Who's a happy camper?

Who's a happy camper?


We might be biased, but the Charters Towers Region has some of the best bush camping in Australia.  From reserves that run alongside flowing creeks and rivers, showgrounds located within a heritage-listed township and National Parks with views of ancient lava flows, there is something of interest for everyone.

Two popular camping spots located a short drive from Charters Towers are Fletcher Creek and Macrossan Reserve.  Both provide an amenities block, sheltered picnic tables, wood barbeques and amazing water views!  Both spots are great for a spot of fishing or kayaking.

If you prefer something a little closer to nature, just down the road from Fletcher Creek is Big Bend and Echo Hole.  A very sacred place to the Gudjala People.  As part of their creation story, it symbolises where fiery rock met sea to create the landscape throughout the region.  Traditionally named Yalganbara, meaning ‘Big Waterhole’, this reserve overlooks the iconic Burdekin River and is a popular recreational reserve with locals and visitors. 

We are also lucky to have some amazing National Parks within our region.  Dalrymple National Park, located 45km north of Charters Towers on the mighty Burdekin River, features ancient lava flows and fossilised limestone.  Whilst White Mountains National Park, located 140 south-west of Charters Towers, boasts 112,000ha and 14 different ecosystems, including lancewood forests, open woodlands, laterite pastures, heathlands and spinifex grasslands are spotted around the spectacular white sandstone buffs and gorges, sand dunes and sandy flats.

If you intend on camping at one of these two National Parks, please ensure you book online through Parks and Forests, Department of Environment and Science and please be respectful of the land and take out whatever you take in.

If you can’t go without creature comforts, there are a variety of hotels and award-winning caravan parks to choose from that offer something that will suit your style – from shady camping sites to cabin accommodation.

For more information on recreational camping options, have a look at our Recreational Camping guide, including conditions for your stay.  We welcome you to settle in and stay a while - there is plenty to see and do.

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