A man has been charged with the manslaughter of one of his best friends following a drunken fight at a far north Queensland camping ground.
Detective Inspector Geoff Marsh said a 48-year-old man was travelling through Cape York with the victim and their partners last year.
The group were camping at Chillie Beach when police say a fight broke out between the two men in the early hours of July 19.
The victim died at the scene.
The 48-year-old and the two women had been interviewed over the incident, but it was pathologists' findings that led to charges being laid on Tuesday, more than a year later.
Insp Marsh said investigators had taken a "measured and considered approach" in deciding whether the friend should be charged.
"It's of great distress to him and his family," he said.
"These were close, lifelong friends who were on the trip of a lifetime with their partners and this tragic event took place.
"The families lived together in Brisbane so that's how close they were."
The 48-year-old, from Camira, was released on police bail but will face Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 4.