Forest Den National Park Outback Queensland

About Forest Den

    Park features

    Forest Den's waterholes, lined with majestic river red gums and coolibahs provide a refuge in dry times.

    Established to conserve black gidgee woodlands at their western limit, this 5890ha park conserves a wide diversity of plants and fascinating wildlife. Reid River box, ironwood, beefwood, bauhinia and other woodland trees occur on the sandy ‘patchy plains’ in the park’s western sections.

    Although used as grazing land for more than 100 years, little remains of this era apart from a few pastoral relics—fences, gateways and a derelict round timber bridge over Torrens Creek.

    Looking after the park

    Everything in Forest Den National Park is protected, including plants, animals and heritage sites and artefacts. Please appreciate, respect and help care for Forest Den’s outstanding natural and cultural values by leaving things as you find them, and encouraging others to do the same.

    • Leave your pets at home, domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
    • Stop the spread of weeds and pathogens. New introductions can spread and displace resident species and alter the local ecology. Before you arrive ensure all camping gear, boots and your vehicle (especially the tyres and undercarriage) are clean and free of seeds, soil and insects (including ants and their eggs).
    • Use a fuel or gas stove for cooking. Remember, collecting firewood in the national park is not allowed.
    • Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave.

    Please read looking after parks in Central West Queensland.

    Park management

    Forest Den National Park was gazetted in 1991. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages the protected area to conserve its natural, cultural and historic values under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. A management plan for Forest Den National Park (PDF, 1.5MB) has been prepared.

    Tourism information links

    Longreach Explore Centre (Visitor Information)
    www.experiencelongreach.com.au
    Qantas Park, 99a Eagle Street, Longreach
    Phone: (07) 4658 4141
    Email: experience@longreach.qld.gov.au

    Flinders Discovery Centre
    www.visithughenden.com.au
    37 Gray Street, Hughenden QLD 4821
    Phone: (07) 4741 2970
    Email: info@flinders.qld.gov.au

    Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre
    www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au
    149 Oak Street, Barcaldine Qld 4725
    Phone: (07) 4651 1724
    Email: tourism@barc.qld.gov.au

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