Visiting Auburn River safely
Auburn River is about 410km north-west of Brisbane, or 225km west of Maryborough. It is 40km south-west of Mundubbera, which is on the Burnett Highway.
From Mundubbera: travel south-west for 13km along the Mundubbera-Durong Road to the Hawkwood Road intersection, just after crossing the Boyne River. Turn west into Hawkwood Road and travel for about 20km until you reach the Auburn River National Park turn-off on the left.
Drive a further 7km to the park along a rough unsealed road. Four-wheel-drive is recommended in wet weather. Stay on the road, as soils are treacherous when wet.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities at Auburn River National Park.
To enjoy a safe visit to this area, please take these precautions:
- Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound and check the state of access roads to Auburn River National Park, particularly after wet weather. Road conditions can change. 4WD is recommended after wet weather.
- Take care with cooking fires, especially during hot or windy conditions—keep your fires below the grate and make sure your fire is completely out before you leave it.
- Be prepared, even on short walks, and judge your ability and conditions carefully before setting out.
- Walk with one or more friends and choose walks that suit the capabilities of your entire group.
- Mine shafts are present in the park. Stay together, keep to the walking tracks and always supervise children.
- Take care near cliff edges—they can be deceptive and are often closer than you think. Please keep away from the edge and supervise children at all times. Take extra care when using binoculars or cameras at these sites!
- Before exploring the river, take time to observe the immediate area to ensure you will be able to find the trail on your return. Take care when walking on wet rock surfaces, as they can be slippery. Supervise children closely.
- Leave a copy of your bushwalking plans with a reliable person. This person has responsibility for contacting police if you are overdue. Remember that a search and rescue is costly, endangers people’s lives and can damage the environment.
In an emergency
In case of accident or other emergency please:
- call Triple Zero (000).
- advise the location and nature of the emergency.
- stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.
The nearest hospital is at Mundubbera.
Mobile phone coverage is not reliable in Auburn River National Park.
Essentials to bring:
- Sufficient drinking water.
- A well-equipped first-aid kit. Know how to use it, medical help may be hours away.
- Heavy-duty bags or containers to store your rubbish. Bins are not provided—take your rubbish with you.
- Insect repellent, sunscreen and protective clothing (including hats and shoes).
- Campers: bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking—test it before you leave home. Fires are permitted in fire rings only. Please bring your own manufactured fuel or clean, milled timber, or purchase them locally. The nearest firewood supplier is located in Mundubbera.