Here’s cheers to another few days off and being able to get away camping! If you love the ocean and looking for a free camping area on the way up or down the coast near ilbilbie and have a 4WD – This spot is for you!
Distance from Mackay to Yarrawonga Point: 86kms
Travelling time from Mackay to Yarrawonga Point: 1hr 15 mins
Watch out for: The permanent water hole on the track in. A 4WD is a must on the track in after the gate.
The track in…
The track in starts at the gate. Make sure you shut it behind you. No-one wants any cattle wandering around out on the road! The track is sandy and soft in places. We were told it was quiet rutted out but found the drive in fairly pleasant and very easy. If the track is shitty in one place there is generally another track made to the side of the shitty one… take your pick! You will come to a permanent waterhole you have to cross to get in, this will get higher if your coming in on the high tide. No need to get the boat out to get across it tho 😉
There are so many places to camp, so there is no need to be in everyones pocket. As you come in on the right there is a boat ramp – it appears most of the boaties stay on this side to easily launch their boat. If you haven’t bought a boat the Eastern side of the point is pretty nice. There are camping spots right up along the foreshore (behind the dunes) or back a bit further where you can get shade from the trees. If you want an awesome view you can get right up the top of the hill – the track is a little wild in some places.
- Dogs are allowed, but make sure they are kept under control and do not allow them to wander onto the adjacent property or chase any of the roaming cattle. Click here for my tips on camping with dogs.
- Fires are allowed, there is loads of firewood on the way in, but advisable to bring your own. Make sure you put your fire out fully when you leave. Its such a dry area and with loads of fuel around (dead grass and trees) it wouldn’t take long to catch alight.
- Its free camping, who doesn’t love some free camping??
- Fishing in the creek around low tide or on the rocks at high tide.
- There is a nice beach to walk along for some exercise (who doesn’t need that after a few wines and a big feed the night before)
- The view is awesome. Make sure you take a walk up the top of the hill and catch the sunset.
- You can stay here for 7 days, in a 21 day period.
- There are beautiful birds around if you like bird watching or photographing birds.
- Apparently (and dare I say it) some women that camp here don’t appear to know how to put toilet paper in the bin. Unfortunately they also can’t read the signs that say no littering.
- Even though there are signs that say “no littering – fines apply” people choose to ignore this and leave shit everywhere, especially up the top of the hill.
- There are no facilities (showers or toilets) which results in litter… Man I am really stuck on this littering subject aren’t I? I hate when people can’t pick up after themselves… It’s really not that hard!!
- When the winds are fairly calm there can be sandflies around. Make sure you bring some spray.
My thoughts on Yarrawonga Point for free camping: Its a great spot not too far off the Highway at Ilbilbie for people looking to stop somewhere on the coast of QLD between Mackay and Rockhampton. Its a beautiful little seaside spot accessible by 4WD and a place caravans can get into, that you can take your furry friend and have a beautiful Camp Oven dinner.
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