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Surprise Creek

Camping area features 

Surprise Creek campsites are popular with those who are keen to fish the saltwater of the Mitchell River or snag fish in Surprise Creek.  The water alongside the creek varies from fresh in the early season through to brackish in the late season.


The campsites themselves sit along Surprise Creek and are nestled amongst a shaded grove of cabbage palms, eucalypts and ti trees.


Boat access at the site is excellent with several places to launch and good boat moorings right in front of the campsites.


Location (approximate readings)

Map reference -15.27, 141.79.  Latitude: 15°15'38.44"S and longitude: 141°46'50.32"E.



4-wheel drive is recommended.


Number of sites

There are 4 sites that are undefined along the Creek. There is a maximum allowance of 15 people per site.


Camp sites are suitable for:  self-sufficient camping, fishing, bird watching.



Except for a drop toilet, there are no facilities, so campers must be self-sufficient and bring all their necessities. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out. 

Generator use: Allowed.


Camp fires:  Allowed unless otherwise notified.



The carriage or possession of alcohol or drugs is not permitted anywhere on Kowanyama lands including campsites.


Mobile phone coverage: None.


Additional Information 

Campers should read the document, “More Information for Campers” as well as the required reading, “Kowanyama Camping Terms & Conditions”.



The sites are entirely remote and not attended or patrolled. All users of these sites and facilities do so entirely at their own risk. Crocodiles are native residents and have been spotted at all locations. In confirming this booking, you accept all responsibility and recognise the risks associated with the site.


Bookings are required:

Go to the Bookings page on our website at

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