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More park information is available in our trial Salvator Rosa, Carnarvon National Park page.

Getting there and getting around

Access to Salvator Rosa is via unsealed roads, which become impassable in wet weather. Access is by 4WD vehicle only.

From Springsure, head approximately 168km west along the Dawson Developmental Road to the Nogoa River camping area.

From Tambo, two routes use the loop road Wilderness Way. To take route one, head north on the Dawson Developmental Road for 42km. Turn right to head east and stay on the Dawson Developmental Road for a further 89km. Turn right onto Cungelella Road for 24km then veer left to continue on Cungelella Road for a further 14km. Turn right at Salvator Rosa Road and travel approximately 16km to the park entrance.

Route two is for high-clearance 4WDs only. Head south on the Landsborough Highway for 8km, then turn left onto Mt Playfair Road (Wilderness Way) and drive 33km.Turn left to stay on Mt Playfair Road for another 63km. Turn right onto Cungelella Road and drive 14km, then turn right at Salvator Rosa Road and travel 16km to the Nogoa River camping area. Please note, the majority of the road names are not signposted at the intersections.

Warning: Travel can be unexpectedly slow due to predominantly unsealed roads. Be aware of bull dust, sand and other changing conditions.

Maps

Park features

Nogoa River Salvator Rosa section Carnarvon National Park. Photo: Brendon Moodie © Queensland Government.

Nogoa River Salvator Rosa section Carnarvon National Park. Photo: Brendon Moodie © Queensland Government.

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.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

A bush camping area is situated on the broad sand bank of the Nogoa River, 2.4km from the park entrance.

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

Bookings

Book online or learn about our camping booking options. Note, there is no longer any onsite self-registration available.

Other accommodation

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

For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Spyglass Peak, Salvator Rosa. Photo: Queensland Government.

Spyglass Peak, Salvator Rosa. Photo: Queensland Government.

Shrubby Homoranthus Homoranthus zeteticorum. Photo: © M. Fagg, Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Shrubby Homoranthus Homoranthus zeteticorum. Photo: © M. Fagg, Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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

A self-guided drive directs you to the park's most outstanding features, including flowing springs and towering sandstone formations. There are plenty of opportunities for birdwatching, photography and bushwalks.

Care should be taken when crossing the Nogoa River just south of the camping area. The crossing has a soft sandy bottom and the river often rises quickly due to heavy storms upstream.

Walking

Salvator Rosa offers three short walks to explore the fascinating natural wonders of the area.

Key to track standards

Grade 4 walking trackGrade 4 track
  • Distinct track usually with steep exposed inclines or many steps.
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces, cliff edges and exposed natural lookouts.
  • Moderate level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.

Grade 4 walking trackGrade 4 track: Hadrians Wall loop—950m (allow 20 minutes)

Begins at the Spyglass car park (off the 4WD road) where you will soon discover the incredible Hadrians Wall, a natural rock formation named after the close resemblance to the European Roman built stone fortification in the second century A.D. From here, the loop track winds around back to the car park, or, explore further and continue along the Spyglass Peak circuit (2km return).

Grade 4 walking trackGrade 4 track: Spyglass Peak circuit—2km (allow 40 minutes)

The track leads from the Spyglass car park and passes the incredible Hadrian’s Wall. The track then leads to the base of the impressive Spyglass Peak so named because of the 10m diameter hole near its summit, then winds around the intriguing landscape leading back towards the car park. The sandstones of Salvator Rosa crumble easily so please take care when walking around sandstone outcrops.

Grade 4 walking trackGrade 4 track: Homoranthus Hill—300m return (allow 20 minutes)

From the Homoranthus Hill carpark beside the 4WD road, walk a short distance to a lookout with a 360-degree view of the park taking in all of the bluffs and spires and other spectacular rock formations. This hill is named after Homoranthus zeteticorum, a rare shrub with dainty pink flowers found around the hill and at several other locations in the park.

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.

Salvator Rosa 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 six 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 softly 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 Carnarvon North 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 Salvator Rosa.

Picnic and day-use areas

Louisa Creek Junction

This small day-use area has a shelter shed and picnic table. The water-flow from Louisa Creek into the Nogoa River has been measured at approximately ten million litres a day!

Viewing wildlife

Belinda Spring

The soft murmur of water running over the rocks can be heard at Belinda Spring. Cool, clear water is sheltered by clumps of ferns—a contrast to the surrounding dry, sandy countryside. Permanent water and denser vegetation provide a haven for frogs and fish as well as the mollusks, freshwater shrimp, aquatic insect larvae and other aquatic invertebrates on which they feed. Larger animals, including egrets and herons, visit the spring. Red-backed fairy-wrens and plum-headed finches hide among the foliage.

Other things to do

Major Mitchell Springs

On 5 July 1864, Mitchell and his party camped near here, at what they called the 'Pyramids Camp'. Returning on 5 September, they took up a 'snug position' in the foothills above the springs, making this a base camp where the bullock teams and party would rest after exploring the wild country to the north and north-east.

Things to know before you go

Visitors to this remote area must be self-sufficient.

Essentials to bring

  • A first-aid kit and first-aid book.
  • Carry adequate supplies of food and water. The Nogoa River has permanent water. You should boil or treat water before drinking.
  • Fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies.
  • Prepare for an extra four or five days in case you become stranded due to wet weather.
  • Warm clothing and camping gear as winter nights can be cool.
  • A sealable container for rubbish. Take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave. Rubbish bins are not provided.
  • Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking—open fires permitted only in designated fire places.
  • Torch, camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.
  • Topographic map and compass if you plan to do any off-track bushwalking. A GPS is also a valuable aid.

Opening hours

Salvator Rosa 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 are posted on the website and on signs at the park entrance.

Between April and September is the best time to visit this section as summers can be very hot.

Permits and fees

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

Bookings

Book online or learn about our camping booking options.

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 168km and Tambo 185km or 134km via Mount Playfair Road. Bring drinking water, sufficient food and fuel for the return trip.

Staying safe

Erosion of the sandstone has left behind many interesting features in Salvator Rosa. Photo: Brendon Moodie © Queensland Government.

Erosion of the sandstone has left behind many interesting features in Salvator Rosa. Photo: Brendon Moodie © 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 in much of the Central Queensland Sandstone Wilderness. 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 life threatening emergency situations if no other source of communication is available.

The nearest hospital services are at Tambo, 134km south-west, and at Springsure, 168km north-east of Salvator Rosa section of Carnarvon National Park.

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 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, 1.7M), details how the park is managed.

Tourism information links

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

Injune Information Centre
www.mymaranoa.org.au
32 Hutton Street, Injune Qld 4454
ph 07 4626 1053
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
29 July 2019