Q – The Bend – Cape York Area

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

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Q – Rifle Creek Rest Area

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

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Campsite keys and options

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.

Q – Nuga Nuga National Park

Nuga Nuga National Park – $, OF, W. There are no facilities at the lake, camping is bush camping wherever you can find a spot it seems. There are lots of areas around the lake. Sites are rocky, and uneven, lots of trees, lots of flies, lots of bugs. Self registration at hut. Awesome spot, bring the kayak, lots of birds, water lilies at times varies from one season to another. From Injune travel north 37 km turn right onto Arcadia Valley Access Road. Travel 83 km on gravel road (some sections sealed) to the Lake Nuga Nuga Road turnoff. From Rolleston, travel south-east on the Dawson Highway for 28 km and turn right at Arcadia Valley Access Road. Travel 58 km on gravel and turn right at the Lake Nuga Nuga turnoff. Dry weather road only. Rating – 4.5

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Campsites and Rest Areas

Sometimes it can be difficult to post on the road, so often we leave updating the website with our campsites until we get home. Every time we post onto our site it does send out an email to everyone following our site. This does mean you could get a whole heap of posts about campsites all in a row, sorry about that. Please bear with us, the campsite postings might not be of interest to you at present but hopefully when you are travelling around you will remember a post we did on an area, go to our website and get the benefit of our campsite collection for free. Also sometimes the email posts can look a bit weird. We can’t do anything about that, keep in mind you can also click on the web link to see the post on our web site and see how it should look.


We also try and take photos of each campsite to help jog the memory and show what the place is like, as they say a picture paints a thousand words. Most campsite listings now have 4 photos, so along with over 100 campsites or rest areas in over 5 states, with the list forever growing, there area loads of photos. Sometimes for whatever reason we don’t have any photos of the campsite, we might have arrived after dark and left early, might not have been appropriate or we were slack, 🙂 it happens. This is a work in progress that is forever evolving.


We would also like to remind you we have rated and written our thoughts of campsites for our own personal reference, and they are our views based on our needs and likes, if you benefit from them as well, great, just 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.


We have developed our own little rating system and state on each campsite what facilities, if any, there are as shown in the key below. Each post now has a link back to the ratings and key used as a reminder of what they mean. We will mostly likely add to the keys used as we find different aspects become important to us.

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.

Q – Dululu Rest Area

Dululu Rest Area – B, T, OR, N, S, F. 75 km N of Biloela or 70 km SW of Rockhampton, south end of town. Large shady area, lots of trees. Shower and power available for a fee, pay at the hotel. Dump point close by. Very popular spot, 500m from a major 4 ways intersection, lots of trucks, noisy at night, get in early to get sites at the back. 48hr max stay, no generators allowed. Rating – 2.5, due to traffic noise.


Packing Up

Pack up time.


Q – Adel’s Grove

Adel’s Grove, Lawn Hill, Boodjamulla, National Park – T, S, B, $, W, DW. Beautiful place  to stay. Even though it’s not free or a cheap place it’s been included as it’s a popular place to stay when visiting Lawn Hill, Boodjamulla, National Park. There are heaps of sites and in peak season you need to book ahead. There are no powered sites, but there is one camping area dedicated to people who wish to use a generator. There are time restrictions when they can be used. Most sites are a good size but it is a good idea to state what type of set up you have so you are put into a big enough site. All sites have water that is suitable to drink. It does have a high calcium content, which after several days you are keen for some fresh water. The other camping area is called the “Grove” closer to the creek. No generators allowed, lots of trees, shady sites with no defined sites. Lots to see and do, highly recommended. Check out our posts for more information on Adel’s Grove and  Lawn Hill, Boodjamulla, National Park. Rating – 4.5


The Generator sites.



The Grove camping area.


The lovely creek and swimming hole.