Smalleys Beach camping area
The gravel road to Smalleys Beach is signposted about 6 km along Cape Hillsborough Rd, 50 km north-west of Mackay. The campground offers plenty of shade under eucalypt trees and there are 11 numbered sites. The nearby Great Barrier Reef Marine Park permits boating and fishing, but beware of estuarine crocodiles, box jellyfish and marine stingers, which are common Oct–May. Generators are not permitted at the campground. Fires are allowed in off-ground fire containers only – bring your own wood – but a gas/fuel stove is preferred.
How to book: Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort (07) 4959 0152 www.capehillsboroughresort.com.au; or NPRSR 13 7468 www.nprsr.qld.gov.au for Smalleys Beach camping area Permits: camping permit required for Smalleys Beach
This campsite is located in Cape Hillsborough National Park
Cape Hillsborough National Park is renowned for its beautiful beaches nestled between rocky headlands. Rhyolite boulders are scattered over the sand, the result of volcanic activity millions of years ago. Home to the Yuipera people for thousands of years, the cape got its European name in 1770 when Captain James Cook named it after the Earl of Hillsborough. Advance bookings are required for camping at Smalleys Beach.
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