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Expedition National Park: Starkvale Campground

If you’ve trekked as far as Expedition National Park, you’re certainly in remote Queensland. And what’s on offer here is very basic bush camping. Beyond a pit toilet and fire pits, you won’t find much of anything in terms of amenities.

And that’s exactly why we loved our stay at Starkvale campground in Expedition.

READ MORE: Exploring Expedition National Park

Early morning walk to peek into Robinson Gorge

Camping at Expedition: Starkvale Camping Area

If you want to explore beautiful Robinson Gorge, setting up camp at Starkvale camping area is going to be your best option. Unless you climb into the gorge, it won’t take long to explore the area but the drive into and out of Expedition is in itself worth the long trek.

You can also camp at the Lonesome and the Beilba sections of Expedition but neither are accessible from Starkvale. It’s a rather spread out national park that you approach from different directions.

Starkvale is only accessible by high-clearance 4WD vehicles (best entry point is from Taroom), and any caravan or non-offroad camper trailer would struggle to get here, especially in any kind of wet weather. When we visited it was June, bone-dry and fairly cold but things can change quickly out here.

The road into the campground leads through a (dry) creek bed but depending on weather conditions, it might become impassable after heavy rains (usually Nov-Feb).

Our five minutes of exploring along the creek bed before losing all sunlight

Starkvale campground is set up in a lovely bush setting with roughly 8 sites (unnumbered). There’s also a picnic area and we only realised in the morning that we camped in the picnic area! 😀

As on any outback trip, make sure you’ve got adequate water supplies and fuel, and be completely self-sufficient. There is a tap and tank water but I don’t think we used it for our water supply, and Queensland National Parks says not to rely on it.

We also always have toilet paper with us but didn’t need it here as there was plenty at the very basic pit toilet. Out here, you’ll need to be comfortable with a few spider webs in the toilets…

Minimalist camping setup for one night; you can also see the road into the campground in the back left (through the dry creek bed)

Expedition (Starkvale) Campground at a glance

PROS: Campsites with sufficient shade; vehicle-based camping; remote bush camp setting; close to walks and near the creek bed

CONS: Having to pre-book your site (it seems ridiculous in places that are so off the beaten track); wouldn’t offer much privacy if it was packed (but that’s unlikely here)

Not sure what the tents and mozzies mean? Check out my tents and mozzies guide.


Find more details on the three campsites at Expedition, including how to get there, how to book and what to bring, on the Queensland National Parks website.


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