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Stern remote area bush camp

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Stern remote area bush camp

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

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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

Pitch your ten among luscious ferns at the easternmost end of one of South-East Queensland's most iconic landscape features.

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Spot Cunningham's skinks sunning themselves on the rocks.
Spot Cunningham's skinks sunning themselves on the rocks. Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland
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Park Main Range
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Park Ranger Park Ranger

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).

At a glance

Camping layout: Open area without defined sites
Site surface: Grass and ferns.
Camp sites are suitable for: Long hike to site
Facilities:
Permits and fees: camping permits

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.

Road conditions

  • There are creek crossings so you will need a 4WD.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Parking

The Park Rangers will provide parking details.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

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

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.

Open fires

  • Open fires are not allowed.

Drinking water

  • You need to bring your own drinking water.

Rubbish

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

Camping

Walking

  • 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.

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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