Visiting Ka Ka Mundi safely
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Find out more about camping in Ka Ka Mundi
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.