Confused about Greenpatch?  

Greenpatch Reserve - Image Courtesy Cairns Regional Council
Image Courtesy Cairns Regional Council

If you’re confused about whether Greenpatch Reserve is opened or closed, you’re not alone.

The popular campsite had been closed for upgrades and we were all thrilled when it re-opened November 1, only to be surprised that it closed again a few short weeks later.  The camp is along the banks of the Mulgrave River (which is prone to potential flooding) and as the wet season was approaching Council chose to close the camp to ensure the safety of campers, even though the rains had not yet arrived.   The Council have reviewed their procedures, their testing of an early warning system is now complete so it made sense to reopen the campground and its facilities.

So now the good news ….

The Cairns Regional Council have been working hard to attract tourists and after almost a year, they’re happy to announce their renovations are complete and a very upgraded Greenpatch Reserve is open!    There’s lots of positive feedback on the new campground from campers already.

The Greenpatch Reserve now provides around 40 campsites, with big shade trees and large grassy areas.  There’s a brand new amenities block with toilets, hot showers, disabled access, potable water, even dishwashing basins.  You’ll find picnic shelters and BBQ’s here as well.  You may stay up to three days.

There’s plenty of space for big rigs with drive through sites included.  Greenpatch reserve is only 25 minutes out of Cairns at Gordonvale on the Bruce Highway and is OLD Site 13 in Camps 10. 

There’s day use facilities with a picnic area adjacent and as the area is subject to wet season flooding, a flood warning system has been installed to increase visitor safety. 

Information updated January, 2020.

Greenpatch Reserve - Image Courtesy Cairns Regional Council
Image Courtesy Cairns Regional Council



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