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About Dalrymple

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Getting there and getting around

The park is 42km north of Charters Towers. Access to the western side of the park and Burdekin River camping area is via the Gregory Developmental Road (Lynd Highway). From the south, turn right onto an unsealed vehicle track at Fletcher Creek camping reserve and travel a further 2.5km along this track to the park entrance. Access to the eastern side of the park and Mount Keelbottom is via the Flinders Highway. Turn north onto Dotswood Road near Mingela. The park entrance is approximately 70km from here.

Certain areas of the park on both sides are privately owned. Public access is not allowed in these areas. Please observe and respect 'private property' signs.

The access roads are unsealed and recommended for four-wheel-drive vehicles. Proceed with care in times of wet weather. The roads may be closed during wet periods. Check with RACQ for road conditions (see tourism information links for contact details) and the Bureau of Meteorology for updated weather reports.

Wheelchair accessibility

Facilities at Fletcher Creek camping reserve (managed by Charters Towers Regional Council) are wheelchair accessible.

Park features

Dalrymple National Park features some unique features of the Charters Towers region including ancient lava flows and the Burdekin River, the largest river in Queensland. In the dry season its sandy edges provide a lovely setting for camping.

Mount Keelbottom can be seen rising 130m above the surrounding plain.

Part of the old Dalrymple township site can be found in the park. It was one of the first inland settlements in northern Australia.

Read more about nature, culture and history of Dalrymple National Park.

Camping and accommodation

Camp site 1, Burdekin River camping area. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camp site 1, Burdekin River camping area. Photo: Queensland Government.


Burdekin River camping area

Vehicle-based bush camping is permitted on the south-western bank of the Burdekin River at four cleared camp sites under the gum trees. No facilities are provided. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Camping permits are required for Burdekin River camping area, and fees apply.

Access to the camping area is by four-wheel-drive vehicle only. Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Other accommodation

A range of holiday accommodation is offered in and around Charters Towers. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do


Dalrymple National Park is mostly undeveloped for walking, however rough trails follow the Burdekin River and Fletcher Creek. These peaceful walks allow visitors to explore the basalt flows on the park and the riverside environment. There is a walking track to Lowes Basin starting at the day-use area. The track crosses Fletcher Creek, taking walkers over basalt rock formations and across open woodlands to Lowes Basin. Track markers denote the track.

Longer hikes to Mount Keelbottom should only be undertaken by well-equipped, experienced bushwalkers. Walkers must be well prepared and responsible for their own safety.

Cycling/Mountain bike riding

Bike through Dalrymple National Park on the internal roads. Riding from the Fletcher Creek Camping Reserve to the Burdekin River within the park offers an easy and pleasant riding experience. Expect to share the roads with pedestrians, vehicles and other cyclists.

For more information, see cycling.

Trail-bike riding and four-wheel-driving

Ride trail-bikes and drive four-wheel-drives through Dalrymple National Park on the internal roads. Riders and drivers must be licensed and trail-bikes and vehicles must be fully registered. Expect to share the roads with pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles.

Stay on formed roads—trail-bikes and vehicles are not permitted off-road.

For more information, see trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving.

Before you go

Remember to tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. Let them know your route and contact them on your safe return. Have a contingency plan in place if you fail to contact them by the agreed time. If you change your plans, inform them. Please be aware that the department will not check you have returned from your trip.

In the event of an emergency, communication equipment is vital. You should carry at least one form of communication equipment. Mobile phone coverage is unreliable, UHF radios or satellite phones are recommended. In the case of an emergency, if network coverage is available, dial 000 or 112.

Picnic and day-use areas

Visitors can use the camping areas for the day. There are picnic shelters, tables, toilets, cold showers and wood barbecues at Fletcher Creek camping reserve. The Burdekin River camping area has no facilities.


Fishing is not permitted in Fletcher or Lolworth creeks.

Viewing wildlife

The river banks provide excellent opportunities for viewing waterbirds; the variety of woodland plants makes the park an important refuge for native animals.

See the description of the park's natural environment for more details about Dalrymple's diverse wildlife

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • First-aid kit.
  • Drinking water.
  • Fuel stove and fuel.
  • Sealable containers for rubbish—bins are not provided. Please take your recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Sturdy shoes, a hat, protective clothing and sunscreen.
  • Camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.

Opening hours

Dalrymple National Park is open 24 hours a day. The road is closed during wet periods, which may occur between November and March.

Permits and fees

Camping in the park must be pre-booked. A camping permit is required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

No permit or fee is required for Fletcher Creek camping reserve, which is managed by the Charters Towers Regional Council.


Domestic animals are not permitted in Dalrymple National Park.

Climate and weather

Days can be very hot from October to March, reaching an average 32-36 degrees Celsius. Hot summer days at times exceed 40 degrees Celsius. Wet periods occur during this time that can make access difficult to impossible. It's best to visit in the cooler months from April to September when daily temperatures average a more pleasant 28 degrees Celsius. For more information see the tourism information links below. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Charters Towers. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Never walk alone. Groups of four are ideal.
  • Carry plenty of drinking water. Conditions can become very hot and dry.
  • Wear insect repellent, clothing and shoes for protection against stings, scratches and bites.
  • Never provoke snakes. Detour around them where possible.
  • Always check the depth of water before entering. Diving is not recommended as the water depth changes constantly.
  • Be careful at the water's edge—rocks can become slippery from water, moss and algae.

Cycling/mountain biking

  • Wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear and be realistic about your riding abilities.
  • Slow down or stop when approaching other road users. Follow the give-way code—riders must give way to walkers and alert others when approaching.
  • Avoid riding in large groups—keep groups to fewer than 12.
  • Let a responsible person know your travel plans and when you expect to return.

Four-wheel driving and trail-bike riding

  • Wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear and be realistic about your riding and driving abilities. Ride and drive to the conditions.
  • Beware of other road users. Vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians use roads in this park.
  • Follow normal road rules and obey safety and advisory signs.
  • Let a responsible person know your travel plans and when you expect to return.

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

Looking after the park

Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Help keep these places special by following these guidelines.

  • Use a fuel stove.
  • Do not collect firewood from the park.
  • Domestic pets are not allowed in the national park—they disturb native wildlife and other campers.
  • Remember, plants and animals (dead or alive) are protected. Try not to trample plants when erecting your tent or walking.
  • Protect creeks and rivers. Avoid using soap, shampoo, toothpaste or detergent in freshwater creeks or rivers—they pollute the water. Wash yourself and your cooking utensils at least 50m from fresh water.
  • Bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15cm deep and 100m from water bodies and camp sites to guard against pollution and the spread of disease.
  • Leave no rubbish. Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave.
  • Camp, walk and drive softly. Leave your campsite better than you found it. Stay on tracks.
  • Do not bring firearms or other weapons into the park.
  • Unlicensed trail-bike riders and drivers are not allowed in parks and forests. Riders and drivers must be licensed and vehicles must be fully registered.
  • Stay on the formed roads—off-road trail-bike riding, four-wheel driving and cycling are not allowed.
  • Avoid driving and riding on unsealed roads during and after heavy rains.
  • Respect park neighbours and visitors—ensure the noise and dust from your riding and driving doesn’t upset others.
  • Limit the spread of weeds by ensuring clothes, shoes, gear, vehicles and bikes are clean and free of seeds before arriving at the park.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Dalrymple National Park to conserve its natural, cultural and historic values.

The national park will be managed in accordance with the Dalrymple National Park Management Plan (PDF, 617K).

Tourism information links

Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre
74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers QLD 4820
ph (07) 4761 5533
fax (07) 4761 5536

For information on road conditions contact:

RACQ (The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland) (see Travel>Trip Planner>Road Conditions)
ph 1300 130 595 for 24-hour road reports.

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
19 January 2018