Noah Beach (Looking North)
The purpose of this website its to provide you with extra information which I believe will be helpful to anyone interested in camping at Noah Beach Campgrounds.
Noah Beach is located in the Daintree National Park on the north eastern coast of Australia. It is in the state of Queensland and is approximately a 2 hours drive north of Cairns. Port Douglas is also to the south of Noah Beach by approximately a 1 hour drive. With Cape Tribulation just to the north the wet tropics and world heritage listed rainforest is at your doorstep if you choose to camp here at Noah Beach Campgrounds.
Noah Beach Campgrounds are managed by the Queensland Government, Department of Parks and Wildlife. They are the only easily accessible campgrounds managed by the Queensland Government in the Daintree National Park.
Noah Beach Campgrounds are a group of fifteen (15) individual campsites. Each campsite has its own advantages and disadvantages. If you download the Noah Beach Campground map from the above link you can use the map together with the photos to get an idea of each campsite. That is, you should be able to see which campsites are larger than others, which campsites have more shade, better beach access or toilet access.
The following photos are in order from campsite 1 to 15. They are all different sized campsites. One thing you may not notice is that all campsites have a raised square section (to allow for raised sleeping from any rain downpours) except campsite 11.
All campsites have timber bollards and fencing around them to protect the vegetation but make it hard to get your vehicle close to your camping area. This is difficult if you want to run 12 volt lights or electrics from your vehicle or if you want to access your vehicle for food etc.
All campsites have compacted gravel around the tent areas. This makes it difficult to drive tent pegs into the ground, but this may not be a problem if you are using a dome tent (which you will not really need to secure your tent down with pegs as they are relatively self standing).
Campsites closer to the beach are better for capturing offshore breezes as the dense rainforest's growth can be quite a wind break and it can get very humid in the warmer months.
Noah Beach Campsite 1
Noah Beach Campsite 2
Noah Beach Campsite 3
Noah Beach Campsite 4
Noah Beach Campsite 5
Noah Beach Campsite 6
Noah Beach Campsite 7
Noah Beach Campsite 8
Noah Beach Campsite 9
Noah Beach Campsite 10
Noah Beach Campsite 11
Noah Beach Campsite 12
Noah Beach Campsite 13
Noah Beach Campsite 14
Noah Beach Campsite 15
Wildlife at Noah Beach
Noah Beach wildlife is amazing and it is as the sign says below, "A wild night, every night!" The sign is like a check sheet for all the creatures that you will see during the day and night. While we were camping at Noah Beach we saw, White-tailed rats feasting on coconuts, Orange-footed scrubfowls creating their huge nests, Lace monitor lizards and Northern brown bandicoots foraging at night.
This is a video that I took of the Orange-footed scrubfowls guarding their nest. When we approached they gave their warning call. The nest itself is amazing as it stood 3 metres (10 foot) from the rainforest floor. These nest are so tall to escape the monsoonal floods and to ensure their eggs and young are high and dry.
The scrubfowl has quite strong and sharp claws for building its nest and scratching around in the leaf litter to look for grubs and insects.
Orange-footed scrubfowl foraging
We heard this Lace monitor crawling through the leaf litter as I was checking out an abandoned scrubfowl nest. When I came close to the Lace monitor he flattened out his body to get as close to the leaf litter as possible. I think he was trying to hide from me and he did a pretty good job. I was sure to give him plenty of room to carry on his way.
These Northern Brown Bandicoots are nocturnal and are quite shy. We managed to get this night photo as he was feasting on some dropped fruit.
Northern Brown Bandicoot
Noah Beach (Looking south)
Noah Beach is not a large beach, however it is quite secluded. There is no chance of surfing as the waves are reduced in size from The Great Barrier Reef. There are crocodile warning signs but this is for the creek to the south of the beach. In summer you have to be careful of jellyfish stings, but otherwise swimming here is okay.
Noah Beach (Northern Point)
Questions & Answers
Question: Is my Mazda 3 suitable for the road condition?
Answer: Yes, you will be able to get to Noah Beach in a conventional vehicle, like a Mazda 3, you'll also be able to drive into the campgrounds off of the main bitumen road as it is compacted gravel. If you drive further north, 13 km past Cape Tribulation, you will need a 4x4 vehicle at the Emmagen Creek crossing, but up until there, it will be okay for you.
LeonJane (author) from Australia on February 21, 2014:
I think radio reception is available, it would be ABC radio station
LeonJane (author) from Australia on August 16, 2013:
I'd say campsite 1 & 2 would be best for camper trailers, then try 13 to 16. 1 & 2 would be better because the access the beach better than the latter. The middle sites aren't really suited for camper trailers as the road the links all sites is narrow and one way and it would be a challenge to back a camper trailer in position, also the bollards are closer together (see photos above) and you mightn't be able to open your trailer out (if it opens from the side). You can see from the photos above also that the area where you could set up a trailer is where you'd park your car and it might be a bit of an inconvenience this way. Try 1 & 2, they are wider in the parking area.
Kat on August 15, 2013:
Hi, We are looking at staying at Noah's in September. Which sites are best for camper trailers.
LeonJane (author) from Australia on June 03, 2013:
Yes radio reception is available at the campsite.
Levi on June 03, 2013:
Thanks for taking your time to take the photos and do the review.
I was wondering if radio reception was available at the campsite?
merryl on May 10, 2013:
thanks so much for the very helpful photos to plan our trip!
Steve Williscroft from Whitsunday, Queensland, Australia. on October 07, 2012:
Thanks for the information. Booked for 2 weeks time.
LeonJane (author) from Australia on June 30, 2012:
Hi Kathryn, hope you enjoy your stay the weather is near perfect at the moment. There aren't too many fishing spots around this area as they are protected as "Green Zones" with the Great Barrier Reef marine park authority. You can get free zone maps online or at fishing shops (like Bransfords Tackle at Clifton Beach - on the way up there) You could ask one of the staff there for suitable fishing spots and they'll help you read the protected fishing zone maps. Fishing off the jetty at Port Douglas is popular or at some of the beaches along the way near Ellis beach. Best bet is to ask a local for advice at a fishing tackle store like Bransfords and you shouldn't go wrong.
Kathryn on June 30, 2012:
Thanks for the wonderful website! We are going there next week and have chosen campsite 13 so I hope it's a good one! Is there any good places you would suggest for fishing in this area?
Claudia Tello from Mexico on May 05, 2012:
I love travel hubs authors that use their own photographs to illustrate the place they are talking about; good for you! You must have had a wonderful time visiting one of Queensland´s most beautiful natural environments.
I created a backlink to this hub from my recently published Travel Photography Hub on East Australia: Queensland and New South Wales, hope you don´t mind :) (I used the anchor text Daintree National Park for the backlink). Thanks for making good quality hubs that allow me to do this.
LeonJane (author) from Australia on August 11, 2011:
Thanks Andy, Noah Beach is fantastic this time of year (June-July-August) great spot to relax and take in the surroundings!
Andy on August 11, 2011:
I go here every two weeks. It's my 5 dollar campsite from heaven , Noah is awesome by night or day
Sonja on May 09, 2011:
Thank you for putting these photos up & taking the time to review Noah's beach. We are going up for a week next week & have been able to pick our site.
LeonJane (author) from Australia on October 05, 2010:
Not a problem Terry, hope it isn't too wet and windy for you. We've been getting some unseasonal rain lately.
Terry Moran on October 05, 2010:
Thanks for your hard work my wife and I are heading up to Noah's Beach thursday it looks great
LeonJane (author) from Australia on March 21, 2010:
Thanks Peggy W, you will have to come to Australia one day to experience Noah Beach and the daintree in real life. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for your comment.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2010:
I enjoyed this virtual visit to the Noah Beach Campground with you and the photos and video made it extra special. Thanks!