Diamantina National Park Outback Queensland

Early morning reflections on Whistling Duck Creek at Gum Hole camping area. Photo credit: ©\; Chris Whitelaw

Discover Diamantina’s spectacularly diverse and ancient landscape. Photo credit: © Fiona Leverington

Gum Hole camping area

Camp under the shade of a coolabah tree at this quiet, secluded retreat along the banks of Whistling Duck Creek.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD
  • Trail bike

Campground facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Toilets (non-flush)
  • Scenic drive
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Tent camping
  • Tent camping beside car

Pitch your tent under shady coolabah and bauhinia trees beside this tranquil waterhole. It was once a popular camp site for the Maiawali and Karuwali Aboriginal people and later, a stopover for drovers.

Enjoy a refreshing dip, take your kayak for a paddle or relax underneath a shady tree. Grab your binoculars at dusk and dawn for a spot of birdwatching and watch as the surrounding trees and grasses come alive with birdlife. Be aware that at times the waterhole can be very low and perhaps not as inviting as the images suggest!

Escape the afternoon heat and explore pastorals relics, learning about the landscapes of the channel country along the nearby Warracoota circuit drive, before relaxing around a camp fire under a stunning star-lit sky.

Getting there and getting around

Gum Hole camping area is in Diamantina National Park, south-west of Winton in South West Queensland.

The camping area is 19.5km from the Ranger Base on Springvale Diamantina Lakes Road.

  • Not all roads and tracks shown on commercially-available maps, including GPS maps, actually exist, and those that do may not be open to the public.
  • Do not trespass on private land and leave all gates as you find them.
  • A high-clearance 4WD is required to reach this site.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
  • Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.

From Winton

  • Travel south from Winton on the Jundah (Lark Quarry) Road.
  • After 95km turn right onto Cork Connection Road.
  • Drive 18km and turn left onto Old Cork Mail Road
  • The park boundary is about 170km along this road.
  • The Ranger Base is a further 42km from the boundary.

From Boulia

  • Travel east from Boulia on Kennedy Development Road (Min Min Byway).
  • After 22km turn right onto Springvale Road.
  • The park boundary is about 135km along this road.
  • The Ranger Base is a further 36km from the boundary.

From Windorah

  • Travel north-west from Windorah on Diamantina Development Road.
  • After 151km, turn right onto Davenport Road.
  • The park boundary is about 150km along this road.
  • The Ranger Base is a further 31km from the boundary.

From Bedourie

  • Travel south from Bedourie on Eyre Developmental Road.
  • After 22.5km, turn left onto Diamantina Development Road.
  • Travel 50km and turn left onto Coorabulka Road.
  • After 101km, turn right onto Springvale Road (at the Coorabulka Homestead).
  • Travel 47km and turn right onto Springvale Diamantina Lakes Road.
  • The park boundary is 20km along this road.
  • The Ranger Base is a further 31.5km from the boundary.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Gum Hole camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Camping area features: private sites shaded by coolibah and bauhinia trees along Whistling Duck Creek.

Location: approximately 500 m from the turn-off to Gum Hole signed on Springvale Road.

Access: the camping area can be reached by 4WD only. Camper trailers are not recommended.

Number of sites: 5 separate but unnumbered sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your vehicle.

Camp site surface: sand.

Facilities: pit toilet.

Open fires: permitted, except when fire prohibitions or fire bans are in place. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not allowed, except for medical reasons (with the department's permission).

Essentials to bring: all food and drinking water, sturdy rubbish bags, insect repellent, sun protection, first aid kit, reliable torch, vehicle spares and sufficient fuel. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: unavailable; satellite phones and UHF radios recommended.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Diamantina safely and camp with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.