Petrie Park Rest Area

Petrie Park Rest Area is a free short term campsite located near the town of Tiaro just off the Bruce Highway.

Situated on the banks of the Mary River it can be found by following the signs from the highway 2k north of Tiaro and turning immediately right after crossing the railway bridge. There are a lot of tall shade trees. It is a well cared for park but the designated camping area is only with limited level parking spots and a steep entry point that may cause a few problems for larger vehicles. The signage states that the camping area is only for “Self Contained RV’s and Vans”.

Facilities at Petrie Park include picnic tables, wood barbecues, toilets, water, boat ramp and dogs are allowed.

The maximum allowable stay at Petrie Park is 20 hours but it is a very relaxing place with pleasant surroundings. It is also a koala habitat and they can often be seen in the park’s eucalyptus trees.

The maximum time limit for staying here is 48 hours.
*Please obey any signs at the site regarding length of stays.

Please Note:
Rest areas are there for you to stop and rest, making your trip safer and more enjoyable. Rest areas are not long-term camping sites, however motorists are able to take extended rest breaks at some sites. Rules on the length of stay at rest areas vary between controlling authorities. Check with the authority responsible for the relevant rest area for more information. Heavy vehicle rest areas are only for heavy vehicles. This does not include caravans and motorhomes, they are for truck drivers only. (source:

Petrie Park Rest Area

Petrie Park Rest Area at a glance


  • Dogs Allowed
  • Time Limits Apply


  • Grassy Areas
  • Scenic Outlook
  • Shady Areas
  • Water Views - River/Creek


  • 2WD Accessible


  • Camper Trailer
  • Caravan
  • Motor Home
  • Non‑Powered Sites
  • Tent


  • Fishing


  • Barbeque
  • Boat Ramp
  • Picnic Tables
  • Toilets