Cairn Beach, Whitsunday Island

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Cairn Beach camping area is nestled in a serene bushland setting, surrounded by clusters of fragrant bottlebrush trees and a gorgeous coral rubble beach. The sandy beach opens up to a lush, shady forest, providing campers with a perfect blend of coastal beauty and tranquility. Campsites are shaded and offer picturesque beach views, creating an ideal atmosphere for a relaxing stay.

Low tide at Cairn Beach reveals a vibrant underwater world with sea cucumbers, starfish, and crabs sheltering beneath rocks and rubble along the shore, providing a unique opportunity for beachcombing and exploring marine life.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Picnic Table

  • Suitable For Tents

  • Toilets


  • Amplified music is not permitted. For the benefit of all campers

Additional rules

1) Open fires: Prohibited.

2) Generators: Not permitted.

Things to know

Cairn Beach, located on Whitsunday Island within the Whitsunday Islands National Park, offers an idyllic escape from the crowds and a gateway to some of the best snorkeling and bushwalking experiences in the Whitsundays. This pristine camping area is accessible only by boat, providing a secluded and tranquil setting for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy nature's beauty. There are four defined camping sites with a maximum capacity of 12 people. Cairn Beach is primarily a tent camping area, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings. Visitors are advised to check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures, and conditions. To ensure a comfortable and responsible camping experience, it is essential to bring drinking water, rubbish bags, and insect repellent. Open fires are prohibited, and generators are not permitted in the camping area. Mobile phone coverage is available for those who wish to stay connected.



The area offers opportunities for bushwalking and hiking, with the nearby Whitsunday Cairn track being part of the Whitsunday Ngaro sea trail. This trail rewards hikers with breathtaking views from its volcanic rocky summit. Explore the sensational snorkeling opportunities along the fringing reef at the south-east end of Cairn Beach. The coral reefs in this region are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, known for its extraordinary natural beauty and diverse marine life. Visitors can embark on blue-water adventures by kayaking or canoeing around the surrounding islands and bays, offering a unique perspective of the Whitsundays. The area is accessible by boat, and boating enthusiasts can enjoy the stunning coastal landscape and marine environments.


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