Roylen Bay camping area (boat-based camping)
Camping is permitted on Goldsmith Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area off the coast of Mackay. Toilets and picnic tables are the only facilities, so you’ll need to bring all self-sufficient supplies. The surrounding coral reefs provide excellent snorkelling but beware of marine stingers Oct–May.
How to book: NPRSR 13 7468 www.nprsr.qld.gov.au Permits: camping permit required
This campsite is located in Smith Islands National Park
For a truly secluded mid-tropics experience, head to Smith Islands National Park, 45 km north of Mackay. This isolated group of 16 islands lies halfway between Mackay and the Lindeman Islands of the Whitsundays. The Smith Islands share many of the features of the Whitsundays, but without the hordes of tourists. Access to the islands is by boat only; the nearest boat ramp is in Seaforth. Advance bookings are required for camping.
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