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More park information is available in our trial Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park page.

Getting there and getting around

Ka Ka Mundi is 130km or two hours drive south-west of Springsure. From Springsure, take the Dawson Development Road for about 50km. Then take the Buckland Road to the south and follow signed tracks past Petrona and Tanderra, through Yandaburra to the park boundary.

Access to Ka Ka Mundi is via unsealed roads. 4WD is recommended. The roads become impassable when wet. Take care to avoid stock on unfenced roads and leave gates as you find them.

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Park features

Bottle trees emerge above the silver foliage of brigalow within a patch of softwood vine scrub at Ka Ka Mundi. Photo: Brendon Moodie © Queensland Government

Bottle trees emerge above the silver foliage of brigalow within a patch of softwood vine scrub at Ka Ka Mundi. Photo: Brendon Moodie © Queensland Government

The sandstone cliffs of the Great Dividing Range dominate the clear blue skyline to the south as you drive across the open, undulating country towards Ka Ka Mundi. This remote section of Carnarvon National Park features more than 30km of sandstone escarpments and plateaus.

The sandstones of Ka Ka Mundi were laid down in freshwater lakes and streams about 180 million years ago. In more recent geological time, basaltic lava covered the ranges. Erosion over the ages has left only a few basalt outcrops, such as Mount Ka Ka Mundi.

Old cattle yards near some of the springs are reminders of early European history. Ka Ka Mundi was grazed for more than a century before the park was declared in 1974, primarily to preserve bonewood, softwood and brigalow scrubs.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Pleasant bush camping areas are available at Bunbuncundoo Springs.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Springsure, Tambo and Rolleston.

For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Go birdwatching, explore the park on foot. There are no formal walking tracks in this section of the park.

Things to know before you go

Be prepared for your visit to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time.

Essentials to bring

  • First-aid kit and first-aid book.
  • Carry adequate fresh water as drinking water is not provided. Bring at least 7 litres of water per person per day for drinking, cooking and washing as streams are seasonal and water quality cannot be relied upon.
  • A sealable container for rubbish. Rubbish bins are not provided.
  • Gas stove.
  • Torch and some extra food.
  • Topographic map and compass if you plan to do any bushwalking. A GPS is also a valuable aid.

Opening hours

Ka Ka Mundi is open 24 hours a day. Sections of the park are occasionally closed for management activities such as planned burns and controlling pest animals. Notification of closures is posted on the website and on boards and signs at the park entrance.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Pets

Domestic pets are not permitted in the national park.

Climate and weather

Temperatures in this region vary widely. Summer days can exceed 35°C. In winter, heavy frosts can be expected as temperatures sometimes fall below freezing. Rain mostly falls between December and March however, storms can occur throughout the year.

For more information see the tourism information links.

Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and food supplies are at Springsure 130km, Rolleston 201km and Tambo 376km from the park. Bring drinking water, sufficient food and fuel for the return trip.

Staying safe

Be aware of potential danger and take care of yourself while exploring parks and forests. By following a few simple steps you can make your visit a safe and enjoyable one.

  • Drive carefully at all times. Dirt roads may have gutters, washouts or loose edges (especially after heavy rain). Check local road conditions before visiting the park.
  • If your vehicle breaks down while within the national park, stay with it—a vehicle is much easier to find than a person.
  • Always take care near cliff edges—sandstone can crumble.
  • Never walk alone, and stay on the tracks unless you are a very experienced and well-equipped bushwalker.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Carry an adequate first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Plan your trip carefully and ensure you bring adequate supplies of water, food, fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies. Roads may become impassable after rain, so ensure you take extra supplies.
  • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans inform them.
  • Creek water is often not suitable for drinking, so take water with you when walking in the park. Treat water obtained from all sources including taps, creeks and lakes. Boil water for ten minutes or use sterilisation tablets.
  • Wear sensible footwear—boots or strong shoes.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeve shirt, even on cloudy days. Start longer walks at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot days. Plan to complete your walk before dark.

In an emergency

In case of an accident or other emergency call Triple Zero (000).

Mobile phone coverage is not available in much of the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt. There are some areas of limited coverage but this is also unreliable. Satellite phones can be used. A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) can be used in emergency situations if no other source of communication is available.

The nearest hospital is at Springsure, 130km north of Ka Ka Mundi section of Carnarvon National Park.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Look for red-necked wallabies on the park. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Look for red-necked wallabies on the park. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

By following these guidelines you can help to protect the natural environment for the future enjoyment of others, and help ensure the survival of native plants and animals living here.

  • Do not take any 'souvenirs' or interfere with plants or animals—everything within national parks is protected.
  • Do not bring firearms or other weapons into the parks.
  • Preferably use a fuel stove—collecting firewood is not permitted on parks. Fallen timber provides homes to insects and small animals and returns nutrients to the soil.
  • Leave your pets at home. Pets frighten wildlife, annoy other visitors and may become lost.
  • Never feed or leave food for wildlife—human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Use toilet facilities where provided. Where toilet facilities are not provided bury toilet waste 15cm deep and at least 150m from watercourses.
  • Do not use generators, engine-driven compressors or chainsaws.
  • Do not use soap or shampoo in waterholes or creeks.
  • Take rubbish home with you. Bins are not provided in the park.

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

Park management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manage the Ka Ka Mundi section of Carnarvon National Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to conserve its natural, cultural and historic values.

Tourism information links

Tambo Information Centre
Arthur Street, Tambo QLD 4478
ph 07 4654 6408
email

Injune Information Centre
http://www.mymaranoa.org.au/
32 Hutton Street, Injune QLD 4454
ph 07 4626 0503
email

Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre
www.centralhighlands.com.au
3 Clermont Street, Emerald QLD 4720
ph 07 4982 4142
email

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

For information on road conditions check with the Department of Transport and Main Roads or phone 13 19 40 before setting out.

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Last updated
18 March 2019