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About Eurimbula

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More park information is available in our trial Eurimbula National Park page.

Getting there and getting around

High clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles with low range capacity are most suitable for travelling on the soft sand roads. Photo: Queensland Government.

High clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles with low range capacity are most suitable for travelling on the soft sand roads. Photo: Queensland Government.

From the Bruce Highway at Miriam Vale, follow the road signs towards Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy. Look out for the Eurimbula National Park sign, which is 10km before the town of Agnes Water. Turn left onto the unsealed road and travel 4km to the park entrance.

Roads within the park are sand tracks. Is your vehicle suitable?

  • High clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles with low range capacity are recommended.
  • Off-road camper trailers and small boat trailers are permitted. Towing trailers significantly increases the chances of getting bogged. Recovery of bogged vehicles can be costly and is your responsibility.

Roads are not suitable for caravans, low clearance four-wheel-drive and all-wheel drive vehicles.

Be aware! Watch for other vehicles, wildlife and cattle on the road.

Accessing camping areas

Camping areas accessible by vehicle: From the park entrance, the sand road leads a few kilometres to a junction. The road to the right leads to Eurimbula Creek camping area (9km) and the road on the left leads to Middle Creek camping area (13.5km).

As the road approaches Eurimbula Creek camping area it becomes a narrow sand track through low littoral rainforest.

Camping areas accessible by boat: the nearest boat ramps to Rodds Peninsular and Bustard Head camping areas are at Seventeen Seventy and Turkey Beach.
Also see: park alerts just before you go and check for road conditions.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities or tracks at Eurimbula National Park.

Park features

Sand bars and tidal estuaries provide the ideal habitat for visiting and resident shorebirds. Photo: Queensland Government.

Sand bars and tidal estuaries provide the ideal habitat for visiting and resident shorebirds. Photo: Queensland Government.

Eurimbula National Park features a transition of vegetation and landforms that are unique in Central Queensland.

Look for the marked changes in plant communities from mangrove-fringed estuaries, freshwater paperbark swamps and coastal lowland eucalypt forests with weeping cabbage palms to tall rainforest with elegant hoop pines.

Also see: Nature, culture and history

Camping and accommodation

Eurimbula Creek and Middle Creek camp sites are a short very walk to the water and fishing sites. Photo: Queensland Government.

Eurimbula Creek and Middle Creek camp sites are a short very walk to the water and fishing sites. Photo: Queensland Government.

Vehicle-based camping and boat-based camping are permitted at Eurimbula National Park.

Eurimbula Creek and Middle Creek camping areas are accessible by high clearance four-wheel-drive.

Another two camping areas—Rodds Peninsular and Bustard Head camping areas—are available for visitors arriving by boat.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Also see: Things to know before you go

Other accommodation

Hotel, bed and breakfast and caravan park accommodation is available at Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy, Miriam Vale and Bundaberg. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

A short, steep walk leads to Ganoonga Noonga (low grounds) lookout with great views over the surrounding landscape. Photo: Queensland Government.

A short, steep walk leads to Ganoonga Noonga (low grounds) lookout with great views over the surrounding landscape. Photo: Queensland Government.

People in boats can enjoy the remote and pristine beaches around Rodds Peninsula, accessible only by boat. Photo: Queensland Government.

People in boats can enjoy the remote and pristine beaches around Rodds Peninsula, accessible only by boat. Photo: Queensland Government.

Walking

There is one formed walking track in Eurimbula National Park—a Grade 3 walking track.

 Grade 3 track

  • Well-defined, distinct track with steep grades and steps. Some exposed roots and rocks.
  • May be partially overgrown; hazards such as fallen trees may be present.
  • Cliff edge and lookout not fenced; appropriate caution required.
  • Reasonable level of fitness required and ankle-supporting footwear recommended.

 Ganoonga Noonga lookout

Distance: 360m one way
Time: Allow about 20mins
Details: From the junction of the Middle Creek and Eurimbula Creek camping area access roads, travel approximately 1km along the Eurimbula Creek camping area access track to the lookout car park. The short walking track rises steeply to the lookout. From this vantage point you can view the low grounds (Ganoonga Noonga)—swamps and heaths—covering the parallel dunes that have built up over the last 6000 years. Panoramic views include Munro Range to the west, Bray Hills to the north, and Bustard Head and Bustard Bay to the east.

Intending to bushwalk away from the formed tracks?

  • Obtain a topographic map.
  • Ask for advice before setting off.
  • Never walk alone.
  • Ensure you carry enough drinking water.
  • Keep an eye on the time! Allow 15–20mins to walk 1km—estimated walking time for people of average fitness and bushwalking experience, and who are wearing correct footwear.

Boating

The coastal waters adjacent to Eurimbula National Park are within the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park. Please ensure you are aware of the marine park zones and their restrictions before you go boating.

  • Explore Eurimbula Creek by boat or canoe at high tide.
  • Care must be taken as the creek has a flat sandy bottom with a broadly meandering channel not navigable at low tide.
  • Boat ramps are located at the Seventeen Seventy marina on Round Hill Creek.

Fishing

Coastal areas bordering the park are part of the Great Barrier Reef Coast and Great Barrier Reef marine parks—make sure you know the zones.

  • For detailed zoning maps and information visit the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
  • Crabbing is not permitted in Eurimbula Creek. For details view the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Eurimbula Creek fisheries regulated waters map (PDF).
  • In camping areas, treat all refuse from fish cleaning as rubbish and remove it from the park.
  • On the beach, all refuse from fish cleaning, including offal, scales and unused bait, should be buried at least 30cm deep, below the high tide line.

Viewing wildlife and wildflowers

  • Photograph wildflowers in spring.
  • Bring your binoculars and a bird field guide to help you identify Eurimbula's diverse bird life.
  • See cormorants and white-bellied sea-eagles along the shore.
  • Look for red-tailed black-cockatoos and brolgas in the woodlands.
  • Enjoy views over swamps, heathlands and the parallel sand dunes from Ganoonga Noonga lookout.

Also see: Nature, culture and history.

Things to know before you go

Driving

  • You need a high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle for travelling in the park.
  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound.
  • The roads into Eurimbula are very narrow with no turn-around areas.
  • Do not take caravans into Eurimbula as they will get stuck and damaged by the roadside vegetation.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information about conditions in Eurimbula National Park, particularly after wet weather, as road conditions can change quickly.
  • Read Driving on sand and print off the Driving on sand safety guide (PDF, 2.0M) to take with you when you visit.

Essentials to bring

  • Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit and know how to use it. Medical assistance may be hours away.
  • Bring heavy-duty bags or containers to store your rubbish in. Bins are not provided; please take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking and test it before you leave home.
  • Bring your own clean-cut firewood if intending to have a campfire. Collection of firewood and the use of chainsaws are prohibited.
  • Bring your own drinking water; some untreated rainwater is available.
  • Ensure you pack insect repellent, sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid bites, stings and sunburn.
  • A torch, preferably with a red filter to protect animals' eyes, is useful for spotlighting at night.
  • Binoculars are great for viewing wildlife from a distance and a camera is handy to capture moments of your holiday.

Opening hours

Eurimbula National Park is open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

  • A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
  • Book your camp site online.
  • Print off your camping tag after online booking and take it with you to display at your camp site.
  • If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.

Camping fees must be paid before camping overnight.

  • If you wish to extend your stay, you must make another booking.
  • Phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68) if amending or extending your stay; mobile phone charges may apply.

Mobile phone reception

Mobile phone reception is generally unreliable. Best chance of good mobile phone reception is on the beach out from the Eurimbula Creek camping area and the headland up from Middle Creek camping area.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Eurimbula National Park.

Climate and weather

Eurimbula has a mild subtropical climate.

  • Summer can be hot and humid even in the evenings; temperature range 15°–33°C.
  • Winters are pleasantly mild; temperature range 7°–26°C.
  • Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

The closest fuel and supplies are available from Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy, Miriam Vale and Bundaberg. For more information see the tourism information links below.

 

Staying safe

  • Always check park alerts for Eurimbula National Park before visiting.

Driving and boating

  • Make sure your vehicle is suitable for the driving conditions. Access into Eurimbula National Park is by high clearance four-wheel-drives.
  • Drive safely and watch out for the unexpected—slow down to allow time to react to changed conditions and other park users. Look out for wildlife and cattle when driving and marine life below when boating.
  • Make sure your vehicle, boating and camping equipment is in good order.
  • Abide by warning, advisory and park closure notices. Access may not be permitted in wet weather.

Around water

  • Always supervise children.
  • Coastal and estuarine waters in this area can be treacherous—strong currents and sharks occur particularly around Eurimbula's creek systems and in Round Hill Creek at Seventeen Seventy.
  • Swimming is not recommended from beaches around the park. Tragedies have occurred in the unpatrolled waters. Medical help or rescue can be hours away. The nearest patrolled swimming beach is the main beach at Agnes Water.
  • Beware of marine stingers between October and May.
  • Stonefish are common in the creeks.

Around campfires

  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Stay with children and don't let them sit too close.
  • Don't let a campfire turn into a wildfire! Keep campfires small.
  • Whenever you leave, douse campfires with water not sand*.
    * Embers can stay extremely hot for up to 15hrs when covered only with sand. Serious burn injuries have occurred on the soles of children's feet, who have walked bare-footed over old campfires that have only been covered with sand.

Picnics, camping and walking

  • Do not feed or leave food for animals, as your food can harm wildlife, cause them to rely on hand-outs and make them aggressive as they try to bully you or other visitors for more food.
  • Keep your food packed away when your camp site is not attended.
  • Always carry drinking water.
  • If you intend to walk off-track, obtain a topographic map and ask for advice before setting off. Before you leave, tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Hot sand hurts! When you first arrive, check your camp site for any leftover embers or hot spots of sand from previous campfire sites.
  • Keep shoes on your feet in all the camp sites.
  • If you intend on having a campfire, set it up in the fire rings provided.

In an emergency

In case of accident or other emergency please:

  • Call Triple Zero (000).
  • Advise the location and nature of the emergency.
  • Stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.
  • The nearest hospitals are in Bundaberg and Gladstone.

Be aware! Mobile phone coverage is patchy and unreliable.

Also see: Safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

You can help protect the park and forest so it can be enjoyed now and in the future by observing these guidelines:

  • Everything in the park (living or dead) is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
  • Ensure campfires are put out properly with water not sand, before retiring for the night or leaving your camp site.
  • Keep your vehicle on the tracks; shortcutting and venturing off the track creates impacts such as erosion and soil compaction.
  • Vehicles are not permitted on beaches.
  • Use toilets if available or bring a portable toilet. If bush toileting, ensure all faecal matter and toilet paper is properly buried at least 15cm deep and 100m from tracks, camp sites and waterways. Bag and carry out disposable nappies and sanitary products.
  • Do not put sanitary products, disposable nappies and cigarette butts in the toilet facilities.
  • Take your rubbish home for appropriate disposal. Do not hang rubbish bags from trees or tents. Never bury or leave rubbish in the park.
  • When bathing or washing cooking equipment or clothes, always wash at least 100m from streams and lakes. Waterways and the ocean should be kept free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, shampoo, sunscreens and food scraps.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive. Store food in lockable boxes.
  • Contact the Queensland Government Wildlife Hotline to report: wildlife incidents, marine animal strike, marine stranding or an injured, sick or dead turtle, dolphin or whale.

See the guidlelines for caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Eurimbula National Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present important natural and cultural values in perpetuity.

Tourism information links

Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism
West Visitor Information Centre
www.bundabergregion.org
271 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg, QLD 4670
ph (07) 4153 8888
fax (07) 4153 8880
email

Agnes Water Visitor Information Centre
71 Springs Road, Agnes Water, QLD 4677
ph (07) 4902 1533
fax (07) 4902 1588
email  

Gladstone Visitor Information Centre
www.gladstoneregion.info

Marina Ferry Terminal, Bryan Jordan Drive
ph (07) 4972 9000
fax (07) 4972 5006
email

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
28 November 2019