Camping Camping

Council Camping Grounds

  • Gladstone Harbour Islands
  • Workman's Beach Camp Grounds, Agnes Water
  • Lilley's Beach, Boyne Island
  • Calliope River Picnic Area, River Ranch
  • Futter Creek Camping Reserve, Boyne Valley
  • Other camping areas

Council provides several camping locations throughout the region and asks users to ensure they familiarise themselves with the requirements of each of these locations before camping. For more information phone Council's Parks and Environment Division on (07) 4970 0700.

Camping Grounds with Fees Applicable:

> The Oaks Camping Ground, Facing Island  
> South End Camping Ground, Curtis Island  
> Workman's Beach Camp Grounds, Agnes Water
> Lilley's Beach, Boyne Island  
     

Free Rest Areas:

> Calliope River Picnic Area, River Ranch  
> Futter Creek Camping Reserve, Boyne Valley  
     

 

Gladstone Harbour Islands:

The Oaks Camping Ground, Facing Island & South End Camping Ground, Curtis Island

Permits can be obtained by the following methods:

  • Online; or
  • From the Gladstone Visitor Information Office, Bryan Jordan Drive (Marina complex) which is open seven days a week from 8.30am to 5pm week days and 9am to 5pm weekends.

Fees for the 2016-17 financial year are (maximum of six people per camp site):

  • Family (2 adults & 2 children) - $19.00 per day
  • Per person - $6.00 per day
  • School groups (approved school excursions only) - $3.00 per person

There is no age restriction for camping on the islands but bookings will only be accepted from people aged 18 years or older. A maximum of three sites per family is available. Bookings can be made up to six months in advance of the desired camping date.

Payments can be made by cash, cheque or credit card. Bookings will only be confirmed and permits issued once the full payment is received. Please note limited permits are available and allocation is on a 'first-in' basis.

Gladstone Regional Council has a 'No Refund' policy for bookings where the customer changes their mind, doesn't attend on the dates booked, or misses the barge. Any other booking refund requests are to be submitted to info@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au accompanied by a copy of the booking receipt for payment and the reason for requesting a refund.

There are approximately 35 camp sites at The Oaks and 20 camp sites at South End. All sites are numbered and camp site maps are available from the GAPDL. Composting toilets are located at both campgrounds; the caretakers on the island clean these daily.

Site terms and conditions:

  • All overnight campers require a camping permit. Day visitors do not need a permit.
  • The maximum stay is 42 days. The area is regularly patrolled and penalties will apply if you exceed the maximum stay period.
  • Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted and campers/visitors should bring fuel stoves (gas or kerosene).
  • You may take a chemical toilet for short term stays but there are no chemical toilet waste disposal units on the islands. The waste cannot be emptied in the composting toilets as the chemicals kill the organisms required for the effective operation of the composting systems. Chemical toilet waste must not be buried or disposed of in the sea.
  • Dogs are allowed and must be on a lead at all times. Penalties will apply if dogs are not on a lead.
  • Generators are permitted and campers are asked to limit use to between 7am and 7pm.
  • Behaving in a riotous, disorderly, indecent, offensive, threatening or insulting manner will not be tolerated. Offenders will be requested to leave the camping ground and may result in a fine and permanent ban.
  • Please be considerate of other campers by limiting noise before 7am and after 10pm.
  • Interfering with a plant or any turf, sand, clay, soil or other material is prohibited. Penalties apply.
  • Interfering with any facility or equipment located at the local government camping ground is prohibited. Penalties apply.
  • Camp sites must be kept and maintained in good repair and clean, tidy and sanitary condition.  The camping site must not be left unoccupied for more than two days. Council will remove and dispose of equipment from abandoned camp sites.
     
Workman's Beach Camp Grounds, Agnes Water


Workman's Beach Camp Grounds is located off Springs Road, Agnes Water, approximately 1km from the Agnes Water township. The turnoff to the camp site is sign-posted and is adjacent to the Agnes Water Skate Park, 200 metres along the dirt road. Workman's Beach Camp Grounds is a popular, low maintenance facility and there are 38 camp sites available for tents and caravans. Allocation is on a 'first-in' basis only; none of the camp sites can be booked.

Facilities include unisex and disabled toilets, a cold water beach shower, picnic tables, free gas barbecues and drinking water.

From the camp site there is a path leading down to an unpatrolled beach (approximately 200m) that is naturally steep and could be considered unsuitable for someone who is mobility impaired. The path requires a moderate level of fitness and users may encounter hazards such as slopes and unstable or uneven surfaces; users are responsible for their own safety.

Fees are collected daily by Parks and Environment staff and the camp site is regularly monitored. Fees for the 2016-17 financial year are (maximum of six people per camp site):

  • Family (2 adults & 2 children under 17 years) - $25.00 per day
  • Per person - $9.00 per day

Site terms and conditions:

  • The maximum stay is 42 days.The area is regularly patrolled and penalties will apply if you exceed the maximum stay period.
  • Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted. Campers/visitors should bring fuel stoves (gas or kerosene) or use the free barbecues provided.
  • There are no chemical toilet waste disposal units at the campground. Chemical toilets must be emptied at the designated dump point outside the Seventeen Seventy SES Grounds located on Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy. Chemical toilet waste must not be buried or disposed of in the sea.
  • Dogs are allowed and must be on a lead at all times. Penalties will apply if dogs are not on a lead.
  • Generators are permitted and campers are asked to limit use to between 7am and 7pm.
  • Behaving in a riotous, disorderly, indecent, offensive, threatening or insulting manner will not be tolerated. Offenders will be requested to leave the camping ground and may result in a fine and permanent ban.
  • Please be considerate of other campers by limiting noise before 7am and after 10pm.
  • Interfering with a plant or any turf, sand, clay, soil or other material is prohibited. Penalties apply.
  • Interfering with any facility or equipment located at the local government camping ground is prohibited. Penalties apply.
  • Camp sites must be kept and maintained in good repair and clean, tidy and sanitary condition. The camping site must not be left unoccupied for more than two days. Council will remove and dispose of equipment from abandoned camp sites.
     
Lilley's Beach, Boyne Island  


Lilley's Beach Visitor Brochure (Download)

Access to Lilley's Beach is from the Boyne Island Sewerage Treatment Plant, via Handley Drive, Boyne Island.

Camping is not encouraged; however, visitors can camp within the designated area at the northern end of Lilley's Beach. Look for evidence of an existing camp site in preference to creating a new one. Select a sandy or hard surface; the impression you leave will be almost unnoticeable on this surface.

The coastline extends approximately 7.1km and can only be accessed by four-wheel-drive at low tide. Please note that the area is subject to tidal conditions.

There is no charge to stay at Lilley's Beach; however, vehicle permits are required prior to accessing the beach. Permits must be completed in person, and are available for purchase from the Gladstone and Calliope Administration Centres, the Boyne Tannum Community Centre or from Boyne Island Bait & Tackle. Permits are issued with a number of conditions and failure to comply with the conditions can result in an on-the-spot fine.

Use of Motor Vehicles on Beaches permit fees for the 2016-17 financial year are:

  • Per annum - $25.00
  • Per week or part thereof - $5.00

Site terms and conditions:

  • Vehicles must not drive on the dune systems under any circumstances.
  • Motorbikes are strictly prohibited in this area and penalties apply. Regular patrols are carried out by Council's Local Law Enforcement Officers.
  • Small camp fires are allowed in existing designated campfire areas. Campers must provide their own firewood as vegetation and infrastructure is not to be removed for the purpose of campfires. Fires are to be doused with water, stirred, and then doused with water again to ensure there is no heat emitting from the coals. Do not bury any fires.
  • Lilley's Beach is a designated dog off-leash area, but your dog is required to be under effective voice command at all times.
  • Generators are permitted and campers are asked to limit use to between 7am and 7pm.
  • Behaving in a riotous, disorderly, indecent, offensive, threatening or insulting manner will not be tolerated. Offenders will be requested to leave the camping ground and may result in a fine and permanent ban.
  • Please be considerate of other campers by limiting noise before 7am and after 10pm.
  • Interfering with a plant or any turf, sand, clay, soil or other material is prohibited. Penalties apply.
  • Interfering with any facility or equipment located at the local government camping ground is prohibited. Penalties apply.
  • Camp sites must be kept and maintained in good repair and clean, tidy and sanitary condition. The camping site must not be left unoccupied for more than two days. Council will remove and dispose of equipment from abandoned camp sites.
     

Calliope River Picnic Area, River Ranch

 

Calliope River Picnic Area is a low-maintenance rest area, located 26km west of Gladstone and 100km south of Rockhampton, beside the Calliope River. Visitors have the option of setting up camp above the river on the high northern side or near the amenities on the southern side.

The northern side can be accessed by turning off the Bruce Highway at the Calliope Historical Village and following the road down to the river. The northern side has one septic ablution toilet block and one composting toilet but there are no showers. The southern side can be accessed by turning off the Bruce Highway onto the Old Bruce Highway, River Ranch. The southern side has one large septic ablution block.

It is recommended that campers take their own drinking water, as supplied water is untreated bore water that is not recommended for consumption. Waste must be disposed of in the bins provided or taken offsite by the camper. The amenities are cleaned and restocked daily during peak season and every second day otherwise. If the toilet paper runs out between services, campers are required to provide their own supplies.

The Calliope Historical Village regularly holds markets; please refer to their website for more information. http://www.callioperiverhistoricalvillage.com/

Camping is not recommended at the Calliope River Picnic Area if local flood warnings have been issued.

Caution is recommended when swimming in the river, as there have been instances of box jellyfish stings.

There is no charge to stay at Calliope River Picnic Area.

Site terms and conditions:

  • The maximum stay is 48 hours. The area is regularly patrolled and penalties will apply if you exceed the maximum stay period.
  • Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted and campers/visitors should bring fuel stoves (gas or kerosene).
  • There are no chemical toilet waste disposal units at the rest area. Waste cannot be emptied in the composting toilets or the septic ablution block as the chemicals kill the organisms required for the effective operation of the composting/septic systems. Chemical toilets must be emptied at the designated dump point located on the corner of Taragoola Road and Dawson Highway, Calliope. Chemical toilet waste must not be buried or disposed of in the river.
  • Dogs are allowed and must be on a lead at all times. Penalties will apply if dogs are not on a lead.
  • Generators are permitted and campers are asked to limit use to between 7am and 7pm.
  • Behaving in a riotous, disorderly, indecent, offensive, threatening or insulting manner will not be tolerated. Offenders will be requested to leave the rest area and may result in a fine and permanent ban.
  • Please be considerate of other campers by limiting noise before 7am and after 10pm.
  • Interfering with a plant or any turf, sand, clay, soil or other material is prohibited. Penalties apply.
  • Interfering with any facility or equipment located at the local government rest area is prohibited. Penalties apply.
  • Camp sites must be kept and maintained in good repair and clean, tidy and sanitary condition. The camping site must not be left unoccupied for more than two days. Council will remove and dispose of equipment from abandoned camp sites.
     

Futter Creek Camping Reserve, Boynedale

 

Futter Creek Camping Reserve is a low maintenance rest area located on the Gladstone-Monto Road, approximately 20km south of Calliope and about 5km north of the Boynedale Bush Camp.

There are composting toilets and picnic tables available for use. The amenities are cleaned and restocked regularly but if the toilet paper runs out between services, campers are required to provide their own supplies.

There is no charge to stay at Futter Creek Camping Reserve.

Site terms and conditions:

  • The maximum stay is 72 hours. The area is regularly patrolled and penalties will apply if you exceed the maximum stay period.
  • Small camp fires are allowed in existing designated campfire areas. Campers must provide their own firewood as vegetation and infrastructure is not to be removed for the purpose of campfires. Fires are to be doused with water, stirred, and then doused with water again to ensure there is no heat is emitting from the coals. Do not bury any fires.
  • There are no chemical toilet waste disposal units at the rest area. The waste cannot be emptied in the composting toilets as the chemicals kill the organisms required for the effective operation of the composting systems. Chemical toilets must be emptied at the designated dump point located on the corner of Taragoola Road and Dawson Highway, Calliope. Chemical toilet waste must not be buried or disposed of in the river.
  • Dogs are not allowed.
  • Generators are permitted and campers are asked to limit use to between 7am and 7pm.
  • Behaving in a riotous, disorderly, indecent, offensive, threatening or insulting manner will not be tolerated. Offenders will be requested to leave the camping ground and may result in a fine and permanent ban.
  • Please be considerate of other campers by limiting noise before 7am and after 10pm.
  • Interfering with a plant or any turf, sand, clay, soil or other material is prohibited. Penalties apply.
  • Interfering with any facility or equipment located at the local government camping ground is prohibited. Penalties apply.
  • Camp sites must be kept and maintained in good repair and clean, tidy and sanitary condition. The camping site must not be left unoccupied for more than two days. Council will remove and dispose of equipment from abandoned camp sites.
     

Caravan Dump Sites

 

There are three public caravan dump sites in the Gladstone Region:

Calliope Caravan Dump Point
Cnr Taragoola Road and Dawson Highway, Calliope

Seventeen Seventy Caravan Dump Point
Cnr SES Access and Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy

Boyne River Rest Area Caravan Dump Point
Bruce Highway, Benaraby
Please note: This site is maintained by the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Please call 131 940 for all maintenance issues.