Camping on the Atherton Tablelands: 9 Great Options

The Atherton Tablelands is a great place to base yourself for at least a night because there is so much to do here. There is a map of the highlights at the end of the blog.

These are nine campgrounds I would recommend to my friends. Two of the campsites are free, five are low cost and on the water, and two are so good that they score 5 stars from Trip Advisor reviewers. All are campervan-friendly. Some are dog-friendly. Whatever your budget and needs, there will be something here that’s perfect for you. A map of them follows.

TWO THAT WERE VOTED THE BEST 

These two caravan parks score five stars (full marks!) from reviewers on Trip Advisor. The facilities are excellent, the sites are large and shady, the caretakers kind and helpful, and they are in beautiful locations. More information.

1. Lake Eachem Tourist Park

  • FACILITIES:Toilets, hot showers, laundry, cafe, camp kitchen, and more. (Full blog)
  • RATES: $22 – $27 for two (2015)
  • DOGS?  Contact them.
  • LOCATION: A 1 km walk from Lake Eachem, near many attractions.
  • Their website
Camping on the Atherton Tablelands: 9 great options.
Lake Eachem Tourist Park, near Lake Eachem. Photo: KhyOrchard

2. Malanda Falls Caravan Park and Campground

  • FACILITIES: Toilets, hot showers, laundry, camp kitchen, petting zoo, forest walks and more. (Full blog)
  • RATES: $20 – $25 for two (2015)
  • DOGS? Contact them.
  • LOCATION: They are by Malanda Falls swimming hole surrounded by rainforest near many attractions.
  • Their website
Camping on the Atherton Tablelands: 9 Great Options. Photo: MattPetersOz
Malanda Falls Caravan Park is right beside these falls surrounded by rainforest. Photo: MattPetersOz

WATERFRONT CAMPING ON A BUDGET

The following campsites are located on Lake Tinaroo in the Danbulla State Forest and is run by the Queensland Government. A full description of each campsite and instructions on how to book are found here.

3. Fong-on Bay

  • FACILITIES: Flushing toilets, fire rings (full blog)
  • No dogs
  • RATES: $5.95 per person per night, $23.95 for families
  • LOCATION: on Lake Tinaroo in Danbulla State Forest
  • The website
Camping on the Atherton Tablelands: 9 Great Options
Fong-On Bay campground. Photo: RedBullDust.blogspot.com

4. School Point

  • Flushing toilets, fires allowed  (full blog)
  • No dogs
  •  $5.95 per person per night, $23.95 for families
  • LOCATION: on Lake Tinaroo in Danbulla State Forest
  • The website
Camping on the Atherton Tablelands: 9 Great Options
School Point Campground. Photo: Bazman63

5. Kauri Creek 

  • Toilets, fire rings (full blog)
  • No dogs
  • $5.95 per person per night, $23.95 for families
  • LOCATION: on Lake Tinaroo in Danbulla State Forest
  • The website
Camping on the Atherton Tablelands: 9 Great Options
Kauri Creek Campground. Photo: AussieCampovenForum.com

6. Downfall Creek

  • Toilets, fire rings (full blog)
  • No dogs
  • $5.95 per person per night, $23.95 for families
  • LOCATION: on Lake Tinaroo in Danbulla State Forest
  • The website
Camping on the Atherton Tablelands: 9 Great Options
Downfall Creek Campground: Photo: TwoDutchies

7. Platypus

  • Toilets, fire rings, wood BBQs, picnic tables (full blog)
  • No dogs
  • $5.95 per person per night, $23.95 for families
  • LOCATION: on Lake Tinaroo in Danbulla State Forest
  • The website
Camping on the Atherton Tablelands: 9 Great Options
Platypus Campground. Photo: Dirk Veltkamp

FREE CAMPING

These two rest areas accommodate campers and campervans for two nights maximum.

8. Winfield Rest Area

  • Free
  • Flushing toilets, picnic tables.
  • No fires
  • No dogs
  • 10 sites by a stream
  • Campervans and caravans (no tents)
  • Full blog
Camping on the Atherton Tablelands: 9 Great Options
Winfield Rest Area. Photo: MarkandLilThisistheLife.blogspot.com

9. Rocky Creek Rest Area

  • Gold coin donation in honesty box appreciated
  • Flushing toilets, wood BBQs, fire rings.
  • Dogs on leash
  • 50 sites by a stream
  • Full blog
Camping on the Atherton Tablelands: 9 Great Options
Barney Springs near Rocky Creek Rest Area. Photo: Findacamp.com

The Atherton Tablelands is part of a 197 km circular road trip that makes up the Misty Mountains Loop. It encircles the Wooroonooran National Park and takes in stunning waterfalls, swimming holes, hikes, summit climbs, campgrounds, rainforest retreats, and cultural and foodie attractions. I’ve mapped each attraction (red star) and campground  (orange dot) below. Clicking on them will take you to the related blog.

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