Chilli Beach Camping Area

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Chilli Beach camping area is a picturesque and popular beachside camping destination located in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) on Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Kiosk

  • Suitable For Camper Trailer

  • Suitable For Tents

  • Toilets


  • Campfires allowed

Additional rules

1) Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in existing fireplaces only. Fuel stoves recommended.
2) Generators: prohibited.

Things to know

To reach Chilli Beach camping area, you'll need a high clearance 4WD vehicle. The park can be accessed from both the south via the Peninsula Developmental Road and the north via the challenging Frenchmans Track. The latter route requires a snorkel for your vehicle and experience in challenging 4WD conditions. It's important to note that neither route is suitable for towing caravans. ou can choose from various camping options, including tent camping, camper trailer camping, and tent camping beside your car. There are 25 numbered sites, and they can be in high demand during peak periods. Campfires are allowed in existing fireplaces, but conditions may apply, so it's essential to check for fire bans before starting one. Visitors are advised to bring adequate food and drinking water, equipment for treating water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, screened tents or mosquito nets, a fuel stove, and adequate fuel and spare parts for their vehicles. Mobile phone coverage is limited, with poor reception on the beach.



Chilli Beach offers opportunities for various activities such as walking, scenic drives, fishing, and birdwatching. Chilli Beach is a haven for nature enthusiasts. During the day, you can watch seabirds soaring overhead and, from September to April, witness the spectacular sight of metallic starlings flocking offshore. You may also spot black palm cockatoos foraging around the camp sites. At night, you can use spotlights to observe owls, Australian owlet-nightjars, Papuan frogmouths, as well as various wildlife like snakes, frogs, giant tree geckos, spotted cuscuses, striped possums, and sugar gliders. In addition to camping, visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll on the Chilli Beach forest walk, beachcomb along the stretches of white quartz sand, launch boats from the beach, and even try their hand at fishing, cooking their fresh catch over a campfire.


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