Dalrymple National Park Townsville

Visiting Dalrymple safely

    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.

    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.

    Before you visit

    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.

    Pets

    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. 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.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.