Cape Palmerston National Park

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Cape Palmerston is a great untouched expanse Covering over 7200 hectares and can be found 110kms south of Mackay. Once you reach the beach, access to the area is by 4wd only and it pays to be self-sufficient in regards to supplies and recovery equipment.

The remoteness of the area will reward you with a bounty of natural riches and have large open beaches and entire campsite areas to yourself are not uncommon mid-week.

The east side of the island can be quite shallow on low tide and launching and retrieving your boat is better suited to higher tides.

Fishing

The west side of the cape though is more accessible and is preferred my many as there is lots of options to target Barramundi, Mangrove Jacks and Mud Crabs in the creeks or you can push out wider for more open water species.

Camping

Bush camping is allowed but there are 3 main designated camp site options in Cape Palmerston.

Cape Palmerston Beach Access

Cape Palmerston Beach Access

Everything about Cape Palmerston is great but after driving through the lush winding scrub and seeing glimpses of the ocean along the way it’s nice to finally reach the long stretching beach and seemingly endless ocean scape. Once you reach the beach you need to turn left and decide which ...
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Cape Palmerston National Park - Lookout

Cape Palmerston Lookout

This spectacular elevated cliff edge is located at the tip of the Cape Palmerston National Park. Just a short drive from the main camp sites, it’s a must do if you’re in the area. https://youtu.be/sCBRuIaTyBI Location map ...
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Cape Palmerston Creek Camp

Cape Palmerston Creek Camp

Located on the east side of the peninsula is a picturesque spot bordered by the beach and a creek. Boats can be launched into the creek and there is plenty of fishing options close by. https://youtu.be/B51S109Kj9I The site has basic facilities and being close to the creek means you should ...
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Cape Palmerston Beach Camp

Cape Palmerston Beach Camp

This camp area is reached by continuing north and setting up camp is permitted in the foredunes on the east side of the cape. There are no external facilities provided and the area offers sandy ground to set up. Again this area can be quite exposed with strong easterly winds ...
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Cape Palmerston Windmill Camp

Cape Palmerston Windmill Camp

Offers a shady campsite on a 200m beachfront with a pit toilet and camp tables. It is the 1st of the sites you will reach as you head up the beach and is located 11km north of the southern boundary of the national park. The sites are well protected from ...
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Location map

Cape Palmerston National Park can be found 110kms south of Mackay.

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