Bottom Whiphandle Waterhole Camping Area

  • Unpowered Site

Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Bottom Whiphandle Waterhole camping area, a remote and serene spot nestled high on a ridge overlooking the majestic Normanby River. Located within the Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL) in Queensland, Australia, this camping area offers a unique and peaceful wilderness experience.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Kiosk

  • Suitable For Camper Trailer

  • Suitable For Tents


  • Campfires allowed

  • Generators allowed

Additional rules

1) Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply). Fuel stoves are recommended. Do not collect firewood in the park.
2) Generators: only generators operated at less than 65dB(A), when measured 7m from the generator, are permitted, and only between 8.00am and 7.00pm.

Things to know

To reach Bottom Whiphandle Waterhole camping area, you'll need a sturdy 4WD vehicle. The camping area is set on the western bank of the Normanby River, making it accessible for adventurous campers seeking a remote getaway. There are two numbered sites available suitable for a maximum of 2 cars and trailers (6 people). Campsites are ideal for tent camping beside your car and camper trailers. Campsite surfaces consist of dirt and grass, which can vary seasonally. Open fires are permitted, except when fire bans apply. It's recommended to use fuel stoves and avoid collecting firewood in the park. Generators are allowed but must operate at less than 65dB(A) and only between 8:00 am and 7:00 pm. Ensure you bring adequate food, drinking water, water treatment equipment, rubbish bags, insect repellent, mosquito nets, fuel stove, and spare parts for your vehicle. Mobile phone coverage is not available in this remote area, allowing you to truly disconnect and appreciate the natural surroundings.



Head down to the permanent waterhole for a chance to catch a variety of fish. Keep an eye out for large estuarine crocodiles that occasionally make appearances in the waterhole. Unwind in the evenings by the waterhole, sipping a cold drink while watching the local wildlife come to quench their thirst. Gather around the campfire under the dazzling night sky for an unforgettable experience, surrounded by the sounds of the wilderness.


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