Byfield, with its postcard-perfect Five Rocks headland backdrop, sandy trails and remote camping is like an artist’s impression of what the ideal tropical, remote Queensland holiday spot should look like.
The area’s pristine assets are locked down within the Byfield National Park. Upon visiting, it’s hard to believe that this coastal sanctuary is just an easy day’s drive north of Brissy.
There are several simple but supremely serviceable campsites to choose from, and if you’re rocking up outside of school holidays, it’s not unheard of to score any of the park’s four gorgeous sweeping beaches to yourself on a given day.
The drive in from Yeppoon is enough to skyrocket stoke levels; with sandy slopes, lightly rutted tracks, mild-mannered creek crossings and coastal rainforest galore.
Your next long weekend adventure starts right here.
STUFF TO DO
4WDING: Explore the park’s sandy duneside tracks and open beach runs. Remember that all traffic on to Five Rocks Beach must now turn right after the beach access point, as access is no longer allowed on the northern section of the beach.
FISHING from the beaches is popular at any time of year. Whiting and dart are abundant in the shallow gutters and channels, while larger trevally and school mackerel are occasionally encountered around the headlands and over some sections of broken reef.
LOCATION: 690km north of Brisbane and 70km north of Rockhampton, access to Byfield is via the A1.
CAMPING is available within the park at Five Rocks camping area, Nine Mile Beach camping area and Water Park Point camping area.
Five Rocks is the only campground with facilities and is equipped with toilets, cold showers, picnic tables, running water and showers.
FUEL is available at Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
MORE INFO is available at www.npsr.qld.gov.au