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Camping in Benarkin State Forest

Benarkin State Forest has two camping areas: Clancys and Emu Creek. Both are open areas beside Emu Creek (a tributary of the Brisbane River) and cater for a range of camping experiences from tents to caravans and motorhomes.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. Permits must be obtained before setting up camp. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

Park-specific conditions

  • Maximum length of stay is 14 nights.
  • Dogs are allowed overnight in Clancys camping area provided they are under control and restrained on a leash at all times.
  • Supervise children closely—Emu Creek flows nearby both camping areas.
  • Emu Creek may rise suddenly without warning.

Clancys camping area

Clancys camping area. Photo: K. Smith, Qld Govt.

Clancys camping area. Photo: K. Smith, Qld Govt.

Camping area features: Large, open grassy area adjacent to Emu Creek. Dogs permitted overnight. Horses should be tethered away from the camping area and watered downstream (or water carried to them).

Location: 14km into Benarkin State Forest via Forest Drive, adjacent to Emu Creek.

Access: Accessible by conventional vehicles (with care) via gravel road with some steep, narrow and winding sections. Watch for logging trucks. It is accessible for trailers, caravans, motorhomes and buses with care.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites for up to 60 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: Tent camping beside your car; walk-in camping; caravans; camper trailers; motorhomes; large groups.

Camp site surface: Grass.

Facilities: Flushing toilets, tap water (treat before drinking).

Open fires: Fuel stoves are recommended. Wood fires are allowed in the constructed fireplaces provided (except when fire bans apply).

Generators: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove. Bring your own firewood if you want to use the fireplaces.

Bookings: Book online, over-the-counter or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Emu Creek camping area

Emu Creek camping area. Photo: K. Smith, Qld Govt.

Emu Creek camping area. Photo: K. Smith, Qld Govt.

Camping area features: Large, open grassy area with vehicle access to sites. Ideal for family camping. Dogs are not allowed in camping area, but are allowed on a leash in the adjacent day-use area.

Location: 16km into Benarkin State Forest via Forest Drive, adjacent to Emu Creek.

Access: Accessible by conventional vehicles (with care) via gravel road with some steep, narrow and winding sections. The road can be very slippery in wet conditions, please be careful and drive accordingly. Watch for logging trucks. It is accessible for trailers, caravans, motorhomes and buses with care.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites for up to 150 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: Tent camping beside your car; walk-in camping; caravans; camper trailers; motorhomes; large groups.

Camp site surface: Grass.

Facilities: Flushing toilets, cold showers, tap water (treat before drinking).

Open fires: Fuel stoves are recommended. Wood fires are allowed in the constructed fireplaces provided (except when fire bans apply).

Generators: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove. Bring your own firewood if you want to use the fireplaces.

Bookings: Book onlineover-the-counter or by phone

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Last updated
16 November 2017