It’s hard to choose the best Byfield Camping spots when they’re all so great. So we narrowed down which camp area is best for you based on what adventures you want to have whilst you stay in our incredible Byfield State Forest. You might want to camp with your pets, paddle around creeks, swing from trees, take nature walks or float around on a giant blow-up flamingo. I prefer unicorns but that’s the beauty of choice when deciding on Byfield camping areas. Camping permits are required and fees apply.
Beautiful Byfield Camping Areas
1. Stony Creek
Set amongst the natural bushland surrounded by the pine forest, Stony Creek is a gorgeous freshwater swimming hole banked up by a levy roadway that passes into the day area. The slow running Stony Creek is perfect for families that want to mill about all day. Enjoy a cook up on the automatic BBQ’s provided in the day area, whilst the kids splash in the creek and float around on their blowup beds. There are two bushwalks to choose from, depending on your stamina. On trek you’ll view the local fern species only found in this area of Australia, the Byfield Fern. And if you’re lucky you’ll stumble across an echidna having his breakfast. If there are no fire bans in affect, fires pits are an established part of the campsite. There are a dozen numbered sites currently available that are suitable for tent camping beside your car with some sites suitable for caravans or motorhomes up to 4m.
How to get there: From Yeppoon CBD, take Farnborough road all the way, straight through the roundabout, to the t intersection, then drive north towards Byfield, 10-15 minutes on the left is the turnoff. It’s an 11km drive from the turnoff to the campsite. Book your site at National Parks bookings. Choose Byfield State Forest – Upper Stony Creek.
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2. Red Rock
If you’ve brought your fur babies with you on your camping trip you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to hide them away in the motorhome when the ranger comes around. Red Rock is the one Byfield camping spot that allows dogs to enjoy camping as much as their owners. A great campsite that suits various styles of campers from the humble tent to the larger motorhome. Some campsites have picnic tables and all share the toilet facility. There is are various short walks to the different areas of the creek of various depths. The large grassy area is perfect to let the dogs run around.
How to get there: From Yeppoon CBD, take Farnborough Road all the way, straight through the roundabout, to the t intersection, then drive north towards Byfield, 20 minutes on the right turn off onto the Red Rock signed dirt road. If you crossed a tall bridge you’ve just missed the turn. Book your site at National Parks bookings. Choose Byfield State Forest – Red Rock.
3. Waterpark Creek
Looking for something a little more private as well as adventurous but also somewhere to relax? Waterpark Creek provides the opportunity to go for a long paddle or a gut turning jump from a tree or a short bushwalk and a lay around in the freshwater tannin spar, carefully maintained by everyone who visits. Camping is across the creek culvert and to the right from the day area and each zone is surrounded by natural bushland and is reasonably secluded. Walk the paddleboards or canoe back down the road and launch off the cement and you’ll head north on a long paddle. Cross the creek culvert towards the spar and find the path in the long grass. About 20 meters in there are steps into the creek. The last step is the log laying in the water. Waterpark creek is very deep but wade around first before you go jumping out of trees or diving off the steps. SAFETY FIRST!
How to get there: From Yeppoon CBD, take Farnborough Road all the way, straight through the roundabout, to the t intersection, then drive north towards Byfield, 30 minutes on the right turn off towards Waterpark Creek. If you made it to Byfield Store you’ve just missed the turn. Book your site at National Parks bookings. Choose Byfield State Forest – Waterpark Creek.
All these areas are accessible via a 2WD drive vehicle. If you’re after the 4wd camping adventure in the Byfield National Park we have some great options past Waterpark Creek towards the sea. We’ll bring you up to date on our next post.