Where to pitch a tent away from the crowds
THE after-effects will be felt across much of Queensland after Cyclone Debbie pummelled the Whitsundays Island group and parts of the north Queensland coastline on Tuesday. For the most up-to-date advice on national parks across the state, visit npsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts. A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service representative also said it was important to check weather forecasts before heading to camping destinations.
But the weather will eventually pass and, when it does, here are some lesser-used camping destinations across the state recommended by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service representative:
Check out island national parks like the Frankland Group, Barnards and Goold islands. On the mainland, try Davies Creek National Park, Henrietta Creek (Wooroonooran National Park), Smalleys Beach (Cape Hillsborough National Park), Murray Falls (Girramay NP), and The Diggings (Crediton State Forest).
In Carnarvon National Park in the Central Highlands, look beyond Carnarvon Gorge – this vast park has other spectacular sections such as Ka Ka Mundi and Salvator Rosa. You’ll need to be self-sufficient.
Visit Sundown National Park south-west of Stanthorpe for very different terrain. Easter is a perfect time to explore this park, which can be hot in summer and freezing in winter.
Salvator Rosa Nogoa River camping area in Carnarvon National Park.
Upper Davies Creek camping area at Dinden National Park.