Free Camping: Atherton Tablelands, Queensland

There are two rest areas on the Atherton Tablelands with flush toilets, picnic tables, and BBQs that allow free camping, or camping with a gold coin donation.

Winfield Rest Area

Located just outside Malanda on the banks of the Johnstone River, the site has undergone some native tree replanting, so by now they might be providing a lot of shade. There are platypuses in the river, but they are shy creatures. For the best chance of spotting them, sit quietly on the banks at dusk or dawn and wait. There is no tent camping, only campervans and caravans (self-contained) camping on a first-come first-served basis. See its location Google Maps.

  • 10 sites
  • Flushing toilets
  • Picnic tables
  • 48 hr stays maximum
  • No fires allowed
  • No pets
  • Kayaking and fishing spots nearby
Winfield rest area near Malanda, Australia. Photo: MarkandLilThisIsTheLife.blogspot.com
Winfield rest area near Malanda, Australia. Photo: MarkandLilThisIsTheLife.blogspot.com

Rocky Creek Rest Area

Located between Walkamin and Tolga on the Atherton Tablelands is this large, shady and grassy rest area suitable for caravans and campervans. It is beside an outdoor war memorial and within easy walking distance of tranquil Barney Springs. Both are worth a visit. There are no bookings or fees but a gold coin donation in the honesty box is appreciated. See it on Google Maps.

  • 50 sites
  • Flushing toilets
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire places (check fire conditions)
  • Wood BBQs
  • Pets are allowed under certain conditions (Keep on leash at all times. No aggressive dogs).
Barney Springs near Rocky Creek rest area on the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Photo: Gustel Homann
Barney Springs near Rocky Creek rest area on the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Photo: Gustel Homann
War Memorial beside Rocky Creek rest area, Queensland Australia. Photo: Peter and Shelley
War Memorial beside Rocky Creek rest area, Queensland Australia. Photo: Peter and Shelley

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