6 Beautiful Camping Destinations In Tropical North Queensland
Tropical North Queensland is incredibly diverse. From pristine islands to tropical rainforests, red rugged landscapes and scenic waterfalls, you will be spoilt for choice by what is on offer in this spectacular region. For those looking to connect with nature in year-round warm weather, visit these 6 beautiful campaign destinations in Tropical North Queensland.
This lesser-known camping destination is nestled in Cape Hillsborough National Park. The natural environment of the park offers absolute beach frontage with kangaroo and wallaby encounters like no other. There are small islands, hidden rock pools, a ‘dragon's eye’ cliff formation and an abundance of turtles to be discovered.
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Airlie Beach is the perfect base for exploring the Whitsundays. Not only are you a stone's throw away from 74 of Australia's most pristine islands, you also have coral-covered beaches, palm-fringed foreshores and tranquil waterfalls to enjoy.
Situated just five minutes from the main hub, Airlie Beach Holiday Park has everything you need for your stay in Airlie Beach. It is pet friendly and offers a large resort-style pool to retreat to after a long day of adventures.
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Bring your caravan over to Magnetic Island on board SeaLink’s ferry and stay at Bungalow Bay Koala Village. This campsite is set amongst a natural environment and is teeming with wildlife. Expect to see koalas, wallabies, curlews and kookaburras during your stay here.
A 10 minute drive will take you from the north end of the island to the south, meaning everything you would like to do on Magnetic Island is close by! Visit Horseshoe Bay, watch sunrise at The Forts or spend the day snorkelling Magnetic Island Reef at Geoffrey Bay.
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Stay: Etty Bay Caravan Park
Etty Bay is known for spotting the elusive Southern Cassowary, making it a popular spot in this small coastal town. The beach is small, with just a road, Surf Life Saving Club, fish and chips shop and the Etty Bay Caravan Park right on the beachfront. It is an ideal place for rest and rejuvenation, especially if you have been on the road for a while!
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45 minutes north of Etty Bay is Babinda Boulders, a stunning natural pool with large granite boulders immersed in the creek bed. This popular swimming spot is surrounded by the Wooroonooran National Park rainforest. A World Heritage site and one of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area series of national parks.
Cool off in the clear fresh water of this fast flowing creek during a warm summer afternoon to experience this attraction in all its beauty. For those not wanting to drive the 1 hour journey to Cairns, there is a free camping area just a short stroll from here.
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Stay: Cape Tribulation Camping
For an immersive Daintree Rainforest experience, Cape Tribulation Camping is the place to stay. With beachfront sites ‘where the rainforest meets the reef’, this campground is only a short boat ride from the Great Barrier Reef, 10 minutes north of the Marrdja Boardwalk and 12 minutes south of Emmagen Creek.
Your visit to the tropics
Your visit to Tropical North Queensland is sure to be nothing short of amazing. Whether you visit the places we have listed, or find special destinations of your own, this magical region will have you rethinking your overseas holiday each year.
Where have you stayed in Tropical North Queensland? We would love to hear your favourite places in the comments section below.