Free Camp Friday – Carmila Beach, QLD


It’s a bit wild and woolly here today, and we’ve seen our first rainfall since driving through Tully about 6 or 7 weeks ago. We were actually a bit worried about getting the tent wet again, as we’ve found that it can be a bit leaky after a prolonged dry period and seems to need that bit of reseasoning every now and then. Luckily, we escaped the 3am downpour with no rain coming inside the tent.
Carmila is one of those Queensland beaches where when the tide goes out, it really goes out. About a kilometre and a half. I think we were the only people here who weren’t eating fish for dinner last night as the soft plastics weren’t really cutting it. Luckily, there’s a petrol station up the road where you can buy bait, so we’ll see how that goes today.
There’s no drinking water here at the camp, but again just up the road (about 5km or so) there’s a water point where you can fill up. We stopped in here in July and it was chockers, but it’s emptied out a bit now and this time we managed to snag a spot on the beach front. We’ve had some pretty spectacular views of the lunar eclipse the other night, and another beautiful moon last night. It’s quiet, it’s beautiful, it’s free (72 hour stay) and it’s possibly my favourite camp so far.
Carmila Beach is approximately 100km south of Mackay. Suitable for all sorts of campers, however there is some pretty soft sand here, so heavier vehicles/2WD are probably best off up the top of the site. There are couple of toilets here, but they’re a bit of a hike from the further away camp spots so BYO – there’s a dump point here too.


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