Gloucester Islands National Park

More remote than other parks in the Whitsundays, these islands offer a quite retreat.


Camp at Bona or East Side Bays (Gloucester Island), or at Armit or Saddleback Islands. Bona Bay (Gloucester Island), the largest campground, has a good anchorage, toilets, picnic tables, and a shelter shed.


East Side Bay (Gloucester Island) is set between two rocky headlands. Armit Island has a toilet and picnic tables. Saddleback is close to the mainland and has picnic tables.


Campers must be self-sufficient. Take fresh water, a fuel stove for cooking and insect repellent. Open fires and generators are prohibited. Remove all rubbish to the mainland.


From 1 October to 31 March seasonal bird restrictions apply. You must observe a 6-knot speed limit within 200m of high water mark and no beach access is permitted within seabird nesting areas on south beach (Armit Island), west beach (Double Cone Island), south beach (Grassy Island), Little Armit Island, and Old Rock. These restrictions apply all year round at Eshelby and Little Eshelby Islands.


Beware of marine stingers and cyclones during the warmer months


Molle Islands National Park, Whitsunday Islands National Park, Lindeman Islands National Park and Repulse Islands National Park are also situated within the Whitsunday group of islands. Please explore these parks for further camping opportunities around the islands.

Park Access


Accessible by boat from Dingo Beach or Bowen. Commercial vessel transfers to the Gloucester Islands National Park are available to campers. Please contact a local tourism information centre or booking agent for more information.




Camping is permitted at Bona Bay and East Side Bay on Gloucester Island, and on Saddleback Island and Armit Island . Advance bookings/permits are essential.


Further information and booking centres:


QPWS Whitsunday Information Centre
Cnr Shute Harbour and Madalay Roads
PO Box 332
Phone: (07) 4946 7022
Fax: (07) 4946 7023



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