Byfield National Park
This campsite is wonderful for those seeking a private camping experience. Al the sites are well laid out, large and shaded. Each campsite has it’s own built in fire-pit complete with grill. Whilst the surroundings of the camping grounds are not perfect, if you’re not up for too much of an adventurous or strenuous camping experience, but still want a cheap place to pitch your tent, then point your car towards Byfield National Park.
Address: Waterpark Creek Road. Just follow the signs from Byfield Road. The camping grounds are approx 4km down the road.
Location: next to the day-use area and situated close to a short forest walk and next to Water Park Creek.
Cost for an unpowered campsite: $5.95 per person per night
How to book: You can book in person at the Byfield General Store, Book online using the ParksQ system or on the phone via the Queensland-wide National Parks booking service on 13 74 68.
Nights we stayed for: 7, in August 2015.
About Byfield National Park – what to expect
Not so much of a National Park as an oasis between the pine plantations that the National Park has sadly been sold off to, this Park is not the best place for those seeking long walks in nature of wanting to ‘get away from it all’. However, that being said, the campground itself is a lovely paradise. Green grassy areas, a lot of trees and campsites so well designed that you would not know you are surrounded by plantation pine. Byfield National Park is a great alternative to staying in Yeppoon, only a 30 minute drive it is a world away. the nearby Byfield General Store has huge and tasty hamburgers as well as a small range of dry-food supplies and ice.
A stay at Byfield National Park is a great chance to just chill out for a few days. We did just that. We cooked great meals over the open fire – see Cooking for Campers for recipes – and we read a LOT of books whilst laying on the grass. We spent time doing the simple things, making food, cleaning the tent, heating up the water for a shower and studying the insects and butterflies that co-resided with us. Byfield is not the place for long bush-walks, but it is great for reconnecting with yourself and your needs.
Highlights for us were Jason and Cow, two local earth-movers who were working nearby, who stopped in each for for morning smoko and lunch. We found them there on our first day when we dropped by to suss out the camping grounds and pick which site we wanted to book. We had a great chat with them, and that conversation lasted the whole week. They were great guys, down to earth and hardworking. We learned a lot about the local area from also. We also made a trip in the Byfield General Store one day for hamburgers (yum!) and headed into Rockhampton to see the free entry Rockhampton Botanical Gardens and Zoo (my full write up on the gardens and zoo can be found at WeekendNotes) another day. Do not miss the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens, they are a treat!
Site specific comments
All sites are large however are all differently configured. We chose the only grassed site where you can park your vehicle next to your tent. the other grassed sites have separate car parks and tent sites. These sites are beautiful and really give you a sense of isolation, however we use our car as a prep-bench for cooking and for storage, so we like to have to close to the tent if possible. We booked site 6, and would recommend it to anyone with a car and tent setup.
All the sites are linked by ‘secret garden’ style walkways, which is just magical when you’re the only ones camping, it’s like having this maze all to yourself!
Sites 1, 2 and 3 were popular with caravans and motorhomes. the also have full sun for most of the day so are great for those who need it for solar appliances. Sites 4, 5 and 8 are all great for those in tents who don’t mind parking away from their campsite (by away I mean 4-5 meters, not across the other side of the park).
Amenities and facilities
The camping grounds has very clean and flushing toilets and free use BBQs. There are two shaded picnic tables also. You will need to bring in your own drinking water as there is water on site (for solar showers etc) however you cannot drink it.