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Visiting Diamantina safely
Diamantina National Park is part of the Diamantina catchment. To help you plan your visit to this remote area, go to the Parks of Central West Queensland web page.
Diamantina National Park can be reached by heading south from Winton or Boulia, north from Windorah or east from Bedourie. 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.
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 to 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 .
There are no wheelchair accessible facilities in Diamantina National Park.
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 contact the local police stations: Boulia (07)4744 1644, Bedourie (07) 4746 1220, Longreach (07)4652 5200. Other visitors may be contactable on UHF radio (use Channel 2 duplex and scan for other local radio traffic).
Diamantina National Park is 306km from Winton, 183km from Boulia, and 350km from Windorah, and 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 stove. Camp fires are permitted, except when fire prohibitions or fire bans are in place.
- Complete first-aid kit. Include sun and insect protection in your kit.
- UHF, satellite phone and/or a Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). Mobile phone coverage is poor or not available in most areas of Diamantina National Park.
- 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 vehicle repair tools, spare tyres, oil and engine coolant.
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. Contact us for further information.
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).