Bunya Mountains National Park Southern Queensland Country

Pitch your tent in the quiet, grassy area of Westcott camping area. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

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Westcott camping area

Pitch your tent on the edge of a peaceful grassy 'bald' with pleasant views over distant plains to the west.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Camping area facilities

  • Wood-fired barbecue (BYO wood)
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets (flush)
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • Tent camping
  • Short walk to tent
  • Walking

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.

Escape the crowds and set up camp in this small, semi-shaded grassy camping area—a grassland 'balds' surrounded by forest—on the western side of the range.

Unpack your binoculars, find a discreet spot along the forest edge, and sit down to watch the spectacular variety of birdlife. You’ll see red-browed finches, double-barred finches, grey fantails, and all three of the mountain's fairy-wren species—the variegated, red-backed and superb blue fairy-wrens.

Grab your hiking boots and explore the park on one of three hikes from Westcott—Paradise to Westcott track, Koondaii circuit and the Westcott to Cherry Plain track.

Getting there and getting around

The Westcott 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 4km along Bunya Mountains Road from the south-eastern park entrance.

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

Westcott 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.

Enormous grass trees are a memorable feature of the Bunyas' landscape.

Lookouts near the Westcott camping area give great views west across the Darling Downs.

Photo credit: Queensland Government

Campground features: A small, semi-shaded grassy area suitable for tents only.

Location: About 4.2 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, motorhomes 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 30 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping only.

Camp site surface: Grass.

Facilities: Picnic tables, water (treat before drinking), toilets (hybrid system) and fireplaces. Please note: this camping area does not have showers.

Open fires: In fireplaces only, except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. 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. 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.