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

  • 4WD

Camping area facilities

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

Pitch your tent under shady coolabah and bauhinia trees beside this tranquil waterhole. Used as a camp site for many generations, the Maiawali and Karuwali people have a strong connection to this waterhole known as Nandibargoola. Drovers too have rolled out their swags here in times gone by.

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, leave all gates as you find them and do not enter restricted access areas.
  • A 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.

For more details see visiting safely.

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 and local council offices for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Camping area features: individual tent sites shaded by coolabah and bauhinia trees along Whistling Duck Creek.

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

Access: the camping area can be reached by 4WD only.

Number of sites: 8 separate but unnumbered sites. Camp only in the existing clear areas at least 10m away from the riverbank.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your vehicle. Caravans and camper trailers are not permitted (please use Hunters Gorge camping area).

Camp site surface: clay.

Facilities: pit toilet.

Open fires: permitted in fire rings  provided, except when fire prohibitions or fire bans are in place, bring your own clean-cut firewood. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: not allowed, except for medical reasons (conditions apply).

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.