Tranquil camping just half an hour south of Cooktown. With stunning rainforest surrounds and tropical birds and wildlife to keep you company, what more could one want? Except maybe an extra dose of peace and quiet, which is hard to find these days. The gravel road opens up to lush greenery and picturesque views.
We have older but tidy amenities, simple and quaint, and offer very basic accommodation.
We are located at the opening of the walk up to the stunning Homerule waterfalls, and our dams, and creek are swimmable most of the year.
This property has it all for doing some good old fashioned relaxing, refreshing and restoring.
Homerule is a great choice for seasoned travelers, family camping, explorers and nature lovers alike.
A humble, off the beaten track, bush camping experience.
Our business also hosts weddings, groups, school camps, tours and events during the year.
Please check dates to plan your visit to our beautiful part of the world.
Private Quiet camping, with lots of areas to enjoy the feel of the authentic bush camping experience. The property is over 100 acres and has many beautiful spots to choose from.
At night, spotlighting to see nocturnal wildlife is a visitors delight. Bring a strong torch to catch sight of the possums and betongs that frequent the area. Relax and enjoy the fresh air and lush surrounds. See the beautiful Ulysses butterfly, Sunbirds, Forest Kingfishers, Wallabies, Cockatoos, Possums and if you are super lucky you may glimpse a very very shy Platypus down by the creek.
Absolutely spectacular falls, worth the 45 minute moderate trek. This unforgettable waterfall is perfect for swimming and reflecting on natures wonders. This spectacular feature is the central facet to our Hydroscheme, which provides green power to Homerule, keeping it off grid.
This area is rich in history and the walking track takes you past historical remnants of mining days gone by. More wonderful history about Tin Mining in Rossville can be found at the small quaint museum located under the Rossville Community Hall. The opening times are displayed at hall, and even more local history can be unearthed in the Cooktown History Centre and the Local Section at the Cooktown Library.
Homerule Falls is located on Eastern Kuku Yalanji land and they ask that you respect their special place.
This is also a Wet Tropics World Heritage listed area.
For more info on the role of the Wet Tropics, go to https://www.wettropics.gov.au/
Please keep in mind Homerule is located in the rainforest and so experiences above average rainfall during the months of January through to March.. We are closing during February, generally our wettest month, and encourage visitors to watch weather forecasts and bring extra tarps if necessary during Jan and March.
Check out this great video in the Dry Season by guests in 2017 Thanks Ben and Family!!!
Caravans , Tents and Rv's Welcome
Adults $15 per night
Kids (under 17 ) $5
Babies under 3 free
Family rate $35 per night
(no residential accom, 2 weeks maximum)
(self contained Campervans/ RV's $10 per person, if not using ablution block and camping in outer paddocks)
Very basic with beds, and fan. No A.C. Lights and screens.
Pillow and Linen included. Power available in lodge/laundry to recharge devices. Use of camp kitchen included. Dining room area only available on request. We are not licenced for residential accommodation. 2 weeks maximum stay.
Small $55 double & 1 single bed
Family $75 double & 4 single beds
Dorm bunk $25 single bed
Normal Lodge and kitchen hours are 6 am- 9pm when in use. Not available to campers when booked out by groups.
Campers preferably to be self reliant with eskies and freezers but may use camp kitchen upon request. We cannot provide power for freezers or fridges.
Main Lodge and dining area is hired separately per day/night and is a private area outside of those times.
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This is a special kind of place. Without the frills and facade, we are a down to earth, budget camping and accommodation facility, surrounded by picturesque views. We offer tidy grounds, large open spaces and genuine peace and quiet. There is a large camp kitchen and a dining room area used for groups and cabin guests. Hot showers and toilets in separate amenity block. We have a coin operated washing machine at $4 a load and undercover lines. Sorry No Dryer.
Homerule is doing our best to adopt more eco conscious business practises and using more environmentally friendly products and services. We see the overall benefits of becoming a greener business, to reflect the growing belief that it is an investment to lessen the impact and restore the balance of such unique and sensitive areas of land. Efforts can be made in business and as individuals to ensure it is the property is environmentally sustainable for the long term.
Simply put, Homerule is a beautiful and unique part of the Wet Tropics in Far North Queensland.. come see for yourself...
With a gorgeous freshwater creek wrapping around the site, there are many places to take a swim. Croc free and crystal clear, the creek is an all year round feature. The dams are great for kayaking or canoeing and the waterfalls offer a cooling place to dip after the big walk as well. Spoiled for choice the swimming couldn't be better here.
Being a remote location, we ask you to be conscious of your Waste. Rubbish is a difficulty to manage. We ask that our visitors take rubbish with them and refrain from leaving food scraps in the bush. (it encourages feral animals) Please properly bury food scraps if you must.
We do ask all guests to take their land fill rubbish with them as Cook Shire has waste transfer stations in a number of areas. Please use this link to locate them.
There is a recycling facility at the end of Homerule Road for specific recyclables (Aluminium cans, steel cans, paper, cardboard, glass, areosols and plastic bottles are accepted.
Homerule offers relaxed bush camping and budget accommodation through out the year. We have School groups, Community groups, Tours and Church groups hire the facility, and University groups from interstate have come here camping on research projects . Entomologists, and Bird Watchers are kept busy when they visit. We also have small private retreats hire the property on occasion.
We are no longer the site for the Wallaby Creek Festival. The Cape York Folk Club committe have graduated to a larger venue to hold the Wallaby Creek Festival, a property that they wish to purchase in the future. We wish them good luck and best wishes with their endeavours. Homerule will hold much smaller events in future aiming for less impact on our vulnerable Wet Tropics site.
We still offer this unique venue for hire to chosen groups who can demonstrate the sound use of such a unique and delicate property.
Any Festivals, Committees or Production Companies wanting to hire Homerule for an event, may submit an application thoroughly outlining the impact management for the use of this site any the ecological benefits the organisation may provide .
Please email us to discuss any potential bookings and dates for 2021/22.
Are dogs allowed? Yes, Well behaved dogs may accompany campers as long as kept on a lead. Dogs must remain outside cabins on lead.
Are Fires ok? Yes, small contained fires are ok. Please put fire out before leaving
and place rocks back under trees to save our mower blades from damage. Please check in the dry season that there are no fire bans.
We are proud to support the Rural Fire Brigade.
This is a Wet Tropics World Heritage listed area. There is a variety of tropical wildlife, and and array of rainforest plants for interested people. The birdlife is abundant and there is always a wallaby or three around to greet visitors, just on dusk and dawn. For more info on the types of animals you might find in this areas, and the
This is a Wet Tropics World Heritage listed area. There is a variety of tropical wildlife, and and array of rainforest plants for interested people. The birdlife is abundant and there is always a wallaby or three around to greet visitors, just on dusk and dawn. For more info on the types of animals you might find in this areas, and the role of the Wet Tropics, go to https://www.wettropics.gov.au/
A note to those who have come here in the past, parading as Naturists and Hippies, and have harvested great lengths of native vine from our property and National Parks to make baskets, to sell at top dollar... We are aware of your "business" and details have been collected by the QPWS.
You are not welcome on our private property nor will we provide access from this private property, to the beautiful Cedar Bay for people who abuse the National Parks regulations and who think that they can exploit Wet Tropics environments ...
Cooktown is situated 35 minutes North of Homerule with a scenic drive past the iconic Black Mountains.
With a selection of great Cafes, the new Waterfront, Art galleries, and the Cooktown Historical Centre, there is plenty to see.
We have the local shops, the newsagent, country bakery and an ANZ bank which is located between the original Souvenir shop and the new Indigenous art gallery.
Cooktown truly is steeped in History with even the Post Office remaining a vibrant link to Cooktowns interesting past. The town has days worth of exploring if history hunting and site seeing is your thing. James Cook Museum is the first point of call for most.
Nature's Powerhouse located off the main street, toward Finch Bay, is worth checking out. They offer lovely snacks and meals, cute gifts, great books, and gorgeous botanic surrounds, with exhibitions of local talent to add to its attraction.
Cooktown Creative Arts Association is a volunteer run operative, and has a wonderful collection of arts and crafts created by an array of local artists. A great little place located in the historic buildings along the main street, next door to Anzac Park.
On the way to us is the Historic Lions Den...
Great food, amazing history, and a way to meet the locals...
Endeavour River Cruises has now closed for business. Please check out the other tours in Cooktown. Natures Powerhouse has information regarding these.
If you are a keen hiker, the Cedar Bay track opens here. Permits must be through the QPWS website. It is not a trek for the lighthearted and should be considered very carefully. It is recommended adequate preparations are made to ensure the safe return of all who enter the park. For more info on hiking to Cedar Bay contact QPWS.
The extensive area is currently managed by Jabalbina Aboriginal Corporation. Rangers are responsible for caring for the track and keeping it maintained. Please contact Jabalbina for more information. http://jabalbina.com.au/contact
It is acknowledged that The Eastern Kuku Yalanji are the Indigenous Traditional Owners of Ngalba Bulal (Cedar Bay) National Park: they ask that you respect this sacred place.
Such untouched paradise is hard to come by these days and is being visited by more and more people each year. Pristine pockets like this, hardly touched by the frantic progress of the outside world still remain. It is important that travelers are educated about the impact of visiting such unique places. Sometimes the best thing to do is not visit and appreciate it from afar. If you do decide to do the trek, being conscious of your impact is important for the long term potential of this natural beauty.
Cedar Bay and the land walked on to arrive there deserves to be treated with utmost respect.
It is important every single visitor takes responsibility for their own waste.
For refuse disposal, please plan ahaed.
Once out of Cedar Bay please use Cook Shire's Waste Stations as we are a remote area and struggle with the influx of waste in the region during the tourist season.
It is visitors responsibility to ensure no traces are left. Again a reminder to take ALL rubbish with you.
(avoid leaving fire pits, bury toilet paper, don't just cover it with leaves! take all rubbish with you)
If everybody does the right thing, it makes sense that the area will be conserved for our future generations.
Cedar Bay has always had a special untouched quality that must be acknowledged and protected.
Please book on the QPWS site to register your use of the park so that it may be regulated and managed correctly. https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/mangkalba
For access via small boat try the Bloomfield Escape Boat Hire and Charters. 40 608 346
Cedar Bay, few visitors ensure it remains conserved.
Always space for camping, Book ahead for groups and rooms.
Homerule Road, Rossville Queensland 4895, Australia
Ph: +61 7 40 603 925
If office is unattended please register in sign in book and pay at self serve desk in the foyer.
If you need your receipt or change come back between 6-8pm
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land the Kuku Yalanji clan, and recognise their connection to Bubu (land), Jalun (waters) and Kuku (culture). We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.