Horseshoe Lagoon Camping Area

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Horseshoe Lagoon camping area is a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts, especially birdwatchers, located in the southern part of Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL) on the southern Cape York Peninsula.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Kiosk

  • Suitable For Camper Trailer

  • Suitable For Tents


  • Campfires allowed

  • Generators allowed

Additional rules

1) Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
2) Generators allowed (conditions apply)

Things to know

You can access Horseshoe Lagoon camping area with a 4WD vehicle. The camping area is situated in a remote part of the national park, ensuring a serene and unspoiled natural environment. The camping area is located on a steep bank adjacent to a large waterhole with nearby swamps and lagoons, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching. Visitors should be aware that large crocodiles are frequently seen in this area, so it's essential to exercise caution in crocodile territory. The camping area is suitable for tent camping beside your car and features dirt and sand surfaces. There is partial shade available in the camping area. There are no facilities at the camping area, so make sure to bring all essential supplies, including food, drinking water, equipment for water treatment, rubbish bags, insect repellent, mosquito nets, a fuel stove, and sufficient fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Campfires are allowed, except during fire bans. It's recommended to use fuel stoves for cooking, and collecting firewood within the park is prohibited. Generators are allowed with noise restrictions and specific operating hours. Mobile phone coverage is not available in this remote area, so plan accordingly.



Horseshoe Lagoon camping area is a paradise for birdwatchers. The lagoon and surrounding swamps provide a perfect habitat for various bird species. You can expect to spot brolgas and sarus cranes gracefully striding through the shallows, flocks of ducks gathering along the banks, and magpie geese feeding in the shallows, all of which offer fantastic photographic opportunities. The camping area is located along the picturesque Battle Camp Road, making it a great starting point for exploring the park's scenic beauty. Fishing enthusiasts will find opportunities to cast their lines and enjoy the sport. After a day filled with birdwatching adventures, you can unwind by the campfire, exchanging stories with fellow campers, and gazing at the mesmerizing star-filled sky.


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