Diamantina National Park Outback Queensland

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

Visiting Diamantina safely

    Getting there and getting around

    Diamantina National Park is part of the Diamantina catchment. To help you plan your visit to this remote area, download the Central West Queensland National Park visitor guide (PDF, 4.7MB) .

    Diamantina National Park can be reached by heading south from Winton (306km) or south-east from Boulia (183km), north from Windorah (350km) or east from Bedourie (275km).

    Obtain an RACQ map for details. A four-wheel-drive vehicle with high clearance is necessary as many outback roads are unsealed and wheel ruts can be deep. Fill up before you leave town and take extra fuel. The drive is slow and dusty.

    Even small amounts of rain can make roads impassable so always be prepared and have at least a week’s worth of extra supplies in case of stranding. Check Queensland Traffic or local council offices for current road conditions before your trip.

    Remember, carry extra fuel for driving within the park.

    For protection of natural resources, entry to Diamantina National Park east of the Diamantina River Road is prohibited (PDF, 67.4KB) .

    Wheelchair accessibility

    There are no wheelchair accessible facilities in Diamantina National Park.

    Staying safe

    This park is remote and rangers may not be on park to help you. You must be self-sufficient and prepared for emergencies.

    It is vitally important that you read staying safe in Parks of Central West Queensland.

    In an emergency

    In an emergency, phone Triple Zero (000). You could also try contacting the park base on UHF 2 (duplex).

    Mobile phone coverage is not available in the national park. Consider taking a satellite phone, personal locator beacon (PLB) or another form of communication.

    You can also download the free Emergency+smartphone app before you leave home, the GPS functionality can provide critical location details to emergency services.

    Before you visit

    Diamantina National Park is remote and rangers may not be on park to help you. You must be self-sufficient and prepared for emergencies.

    Essentials to bring

    • Adequate water, food and emergency supplies. Carry at least seven litres of water per person per day and enough emergency food and water for at least seven days in case of stranding.
    • Fuel stoves are recommended.
    • Complete first-aid kit. Include sun and insect protection in your kit.
    • UHF, satellite phone and/or a personal locator beacons (PLB).
    • Extra fuel and vehicle repairs. Frequent low gear and four-wheel-drive travel will use fuel more quickly on park drives. You should also bring a vehicle repair tool kit, extra spare tyres, oil and engine coolant.

    Opening hours

    Diamantina National Park is open all year however wet weather may cause temporary closures. Check park alerts for information on park conditions and closures.

    Permits and fees

    Camping permits are required and fees apply.

    Commercial photography permits are required if you intend to sell any photographs taken of Queensland’s parks and forests. Organised event permits are required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use. Read permits for parks and forests for further information.

    Pets

    Domestic animals are not permitted in Diamantina National Park.

    Climate and weather

    Visiting is recommended from April to September as summer temperatures can reach up to 50°C during the day, and summer rains often cause flooding. Rain can fall at any time of year and flooding can occur up to two weeks after rain elsewhere in the catchment, resulting in unexpected creek rises and road closures.

    Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

    Fuel and supplies

    The nearest fuel and supplies are at Boulia (183km), Winton (306km) or Windorah (350km).