Eurimbula National Park Gladstone

Eurimbula National Park includes the beautiful coastline where Captain James Cook made his first landing in Queensland. Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism & Events Queensland

Things to do

    Middle Creek camp sites are a very short 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.

    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.

    Camping and accommodation

    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.

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

    Camping permits are required and fees apply.

    Read Before you visit for information about essentials to bring before camping in Eurimbula National Park.

    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 tourism information links.

    Walking

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

    Grade 3 track

    • Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
    • Some bushwalking experience recommended.
    • Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.
    • Walks up to 20km.

    Ganoonga Noonga lookout

    Distance: 360m one way
    Time: Allow about 20min
    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 15–20min to walk 1km—this is the 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.
    • 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.

    Read more about the park's nature, culture and history.