Where to pitch a tent away from the crowds

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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:

North Queens­land

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).

Go west

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.

South­ern stun­ners

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.

PHOTO: ROBERT ASHDOWN/QUEENS­LAND GOV­ERN­MENT

Sal­va­tor Rosa No­goa River camp­ing area in Carnar­von Na­tional Park.

PHOTO: PAUL CUR­TIS/QUEENS­LAND GOV­ERN­MENT

Up­per Davies Creek camp­ing area at Din­den Na­tional Park.

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