don’t stay in the obvious prime positions such as at the beachfront, beside the river or where a lot of people will pass by.

Free Camping on the advice of one of the locals in town

Be Self Contained

We stayed at so many Free Camps around the country that require you to be self contained.

While a technical definition of self contained can be different wherever you go it’s pretty obvious that it will mean have your own toilet and shower and be able to contain your black and grey water.

We can all argue about definitions, it’s meaning and having a clear National ruling on it but reality is, having a toilet, shower and capturing the after effects will open a lot more places to stay that will save you money on accommodation.

Read about: Our 12mths Costs traveling Australia

Understand the difference between Signs

No Camping sign isn’t necessarily the same as a No Overnight Stays sign.

Firstly, it’s important to acknowledge there is no absolute definition of Camping in Australia. Therefore, any Council can define camping differently.

Any sign installed by a Council relies on legal definition and legality. This is why you will usually see signs state No Overnight Stays or similar that clearly state that you can’t stay in your vehicle.

A sign simply saying No Camping without any other information could easily be argued that Camping is staying in a Tent.

If the No Camping sign also has an image of a vehicle with a line through it, then that is different, it clarifies and it includes a Caravan or Campervan etc can not stay overnight.

Excerpt from an article in RV Books

Michael Eburn, Barrister and Associate Professor at the Australian National University’s College of Law wrote on the website www.rvbooks.com.au that, A notice, regulation or sign can be challenged on the grounds of uncertainty.  In Director of Public Prosecutions v Priestley [2013] NSWSC 407 the defendant was acquitted of the offence of sleeping in Martin Place contrary to a sign that prohibited ‘Staying Overnight’ on the basis that there was no sensible way to understand what ‘overnight’ meant. Justice Adams said ‘Notices or rules which impose “criminal consequences for breach must be… sufficiently certain to enable the relevant tribunal as well as those brought before it to determine whether the impugned conduct is prohibited”.

The article went on to say – So, the answer to the question of ‘what does ‘No Camping’ mean?’ depends on who put up the sign or notice. A sign or notice from a government authority should, ideally, refer you to the Act, regulation or by-law that they rely on to regulate camping.

You need to go to that legislation, regulation or by-law to see what definition applies. Where there is no definition, and where an inspector attempts to impose a penalty, you would have the option to ask a court to determine what ‘camping’ means in the particular circumstances.

That is unhelpful as it is both expensive and it means you cannot know, in advance, what is or is not permitted but it does mean that allegations of ‘prohibited camping’ can be challenged. 

And if the alleged prohibition is too uncertain it may be void.

If the definition of “overnight” can be challenged and won then how would “Camping” be defined by a court?

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Carnarvon Gorge

Making the right decision

Of course, being right doesn’t necessarily make it the right decision. Get a fine and it’s still going to be cheaper to pay it than try to defend it.

For us, we will consider a lot of factors. Are we in a large city or a small town? Is where we are a busy position? Would we expect there to be an issue for some reason?

For example parking in a boat and trailer bay at a boat ramp (don’t do it). How private is it and any other factors that give us the feeling it may cause us an issue?

If the only sign is just a No Camping sign with no other instructions we will weigh up all the factors before making any decision.

No Camping though does not necessarily mean you can’t stay in your vehicle. It also doesn’t guarantee a Ranger won’t want to make quota or he’s having a bad day and won’t fine you.

For us, we have stayed in a lot of different places and great spots where we have never had an issue.

Meet people, be friendly and don’t be Negative Nancy

It would be impossible to travel the country and not make new friends. I couldn’t imagine how you could not make great new friends on the road.

We have met some of the most amazing people traveling Oz and we now have some amazing mates all around the country.

We certainly never expected or intended it to happen but we have stayed in the driveways and front yards of so many of our new friends all around Australia.

Every time it has been a privilege and an honour to be asked and offered such kindness.

Therefore we have always tried to respect the opportunities and friendships of those that have extended us such generosity.

Be friendly, be kind and enjoy every moment on the road and similar opportunities for a few nights here and there will likely become available for you too.

Visit relatives and friends around the country

We really enjoyed catching up with family and friends who live around the country and often we were invited to stay with them.

My Cousin lives in Karratha and we had 2 weeks with him in his apartment and it was great fun.

We stayed with friends for 3 weeks and then 6 weeks in Darwin on their acreage which really allowed us to explore Darwin and see the Top End more than we might have otherwise.

We stayed with my brother in Longford in Tasmania for some of our time there and Adele’s cousin in Sarina on their cane farm.

Meeting family and friends around Australia we hadn’t seen for a long time or very often was a big highlight of our time on the road.

The opportunity to stay with them made it even better. Make the time to stop and visit your family and friends and they may offer for you to stay too.

Aerial view of Dalmeny Campground
Dalmeny Campground

House Sitting will save money on Accommodation

Our great friends we met and spent a lot of time with around Australia did numerous house sits as they traveled.

At first they had some trouble being selected but once they had one they found it easier.

We visited them at most of the house sits they did and they enjoyed spending time with the animals, looking after the yards and sometimes a pool.

They enjoyed the opportunity to have some space again with a house after long periods in their Caravan.

Our friends were able to stay for weeks at no cost.

They used Aussie Housesitters to find their places to stay. You just sign up, membership is $84 for the first year with reduced fees for renewing members.

If you would like to look at it further just follow this link for Aussie Housesitters. Simply sign up and get access to hundreds of opportunities to house sit all around Australia.

Plan where you will be during peak periods

Having a plan around where you will be during peak periods such as school holidays, Easter and Christmas can help you avoid paying any premium prices for places to stay and therefore save money on accommodation.

At these times of the year most places are often booked out and full. So without a plan you could be forced to pay huge prices to stay somewhere you didn’t plan to.

Try to work your itinerary to spend these times away from the crowds and Tourist areas and staying at less Commercial places where it’s quieter and you can still find a good Free Camp or somewhere to stay at the right price for your budget.

Free Camping where the Council does not have jurisdiction

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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all of our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Lenses – Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Bargara Caravan Park

Bargara Caravan Park Feature

This Bargara Caravan Park on the beach is a great base to stay while you explore in and around Bundaberg.

Formerly the Bargara Beach Caravan Park it is now known as the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara.

This Bargara Caravan Park is located directly opposite the beach where you can safely swim in between the flags while lifesavers are on patrol in the summer months.

It is both minutes from the heart of the Bargara township and only a few minutes away is the world famous turtle sanctuary, Mon Repos.

Mon Repos is the largest nesting site for loggerhead turtles on the east coast of Australia.

Bargara Beach directly opposite the Bargara Caravan Park

About Bargara

Bargara is an easy drive, just 12.5 kms from the town of Bundaberg in Queensland.

Only a 15 minute drive from town past the sugar cane farms and you can be at the beautiful beach enjoying a swim or a delicious meal with amazing views!

The coastal town of Bargara has a population of around 8,485 residents.

It is located 384 kms north of the capital city of Brisbane, a drive of approximately 4 hours and 20 mins.

There are two surf beaches at Bargara as well as two calm water swimming areas making it a popular place to holiday.

Bargara is also an ideal location for snorkelling, fishing and off shore diving.

Aerial view of the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Bargara Caravan Park
Photo Credit – BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara. Perfectly located opposite the beach at Bargara

Bargara Caravan Park Facilities

Facilities at the beachside Bargara Caravan Park include two Amenities Blocks, one with disabled access and a laundry.

There is a Camp Kitchen, free barbecues and two Dump Points on site.

Kids will enjoy the playground, skate park, tennis court and volleyball court in and around the park grounds.

Pedal-kart hire from this Bargara Caravan Park
Photo Credit – BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara

A convenience store has basic supplies, LPG Gas Refills and offers bike hire; kayak, paddle board and pedal-kart hire.

Free Wi-fi is also available at the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara Caravan Park.

During our stay we had good phone coverage with both Telstra and Vodafone networks.

Download the Bargara Caravan Park Map here>

Bargara Caravan Park
Our Motorhome pictured in behind the cabins at the Bargara Beach Caravan Park now BIG4 Breeze Holidays Parks – Bargara

Is this Bargara Caravan Park Pet Friendly?

At the time of our stay, the Bargara Beach Caravan Park welcomed pets which allowed us to stay with our beautiful Golden Retriever MACKS.

The same applies now with the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara, it is a pet friendly caravan park.

Pets are permitted on all camping sites and in the designated pet friendly cabins.

Dogs must be supervised, on a leash at all times and never left unattended.

See the Bargara Caravan Park Rules for full details on their pet policy.

Powered and unpowered sites at the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks- Bargara Caravan Park
Photo Credit – BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara

Bargara Caravan Park Rates

The cost to stay at this Bargara Caravan Park is:
Powered Slab Sites
: From $43 per night for 2 people
Powered Sites: From $42 per night for 2 people
Unpowered Sites: From $30 per night for 2 people

Our stay was for 8 nights from 14th – 21st February 2016.

Bargara Beach opposite Bargara Beach Caravan Park
Welcome to the Bargara Caravan Park
Photo Credit – BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara

Contact Details for this Bargara Caravan Park

Park Name: BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara
Phone:  07 4159 2228
Address: 25 Fred Courtice Avenue, Bargara, Queensland
Email: bargara@breezeholidayparks.com.au
Website

How to get to this Bargara Caravan Park

From the heart of Bundaberg, head along Bourbong Street which runs into Scotland Street. Follow Scotland Street then turn left into Princess Street.

Continue along Princess Street which becomes Bargara Road and take Bargara Road right through to the waterfront of Bargara.

At the Bargara beachfront, turn left onto the Esplanade. Follow the Esplanade until it becomes Fred Courtice Avenue.

Head along Fred Courtice Avenue and the entrance to the Bargara Caravan Park will be on your left opposite the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club.

Read about: Our Trip from Hervey Bay to Bundaberg 

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Bargara township just minutes from the Bargara Caravan Park
Turtle Tracks Mon Repos - Mon Repos Walking Track is next to the Bargara Caravan Park
Turtle tracks on the beach at Mon Repos

Things to do in and around Bargara and Bundaberg

Mon Repos

It is an absolutely amazing experience to see the turtle hatchlings at Mon Repos.

The Mon Repos Walking Track is right beside the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara Caravan Park and it is just 13 minutes drive to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre runs nightly tours from November through to late March however you need to book well in advance as the Turtle Encounter tours are becoming increasingly popular each year.

We were very fortunate to witness the hatchlings up close on our first visit to Bundaberg but have been unsuccessful on two other occasions.

Turtle hatchling up close at Mon Repos
Up close and personal with the hatchlings at Mon Repos

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Tinaberries
Enjoying a delicious Tinaberries ice cream

Tinaberries

For fabulous ice cream and a fun, farm experience be sure to visit Tinaberries.

Fresh strawberries can be purchased from Tinaberries during strawberry season in the Winter months and you can enjoy a ‘pick you own’ experience in early Spring.

If you love ice cream you can pop into Tinaberries all year round for a delicious ice cream made from strawberries and passionfruit grown at the farm or some locally sourced mango.

Beautiful farmyard surrounds at Tinaberries
Relax in the beautiful farm setting while enjoying a delicious Tinaberries ice cream

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Bundaberg Rum Bottle

Bundaberg Rum Factory

Every time we visit Bundaberg and a visit to the Bundaberg Rum Factory is a must for Kev.

We have visited Bundaberg 4 times and all four visits we have visited the Bundy Rum Factory.

Twice we have done the distillery tour and twice Kev has had a drink at the Bundy Bar!

The distillery tour includes wandering through the Bundaberg Rum Museum, an interesting tour where you learn about the history and makings of Bundaberg Rum and the tour concludes with two free tastings.

Book your Bundaberg Rum Distillery Tour and Tastings here>

Book your Bundaberg Rum Distillery Blend your own Rum Experience here>

Bundy Bar

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Bundaberg Barrel

Bundaberg Barrel

Bundaberg has fast become the drinks capital and is home to The Bundaberg Barrel where the Bundaberg Brewed Soft Drinks are made.

The makers of the craft brewed premium soft drinks opened the tourist facility in 2005 but have been brewing these popular drinks since 1960.

Book the Barrel Tastings and Self Guided Gallery Tour. It includes a tasting of their full range, a self-guided gallery tour and then select 6 of your favourites for a take home pack.

Open Monday to Saturday 9am – 4.30pm and 10am – 3pm on Sundays and Public Holidays

Read more: Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Bundaberg Barrel
Tasting at the Bundaberg Barrel

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Bargara Beach Boardwalk
A beautiful sunny day on our latest visit to Bargara in 2021

Bargara Weather

The weather in Bargara is warm and temperate and the average annual temperature is around 21.4 °C.

Bargara usually experiences the most rainfall in January and February.

The warmest month is January with the coldest month in Bargara being July.

May, June, July, August and September are considered the best months to visit Bargara.

Other great places to stay in and around Bundaberg:

Pin – Bargara Caravan Park

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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Carnarvon Gorge Camping Qld

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Feature

Carnarvon Gorge in the central highlands of Queensland with its towering white sandstone cliffs is a magnificent place to visit and offers a number of different Carnarvon Gorge Camping experiences.

There are 4 Carnarvon Gorge Camping Accomodation options if you are looking to stay when visiting the stunning Carnarvon Gorge.

All offering slightly different experiences ranging from magnificent views to luxury glamping and a resort style setting as well as budget style bush camping.

  • Sandstone Park for magnificent 360 degree views
  • Wallaroo Outback Retreat if luxury is what you are looking for
  • Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness for resort style accommodation
  • BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Carnarvon Gorge for bush style camping
Carnarvon Gorge

About Carnarvon Gorge

The Carnarvon Gorge is located in the Carnarvon National Park in Central Western Qld.

Access is from the Carnarvon Highway between Roma and Emerald.

The stunning Gorge involves amazing White Sandstone cliffs, beautiful flowing water streams, incredible rock formations packed with so much wildlife and natural beauty.

It’s history with native Aborigine’s is obvious with so much artwork to see along several walking trails on offer.

Over 70,000 visitors make the trek to Carnarvon Gorge each year to experience the wonders of the stunning location.

Situated 722 kms driving distance from the States capital city of Brisbane it is a drive of over 8 hours.

Carnarvon Gorge is one of Central Qld’s most incredible attractions with spectacular walks past many natural formations.

Carnarvon Gorge

Camping in Carnarvon Gorge

There are several excellent camping options for whenever visiting Carnarvon Gorge.

From campgrounds high up with outstanding views to sites with power or those that are pet friendly.

You can also go camping near the entrance to the Gorge walks.

Some camping areas suits only tents whereas others suits Caravans, Motorhomes and Big Rigs.

There’s an option to suit everyone when Camping in Carnarvon Gorge and we’ve outlined the details for you below.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area

Open: Seasonal

Seasonal Carnarvon Gorge Camping is permitted between the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre and the Car Park only during the Easter, June-July and September Queensland School Holidays.

No camping is available during the December- January school holiday period or at any other time throughout the year.

Camping in this area is suitable for tents, off road campervans and camper trailers only.

With only 10 sites available they book out very quickly and some sites are small as they are suited to tents only.

Carnarvon Gorge Discovery Centre
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max Nights Stay: 5 Nights
  • Toilets: Yes – Drop Toilets and Flushing Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Potable Water: Water should be treated before drinking
  • Bins: No
  • Power: No. No generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Limited and not reliable

Contact Details:
Phone: 13 7468
Address: Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge Hike

Big Bend Camping Area

Open: All year round

To access the Big Bend Camping Area it is by foot only so you will need a suitable hiking back pack as you will be carrying all of your camping gear, clothing, food and water in with you on the 19.4km return walk.

Take the Carnarvon Gorge Main Walking Track from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitors Centre.

It is 9.7kms walk to the Big Bend Camping Area where you can camp right beside Carnarvon Creek with the stunning white sandstone cliffs as a beautiful backdrop.

Carnaron Gorge Walk
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max  Nights Stay: 2 nights
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: No. Treat any water collected from the creek
  • Bins: No. Be sure to take animal proof containers to store your rubbish while camping and take all rubbish out with you
  • Power: No. Generators are not permitted.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: No coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:  13 7468
Address: 19.4km return walk from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre by foot
Website:

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Views
Magnificent 360 degree views from Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Grounds in and near the Gorge

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Open: Easter School Holidays to September/October School Holidays

For breathtaking 360 degree views of the magnificent white sandstone cliffs of the surrounding ranges from every site, there is no better place to go camping in or near Carnarvon Gorge.

It truly is a spectacular location and is only a short 5 minute drive to the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

All sites are unpowered.

The exceptionally large sites are pull-through and suitable for tent camping,  swags, caravans, motorhomes, big rigs, campervans and camper trailers.

  • Cost: $28 per night
  • Max Nights Stay: No limit
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: No, unpowered sites only.  Generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: Yes – Sandstone Park is the only place to offer Carnarvon Gorge Pet Friendly accommodation. They also have Pet Sitting Service with Pet Kennels.
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Free Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: Yes. Each site has a fire pit
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes as well as other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4679
Address:  3858 Carnarvon Gorge Road, Carnarvon Park, Queensland
Website:

Read more about: Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Camping
Huge sites and wide open space at Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge along with breathtaking views

BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Carnarvon Gorge

Open: All year round

The BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Carnarvon Gorge formerly Takarakka Bush Resort provides a variety of accommodation including Cabins, Studio and Cottage Style accommodation, Safari Tents as well as Caravan and Camping sites.

It has a well presented camp kitchen and bathroom amenities.

The BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Carnarvon Gorge does not allow dogs, cats and domestic animals.

  • Cost: Powered $45 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $55 per night for 2 people Peak
    Unpowered $35 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $45 per night for 2 people in Peak
    Extra Adults $15pn Extra Children $5 per night and $6 per night in Peak season
  • Max  Nights Stay: N/A
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes and other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4535
Address: O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Open: Seasonal

Located in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge has undergone a major refurbishment and has re-opened in March 2021.

Set on 100 acres and looped by Carnarvon Creek, it offers an ultimate resort experience with 28 luxury Safari Cabins, information sessions, tours, entertainment and they have a superb fully licensed Wilderness Restaurant.

Serviced accommodation only. No camping options are available.

Pets are strictly prohibited.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4984 4503 or 1800 644 150
Address:  4043 O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Creek

Wallaroo Outback Retreat

If you are looking for luxury Carnarvon Gorge camping, Wallaroo Outback Retreat provides glamping at its best.

There are 10 fabulous glamping tents with attached or detached ensuites plus the Timber Lodge which has a fully equipped kitchen, two fireplaces and  6 individual bathrooms!

The retreat is nestled in the sandstone cliffs of the Carnarvon Ranges.

It is part of a 72,000 acre cattle property which is just over 70 minutes from Carnarvon Gorge.

Camping in your own tent, Caravan or Motorhome is not allowed.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4626 3746
Address: 252 The Basin Road, Injune, Queensland
Website:

Read about: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Carnarvon Gorge National Park

What can you do at Carnarvon Gorge?

Discover many spectacular things as you explore the stunning Carnarvon Gorge.

From the Caranarvon Gorge Visitors Centre it is a 9.7km along the Main Gorge Walking Track crossing over the Carnarvon Creek a number of times before reaching Big Bend where you can actually go camping right beside Carnarvon Creek.

From the Main Gorge Walking Track there are tracks to 4 ‘must see’ spectacular sites in the lower section of Carnarvon Gorge.

We took the Main Gorge Walking Track only as far as the Art Gallery and then made our way back stopping off at Wards Canyon, the Amphitheatre and Moss Garden as well as taking the Nature Trail on our first day.

Early in the morning the next day, Kev hiked up Boolimba Bluff with Olivia, the owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge.

We also checked out Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool which are both reasonably short walks from the Car Park.

Pick up or download and print out a copy of the Carnarvon Gorge Map.

Plan out what walks you would like to take depending on which walking tracks are suitable to you and carry your map with you so you know exactly which way you are heading at all times.

Remember to carry plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent with you.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Guidelines

Please ensure you adhere to the Queensland National Parks regulations when visiting and camping at the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge. Here are a number of the park guidelines:

  • Open Fires are not permitted
  • Collection of firewood is strictly prohibited
  • Use a fuel stove or gas barbecues at the Carnarvon Gorge Day Use Area
  • Do not feed animals or leave food for them
  • Do not disturb plants and animals
  • Domestic Animals are prohibited in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Rubbish Bins are not provided – take all rubbish with you including disposable nappies, sanitary products and cigarette butts
  • Cycling is not permitted on any of the walking tracks
  • Climbing and Abseiling is not permitted anywhere in the park
  • No Firearms or weapons are to be brought into the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Keep waterways free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, sunscreens as well as food scraps
  • Wash any cooking equipment at least 100m away from streams and lakes
  • Use toilets if available or ensure faecal matter and toilet paper are buried at least 15cm deep and well away from tracks, campsites and waterways

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

The Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks are all graded either a Grade 3 or Grade 4 Track with the exception of the Carnarvon Great Walk which is a Grade 5 Track.

Grade 3 Tracks require a reasonable level of fitness. You will be walking on a well defined track encountering gentle slopes, slight inclines and some steep sections.

There are creek crossings, ladders and steps where you will need to exercise caution. Good supportive footwear is required.

Grade 4 Tracks require a moderate level of fitness. Tracks may be overgrown in some areas and may encounter rocks and fallen trees.

You will need to exercise caution on creek crossings, around cliff edges and natural lookout areas. Ankle supportive footwear is strongly recommended.

Carnarvon Gorge Long Walks

Boolimba Bluff Views

Boolimba Bluff

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 6.4km – 3hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4 Track

Although there is a very steep climb for 300m which you need to be physically fit to encounter, the awesome views from the lookout at Boolimba Bluff are definitely worth the effort!

The views stretch to the distant ranges which are simply magnificent.

The Boolimba Bluff is the only lookout track in Carnarvon Gorge.

Carnarvon Gorge

View the below video of Kev and Olivia, owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge climbing Boolimba Bluff in Carnarvon Gorge: 


Carnarvon Gorge Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 10.8km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Art Gallery in Carnarvon Gorge is a signifcant Aboriginal Site full of amazing Aboriginal Art. It contains the best examples of stencil art in Australia.

Adorning the 62 metres of sandstone walls, there are over 2,000 freehand paintings, engraving and ochre stencils.

Art Gallery

Awesome Tree Ferns at Wards Canyon
Wards Canyon is home to the World’s Largest Fern – The King Fern

Wards Canyon

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 9.2km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Make your way into the shaded Wards Canyon for a great spot to cool down on your walk.

Wards Canyon is also home to the World’s Largest Fern, the King Fern. It is believed the King Fern has strong links to the ancient Gondwanan era.

As you walk up the short but steep track to the awesome Wards Canyon, you will first come to the lower falls before continuing up to the canyon itself where there is a little creek running beside the rock pathway.

Wards Canyon Carnarvon Gorge

Entrance to the Ampitheatre

Amphitheatre

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 8.6km – 3.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Amphitheatre is one of the most spectacular sites in Carnarvon Gorge.

As you make your way through a narrow opening in the gorge you step into a hidden little oasis.

Towering all around you are these extremely tall sandstone walls with a natural skylight opening at the top.

This magnificent 60m chamber was gouged out of the rock by running water.

Carnarvon Gorge Ampitheatre

Moss Garden Carnarvon Gorge

Moss Garden

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 7km – 2.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Water seaps from the sandstone constantly forming an evergreen carpet of moss on the rocks hence giving this area the apt name of the Moss Garden.

There is also a small waterfall that cascades over the rocky ledge into the pool below but the water was only trickling when we were there.

Moss Garden

Cathedral Cave

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.2kms – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

For thousands of years, the massive overhand at Cathedral Cave in Carnarvon Gorge provided shelter for the Aboriginals.

The rock art at Cathedral Cave is reflective of the rich Aboriginal culture and depicts the lives of those who once lived there.


Boowinda Gorge

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.4km – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Just 100m upstream from Cathedral Cave is Boowinda Gorge. It does involve rock hopping to get into this sculpted side gorge.

The most spectacular part of the gorge strewn with boulders is the first one kilometre.

We didn’t venture further than the Art Gallery to Cathedral Cave, Boowinda Gorge or Big Bend.


Big Bend

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 19.4kms – 7 to 8hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Beneath the sheer sandstone cliffs at the elbow of the gorge is a natural pool which is part of Carnarvon Creek.

Turtles and catfish inhabit the tranquil waters in these upper reaches of the Carnarvon Creek.

You can rest at Big Bend, have a picnic under the shade of spotted gums before commencing your return walk or you can camp here.

There is a picnic table and composting toilet.

Big Bend Carnarvon Gorge Camping is for a maximum of 2 nights.


Mickey Creek

Carnarvon Gorge Short Walks

Mickey Creek Gorge

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 3kms – 1.5hrs return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Wander along Mickey Creek into the narrow sided Mickey Creek Gorge.

The track is formed only for the first 1.5kms from the Mickey Creek Car Park. After that you will find yourself rock hopping.

The rocky sections of the track are slippery.

Also you will need to exercise caution on the creek crossings. Often you will see Swamp Wallabies resting in this area.


Carnarvon Gorge Rock Pool

The Rock Pool

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 600m – 30mins return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Rock Pool is the perfect place to cool off after your long walk exploring the gorge or it is a beautiful spot to just visit for a swim and a picnic.

The Rock Pool is the only designated swimming area in Carnarvon Gorge.

Swimming is not allowed in any other parts of Carnarvon Creek as suncreen, deodorant and insect repellent can affect the habitat of turtles, frogs and platypus.


Carnarvon Gorge Nature Walk

Nature Trail

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 1.5kms – 1hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Be sure to take a walk along the Nature Trail along the shaded banks of Carnarvon Creek.

You’ll see the amazing flora as well as turtles basking in the sun on the rocks.

Also you might be lucky enough to spot the elusive platypus unfortunately they eluded us on our visit.

It is believed that the best time to catch a glimpse of platpyus is at dawn and dusk.

Although the only time we have seen platypus in the wild was through the middle of day and afternoon at Eungella National Park.


Carnarvon Creek and white sandstone cliffs

Things to know about Carnarvon Gorge

When is the best time to visit and go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The Best time to visit Carnarvon Gorge and go camping at Carnarvon Gorge is in the months of April through to October.

During these months the rainfall is much lower plus it is much more pleasant to go camping and do the spectacular walks when it is cooler.

Access is severely restricted due to the high rain falls during the summer months from November to February.

Can you swim at Carnarvon Gorge?

The Rock Pool is the only are in Carnarvon Gorge that you are permitted to swim. It is a 10min walk from the Rock Pool Car park.

It’s the perfect place to cool off in the crisp waters of Carnarvon Creek.

Apart from The Rock Pool, Takarakka Bush Resort have their own little beach area.

Carnarvon Gorge

Do you need a 4WD to go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The road into Carnarvon Gorge except for the last 500m is now sealed.

There is bitumen road to the turnoff to all Carnarvon Gorge camping and accommodation sites as well as to Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

We had no problem accessing Sandstone Park and the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre Carpark in our 8m Winnebago Esperance Motorhome even during our 3 days of Carnarvon Gorge Camping back in June 2017.

Carnarvon Gorge Echidnas
Kev was literally just two feet away from this curious little fella

What animals can you find in Carnarvon Gorge?

We saw a number of kangaroos and wallabies grazing by the water’s edge as soon as we set out on our walk through Carnarvon Gorge.

You might be lucky enough to spot two other animals within the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, platypus and echidnas.

Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any platypus despite every endeavour but we were lucky enough to spy one or two echidnas foraging in the bushes as well as a koala along our walk.

There are also 180 species of birds, 90 species of reptiles and 22 different species of frogs known to inhabit the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Kangaroo at Carnarvon Creek

How old is Carnarvon Gorge?

The power of water and time has been monumental in the making of the magnificent landscape in Carnarvon Gorge.

It has been over 200,000,000 years in the making!

Carnarvon Gorge

How far is Carnarvon Gorge from Brisbane?

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area is approx 720kms from Brisbane.

The closest town to Carnarvon Gorge is Injune which is around 95km away.

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

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Cape Tribulation Camping

Cape Tribulation Camping Feature

Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef, is an incredible place for camping.

All six camping areas in Cape Tribulation offer either absolute beachfront camp sites or camping within close proximity to the beach.

Cape Tribulation Camping is accessible for 2WD vehicles and 5 of the 6 Camping areas are suitable for all sized vehicles including Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans, Camper Trailers as well as tent camping.

This is one of the World’s most extraordinary locations and camping here is simply breathtaking.

Cape Tribulation Camping 2021About Cape Tribulation

There is so much to see and do in Cape Tribulation, you really need to spend a few days so you can really enjoy this unique eco system unlike anywhere else in the world.

The Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation is the only place on earth where two UNESCO World Heritage Sites meet up with each other.

It is where the Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest living rainforest meets the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living organism.

Cape Tribulation is just over 2 hrs 30 mins from Cairns and a distance of 139.5 kms. It is just 1 hr 45 mins and 84.1 kms from Port Douglas.

South of  Cape Tribulation and just 1 hr 25 mins is Mossman.

To the north of Cape Tribulation is Cooktown which is just under 2 hrs away.

Six Great Cape Tribulation Camping Options

If you are looking to go camping in Cape Tribulation there are four great options to choose from:

  1. Cape Tribulation Camping Ground
  2. PKs Jungle Village
  3. Noah Beach Camping Area
  4. Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping
  5. Daintree Rainforest Village
  6. Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat
Cape Tribulation Camping ground

Cape Tribulation Camping Ground

Open: Seasonal

Camping is open from April to November

About:

Cape Tribulation Camping Ground is located 45 minutes from the Daintree Ferry and offers  beachfront camping.

It is just 800 metres along the side gravel road off Cape Tribulation Road accessible by 2WD.

The campground can accommodate all types of camping and is suitable for large caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, campervans, tent camping and hammocks.

There are four Amenities Blocks throughout the campground which include coin-operated laundry facilities.

Power points are available in the Amenities blocks for electric shavers and hair dryers.

  • Cost: Powered Site – $35 per person, per night; Unpowered Site – $25 per person, per night and Children (5-17 years) – $5 per child, per night
  • Max Nights Stay: N/A

Cape Tribulation Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes – toilets run on an Eco Toilet system be careful what is flushed
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes
  • Camp Kitchen: Yes – two equipped with gas cookers, free BBQs, fridges and sinks
  • Pool: No
  • Potable Water: Yes – Drinking Water is available from Rainwater tanks and for small water bottles only. Bore Water is available for filling your van
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes. Generators are not allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: Yes – Paid Wi-fi is available
  • Are Fires Allowed: Individual campfires are not permitted. A central Communal Firepit is provided. Guests are allowed to build a campfire on the beach.
  • Mobile Phone Coverage: Minimal mobile reception on the beach and in some parts of the campground

Contact Details for Cape Tribulation Camping Ground:

Phone: 07 4098 0077
Address: Lot 11, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Website:

PK's Jungle Village - Camping Cape Tribulation

PK’s Jungle Village Camping

Open: All year round

PKs Jungle Village offers camping for Caravans, Motorhomes, campervans, camper trailers and tent camping is also permitted.

Other accommodation options include cabins, ensuite cabins and Dormitory style accommodation.

Enjoy the convenience of an on-site Bar, Restaurant and IGA Supermarket and just minutes stroll from the beach.

About:

  • Cost: Unpowered Site – $30 for 2 people per night
  • Max Nights Stay: N/A

PKs Jungle Village Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes
  • Camp Kitchen: Yes
  • Pool: Yes
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: No – Unpowered Camping Sites only. No generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Mobile Phone Coverage: We had Telstra reception during our stay in August 2021

Contact Details for PKs Jungle Village:

Phone: 07 4098 0040
Address: 3910 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Website:

Noah Creek near the Noah Beach Cape Tribulation Camping Area
Noah Creek is a 1km walk south of the Noah Beach Camping Area

Noah Beach Camping Area

Open: Seasonal

Camping is open for most of the year however the campground is closed for the wet season usually from the first Sunday after New Years Day but is open again from Good Friday.

Closing dates can vary depending on road conditions. Other closures may occur due to heavy rain.

About:

Nestled beneath the canopy forest the camping area offers plenty of shade however it provides limited sun for charging solar panels.

Noah Beach Camping Area is suitable for Campervans, Camper trailers and tent camping.

It is accessible by 2WD however due to overhanging trees and tight turns it is not suitable for Caravans, high Campervans, large Motorhomes or buses.

A maximum height allowed is 3.2 metres.

It is just a 50 metre stroll to Noah Beach and a 1km walk to Noah Creek from the Noah Beach Camping area.

  • Number of Sites: 15 – All Unpowered
  • Cost: $6.85 per person, per night
  • Max Nights Stay: 7 consecutive nights

Noah Beach Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes – Composting Toilets
  • Showers: No
  • Laundry: No
  • Camp Kitchen: No
  • Pool: No
  • Potable Water: No – You will need to bring your own supply of water and drinking water
  • Bins: No – please bring rubbish bags and take your rubbish away with you
  • Power: No. Generators are prohibited
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No. Fuel Stoves are recommended
  • Mobile Phone Coverage: Not available

Contact Details for Noah Beach Camping Area:

Phone: 13 74 68
Address: Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Website:

Safari Lodge Cape Tribultion Camping

Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping Area

Open: All year round

About:

Safari Lodge offers accommodation in cabins as well as camping for Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans, Camper trailers and camping in tents.

Set in the tropical Daintree Rainforest it is also just 400 metres from the beach.

There is the on-site Ocean Safari Booking Office and Turtle Rock Cafe offers freshly cooked meals, great coffee and tropical outdoor dining

  • Cost: Powered Site $26 per person per night; Unpowered Site $18 per person per night
  • Max Nights Stay: 30 nights

Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes. Flushing Toilets
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes
  • Camp Kitchen: Yes
  • Pool: Yes
  • Potable Water: No – Only bore water is available to fill Caravan & Motorhome tanks and only available when booked on Powered Sites
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes. Generators are not allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: Yes – additional cost
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Limited

Contact Details for Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping Area:

Phone: 07 4098 0006
Address: Lot 4, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Website:

Creek near the Cape Tribulation Camping Ground

Daintree Rainforest Village Camping

Open: All year round

About:

Daintree Rainforest Village offers camping for Caravans, Motorhomes, Big Rigs, Campervans, Camper trailers, Rooftop campers and camping in tents.

Set in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, grassed campsites are nestled amongst colourful gardens with views of rolling hills.

There is an on-site General Store with an extensive range of grocery items as well as a small range of pharmaceuticals.

An on-site fuel station with swap n go gas bottles is also available.

The Daintree Rainforest Village is the only place to buy unleaded fuel and diesel north of the Daintree River.

  • Cost: Powered Site $50 for 2 people one vehicle per night; Unpowered Site $40 fpr 2 people one vehicle per night and Sheltered Powered Site $60 for 2 people one vehicle per night. Children 12 & Under are free
  • Max Nights Stay: N/A

Daintree Rainforest Village Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes
  • Camp Kitchen: Yes
  • Pool: No
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes. Generators are not allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No – There is a Communal Fire Circle with free firewood
  • Telstra Coverage: Quite limited. Optus has the best signal

Contact Details for Daintree Rainforest Village:

Phone: 0466 658 399
Address: 2094 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan, Queensland
Website:

Thornton Beach

Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat Caravan & Camping Area

Open: All year round

About:

Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat offers accommodation in motel/cabin sytle rooms as well as camping for Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans, Camper trailers and camping in tents.

Set in 20 acres of beautiful tropical Rainforest it is just 20 minutes drive from the Daintree Ferry and is in close proximity from the beach.

Onsite is the Lync-Haven Cafe/Licenced Restaurant offering affordable meals for lunch and dinner and a relaxed tropical outdoor dining area.

  • Cost: Powered Site From $35 per night for 2 Adults; Unpowered Site From $30 per night for 2 Adults
  • Max Nights Stay: N/A

Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat Caravan & Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes
  • Camp Kitchen: Yes
  • Pool: No
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes. Generators are not allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No bu there is a Communal Campfire Pit
  • Telstra Coverage: Limited

Contact Details for Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat Caravan & Camping Area:

Phone: 07 4098 9155
Address: Lot 44, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Website:

Are the Cape Tribulation Camping Grounds Pet Friendly?

The Daintree Rainforest Village and Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat are both pet friendly.

Cape Tribulation Camping, Noah Beach Camping Area, Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping Area and Pk’s Jungle Village Camping Area do not allow pets.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

How to make a Cape Tribulation Camping Booking

Cape Tribulation Camping Ground – Call 07 4098 0077 or email stay@capetribcamping.com.au

PK’s Jungle Village – Call 07 4098 0040, email info@pksjunglevillage.com.au or book on-line

Noah Beach Camping Area – Bookings must be made on-line at the QPWS website prior to your arrival

Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping Site – Call 07 4098 0006, email lodge@oceansafari.com.au or book on-line

Daintree Rainforest Village – Call 0466 658 399 or book on-line

Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat Camping Area – Book by calling 07 4098 9155, email enquiries@lynchaven.com.au or simply book on-line

Taking the Daintree Ferry to the four great Cape Tribulation Camping grounds
Catching the Daintree Ferry at Cape Tribulation

How to get to Cape Tribulation

From Mossman, head north along the Mossman Daintree Road then turn right into Cape Tribulation Road.

Follow Cape Tribulation Road until you come to the Daintree Ferry.

Cross the Daintree River on the ferry and continue along Cape Tribulation Road which is the main road that takes you to all four Cape Tribulation Camping destinations.

Mount Alexandra Lookout
Mount Alexandra Lookout

Things to do in and around Cape Tribulation

Mount Alexandra Lookout

For absolutely amazing views of the Cape Tribulation coastline and one of the oldest rainforests in the world, do not miss Mount Alexandra Lookout.

This World Heritage Area is where the Daintree Rainforest meets the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Mount Alexandra Lookout is just 10 minutes from the Daintree River and Ferry and one of the first major points of interest.

Daintree Discovery Centre
112 Steps up to the top level of the Canopy Tower at the Daintree Discovery Centre

Daintree Discovery Centre

The Daintree Discovery Centre is in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest and it is also located in a Cassowary Corridor so it offers a great opportunity to possibly witness a cassowary in the wild.

Meander along the elevated walkways above the rainforest, take the Cassowary Circuit and Bush Tucker Trail, check out Jurassic Forest and the 500 year old Strangler Fig.

There is also a large indoor display area with the latest touch screen technology and an audio visual theatre.

Climb the 112 steps to the top level of the Canopy Tower where you will be among the upper most reaches of the rainforest canopy.

Open every day 8.30am – 5pm with last entry at 4pm

Cassowary Information display - Daintree Discovery Centre
Learn about the Southern Cassowary at the Daintree Discovery Centre’s Indoor Display

Daintree Tea Company

Established in 1978, the Daintree Tea Company located in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest is 100% Australian owned, grown and processed.

High in antioxidants, Daintree Tea is cultivated without any pesticides.

Daintree tea may be enjoyed as a pure black tea as well as with sugar, milk, honey, lemon or lime. It is also excellent as an iced tea.

Visit the plantation self-service centre and check out the photos, information brochures and old machinery on display.

Mason’s Swimming Hole

Mason’s Hole is one of the very few places in Cape Tribulation where you can safely go swimming.

The deep holes at the end of the walking track are croc free. Do not swim in the creek at the crossing at the lower end as crocodiles have been sighted there.

Mason’s Swimming Hole is just a 30 second walk from Mason’s Cafe.

Note – A $1 entry fee is payable to swim in the crocodile and stinger free swimming hole.

Bloomfield Track

Bloomfield Track & Wujai Wujai Falls

The dirt road between Cape Tribulation and Cooktown is known as the Bloomfield Track and is only suitable for a high clearance 4WD.

There are uneven surfaces, creek crossings and very steep decents of up to 31 degrees. The Bloomfield Track is not suitable for caravans and trailers.

Whilst camping in Cape Tribulation in August 2021, we did the Bloomfield Track just to Bloomfield where we visited the spectacular Wujai Wujai Falls (Bloomfield Falls) and returned to Cape Trib in the one day.

Read more:  Things to See and Do in Cairns

Wujai Wujai Falls
Wujai Wujai Falls

5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

A good Tent or Swag is the first decision for going camping. We like the Coleman Tent from Tentworld or the Wanderer 7 Man Tent from BCF. For a Swag, we were so close to buying the Kings Double Swag from 4WD Supacentre .

We like our BCF Wanderers Camping Chair which gets a lot of use as we travel Australia.

No more lugging around a huge BBQ and gas bottle now that we have a brilliant Gasmate Dual Burner Butane Cooktop from Tentworld

A good Portable Fridge Freezer we have found to keep the beers cold and steaks frozen are the Kings 70 L Fridge Freezer in the budget range, the Waeco 75L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer or the ever popular and long lasting Engel 75L Fridge Freezer.

A good quality Hand Held UHF is ideal and I like this Uniden UH750 5 watt UHF for long range and quality. The 5 watt range will give you maximum distance, especially if you need help!

Ocean Safari Booking Office - Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping

Cape Tribulation Tours

Ocean Safari

The half day Ocean Safari tour offers a fast, fun ride on a rigid inflatable boat and includes snorkelling at two different destinations.

Enjoy snorkelling over reefs filled with beautiful coral, giant clams, starfish and a myriad of tropical fish.

You could also be swimming alongside turtles and eagle rays.

We thoroughly enjoyed Ocean Rafting the Great Barrier Reef in Whitsundays which offers a very similar experience.

Book an Ocean Safari Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Trip from Cape Tribulation here>

Daintree River Cruises

Daintree River Cruises

Slowly glide along the Daintree River and be immersed in the world famous rainforest region.

The Daintree River Cruises take you on a 60-90 minute journey where you will learn about this unique eco system and have the chance to see the native wildlife.

Each tour is different as there are no guaranteess what wildlife will be seen on the day but chances are you will see Estuarine Crocodiles in the natural habitat.

Tours generally run between 9.30am and 3.30pm but are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Cape Tribulation Horse Rides

Cape Trib Horse Rides offer the only beach horse ride in Cape Tribulation.

You will weave your way on horse back through the majestic Daintree Rainforest on your way to exploring the golden sands of Myall Beach.

Depending on the clarity of the water, you may also have the opportunity to walk your horse into the shallow waters of the ocean.

Tours operate mornings and afternoons.

No previous horse riding experience is necessary.

Book a Mid-Morning Beach Horse Ride here>

Book an Afternoon Beach Horse Ride here>

Emmagen Creek
Warning – Swimming only recommended upstream as crocodiles have been sighted in and around the creek crossing in this lower region

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Bloomfield Track 1 Day Tour

If you are not looking to go camping on Cape Tribulation, take a full day tour from Cairns Northern Beaches or Port Douglas and discover the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.

The tour includes a Daintree River Cruise, Alexandra Lookout, lunch at Cape Tribulation, Emmagen Creek for a swim, 4WD along the Bloomfield Track and an ice cream stop for the return journey.

Book your Daintree Rainforest, Cape Trib & Bloomfield Track 1 Day Tour here>

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Other Cape Tribulation Accommodation Options

Daintree Wilderness LodgeCow Bay Homestay B&B
Coral Sea Views ChaletsWompoo Eco Retreat
Daintree Peaks ECO StaysCockatoo Hill Retreat
Daintree Deep Forest LodgeDaintree Secrets Rainforest Sanctuary
Daintree CascadesHeritage Lodge in The Daintree
Noah Creek Eco HutsCoconut Beach House
Daintree Rainforest Beach HouseThornton Beach Bungalows
AlkiraCape Tribulation Holiday House
Rainforest Hideway B&BBlack Palm Cape Tribulation
Ferntree RainforestCape Trib Farm Fruit Tasting and B&B
WildwoodVilla Zena

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Afternoon drinks at PK’s Jungle Bar

Places to eat and drink at Cape Tribulation

PK’s Jungle Village

While we were camping in Cape Tribulation at PK’s Jungle Village we enjoyed a drink at the bar each afternoon.

PK’s has an on-site bar and restaurant where you can sit and enjoy a drink and a great meal overlooking the pool.

The Jungle Bar is open from 10am to Midnight and the Restaurant is open for:

  • Breakfast 7.30am – 10am; Lunch from 12 – 2pm and Dinner 5.30 – 8pm as well as afternoon snacks from 2.30 – 5.30pm.

Mason’s Cafe

Mason’s Cafe offers unique lunches next to the crocodile and stinger free swimming hole.

They specialise in unique foods including crocodile and jakfruit.

Fresh produce is sourced locally wherever possible including tea, coffee, fruit and fish.

Burgers are made fresh on site and they make their own sauces where possible.

Open 11am – 3pm Monday to Sunday

Daintree Ice cream

Daintree Ice Cream Company

On both visits to Cape Tribulation we enjoyed stopping in at the Daintree Ice Cream Company for a delicious ice cream.

All of the ice cream, sorbets and gelato are hand made on-site from exotic fruits grown in their orchard.

Flavours vary depending on what fruits are in season and may include macadamia, black sapote, coffee, star fruit, jack fruit, banana, mango and lychee just to name a few!

Open 11am – 5pm daily

Thornton's

Thornton’s

Located right on the doorstep of Thornton Beach is Thornton’s. The Cafe is a great place to stop in for lunch or a coffee.

Offering casual indoor and outdoor dining with fabulous views of the beach.

At times they also sell freshly baked white and rye sourdough bread.

Adele eating her ice cream with the cassowary at Floravilla

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

We can never pass up an opportunity to have an ice cream so we were sure to visit Floravilla Ice Cream Factory on our most recent visit to Cape Tribulation.

Experience exotic fruit flavours made from local tropical fruits in season as well as traditional flavour favourites including vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

Ice cream is hand made on the premises and contains absolutely no preservatives, artificial additives, colours or sweeteners.

Open 9.30am – 5.15pm Monday to Friday and 11am – 5.15pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Cape Tribulation Weather

Cape Tribulation Weather

We have visited Cape Tribulation on two occasions. Our first visit was just for the day in June 2016 where we experienced a fairly overcast day.

In August 2021, we were camping in Cape Tribulation for 3 nights and the weather was beautiful.

Typically, the weather in Cape Tribulation is warm with the average temperature year round ranging between 26°C and 32°C.

The wettest month of the year in Cape Tribulation is February.

August is usually the month with the least amount of rain and July is considered the best month to visit.

Pin – Cape Tribulation Camping

Pin - Cape Tribulation Camping
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Kev & Adele
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We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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