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Kinkuna beach camping area

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Kinkuna beach camping area

Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets No toilets
No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access

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Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets No toilets
No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
World Heritage Area

Create your home-away-from-home in this idyllic beach camping area with endless views over stunning Palm Beach.

Kinkuna camping area is popular with 4WD and fishing enthusiasts.
Kinkuna camping area is popular with 4WD and fishing enthusiasts. © Chris Whitelaw
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Coastal casuarina trees fringe large camp sites that stretch along the beach for more than 5km.

The surrounding park is full of opportunities! Curl up in the shade with a good book or head to the beach for a sunset walk, quiet fish or a family game of beach cricket.

On the water, keep an eye out for dugongs feeding in the seagrass, and humpback whales breaching and playing in the deeper water. Fishing is bountiful here, thanks to the nearby Theodolite Creek.

Away from the beach, spend half a day checking out the wallum lowlands by four-wheel drive. At low tide, you can even drive along the beach.

At a glance

Camping layout: Separate unnumbered sites
Site surface: Sand
Camp sites are suitable for: Tent camping beside car; camper trailer
Facilities: camp fires allowed generators allowed
Permits and fees: camping permits

Getting there and getting around

Kinkuna camping area is in Burrum Coast National Park, 46km north of Maryborough or 57km south of Bundaberg in the Wide Bay area. The park is spread over four sections—Kinkuna, Woodgate, Burrum River and Buxton sections.

Kinkuna camping area is in the Kinkuna section of the park and is accessible only by high-clearance 4WD. All-wheel-drive vehicles, vehicles with low clearance, vehicles towing trailers, boats and caravans are not recommended.

  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
  • Take care to read the signs and watch out for heavy mine trucks that frequently use Palm Beach Road. Do not enter the sand mining leases as sign posted. We recommend that you use UHF radio channel 12 to listen for oncoming heavy traffic and alert other users of your whereabouts while on Palm Beach Road.

From the south to Kinkuna section

  • Follow the Bruce Highway north to Childers and turn right onto Goodwood Road.
  • To access the park from the north, drive 39.5km, turn right on Coonarr Road and drive 7.8km, then turn right onto Palm Beach Road and drive a further 1.5km to the northern park entrance, following signs to the camping area.
  • To access the park from the south, drive about 24km and turn east onto Woodgate Road, drive 18km then turn north onto Woppis Road, then Beach Road through the park to the camping area.

From the north to Kinkuna section

  • Follow the Isis Highway south from Bundaberg and turn east onto Walker Street.
  • Drive 2.4km then turn right onto Barolin Street towards Goodwood and Burrum Coast.
  • Follow Barolin Street and Goodwood Road for 12.6km, and turn left on Coonarr Road and drive another 7.8km
  • Turn right onto Palm Beach Road and follow signs to the camping area.

Road conditions

  • Most sections of road are sand, and in wet conditions, access roads may be closed as they pass through low-lying swampy areas.
  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Parking

Parking is available beside your camp site.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Woodgate Beach and Burrum Heads townships, and a wider range of supplies is available in Bundaberg and Childers.

  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

Kinkuna beach camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

The Burrum Coast National Park has a mild, subtropical climate. In summer, evenings can be humid. Average daily temperatures range from 20–35°C in summer and from 5–20°C in winter.

Permits and fees

Camping permits

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Generally available. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • In high fire danger conditions, walking tracks and other areas may be closed. Make sure you follow the instructions on signs in these conditions.
  • Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.
  • See the Bureau of Meteorology for weather conditions and forecasts.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Camping

  • Please camp only behind the foredunes. Do not block off the camping area thoroughfare tracks for other vehicles.
  • You can operate a generator in the camping area. Be considerate of other campers and keep noise to a minimum, particularly after 9pm.
  • If towing a van or trailer, you will need a high-clearance 4WD caravan or 4WD trailer.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Open fires

  • Use existing fire scars behind the dunes, except when fire bans or prohibitions apply.
  • Remember to bring your own clean, milled firewood, as you can't collect firewood from the park.
  • We recommend a fuel or gas stove for cooking.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Drinking water

  • Drinking water is not provided in this camping area. Bring your own drinking water with you.
  • The use of sand spears to extract ground water is not permitted.

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Rubbish bins are provided nearby at the northern park entrance to the Woodgate section of the park.
  • The nearest refuse transfer station is in Woodgate. Visit Bundaberg Regional Council for operating hours and fees.

Dump point

  • Toilet facilities are not provided. Bring your own portable toilet.
  • There are no dump points provided in the park. The nearest portable toilet waste disposal facilities are at City Park, in Cresent Street, Childers, and Hinkler Lions Tourist Park in Bundaberg.

Driving

  • Driving is not permitted on firebreaks and management tracks where signposted.
  • Only use signed and well-established tracks to exit the beach. Do not drive over, park on or set up camp on vegetation or vegetated foredunes.
  • Best beach driving time is 2hrs either side of low tide. Be aware that tides rise quickly and if you become stuck, it will be many hours before you can drive out safely.
  • Stay clear of any sand depressions that form on the beach and never drive through them. Park your vehicles at the safety of your camp site at Kinkuna beach camping area, or use the internal access roads in the Woodgate section.
  • Deep washouts can happen at any time, particularly after heavy rain and large ocean swells.
  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Trail bike riding

Walking

  • Stay alert when walking, playing or fishing on the beach. Approaching vehicles are difficult to hear over the sounds of the surf and wind.
  • Be aware that mobile phone reception is not reliable in all areas of the park.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Boating and fishing

  • The waters adjacent to Burrum Coast National Park are in the Great Sandy Marine Park.
  • If you're heading out on the water make sure you know your zones so you can follow the rules.
  • When beach fishing be aware of vehicles on the beach and at night, wear high-visibility vests and use glow sticks to alert approaching drivers of your location.
  • Treat all refuse from fish cleaning as rubbish, and remove it from the park. On the beaches, all rubbish from fish cleaning, including offal, scales and unused bait, should be buried at least 50cm deep just below the high tide line.
  • There are no boat launching facilities within the park. The closest boat ramps are at Walkers Point and Woodgate.
  • Fisheries regulations apply. You can obtain information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures from Fisheries Queensland.
  • Be croc-wise in croc country.
  • Beware marine stingers.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Around water

  • Be aware that there are no patrolled swimming areas near the Burrum Coast National Park and you enter the water at your own risk. We don't recommend swimming.
  • Sharks are common in the ocean, river and estuary, and blue bottles and other marine stingers are prevalent during spells of northerly winds, mainly between October and May.
  • Beware marine stingers.
  • The accepted habitat range of the estuarine crocodile in Queensland extends from Torres Strait south to the Boyne River, just south of Gladstone (approximately 180km to the north). Although a sighting of a crocodile on these beaches are rare, there have been unconfirmed reports of crocodiles in Burrum Heads National Park.
  • Be croc-wise in croc country.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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