Salvator Rosa, Carnarvon National Park Capricorn | Outback Queensland

Keep an eye out for dragonflies as you wander through Mitchell Springs on the Yard Site walk. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

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

Yard Site walk

Step back in time on a short stroll to this site strewn with relics of the cattle industry, and steeped in exploration history.

Journey type
500m return from the gate at the end of the scenic drive. return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 10mins walking time.
Grade 3 walking track
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Accessible by

  • 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Make the most of your last opportunity to stretch your legs on the Salvator Rosa scenic drive. Follow the short track as it meanders between Mitchell Springs and a jutting sandstone outcrop. Discover a landscape that was once prized cattle-grazing country, and where the park’s first known European explorer, Sir Thomas Mitchell, established his base in 1864.

Marvel at the tenacity of the people that explored, lived and worked in this rugged country. The ravages of time have taken their toll and all that remains are parts of fences from the cattle days, including rail supports carved into the sandstone walls.

Getting there and getting around

Yard Site walk is in the Salvator Rosa section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, between Tambo and Springsure, and is accessible by 4WD only.

  • The Yard Site walk is at the end of the Salvator Rosa scenic drive, 11.5km from the park entrance.
  • To reach Salvator Rosa from Springsure, drive 144km west along the Dawson Developmental Road to the Salvator Rosa turn-off and drive south 50km via Cungelella to the park entrance. From Tambo there are two routes into the park.

    • Drive 42km north of Tambo on the Dawson Developmental Road then turn east towards Springsure and drive 102km to the Salvator Rosa turn-off. Drive south 50km via Cungelella to the park entrance.
    • The second route is for high-clearance 4WDs via the ‘Wilderness Way’. From Tambo, drive 8km south on the Landsborough Highway, then turn east onto Mount Playfair Road (‘Wilderness Way’) and drive about 90km, then turn south at the intersection with Cungelella Road, and travel 30km via Cungelella, to the park entrance.

    Travel can be unexpectedly slow on these unsealed roads. Be aware of bull dust, sand and changing conditions—roads can become impassable after rain. Please respect the rights of property owners and leave all gates as you find them.

  • 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

Yard Site walk 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 Salvator Rosa safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.