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Your Whitsundays Experience Starts Here...

Your Whitsundays experience starts here...

Whitsunday Islands Camping

Camping on the Whitsunday Islands is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the region. Walking the secluded beaches, exploring the fringing coral reefs, marvelling at the hoop pines and gazing at the stars at night; setting up camp in the Whitsunday Islands National Park is a truly unique experience.

The natural landscapes are varied from location to location and range from dry rainforest, to tropical grasses and white sandy beaches or dense coral rubble along the shoreline.

A camping permit is required to camp in the Whitsunday Islands National Park and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. Camping permits are organised through Queensland National Parks.

The camp sites on Whitsunday Islands National Park can only be accessed by boat.

Whitsunday Island Camping Connections operates a 10m aluminium barge which can carry up to 34 passengers plus their luggage. The vessel is designed to run up on the beach and drop campers and their gear off to their chosen camp site. The vessel “Scamper” is operated out of Shute Harbour, which is 9kms south east of Airlie Beach.

Park-specific conditions

  • Use gas or fuel stoves for cooking. Open fires and ash-producing stoves are not permitted on national park islands or intertidal lands adjacent to national park islands.
  • Bring your own fresh water. Allow at least five litres a day per person.