Bladensburg National Park Outback Queensland

Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland

Be inspired: Wild wild west—wildlife experiences in an Outback park!

‘Go west, young man, go west. There is health in the country, and room away from our crowds’. Such good advice, and many of us are taking it! Our outback parks are a-buzz during the dry season (winter and spring). Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland

Things to do

    Camping and accommodation


    Camping is permitted at Bough Shed Waterhole camping area. A wheelchair accessible toilet is provided. Camping permits are required and fees apply.

    See more general information about camping in national parks.

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of accommodation available in and around Winton. Refer to tourism information links for further information.


    Take the time to explore some of Bladensburg’s natural and historical attractions on foot.

    Bladensburg homestead walk (allow 30–45mins)

    Grade 2

    Explore the restored homestead and its original complex, consisting of staff quarters, meat house and store. Learn about station life from a time when 11 miles to Winton was a long way.

    Remember to wear sun protection and sturdy shoes, carry plenty of water, and follow other safety advice when walking.


    Take a scenic drive through grasslands and channels then climb the jump-up to Scrammy Gorge for spectacular views.

    Scrammy drive—40km return (allow 2–4hrs)

    Find out who Scrammy was and share his view over spectacular Bladensburg National Park. Starting at Bladensburg Homestead, Scrammy Drive takes you over black soil plains, through spectacular jump-up country to a short walk to Scrammy Lookout. Watch your step at the lookout and stay away from the escarpment edge, remember to heed all safety signs and warnings. This drive can only be accessed by high clearance vehicles, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.

    Route of the River Gum—72km return to Winton (allow half a day)

    Starting at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, the Route of the River Gum passes 15 places of interest in Winton Shire and through Bladensburg National Park. Pick up a self-guided drive brochure at Winton’s visitor information centre before you head off.

    You can also download the Central West Queensland National Park visitor guide (PDF, 961.4KB) to help plan your outback adventure in Bladensburg National Park.

    Please practise low impact driving in Bladensburg National Park and never drive on claypans.

    Viewing wildlife


    Bladensburg is home to a wonderful diversity of birds, including emus, Australian bustards, Hall’s babblers, spotted bowerbirds and singing bushlarks.

    Although more typically found in greater numbers further to the north and west, you may still see painted firetails and rufous-crowned emu-wrens among the spinifex and rufous-throated honeyeaters along creek lines.

    Look for red kangaroos on the open Mitchell grasslands, eastern grey kangaroos in the lower creeks and wallaroos around mesa areas. During the day, dunnarts and planigales (native marsupial mice) will shelter from the sun in the clay soils’ deep cracks, but are active at night in the Mitchell grasslands.


    The flat tops of mesas and plateaus support open woodlands of western bloodwood and mulga. The distinctive mineritchie or red mulga, with its characteristic curly red bark, lines some dry creek beds.

    Lancewood covers the steep slopes of sandstone ranges and escarpments, while spinifex and Normanton box are found in the broad valleys. Bladensburg forms the south-eastern boundary of soft spinifex’s (Triodia pungens) range.

    Much of the park’s northern half consists of vast cracking clay soils covered by Mitchell grass and scattered with small areas of gidgee woodlands.

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