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Island & Beach Camping in the Gladstone Region

If you're looking for superb beachfront views, turquoise waters and long sandy beaches, then check out our TOP 7 island and beach camp spots that won't break the bank!

Eurimbula National Park (Photo via QPWS Photo credit: Chris Whitelaw)

Many people come to Eurimbula National Park for the secluded beach and fishing hot spots, but there is more to this area than meets the eye. The long sandy beaches, pristine waterways and windswept headlands are only some of this area's key features. If you're feeling adventurous, enjoy a walk to Ganoonga Noonga lookout track for spectacular views over the lowlands. Choose from one of four serene beach camps including Eurimbula CreekMiddle Creek (vehicle-based camping), Bustard Head and Rodds Peninsula (boat-based camping).

Access to Eurimbula National Park requires a high clearance Four Wheel Drive. 

Camping permits are required and fees apply. 

Deepwater National Park (Photo via QPWS Photo credit: Chris Whitelaw)

Discover the unspoilt coastal landscape, freshwater creeks and great fishing spots of Deepwater National Park. Located just under an hour's drive from Agnes Water and the Town of 1770, the national park is a nature lover's paradise. Jump in your 4WD and take a scenic drive through eucalypt woodlands. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies, emus and any other wildlife. Sleep under the stars at Middle Rock or Wreck Rock camping areas – both a short walk from the pristine waters of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Access to Middle Rock camping is by high clearance Four Wheel Drive. Wreck Rock can be accessed by Four Wheel Drive from the north or by conventional vehicle from the south. 

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Curtis Island National Park - Yellowpatch (Photo credit: Tim Reigel)

This is rugged exploration at its best – with 4WD tracks to remote and secret fishing spots, the adventures on Curtis Island are endless. South End camping ground offers 20 unpowered sites, only one kilometre from the barge drop off point.There is also bush camping at the north-eastern end of the National Park at Turtle Street, Joey Lees and Yellow Patch (known for its bright yellow sand). Being the third largest turtle rookery in Queensland, you can also watch the flatback turtles nest and hatch during turtle season (October to March) each year.

Access to the island is via private vessel or Curtis Ferry Services, although once on the island you will need a 4WD to get around. 

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Facing Island

The island is renowned for long sandy beaches, clear calm waters, great 4WD tracks and superb fishing. The island can get a bit crowded as its the local's favourite way to spend the Easter long weekend, nevertheless pack the fishing rod, kayak or stand up paddle board and explore away. The island is perfect for day trippers or if you plan to stay a little longer, The Oaks camping ground offers 32 unpowered sites, a short distance from the barge drop off point.

Access to the island is via private vessel or Curtis Ferry Services

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Capricornia Cays National Park - North West Island

Paradise is only a boat-ride away! Snorkel, dive or fish on world-renowned coral reefs, explore rich pisonia forests alive with birds on low-lying coral cays, and enjoy stunning sunsets on white beaches lapped by crystal clear waters. From your base on Lady Musgrave, North West or Masthead Island, immerse yourself in 'island life' and spend lazy days exploring the cays and reefs.

Access to the three islands is via private vessel or Curtis Ferry Services. 1770reef Great Barrier Reef Eco Tours also provide day tours to Lady Musgrave Island. 

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Lilley's Beach

Grab a few mates, jump in your 4WD and head to Lilley's Beach to relax and enjoy the pristine surrounding. Camping is only permitted within the fenced enclosed area at the northern end of the beach and insect repellent is recommended. Don't worry, furry friends are allowed here without a leash but must be kept under control at all times.

Access to the beach is by 4WD only. 

Beach and camping permits are required and fees apply. 

Agnes Water Beach Holidays - Treetops Safari Tent

Why pitch a tent when you can go glamping at Agnes Water? Fall asleep while listing to the waves and wake up with absolute beach front views. Choose from the Treetop or Breakers safari tents, which are equipped with cooking equipment, flat screen TV's and even air-conditioning (Treetops only). With Agnes Water Beach Holidays supplying the essentials, the only packing required for this holiday are an array of swimsuits for your stay. 

Wondering how to get there? Agnes Water and the Town of 1770 are located 1 ½ hour's drive from Gladstone


We hope you find your ultimate beach and island escape in the Gladstone Region.

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