Stern remote area bush camp
Pitch your ten among luscious ferns at the easternmost end of one of South-East Queensland's most iconic landscape features.
If you’re an experienced off-track walker with specialist equipment and well-developed navigational skills, then the walk to this remote camp site is for you.
You’ll face a steep, 400m climb to the base of The Steamers before heading towards The Stern. The iconic flat-topped pinnacles of The Steamers are remnants of a thick horizontal trachyte lava flow embedded between basalts, and isolated and fractured by erosion. They form a steamship-like series of peaks—prow, funnel, mast and stern.
If you're lucky enough to be here in spring, the fragile mountain heath will be bursting with colour, filling the air with sweet perfume and attracting an array of birds.
This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species).
Getting there and getting around
Stern remote area bush camp is in Main Range National Park, about 120km south-west of Brisbane.
- Contact the Park Rangers at Main Range National Park on 07 4666 1133 for the:
- directions to the part of the park to access the camp site
- best map sheet sheet to use
- GPS reference
- walking route notes to get you to there.
The Park Rangers will provide parking details.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
When to visit
Stern remote area bush camp 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
Main Range can experience rapid changes in temperature and weather. Winters are usually dry and cold with frosty nights and temperatures dropping to an average minimum of 5°C. Summers are warm to very hot, especially on the exposed ridges, reaching to 35°C, with cooler nights that average 10 to 18°C. Watch out for late spring and summer thunderstorms that bring lightning and unseasonably cold weather. Most rain falls between November and March.
Permits and fees
- Camping permits are required and fees apply. Display the tag with your booking number at your camp site.
- 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.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
Unreliable. Check with your service provider for more information.
- 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.
- Open fires are not allowed.
- You need to bring your own drinking water.
- There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.
- Ensure you have clothing and equipment suitable for rapid changes in temperature and weather.
- Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
- If walking at night, please exercise caution and ensure you have sufficient lighting.
- Walkers must be self-sufficient and have a high level of physical fitness, navigational skills and cliff-scrambling abilities.
- We recommend you carry a personal locator beacon (PLB) or similar device as mobile phone service is intermittent and assistance will be several hours away (and considerably longer in adverse weather conditions).
- The steep terrain, thick vegetation and limited visibility will slow your walking time.
- Beware of ticks, leeches and stinging trees.