Conway National Park Whitsundays

Photo credit: Photo: Adam Creed © Qld Govt

Visiting Conway safely

    Getting there and getting around

    Conway National Park lies on the Central Queensland coast, between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Turn off the Bruce Highway just north of Proserpine, or 65km south of Bowen, then travel 26km to Airlie Beach. Do not take the turnoff to Conway Beach as there is no access to the park from Conway township.

    From Airlie Beach, follow Shute Harbour Road south-east for 6.5km to the Conway National Park day-use area.

    To explore the park on foot, you can leave your car at the day-use area, at the Swamp Bay/Mount Rooper car park or at the Coral Beach car park.

    Conway National Park boasts a number of walking tracks, which take you through a variety of vegetation types including lowland rainforest, mangroves and open forest. Take the Mt Rooper track for spectacular Whitsunday Passage and island views. You can access the Swamp Bay camping area on foot or by boat.

    If you are planning to access the park's undeveloped southern end by boat, be aware that boating restrictions apply. See the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for further information.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    Toilets at the Conway National Park day-use area are suitable for people in wheelchairs, however some assistance will be required.

    Staying safe

    While Conway National Park provides the opportunity to encounter the region's diverse wildlife, it can also present some harmful species.

    • Be prepared to encounter wildlife such as scrub mites, stinging trees, and red-bellied black snakes and know how to respond.
    • Plan carefully and travel in groups. Tell a responsible friend or family member of your plans and let them know when you return. Take plenty of water and snacks with you, in case of emergency.
    • Ensure you have enough daylight as light levels in the rainforest fade rapidly before sunset and you could get disorientated and lost.
    • Do not rely on mobile phones. There is occasional mobile phone coverage from the ridgelines only.
    • Cyclones are common along Queensland's tropical coastline. Never go bushwalking if a cyclone is imminent and be prepared for an emergency.
    • Tank water must be treated before drinking.
    • Never swim alone. Lifesavers do not patrol Coral Beach or Swamp Bay.
    • Protect yourself from marine stingers, especially from October to May, although some may be present year-round. Always wear a stinger suit when swimming. See marine stingers for more information.
    • Be aware that estuarine crocodiles occur in the waters around this national park. Remember, your safety is our concern but your responsibility—always be croc wise in croc country.

    In case of emergency

    • Call Triple Zero (000).
    • Ambulance, non-urgent medical transport: 13 12 33.

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

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    You will need to be self-sufficient if you are planning to camp at Swamp Bay. The nearest supplies are at Airlie Beach. Ensure that you bring:

    • a first-aid kit
    • drinking water—tank water needs to be treated before drinking, and may not be available
    • fuel stove and fuel—fires are not permitted
    • sealable rubbish container—bins are not provided
    • insect repellent
    • sun protection—some areas of the park are quite exposed.

    Drinking water

    Bring your own drinking water. There is no reliable water source in the park. If available, water from tanks must be treated before drinking.

    Opening hours

    Gates at the Conway National Park day-use area are opened at 7.30am each morning and locked at 6pm. All other parts of the park are open 24hr. The Conway circuit may be closed during seasonal wet weather. Visit the Conway circuit page for further information.

    Permits and fees

    Camping permits

    If you intend to camp you will need to obtain a camping permit and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. Penalties apply for camping without a permit.

    Other permits

    Various activities conducted in Conway National Park may require a permit. These activities include commercial tours, social events such as weddings, organised group visits, school excursions, scientific research, and sale of photographs or vision of Conway National Park. Contact us for further information.

    Pets

    Domestic animals are not permitted in Conway National Park.

    Climate and weather

    The region has a well-defined dry season in winter, with average temperatures of 10–20°C. Between January and March, high humidity, strong seasonal rainfall and average temperatures of 20–35°C make walking less comfortable. For more information see tourism information links.

    Fuel and supplies

    You need to be self-sufficient during your stay. The nearest fuel and supplies are available in Airlie Beach.