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Diamantina National Park Outback Queensland

Stop to wonder at the unknown ruins on the Warracoota circuit drive. Photo credit: © Chris Whitelaw

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

Warracoota Ruins walking track

Venture to the Warracoota Ruins and see if you can unravel the history of this curious site.

Journey type
400m return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 45min walking time.
Grade 3 walking track

Accessible by

  • 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Take a step back in time and explore several loose, stone-walled structures atop a ridge thought to have been built by early pioneers.

As you wander around look for clues that might shed light on the purpose of these ruins—their history is a mystery. With what appears to be the foundations of a stockyard, it is thought that this place was once a settler outpost.

Still, with no records to support this theory why not play historian and try to figure it out for yourself!

Getting there and getting around

The Warracoota Ruins walking track is 47km along the Warracoota circuit drive in Diamantina National Park, 306km south-west of Winton.

Explore several loose stone-walled structures thought to have been built by early pioneers. The Warracoota Ruins are located 3km west of Warracoota Waterhole along the signed Warracoota Circuit Drive. Follow park signs to a turn-around at the base of a small hill. Park your vehicle here and begin the short walk up-hill at the sign. There is no designated walking track. Please do not try to drive—heritage sites and artefacts are protected.

For more details see getting there and getting around.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Warracoota Ruins walking track is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for information on park access, conditions and closures and local council offices for road conditions.

Seasonal closures

Access may be closed during periods of wet weather.

Visiting safely

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