Salvator Rosa, Carnarvon National Park Capricorn | Outback Queensland

Sunset over Salvator Rosa section Carnarvon National Park. Photo credit: Brendon Moodie © Queensland Government

About Salvator Rosa

    Park features

    Crystal clear springs add more than ten million litres of water a day to peaceful Louisa Creek and the Nogoa River as they meander beneath a backdrop of rocky sandstone crags and spires. Named by explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846, Salvator Rosa is at the western edge of the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt. The course-grained sandstones of Salvator Rosa are very crumbly. Erosion of the sandstone has left behind many interesting features that dominate the skyline, including Spyglass Peak and the Sentinel.

    Wildflowers add colour to the landscape in spring. Large white flannel flowers and cream sprays of narrow-leaved logania contrasts with the pink flowers hanging from the shrubby Homoranthus. Of the more than 300 plant species recorded in the park, at least ten are considered rare or threatened.

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

    The Carnarvon National Park Management Plan: Southern Brigalow Belt Biogeographic Region (PDF, 1.7MB) , details how the park is managed.

    Tourism information links

    Tambo Information Centre
    Arthur Street, Tambo Qld 4478
    ph 07 4654 6408

    Injune Information Centre
    32 Hutton Street, Injune Qld 4454
    ph 07 4626 1053

    Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre
    3 Clermont Street, Emerald Qld 4720
    ph 07 4982 4142

    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.