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

Things to do

    Enjoy the short walk to the caves. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

    Enjoy the short walk to the caves. Photo: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

     Look for water monitors around Nowranie Waterhole. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

    Look for water monitors around Nowranie Waterhole. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

    Relax beside Nowranie Waterhole. Photo: Jason Vaughan, Queensland Government.

    Relax beside Nowranie Waterhole. Photo: Jason Vaughan, Queensland Government.

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Camping is not permitted at Camooweal Caves National Park.

    Other accommodation

    The township of Camooweal has a caravan park and a hotel. Holiday accommodation in Mount Isa includes a selection of tourist parks, hotels and motels. For more information see the tourism information links.

    Walking

    There are two short walks in Camooweal Caves National Park.

    Little Nowranie Cave walking track (Grade: easy)

    Distance: 70 m return
    Time: allow about 10 mins walking time
    Details: from the southern end of the Nowranie Caves car park, take this short track to the Little Nowranie Cave entrance. Access inside the cave is not allowed. Take care on the unstable rocks around the sinkhole entrance.

    Great Nowranie Cave walking track (Grade: easy)

    Distance: 220 m return
    Time: allow about 30 mins walking time
    Details: walk to Great Nowranie Cave from the eastern end of the car park. Access inside the cave is not allowed. The sinkhole entrance is unstable and has steep cliff edges—stay behind the safety rails of the viewing area.

    Mountain biking

    Mountain bike through Camooweal Caves National Park on the internal roads and firebreaks. The roads are rough and the surfaces uneven and covered with rocks. There is a cattle lease on this park so look out for cattle and expect to share the roads with pedestrians, motorbikes, vehicles and other cyclists.

    Mountain bikes are not permitted on the walking tracks.

    For more information, see cycling.

    Trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving

    Ride trail-bikes and drive four-wheel-drives through Camooweal Caves National Park on the internal roads and firebreaks. The roads are rough and the surfaces uneven and covered with rocks. Riders and drivers must be licensed and trail-bikes and vehicles must be fully registered. There is a cattle lease on this park so look out for cattle and expect to share the roads with pedestrians, motorbikes, cyclists and other vehicles.

    Stay on formed roads—trail-bikes and vehicles are not permitted off-road, including on walking tracks.

    For more information, see trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving.

    Picnic and day use areas

    Picnic tables are provided at Nowranie Waterhole day-use area.

    Viewing wildlife

    Most animals in the park rest during the day to avoid the heat, making dawn and dusk the best times to look for wildlife. Ridge-tailed monitors can be seen amongst the rocky outcrops where they feed on insects and small lizards.

    The seasonal waterhole attracts waterbirds including spoonbills, cormorants, herons and ducks. Look for water monitors basking on logs beside the water. A variety of woodland bird species can also be spotted.

    Other animals are nocturnal. Within the protection of the caves, ghost bats and other insect-eating bats roost, emerging after dark. Owls also roost in these caves, feeding on small nocturnal mammals like long-haired rats.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.