Salmon Creek, Cape Cleveland

Set up a camp near a beach along Salmon Creek's bank.

Salmon Creek, Cape Cleveland

Location - Cape Cleveland, North Queensland, Australia

Set up a camp near a beach along Salmon Creek's bank. Set a camp among she-oaks along the Salmon Creek bank, close to the Salmon Creek mouth. Catch a beautiful dawn, try your hand at fishing, or simply stroll along Big Beach's shores.

Getting there

The Salmon Creek camping spot is situated at the Salmon Creek mouth. The coastal township of Cungulla serves as a gateway. Follow the directions to Cungulla for about 14 kilometres after leaving the Bruce Highway and turning into Cape Cleveland Road. Turn left onto Frank Randell Drive at Cungulla and proceed about 700 metres to arrive at the park's entrance and Salmon Creek's boundary. To get to the Salmon Creek camping location, travel about 6 km along Big Beach.

Interactive Map

Salmon Creek camping area map (PDF, 957KB)


  • Drinking water
  • Food and cooking equipment
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent


  • The untreated roads can turn muddy during wet months (December to April), making them only suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles. Always check before crossing unpaved roads, especially those near creeks, as they are prone to erosion. Ideal for tent and camper trailer camping next to your four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • No Facilities.
  • Camping is not allowed on the sand dunes or anywhere else outside the camping area. Only four-wheel-drive vehicles. Access during low tide. The campground is situated 6 kilometres along Big Beach. Salmon Creek's campsites are subject to tidal influences, especially during high tides.
  • Never sleep, sit or picnic in vehicle traffic zones such as the beach, roads or camping area access tracks. Please be respectful of other people on the beach.
  • There is inadequate mobile phone coverage.
  • Only at the camping spots along Salmon Creek are campfires permitted (except when fire bans apply). Campfires need to be contained in fire pits that are above ground. Bring your own clean firewood and a fire pit. When you go, put out your campfire with water and take the fire container with you. It is advised to use a gas or fuel stove.
  • The park's coastline is home to estuarine crocodiles (Cape Cleveland and Bowling Green Bay). In croc country, always be crocwise. In this region of the national park, the waterways are home to estuarine crocodiles. In croc country, always be cautious.
  • Dangerous stinging jellyfish ('stingers') may be present in the coastal waters at any time of the year and occur more frequently in the warmer months.

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