Cape Hillsborough National Park is an exquisite location you can find 50km north-east of Mackay and 124km south of Airlie Beach. With a diverse range of wildlife and fauna, it definitely deserves to make your priority list when visiting the area. It offers great opportunities for exploring and boating with a boat ramp to launch and several walking tracks.
There’s limited camping at Smalley’s campsite with 11 designated areas so close to the beach you’re only separated by a thin veil of bush. The beach is tidal and within a few hours you can lay witness to the milky green tropical waters slowly transform into a maze of channels draining out over the silty ocean floor. As only Queensland can, you have a stunning mix of rainforest, Australian bush and a secluded cove bookended with million-year-old lava rocks interlaced with mangroves. As if this area doesn’t already sound exotic enough, I should mention it’s not uncommon to share the beach on dawn and dusk with local kangaroos and wallabies.
Camp areas are suitable for caravans and day trippers alike providing water to certain areas as well as picnic areas to rest in comfortable shady areas. For more camping information be sure to see our camping guide for a comprehensive guide to what facilities are available.