Junction Park – T, S, B, OR, BR, D, DW. At Theodore, south end of town. Lovely spot next to the river and a large park with table, chairs and shelter. Camping is along a gravel area next to the road leading into the park, narrow area. Also as you first enter the area on grassy area. Toilets with showers $1 coin operated. They do ask for donations. We were told this area fills up from May through the winter months. Rating – 4
Dawson River Rest Area – T, S, B, OR, BR, D. 7 km’s east of Moura by the Dawson River, no camping near day and boat ramp. Large grassy area, trees for shade. Shower $1 to operate. Toilets old, stained, donations requested for up keep of facilities. As you come into town on the right hand side there is a truck wash down area. Next to that, town side is water for filling up your water tank. Dump point is just past the town, turn left just after the railway line, on the left. Dawson River is a Popular spot. Rating – 4
Fletcher Creek – F, B, BR, D, OR, M. Telstra mobile when plugged into an external aerial. 42km north of Charters Towers. 1 month limit. Has 3 camping areas. We are naming them areas 1, 2 & 3. Area 1, when heading north from Charters Towers on the left hand side, south side of river. Area 2, when heading north from Charters Towers on the right hand side, south side of river. Area 3, when heading north from Charters Towers north side of river, near toilet block.
Area 1, very large area, some prime real estate here with some great sites close to the river. Away from river there are large open areas dried grass and dust, has some trees for shade. This area is very popular get in early. Rating – 5
Area 2, people camp on either side of the road. Easy access to the river. This area was pretty full when we went through. Rating – 4.
Area 3, there is a toilet block which has an open cleared area. According to Camps Australia Wide there are showers, one assumes is in the toilet block but we didn’t go in, so can’t confirm this. This area also extends along way, it’s kind of like find a cleared spot among the long grass. There are several tracks leading off to clearings. Some people looked like they have been there a while, well over the 1 month limit and some weren’t very friendly with signs up telling people to go away. Rating – 3.
Eureka Creek – F, B, D, BR, OR. 9km W of Dimbulah on the Burke Development Road. Large area beside creek, has creek access. Some trees, mostly open area. Large enough area to get away from the road, not a busy road anyway. Little dusty. We were surprised not many came into this area, might be due to its location with it not being on a main route. Rating – 3.5
Cockatoo Creek – F, OR, T, D. On the Old Telegraph Track. Nice big camping area, several different spots. Toilet, creek to paddle in. On the north side of the creek left hand side, there is a smaller area on the right. Easily stay here for a few days and watch people crossing the creek. Rating – 5
Dulcie Creek – F, D, OR. On the Old Telegraph Track. Just over the creek crossing on the north side. Small area but some level flat spots. Nice and quiet, great creek to have a paddle. Rating – 4
The Bend – T, B, F, D, OR, W, M. 3 km N of Coen. Awesome spot near the creek. Lots of birds, crystal clear water with a small stone beach. Popular spot, need to get in before 4pm. Could spend a few days there. There were a couple of small caravans there. We stayed here on the way down too, wished we had stayed an extra night. Rating – 5
Rifle Creek Rest Area, Mt Molloy – T, B, F, BR, D, ND, OR, DP, M. Large area, lots of trees, cold shower, dump point, dogs allowed. Non drinking bore water, which was a bit dirty looking, donation requested. Very popular spot, apparently the ideal time to get here is between 11am and 2pm to get a good spot. Some areas are well off the road, get in late and you are left with sites closer to the road or uneven. 48 hrs stay but we had someone admit many stay longer. Surrounded by rainforest, nice spot, bit busy for our liking. Rating – 4.5
In the past we have listed what interest us, what needs we have, etc. As stated before we started this for our benefit but now we are finding many other travelers are also finding this information useful, which is great 🙂 We have had a number of people ask us to list whether a place allows dogs, is suitable for big rigs etc. So we have added a few more keys to our campsites to cover a few more options that are available. Over time we will update past campsites listed on this site with the new keys and we might add a few more keys as time goes on.
A lot of the campsites where we have stayed can be found in the book known as the Travellers Bible, “Camps Australia Wide” which covers most of the free or low cost camps around Australia, but as we have found not all of them. There are now camping apps like Wikicamps, which is a user generated camping app for iPhone, iPad and Android. To help find that perfect place to pull up for the night. Sites found on this web site can be used in conjunction with this book or App, which lists lot more key’s than we use.
We would also like to point out we have rated and written our thoughts of camp sites based on our personal preference and they are our views based on our needs, likes and dislikes, keep in mind you might like something different to us. We have also found different times of the year or season can make a big difference to the place.
Key Used: T – Toilet, S – Shower, B – Bin, N – Noisy, F – Free, W – Wildlife, M – Mobile is for “Next G, DW – Drinking Water, $ – Fees apply, OR – Off Road, D – Dogs, BR – Suitable for Big Rigs, ND – Non Drinking Water, DP – Dump Point.
Isla Gorge National Park – Isla Gorge Campground – T, $. 38 km S of Theodore. 1 Km of dirt road. The camp area is fairly small, fit about 5/6 vans, campers. There is a day area and lookout over the gorge right next to the small camping area. Non drinking water out of a very slow tap. Rating – 2.5