Mount Moffatt, Carnarvon National Park Capricorn | Outback Queensland

The Mount Moffatt circuit drive takes visitors to sculpted sandstone outcrops and unique natural and cultural heritage sites. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Mount Moffatt circuit drive

Discover the park’s most fascinating features on this scenic drive, stretching your legs on short walks to truly experience this special landscape.

Journey type
32km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1 day driving time.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Toilets (non-flush)
  • Scenic drive

Spend an adventurous day on this 4WD circuit through the wide, sandy valleys of the Maranoa River past open grassy woodlands and striking outcrops of sandstone. From the Mail boxes, drive north to the amazing sandstone Marlong Arch. Continue onto Kookaburra Cave to admire Aboriginal stencil art. Catch a glimpse of Lots Wife—a remarkable sandstone pillar—from the road. Take a short detour to the natural grassland of Marlong Plain and walk down to the edge of the plain for views of distant sandstone cliffs and ridges, especially lovely as the sun sets. Turn south towards the ranger station and call into the Information Hut for stories about the area’s colourful history. Return to the Mail boxes to complete your day's exploration.

Getting there and getting around

Mount Moffatt circuit drive is in the Mount Moffatt section Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, about 220km north of Mitchell.

  • The Mount Moffatt circuit drive starts and ends at the Mail boxes, which are 7km from the park entrance.
  • To reach Mount Moffatt from Mitchell, drive 220km north on an unsealed road via Womblebank Station. If you are travelling from Injune, drive 160km north-west via Womblebank Station or Westgrove Station. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended and are essential to get around the park. There are no roads from Mount Moffatt direct to the other sections of the park.

  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Mount Moffatt circuit drive is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Mount Moffatt safely and Four-wheel drive with care.