Kennedy Bend Camping Area

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Kennedy Bend Camping Area is a picturesque overnight stopover located in the central part of Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, which is situated in Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Kiosk

  • Suitable For Camper Trailer

  • Suitable For Tents

  • Toilets

  • Water (Non drinking)


  • Campfires allowed

  • Generators allowed

Additional rules

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

Things to know

Kennedy Bend Camping Area is about 340 kilometers northwest of Cairns and 140 kilometers west of Cooktown. It's positioned on the eastern bank of the Kennedy River and can be reached by a four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicle. It's important to note that the road leading to the camping area may become impassable after heavy rain. The area offers four numbered camping sites suitable for tent camping beside your car and camper trailers. The camp sites have a dirt and grass surface, providing a natural camping environment. ll the camping sites are partially shaded, allowing campers to enjoy a comfortable stay even during sunny days. Generator usage is permitted under certain conditions. Generators that produce noise levels of less than 65dB(A), measured 7 meters from the generator, are allowed between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Sites 2 to 4 offer manual boat launching (without trailers) into the Kennedy River. These areas are particularly suitable for fishing enthusiasts, although large crocodiles are often spotted in the water, requiring visitors to exercise caution. Adequate preparation, including bringing enough food, water, and essential camping gear, is necessary due to the remote location and limited facilities.
Mobile phone coverage is not available at the camping area.



The Kennedy River is known for fishing, making it a popular destination for anglers. Campers can try their luck at catching various fish species in the waterhole. While manual boat launching is available at some sites, campers can explore the waterhole through boating, which offers a unique perspective of the area's natural beauty. The journey to the camping area itself is part of the experience, as travelers can enjoy a scenic drive through the rugged landscape of Rinyirru National Park. Campers can unwind around their campfires in the evening, reflecting on the day's adventures and planning for the next day.


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