Captivating 360 degree views, easy and challenging four wheel drive tracks and rewarding crystal clear swimming holes; Byfield National Park near Rockhampton has it all.
Byfields National Park is located 70 kilometres north of Rockhampton, Queensland – and I need to tell you, its one of favourites for this area!
Watch the video BELOW of our family fun taking on ‘Big Sandy’
Big sandy is a long up-hill sand dune that can be narrow in sections, with some deep ruts and poor visibility for oncoming traffic in some sections. All in all, a fun adventure! No trip to Byfields is complete without a trip up Big Sandy along the Stockyard Point Track to reach the township and headland of Stock Yard point with 360 degree views of the ocean and coast line. From there you will find more challenging tracks to Five Rocks to the left and Nine Mile Beach to the right.
Upper Stony Creek
But a visit to Byfields will be incomplete with a trip out to day use and camping area at Upper Stony Creek, which is accessible along a 2wd rough track. Here you will find beautiful shallow swimming in Upper Stony Creek where the water is so clear you can see your own feet!
Facilities at Upper Stony Creek include picnic areas with barbecues, water (may need treating) and toilets on site. The camping is limited and available as pre-booked numbered sites.
From here there is a slightly challenging 4.3km Upper Stony circuit walk where you will cross the creek and see the local plantations. Byfield’s offers 5 different options for camping, some of which are suitable for caravans and others that are off-road trailers only.
These camp grounds are Five Rocks, Nine Mile Beach, Upper Stoney, Water Park Creek and Red Rock. We personally prefer Upper Stony and Water Park creek which should be also accessible for any 2wd set up (although Upper Stony can be rough).