Going Off the Beaten Track…

When it comes to camping, many adventurers tend to follow the well-trodden path. But where's the fun in that? If you're seeking a camping experience that's off the beaten track, look no further than the Atherton Tablelands. Nestled in the heart of Tropical North Queensland, this hidden gem is a haven for those who dare to venture beyond the ordinary and we have found 5 top locations to set up camp.

1. Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park

Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park - Image Credit IG @wherearethewezaks

Image Credit IG @wherearethewezak

Imagine camping amidst a landscape filled with limestone caves and rugged outcrops. Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park is your gateway to this unique adventure. While you can’t camp inside the caves themselves, there are excellent campgrounds in the vicinity where you can pitch your tent or park your caravan. During the day, explore the mysterious caves and limestone formations, and in the evening, gather around the campfire to swap stories of your underground discoveries or gaze at the night sky devoid of any light pollution. 

2. Davies Creek National Park

Davies Creek National Park - Image Credit IG @jilarapearl

Image Credit IG @jilarapearl

If you’re a camping connoisseur looking for something unique, Davies Creek National Park has your name written all over it. Tucked away in the rainforest, this camping spot offers an idyllic setting by the creek. Swim in the clear waters during the day, and at night, let the soothing sounds of the forest serenade you to sleep.

3. Tinaroo Falls Dam

Tinaroo Falls Dam - Image Credit IG @realfocus_cairns

Image Credit IG @realfocus_cairns

For those who appreciate camping with a side of adventure, Tinaroo Falls Dam is a must-visit. The camping area here is surrounded by lush bushland and has easy access to the dam. Grab your kayak or paddleboard and explore the waters during the day. As night falls, build a campfire and share stories under a star-studded sky. 

4. Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges - Image Credit FB @Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges

Image Credit FB @Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges

Okay, so maybe you’re not quite ready to abandon all modern comforts. Fear not; the Atherton Tablelands has options for more comfortable stays too. At Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge, you can experience the wonders of the rainforest without sacrificing the plush mattress or hot shower. Staying here includes gorgeous eco-cabins and an authentic rainforest experience.

5. Malanda Falls Caravan Park

Malanda Falls Caravan Park

For those who prefer camping with a dash of community spirit, Malanda Falls Caravan Park offers a welcoming atmosphere. Share tales with fellow travellers by the campfire, and don’t forget to visit the nearby Malanda Falls for a refreshing dip.

In the world of camping, venturing off the beaten track can lead to unforgettable experiences. So why not pack your gear, embrace the unknown, and let the Atherton Tablelands be your guide to a camping adventure like no other? Whether you seek solitude in the heart of nature or a touch of luxury in the rainforest, this hidden paradise has it all. Please be sure to check any permit requirements when staying in a Queensland National Park. 


Cover Image Credit IG @jilarapearl