Charon Point Conservation Park Capricorn | Mackay

Visiting Charon Point safely

    Getting there and getting around

    The park is 44 km north of Marlborough. Access is suitable for 4WD vehicles only. It is not suitable for buses or caravans.

    From the Bruce Highway, take Glen Prairie Road and turn left into Bald Hills Road. Follow this road north. Before reaching an old homestead the track veers north-west, leading to Charon Point. This road passes through private property so please leave gates as you find them.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    Charon Point Conservation Park is rugged and has no wheelchair-accessible facilities or tracks.

    Staying safe

    Be well prepared and responsible for your own safety.

    • Crocodiles live in the Styx River and Herbert Creek. Swimming is not recommended. Be croc wise.
    • Wear stinger suits when swimming or wading. Marine stingers are most common from October to May but can occur throughout the year. Check Beachsafe for the latest safety advice.
    • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans, inform them.
    • Carry extra food and drinking water in case your trip takes longer than expected.
    • Carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
    • Use insect repellent and protect yourself from sun and rain.
    • Carry at least one form of communication equipment. Satellite phones and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are effective in this area. Do not rely on your mobile phone, coverage maybe limited.

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

    In an emergency

    In an emergency, phone Triple Zero (000) and if this fails try 112.

    Before you visit

    Opening hours

    Charon Point Conservation Park is open 24 hours a day, all year round. Areas of the conservation park may be closed at times due to extreme weather conditions or other Department management activities. Check park alerts for information on park conditions and closures.

    Essentials to bring

    It is recommended you bring:

    • sufficient food and water
    • navigational and marine zoning maps
    • fuel stove and fuel
    • insect repellent and sunscreen
    • sun smart clothing and sturdy footwear
    • first-aid kit—and know how to use it
    • strong rubbish bags—bins are not provided.

    Permits and fees

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


    Domestic animals are not permitted in Charon Point Conservation Park.

    Climate and weather

    This region has a tropical climate, with an average summer temperature of about 32 °C. However summer daytime temperatures can exceed 40 °C. Winters are mild and often dry, with an average temperature of about 20 °C.

    Fuel and supplies

    Fuel and supplies are available at Marlborough on the Bruce Highway. For more information see the tourism information links below.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.