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Byfield National Park and Five Rocks Conservation Park   

Byfield National Park Photo Gallery

What's special?       

A picturesque sweep of coastline and long, sandy beaches backed by high sand dunes are protected in this central Queensland park. To the north, rugged granite peaks, Mt Atherton and The Peaks, rise above the sandy landscape.

Coastal heath, open woodlands and forests, paperbark swamps, mangroves and rainforest-fringed creeks add to this park’s wonderful natural variety.

Tidal wetlands are protected in the southern end of the park around Sandy Point. Endangered little terns nest in this part of the park and vulnerable beach stone-curlews have also been seen.

Exploring Byfield

Relax and enjoy one of Queensland’s most unspoilt stretches of coastline.

Go fishing or explore along Farnborough, Nine Mile or Three Rivers Beaches. Beware of marine stingers between October and May. Sandy Point to the south is a popular boating and fishing spot. Camping is not allowed.

Enjoy magnificent coastal views from headlands near Stockyard Point and Five Rocks.

Camp or picnic at Five Rocks, high above the beach, near Stockyard Point township. Cold bush showers, toilets and campsites are provided. Boil or treat the creek water before drinking. Take a fuel stove. Pay your camping fees onsite.

You can also camp on the inside of Water Park Point Headland and along the southern end of Nine Mile Beach. No facilities are provided. Take water and a fuel stove for cooking. Campers must remove all rubbish to the Byfield Ranger Station or take it home. Byfield township is the nearest place for fuel and supplies.


A 500m track follows Findlay’s Creek down to a vehicle-free beach between Stockyard Point and Five Rocks. Allow two hours to walk to Five Rocks Headland and back. Walk around low tide. Access is not possible at high tide.


The toilets at Five Rocks are wheelchair-accessible.

Getting there

Drive 30 minutes north from Yeppoon along the Yeppoon-Byfield Road then turn off and drive 2km to Waterpark Creek campground in Byfield State Forest. Continue 8km along a gravel road to the park entrance. Access from here is four-wheel-drive only and sand driving experience is necessary. Be careful driving in the soft sand and drive for minimal impact. Vehicle access off the Nine Mile Beach may be difficult.

The Sandy Point Section on Corio Bay is accessible by conventional vehicle. Turn right at the roundabout 5km north of Yeppoon and drive for 10km, past the resort. Turn right onto a gravel road at the T-junction and follow this road 10km to Sandy Point. Sources & Further reading
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