Bunya Mountains National Park Southern Queensland Country

Pitch your tent in the large, grassy and open Burtons Wells camping area. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

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Burtons Well camping area

Pitch your tent near giant grasstrees and stately stringybarks on a sheltered, grassy slope with scenic views to the north-east.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Camping area facilities

  • Wood-fired barbecue (BYO wood)
  • Picnic tables (some sheltered)
  • Toilets (flush)
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • Tent camping
  • Cold showers
  • Shower cubicle (BYO shower)
  • Short walk to tent
  • Walking
  • Cultural and historic sites

The self-service kiosk at this park has been decommissioned.

Visitors need to book their camping permit before they visit. Book online, at an over-the-counter booking office or by phone.

Relax in this spacious camping area nestled among a forest of stingybark trees and ancient grasstrees. Enjoy spectacular sunrises, and at night tread quietly with your spotlight and you might be lucky to see koalas, greater gliders, squirrel gliders, sugar gliders and other possums foraging in the tree tops. Listen for bandicoots fossicking in the leaf litter.

Choose from to two popular walking tracks—Mount Kiangarow track and Cherry Plain to Burtons Well track. You’re sure to make good use of your camera and binoculars! Listen for the familiar whip-crack call of eastern whipbirds in dense forest nearby and watch for wedge-tailed eagles soaring gracefully overhead.

Getting there and getting around

The Burtons Well camping area is in the Bunya Mountains National Park, 200km north-west of Brisbane and 125km north-west of Toowoomba in the South Burnett region.

  • The camping area is 8.5km along Bunya Mountains Road from the south-eastern park entrance, and approximately 4km from the northern park entrance, at the top of the steep descent to Kingaroy.

Several steep, narrow and winding routes, signposted as the Great Bunya Drive, lead to the park. The Bunya Mountains Road passes through the park from the south-east to the north.

From Brisbane via Toowoomba

  • Drive 138km west along the Ipswich Motorway and Warrego Highway to Toowoomba.
  • Continue 44km along the Warrego Highway to Jondaryan and turn right towards the Bunya Mountains.
  • Travel 34km to Maclagan, turn left and follow the signs for about 31km to the park; 2km of this road is gravel.

From Brisbane via Yarraman

  • Travel up the Brisbane Valley through Esk, or the D'Aguilar Highway through Kilcoy.
  • Drive to Yarraman then turn left onto the New England Highway towards Toowoomba and travel 20km.
  • Turn right to Maidenwell on Kingaroy-Cooyar Road, then turn left to the Bunya Mountains; about 3.8km of the road is gravel.

From Nanango

  • Drive 30km to Maidenwell on Nanango-Tarong Road and turn right to the Bunya Mountains. This 55km route has about 4km of gravel road.

From Kingaroy

  • Drive via Kumbia on the Bunya Highway and turn left onto Bunya Mountains Road and drive to the northern park entrance. This 56km route is sealed road.

From Dalby

  • Travel 25km along Dalby-Cooyar Road to Kaimkillenbun, then drive 30km via Yamsion to Bunya Mountains Road and through to the south-eastern park entrance. These roads are sealed.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Burtons Well camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check in to your camp after 2pm and check out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Large grass trees are a feature of Burtons Well camping area - a quiet spot to picnic or to pitch a tent.

Photo credit: Robert Ashdown

Campground features: A large, well-grassed open area surrounded by forest. There are a number of ancient grasstrees scattered through the camping area.

Location: About 8.5 km north-west of the QPWS information centre.

Access: The camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle. It is not accessible for trailers, caravans or buses. Although the campground is accessible by car, it is not possible to drive onto the camp sites. Parking is available only a short distance from each camp site.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites for up to 50 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: Walk-in camping only; cars must remain in carparks nearby.

Camp site surface: Grass.

Facilities: Water (treat before drinking), toilet (hybrid system), picnic tables, wood barbecues and cold showers. A donkey boiler is available nearby to heat water for showering—take care when using and follow the operational guidelines provided on site.

Open fires: In supplied fireplaces only, except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Ground fires are not permitted. Please bring your own clean milled timber, free from pests or disease to use as firewood. Timber cannot be collected from anywhere within the national park. Make sure your fire is out before you leave it—extinguish with water, not sand or dirt. Fuel or gas stoves are recommended.

Generators: Not permitted.

Essentials to bring: Rubbish bags (no bins are provided) and insect repellent. Fuel or gas stoves are recommended. Bring buckets to carry warm water from the donkey boiler to the bush shower cubicle provided. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: Book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Poor.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Bunya Mountains safely and camp with care.