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Smalleys Beach camping area

John Atkinson © Queensland Government

Smalleys 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 (flush) 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

Legend

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 (flush) 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

You’ll need to stay for a few days to fully unwind and experience all this magical part of the world has to offer.

At dusk and dawn watch for agile wallabies feeding on the beach.
At dusk and dawn watch for agile wallabies feeding on the beach. Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland
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You’ll feel right at home in this shady camping area that is right on the beach and just a stone’s throw from walking tracks. Launch your boat nearby and spend your days exploring the nearby coves, islands and reefs of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Set out on foot to nearby beaches, ridge-top lookouts and mangrove forests, and watch the sunset splash across the sky as Cape Hillsborough’s agile wallabies visit the broad beach.

At night, sit around the camp fire (remember to bring your own off-ground fire container) underneath a star-studded sky as the waves gently roll up the broad beach.

At a glance

Camping layout: Separate numbered sites
Number of camp sites: 11
Site surface: Dirt and grass.
Camp sites are suitable for: Tent camping beside car; camper trailer; caravan; campervan; motorhome
Facilities: picnic tables camp fires allowed
Permits and fees: camping permits

Getting there and getting around

Smalleys Beach camping area is in Cape Hillsborough National Park, 50km north-west of Mackay on the Central Queensland coast.

The camping area is located 1.5km along Smalleys Beach Road.

  • Travel 6km from the park entrance along Cape Hillsborough Road and turn left onto Smalleys Beach Road.
  • Smalleys Beach Road is gravel and suitable for conventional vehicles.

From Mackay

  • Travel north on the Bruce Highway for 20km and turn right onto Seaforth Road.
  • Travel a further 20km and turn right onto Cape Hillsborough Road.

From Proserpine (without caravan)

  • Travel south on the Bruce Highway for 79km to Mount Ossa.
  • Turn left onto the partly-unsealed Mount Ossa Road and travel 15km towards Seaforth.
  • Turn right onto Seaforth Road then left onto Cape Hillsborough Road.

From Proserpine (with caravan)

  • Travel south on the Bruce Highway for 104km and turn left onto Seaforth Road.
  • Travel a further 20km and turn right onto Cape Hillsborough Road.

Road conditions

  • There are some gravel roads in the park, suitable for 2WD access.
  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Parking

You can park at your camp site or in the communal car park at the camping area entrance.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Mackay and Seaforth.

  • 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

Smalleys 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

Winters are mild (13°C–25°C) while summers are warm to hot (23°C–30°C). Expect heavy rain from December to March.

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

Unreliable. 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.
  • 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.

Camping

  • Your vehicles and trailer may come into contact with roadside vegetation on the way to your camp site.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Open fires

  • Open fires are not allowed.
  • In Smalleys Beach camping area, you can have a camp fire in a BYO off-ground fire container only. You need to bring your own clean, milled timber.
  • We recommend you bring a gas or fuel stove.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Drinking water

  • You can get drinking water from the taps in the camping area.
  • Treat all water before use.

Boating and fishing

Around water

  • The beaches in Cape Hillsborough National Park are unpatrolled and do not have stinger enclosures.
  • Beware of currents and big tides. When the tide is out, it may be quite a walk to the water.
  • Be croc-wise in croc country.
  • Beware marine stingers.
  • 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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