Visiting Dalrymple safely
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 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 within the park 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. Check with Queensland Traffic for road conditions and the Bureau of Meteorology for updated weather reports.
Facilities at Fletcher Creek camping reserve (managed by Charters Towers Regional Council) are wheelchair accessible.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
- Carry and drink plenty of water. Conditions can become very hot and dry.
- Wear insect repellent, clothing and shoes for protection against stings, scratches and bites.
- Be observant for snakes all year round—never provoke snakes and detour around them where possible.
- Be careful around the water. Check the depth before entering, and never jump or dive into the water. Be mindful of slippery rocks.
- Never walk alone. Tell friends and family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans inform them. Follow the walk with care guidelines.
- When cycling always wear the right safety gear and cycle with care.
- Drive and ride with care and to conditions. Be aware of cyclist and pedestrians who also use the road.
- Carry at least one form of communication equipment. Satellite phones and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are the most effective in this area. Mobile phone coverage is unreliable.
For more information, please read the guidelines in stay safe and visit with care.
In an emergency
For all emergencies call Triple Zero (000).
We highly recommend you visit the Triple Zero website before visiting a national park or forest. Download the Triple Zero emergency app to help identify your location. Important: if there is no mobile coverage on any network, you will not be able to reach the Emergency Call Service via a mobile phone.
Essentials to bring
- First-aid kit and communications equipment.
- Drinking water, sufficient for your stay.
- Fuel or gas stove for cooking.
- 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.
Dalrymple National Park is open 24 hours a day. The park may be closed at time due to extreme wet weather (generally November to March) or management operations. Check park alerts for latest information on national park access, closures and conditions.
Camping in the national 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.
Other permits and fees
Various activities in Queensland parks and forests require a permit. Activities include commercial tours, social events, organised group visits, school excursions, scientific research, professional photography and the sale of photographs or vision of the park. See Permits and fees for further information.
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 (42km). For more information see the tourism information links.