Neck Bay, Shaw Island

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Neck Bay, located on the north-west side of Shaw Island, is a pristine camping area that offers a unique and remote outdoor experience. Nestled on an old vegetated sand spit between what was once two separate islands, Neck Bay boasts a stunning natural setting that beckons adventurers seeking solace in the heart of nature. This camping site is particularly cherished by kayakers journeying between Mackay and Airlie Beach, making it a popular stopover point for those exploring the beautiful Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Suitable For Tents


  • Anchoring allowed

Additional rules

1) Open fires: prohibited.
2) Generators: not permitted.

Things to know

Neck Bay is accessible primarily by boat, canoe, or kayak, ensuring a true escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The camping area can be reached by boat at all tides, making it relatively convenient for visitors arriving via watercraft. Neck Bay offers a range of activities and amenities for outdoor enthusiasts, making it an excellent destination for nature lovers. Neck Bay is an open camping area without separately defined sites, accommodating a maximum of 12 people at any given time. This limited capacity ensures a tranquil and uncrowded experience. The ground surface at Neck Bay is predominantly sandy, adding to the rustic and coastal feel of the camping experience. The camping area does not provide facilities such as toilets or showers, so visitors should be prepared for a true wilderness experience. Open fires are prohibited to protect the delicate ecosystem and prevent any accidental wildfires. The use of generators is not permitted to maintain a peaceful and eco-friendly atmosphere. Campers should bring their own drinking water, rubbish bags to maintain cleanliness, and insect repellent to keep the bugs at bay. It's essential to come well-prepared for this remote camping adventure. Mobile phone coverage is not available at Neck Bay, allowing campers to disconnect from the digital world and fully embrace the natural beauty of the area.



1) Snorkelling and Diving: The crystal-clear waters surrounding Neck Bay are perfect for snorkelling and diving, offering a chance to explore vibrant marine life and underwater wonders.
2) Canoeing and Kayaking: With its proximity to the water, Neck Bay is an ideal spot for canoeing and kayaking, allowing campers to paddle along the picturesque coastline and nearby islands.
3) Boating: Boaters can explore the surrounding waters and islands, taking in breathtaking views and perhaps even spotting some of the area's diverse wildlife.
4) Swimming: The calm and inviting waters of Neck Bay are perfect for a refreshing swim, providing a chance to cool off after a day of exploration.
5) Fishing: Fishing enthusiasts will find ample opportunities to cast their lines and potentially reel in some local catches.


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