There are no free camps in Townsville itself, but Bluewater offers Free Camping and is only about 30km North of the city. The Rest Area provides a great space to safely unhitch and explore.
It was huge, with plenty of room for everyone, but it did fill up late each day. Not to mention flushing loos, outdoor shower, big park for the kids, shady trees, rubbish bins and a dump point.
There were also multiple potable water taps spotted along the back of the campsites. It was really easy to plug in the hose and top up the tanks before we left. You really can’t go wrong!
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Townsville Free Camping – Bluewater Park Rest Area
💲 FREE (48 hours)
🗓 Booking required
🐶 Pet friendly
🚿 Outdoor shower (cold)
🚰 Drinking water taps
🍞 Picnic tables
🗑️ Rubbish bins
⬇️ Dump point
📶 Telstra reception
📺 TV reception
🚗 2WD & Big Rig access
⛺ Tents, Camper Trailers, Caravans, RVs, Big Rigs
Booking a Site at Bluewater Park Rest Area
As of November 2020, Townsville Council have an online booking system for their popular Northern Beaches campsites. This ensures that people are being respectful and not overstaying their time so that others also have the chance to utilise the campsites.
The booking system is easy and camping at Bluewater Park Rest Area is still free. This simply secures your spot so that you know you will have a site when you arrive.
Make your Bluewater Park Rest Area booking here.
Bluewater Rest Area Location
|BLUEWATER PARK REST AREA|
|Address||41790 Bruce Highway, Bluewater QLD 4818|
It’s always handy to have a hardcopy map in the car, just in case your phone dies or you forget to pre-download offline maps. You don’t want to be stuck without reception or a dead device, without being able to find your way to where you need to go.
Things to do in Townsville
Townsville is the bustling Capital of North Queensland. There are heaps of things to do while you’re in the area. The Museum of Tropical Queensland is a good way to spend a few hours out of the tropical heat.
If you’re after some free fun, head to The Strand where you’ll find a FREE water park, patrolled beach, pool, eateries, parks and heaps more! Just 30 minutes north of the Bluewater Rest Area is Paluma Range National Park, home to the famous Crystal Creek.
For more things to do while stopping at Bluewater Park Rest Area, check out the article below.