There are a number of places in Queensland that we were incredibly glad that we made the effort to get to, and Cape Palmerston was one of them. We’d been enjoying an amazing stay at Notch Point, and were debating whether to drag the camper out to Cape Palmerston for a few nights, or go for a day trip, or just skip it all together. We knew there was some bad weather coming, and were trying to avoid being blown away.
In the end we decided to head out for the day, and found one of the most scenic, and amazing places on the Queensland coast. Notch Point was one of our favourite camp sites in Queensland, and Cape Palmerston easily competes for both camping, and a day trip from somewhere nearby.
Where is Cape Palmerston?
Cape Palmerston National Park is just over an hour South of Mackay, and around 3 hours from Rockhampton. Sarina is the closest major town, at around 40 minutes drive. It’s also a short drive away from Notch Point, which is completely worth a stay too.
What’s at Cape Palmerston?
This region is full of amazing coastline. The Cape Palmerston National Park is the most spectacular, with incredible beaches, turquoise water, great 4WD tracks and plenty of camp sites.
Not far south though is the Cape Palmerston Holiday Park, Greenhill (a small town right on the beach), and then the Australian Prawn farms, along with Notch Point.
Cape Palmerston Camping
If you want to camp in the area, you really have three options
Cape Palmerston Holiday Park
If you want something that is easy to get to, and has all of the amenities, you won’t go wrong with Cape Palmerston Holiday Park. You can also get local prawns (from the ponds down the road) for $25 a kilo, which were absolutely delicious.
This caravan park has a great reputation, and I’m told you get a discount, or maybe even free camping if you play some golf at their golf course.
Notch Point is completely and utterly amazing, and well worth going to if you have a 4WD. We spent 4 nights here, and loved every minute of it.
Cape Palmerston National Park Camping
Inside the beautiful Cape Palmerston National Park, there’s a number of places that you can camp. All of them require online booking, and it seems like the camp sites overflow up the coastline, with sites everywhere.
Some of these camp sites are as good as it gets; waterfront views, no one nearby and scenery that you have to see to believe.
We spent the day driving around Cape Palmerston National Park, and were astounded at the stunning views, great 4WD tracks and places to check out.
What does it cost?
The camping fees for Cape Palmerston National Park are set at the standard Queensland National Park Camping rate, of $7.25 per adult per night, or $29 per family.
Camping at Notch Point is completely free, and the Cape Palmerston Holiday Park is $34 – $45 a night, depending on what you are chasing.
Amenities at Cape Palmerston
In the National Park, you’ll find a couple of drop toilets at the camp sites, and that is it. You need to be completely self sufficient, and take out everything you bring in.
The Caravan park obviously has all of the amenities you’d expect, and Notch Point just has a big rubbish bin out the front, and that’s it.
How do you get to Cape Palmerston?
To get to Cape Palmerston, you turn off the Bruce Highway at Illbilbie onto Greenhill Road, and then turn left onto Palmerston Road. This takes you right into the Cape Palmerston National Park, and onto the beach.
Do you need a 4WD?
To get to the top of Cape Palmerston National Park and to Notch Point, you really need a 4WD. To get to the Cape Palmerston Holiday Park, you’d get any sort of vehicle in without any issues.
Cape Palmerston is a truly awesome spot, and I’m so glad we called in for a look. We’ll be back with the camper for a few nights, for sure. It’s absolutely stunning.