Reef Island Camping

Experience the Southern Great Barrier Reef Up Close

Curtis Ferry Services is the premier transport provider to the islands in the Capricorn and Bunker Group with services available to the group’s three largest coral cay islands - North West, Masthead, and Lady Musgrave Islands.

These stunning islands and surrounding reefs offer the perfect location for camping and immersing yourself in one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest marine park in the world stretching for over 2000km along the coast of Queensland. It is home to hundreds of species of fish, corals, molluscs, sponges, and of course, the ‘Great Eight’ – clown fish, giant clams, manta rays, Maori wrasse, potato cod, sharks, turtles, and whales. Dolphins and porpoises also often provide us with their company on our trips out to the reef.

Staying on the islands is a popular choice for school and research groups as well as recreational campers.

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Camping Permits

To camp on the islands, you must first obtain a permit from the Queensland National Parks & Wildlife Service (QPWS). However, we recommend contacting us at Curtis Ferry Services first to check availability before arranging your permit. 

Apply for Camping Permit Online


Book via Phone using the Queensland Government services hotline

13 74 68
8:00am – 6:00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Monday – Friday (not including Public Holidays)

Getting There & Supplies

We drop you off and pick you up right on the beach in front of your campsite.

Please advise us of how many are in your group so we can coordinate this smoothly and meet your needs.

We can provide fresh water drums and ice, however, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have everything you need for your stay.

Be Pest Free

Download and read the QWPS Be pest-free brochure so you can play your part in keeping our islands as pest free as possible