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More park information is available in our trial Mount Moffatt, Carnarvon National Park page.

Getting there and getting around

Mount Moffatt is 220km north of Mitchell via Womblebank Station. It is 160km north-west of Injune via Womblebank Station or via Westgrove Station.

The road from Womblebank is unsealed and can become impassable after rain. High-clearance 4WD is recommended. Once in the park, high-clearance 4WD is required to reach many of the features.

Note: Some roads and sections of Mount Moffatt might be closed without prior notice during wet conditions, in the event of wildfires or when rangers are carrying out other management duties. Check Park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions in the national park.

There are no roads from Mount Moffatt directly to the other sections of Carnarvon National Park, namely Carnarvon Gorge, Salvator Rosa and Ka Ka Mundi.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible tracks or facilities in the Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park.

Park features

This is a remote park of wild and diverse landscapes. Broad, sandy valleys of the Maranoa River are covered with open, grassy woodlands. Striking outcrops of sculpted sandstone rise above the trees.

In the north-east of the park, sandstone cliffs lead up to the basalt-topped ridges of the Great Dividing Range. At more than 1000 metres above sea level, the Consuelo Tableland is the highest plateau in Queensland. Spectacular views reveal a sweeping landscape of mountain ranges, rugged peaks, escarpments and gorges.

Mount Moffatt's rich mosaic of open woodlands, forests and plains is home to a huge variety of plant and animal species.

This is also a place rich in human history. Aboriginal rock art is evidence of people's connection with the land that stretches back for at least 19,000 years. All of Mount Moffatt is a living cultural landscape of significant importance to the Traditional Custodians. Stockyards and fences are a reminder of the area's history as a cattle station.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Mount Moffatt has four camping areas, each with a limited number of campsites. Camping fees apply. During school holidays we recommend booking campsites well in advance.

Dargonelly Rock Hole and West Branch camping areas

Camp underneath a big night sky in a semi-open woodland setting, both camping areas have hybrid toilets and limited water—treat water before consumption. High-clearance 4WD is recommended to access these camping areas.

Rotary Shelter Shed and Top Moffatt camping areas

Camp with a spectacular outlook across to the southern end of the park at Rotary Shelter Shed. This small camping area has a picnic shelter and hybrid toilet. Enjoy the peace and quiet along the East Branch of the Maranoa River at Top Moffatt. This camping area has a hybrid toilet. Both camping areas have limited water (treat before consumption) and are accessible by high-clearance 4WD vehicle only.

Other accommodation

A range of holiday accommodation is available in and near the country towns of Injune and Mitchell. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Cathedral Rock is a bluff of precipice sandstone with unusual rectangular patterns on its grey and weathered surface. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Cathedral Rock is a bluff of precipice sandstone with unusual rectangular patterns on its grey and weathered surface. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Rock art is a tangible reminder a rich and vibrant cultural. Photo: John Augusteyn © Queensland Government

Rock art is a tangible reminder a rich and vibrant cultural. Photo: John Augusteyn © Queensland Government

Open plain country along the Mount Moffatt circuit drive. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Open plain country along the Mount Moffatt circuit drive. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Take in panoramic views to the park's north-west from Top Shelter Shed. Photo: Linda Thompson © Queensland Government

Take in panoramic views to the park's north-west from Top Shelter Shed. Photo: Linda Thompson © Queensland Government

Walking and driving

Take a walk to experience the special atmosphere of the Mount Moffatt bush. A variety of walking tracks begin from the Sandstone day-use area, West Branch camping area and sites along the Mount Moffatt circuit drive.

Take the Mount Moffatt circuit drive to visit many of the park's main features, or head up the 4WD track on the High Country and Kenniff drive to experience the top of the Consuelo Tableland.

A trip within the park can easily total more than 100km, so make sure that you have plenty of fuel. All drives within the national park are rough and sandy, high-clearance 4WD vehicles are recommended. All roads within the park may be impassable for days after heavy rain.

Walking

Carnarvon National Park's walking tracks have been graded to help you select a walk that matches your bushwalking experience and fitness. Take time to read these class descriptions before walking in Mount Moffatt.

Key to track standards

The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that while each track is graded according to its most difficult section, other sections may be easier.

Grade 3 walking trackGrade 3 track

  • Gently sloping, well-defined track, usually with slight inclines or few to many steps.
  • Steep sections occur.
  • Caution needed on creek crossings, suspended bridges and steps.
  • Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.

Grade 4 walking trackGrade 4 track

  • May be extensively overgrown; hazards such as fallen trees and rocks likely to be present.
  • Caution needed on creek crossings, cliff edges and naturally-occurring lookouts.
  • Moderate level of fitness required.
  • Ankle-supporting footwear strongly recommended.

Grade 5 walking trackGrade 5 track

  • Long steep and difficult in sections, unformed track with irregular surface, loose stones.
  • Experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid.
  • Considerable exposure to the elements may be experienced.
  • High-quality, ankle-supporting footwear with flexible soles and good grip should be worn.

Walking tracks from the Sandstone day-use area

Grade 3 walking trackGrade 3 track: Cathedral Rock—380m return (allow 20 minutes)

A bluff of Precipice Sandstone with unusual rectangular patterns on its grey weathered skin. The walking track starts on the other side of the road from the Sandstone day-use area.

Grade 3 walking trackThe Chimneys—1.4km return (allow 40 minutes), or part of a 5.8km circuit walk (allow 3 hours)

Three pillars of rock have been separated from the narrow end of a small bluff of Precipice Sandstone where water has eroded down vertical fractures.

Grade 3 walking trackGrade 3 track: The Looking Glass—1.9km return (allow 1 hour) or part of a 5.8km circuit walk (allow 3 hours)

Wind has eroded a cave right through an isolated pillar of Precipice Sandstone standing by the Maranoa River.

Grade 3 walking trackGrade 3 track: The Tombs rock art site—4.2km return (allow 2 hours) or part of a 5.8km circuit walk (allow 3 hours)

More than 400 stencil motifs (images) decorate the walls of a sandstone shelter below the bluff of sandstone known as The Tombs. This entire area is a sacred burial site for Traditional Custodians. Appreciate the rock art from a boardwalk with seats provided.

Important!

When visiting The Tombs or Kookaburra Cave, please remember that the rock art is very fragile and can be permanently damaged by touching — even accidentally. Dust kicked up by visitors can also damage the art, as fine dust particles stick to the rock surface, covering the stencils. Please enjoy a close look at the rock art while remaining on the boardwalks. It is a serious offence under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to interfere with a cultural resource in a protected area — maximum penalty of 3000 penalty units.

Walking track from West Branch camping area

Grade 3 walking trackGrade 3 track: Maranoa Circuit walk—3km circuit (allow 1 hour)

Majestic smooth-barked apple, white cypress and budgeroo trees are some of species growing in the open woodland along this circuit walk.

Grade 5 walking trackGrade 5 track: Carnarvon Great Walk—87km circuit (6 days recommended)

The secondary entrance to the Carnarvon Great Walk is located at West Branch camping area. This 87km remote circuit walk is for experienced and well prepared bushwalkers only. Camping permits are required. The Great Walk is open seasonally from 1 March to the 31 October every year and links the Mount Moffatt and Carnarvon Gorge sections of Carnarvon National Park.

Driving

The Mount Moffatt circuit drive

Marlong Arch

Soft Precipice Sandstone has weathered to create this natural sandstone arch. Please do not climb the arch.

Lot's Wife

This remarkable pillar of Precipice Sandstone is the last isolated remnant of a bluff that once extended across this area. Please do not climb the rock.

Kookaburra Cave

Grade 3 walking trackGrade 3 track: Kookaburra Cave — 1.7km return (allow 1 hour)

A pleasant 850m walk through open woodland brings you to Kookaburra Cave, view the rock art from an elevated boardwalk.

Marlong Plain

The plain is a natural grassland dominated by Queensland bluegrass, Dichanthium sericeum. Walk down to the edge of the plain to view distant sandstone cliffs and ridges. A perfect place to experience the changing light across the plains as the sun sets.

The Kenniff drive

The Kenniff brothers are said to have used the peak of Mount Rugged as a lookout, riding their horses up from the other side.

Kenniff Lookout

The Kenniff brothers are said to have used the peak of Mount Rugged as a lookout.

Incineration site

Evidence suggests that the bodies of Doyle and Dahlke were cremated by the Kenniff brothers on a large rock in the creek bed near this spot.

The High Country drive

Top Shelter Shed

This picnic area is at the level of the old surface of the Buckland Volcano. Far to the north-west, look for the prominent vertical cliffs of Tyson's Nugget. This is a plug of rhyolite that penetrated the basalt towards the end of the volcano's life. As you look into the valleys, you can see how erosion has worn through the basalt, re-exposing the sandstones beneath.

The Mahogany Forest

High up on the Consuelo Tableland, cool moist conditions support a majestic forest of tall, stately stringybark trees.

Head of Carnarvon Creek

The 4WD track ends near the headwaters of Carnarvon Creek. To the east, water travels down Carnarvon Gorge into the Dawson and Fitzroy rivers. Not far to the south-east, water travels via the Maranoa River into the mighty Murray-Darling catchment.

The old stockyards

The remains of old stockyards can be seen throughout the park. The stockyards at the bend in the road near the park's information hut were built in 1902. Over the years these stockyards have been repaired and rebuilt, but original sections still remain.

Remote walking

Carnarvon National Park offers some challenging off-track bushwalking. The sandstone wilderness can be hazardous for inexperienced or poorly prepared walkers. Accidents have happened, even to experienced bushwalkers, a high level of physical fitness and navigational skills are essential. Nature can be unpredictable—storms, fires and floods can happen in a flash. Plan to walk safely and be responsible.

Walkers should familiarise themselves with the area before attempting an extended walk and check the Park alerts section of this website for current information on tracks and conditions.

Remote walking is only advised in the cooler weather, usually April to September. Walking during summer can be very hazardous due to high temperatures and lack of surface water.

Complete a remote bush walking advice form (PDF, 173K) to help with your remote walking preparations. Give a copy of this form to a responsible person and make sure that they know your exact route and when you expect to return. If you change your plans, tell them. Contact them when you return. Have an emergency plan in place if you fail to contact them by an agreed time. If you are overdue or potentially lost, your nominated contact should report this to the Queensland Police Service (phone Triple Zero 000). The police will organise rescue—procedures. Please note: The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will not check that you have returned from your bushwalk.

Mount Moffatt section offers a rich mosaic of natural beauty in a spectacular landscape. To help protect the parks unique natural and cultural values remote area walking groups must be no larger than 6 people. The entire national park is a living cultural landscape for Traditional Custodians, please respect this special place and stay safe during your visit. (Important! It is a serious offence under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to interfere with a cultural resource in a protected area—maximum penalty of 3000 penalty units).

All bushwalkers are expected to walk soflty and follow the minimal impact bushwalking and bush camping practices.

Contact us for assistance with route advice and other detailed information. It is recommended that you contact the rangers at Mount Moffatt at least 10 days prior to your walk to let them know your plans and to check on current conditions. Permits are required for all remote overnight camping.

Refer to staying safe for more information on safe walking in Mount Moffatt.

Viewing wildlife

Mount Moffatt is a wonderful place for birdwatching, with at least 172 species recorded. See the description of Mount Moffatt's nature, culture and history for more details about the birds, other animals and plants of the area.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Wear sturdy shoes, a hat, protective clothing and sunscreen.
  • Carry adequate supplies of food, water, fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies.
  • Prepare for an extra four or five days in case you become stranded due to wet weather.
  • Bring warm clothing and camping gear as winter nights can fall below zero.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Please bring rubbish bags, and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking.
  • Bring your camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.

Opening hours

Carnarvon National Park is open 24 hours a day.

Permits and fees

To camp in the national park a permit is required and fees apply.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Carnarvon National Park.

Climate and weather

Be prepared for extreme temperatures at Mount Moffatt. In winter, temperatures may fall well below zero, while in summer they may reach more than 30°C. Storms are frequent in summer. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available in Mitchell and Injune. No fuel is available between these towns and Mount Moffatt, so before you leave either town for the park, allow extra fuel for driving the 100km of park roads as well as the trip back to town. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Navigation skills and adequate preparation are essential for off-track bushwalking. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Navigation skills and adequate preparation are essential for off-track bushwalking. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

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, sunglasses, 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.

Walking safely

No matter what type of walk you intend to do, you should always plan ahead to walk safely. Judge your ability and conditions carefully before setting out, even on short walks. Do not expect to be warned of every possible danger. Learn as much as you can about the terrain and local conditions and make sure that you wear appropriate clothing and reliable gear. Choose walks that suit the capabilities of your entire group. Stay together and keep to the walking tracks.

Most importantly, you should always advise friends of your itinerary before departing for a walk, particularly if you are planning on remote walking in the park. Whether on a day walk or longer trek, you should plan to finish walking well before dark.  If walking in thick forest, it will get dark much earlier, so carry a torch, even if you are on a day walk.

When walking, stay together as a group and walk at the pace of the slowest person. Fatigue on long walks raises the risk of accidents and an injury in remote country can become life-threatening.

By planning ahead, you will not only have a memorable trip, but also a safe one.

In an emergency

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

Mobile phone coverage is not available at Mount Moffatt. Satellite phones can be used. A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) can be used in life threatening emergency situations if no other communication is available.

The nearest hospital is located 160km from the park at Injune.

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

Looking after the park

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 at Mount Moffatt.

  • 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 park.
  • 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. Domestic animals are not allowed onto national parks or conservations parks.
  • Never feed or leave food for wildlife—human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Stay on track—do not cut corners or create new tracks.
  • 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 water holes or creeks.
  • Take rubbish home with you.

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

Park management

The Mount Moffatt Section of Carnarvon National Park was created in 1979 when the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service purchased Mount Moffatt station.

The management plan (PDF, 1.7M) for Carnarvon National Park, released in June 2005, guides the management of this area.

See the description of Mount Moffatt's nature, culture and history for more information about the history and values of this section of Carnarvon National Park.

Tourism information links

Injune Information Centre
www.mymaranoa.org.au
32 Hutton Street, Injune QLD 4454
ph (07) 4626 0503
email

Roma Visitor Information Centre
www.mymaranoa.org.au
2 Riggers Road, Roma Qld 4455
ph (07) 4622 8676
email

Great Artesian Spa and Visitor Information
www.mymaranoa.org.au
2 Cambridge Street, Mitchell Qld 4465
ph (07) 4624 6923
email

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

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Last updated
29 July 2019