Midway Waterhole Camping Area

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Midway Waterhole camping area is a hidden gem within Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL), located in the central part of the park on the western bank of the Normanby River. This camping area offers a unique and secluded experience for outdoor enthusiasts, especially those who enjoy fishing and immersing themselves in the natural beauty of Australia's wilderness.

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

Accessible by 4WD vehicles only, making it a remote and pristine camping destination. The road to the camping area can become impassable after heavy rainfall, so it's essential to check road conditions before heading out. There is no designated campsite facility or amenities, so visitors should come prepared with essential camping equipment and supplies, including water treatment gear, insect repellent, and a fuel stove. Camping options include tent camping, camper trailer camping, and tent camping beside your car. Campfires are allowed, but visitors should adhere to any fire bans in effect. Generators are permitted, but they must operate at less than 65dB(A) and only between 8.00am and 7.00pm. Mobile phone coverage is not available in this remote camping area, so it's advisable to prepare accordingly for communication needs.



Midway Waterhole is renowned for its fantastic fishing opportunities and is considered one of the best fishing spots in the park. Visitors can enjoy boating and fishing in the large, permanent waterhole, with the option to launch a boat or fish from the bank. Birdwatching enthusiasts will delight in the abundant birdlife around the waterhole. The camping area is set amid tall, shady trees, providing a peaceful and relaxing environment for campers. While at Midway Waterhole, campers can spend their days exploring the surrounding area, including attractions like Red Lily and White Lily lagoons and Catfish Waterhole, all within easy driving distance. The park itself offers diverse natural beauty and opportunities for adventure.


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