Melaleuca Waterhole Camping Area

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Melaleuca Waterhole camping area is a hidden gem within Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL), renowned for its outstanding fishing opportunities. Melaleuca Waterhole camping area is situated in the central part of Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL), which is located 340km north-west of Cairns and 140km west of Cooktown on the southern Cape York Peninsula. The camping area is nestled on the western bank of the Normanby River, offering a tranquil and secluded setting for visitors.

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

Access to this camping area requires a 4WD vehicle. It is essential to practice safe 4WD driving and follow minimal impact driving principles while navigating the park's rugged terrain. To visit Melaleuca Waterhole camping area, you must book your camping permit in advance. Reservations can be made online, at an over-the-counter booking office, or by phone. Due to the decommissioned self-service kiosk, it's crucial to plan your visit and secure your camping permit beforehand. Melaleuca Waterhole camping area offers a primitive camping experience close to nature. Campfires are allowed, but visitors must adhere to specific conditions, especially regarding fire bans. Generators are permitted but must operate at noise levels below 65dB(A) and are only allowed between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Camping options include tent camping beside your car and camper trailer camping. While there are no specific facilities available, visitors are encouraged to bring their own equipment, including food and drinking water, equipment for treating water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, mosquito nets, fuel stoves, and spare parts for their vehicles. Mobile phone coverage is not available in the camping area, so it's essential to be prepared with all necessary supplies, including food, water, and communication alternatives.



Fishing enthusiasts will find Melaleuca Waterhole to be one of the park's prime fishing spots. The large and permanent waterhole is ideal for both boat and bank fishing. Visitors can manually launch their boats (no trailers) into the waterhole or cast their lines from various scenic spots along the riverbank. After a day of fishing or exploring, you can enjoy a campfire-cooked meal under a starry night sky, immersed in the sounds of the Rinyirru night. Wildlife enthusiasts should be aware that large crocodiles are frequently seen in the area, so it's essential to exercise caution and adhere to safety guidelines.


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