Camooweal Caves National Park Outback Queensland

Have your say about the proposed renaming of Camooweal Caves National Park

The department is proposing to rename Camooweal Caves National Park to Wiliyan-ngurru National Park, a name used by Indjalandji-Dhidhanu Native Title holders. Read more and have your say.

Photo credit: © Qld Govt

About Camooweal Caves

    Park features

    The 13,800 ha of semi-arid Barkly Tablelands that make up Camooweal Caves National Park are characterised by open eucalypt woodland, spinifex, turpentine wattle shrubland and extensive areas of Mitchell grass plains. A variety of birds including waterbirds and woodland species can be seen in the park at different times of the year.

    The caves and sinkholes formed when water percolated through 500 million year-old layers of soluble dolomite creating caverns linked by vertical shafts up to 75 m deep. Visitors should be extremely cautious around the edge of the sinkholes. Public entry inside the caves is not allowed. A safe viewing area is located at Great Nowranie cave.

    Looking after the park

    Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Help keep these places special by following these guidelines.

    • Leave pets at home—domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
    • Remember, this is a national park—everything is protected.
    • Do not feed wildlife or leave behind food or scraps.
    • Use a fuel stove—fires are not permitted on the park.
    • Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it when you leave.
    • Limit the spread of weeds by ensuring clothes, shoes, gear and bikes and vehicles are clean and free of seeds before arriving at the park.
    • Stay on formed roads—mountain bikes and trail-bikes are not permitted on walking tracks and boardwalks. Riding over vegetation, breaking branches, taking shortcuts and forming new tracks damages the environment.
    • Unlicensed trail-bike riders and drivers are not allowed in parks and forests. Riders and drivers must be licensed and vehicles must be fully registered.
    • Avoiding driving and riding on unsealed roads during and after heavy rains.
    • Respect park visitors—minimise the noise and dust from your riding and driving.

    See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Camooweal Caves National Park is managed to conserve the natural and cultural values of the area. It protects a representative section of the Barkly Tableland landscape of Mitchell grassland and spinifex, as well as the dolomite underground cave systems. The park is important for the Indjalandji-Dhidhanu People who have Dreaming creators associated with the area, in particular the sinkholes, and ask that you show respect when visiting.

    A grazing lease is current on this national park.

    Tourism information links

    Outback at Isa & Visitor Information Centre
    19 Marian Street, Mount Isa QLD 4825
    Phone: 07 4749 1555

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.