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About Forest Den

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Getting there and getting around

Forest Den National Park is part of the Cooper Creek catchment. To help you plan your visit to this remote area, go to the Parks of Central West Queensland web page.

Forest Den National Park is 100 km north of Aramac. Take the Corinda turn-off on Torrens Creek Road and travel east. Turn left after 5 km and head north for a further 4.5 km to Four Mile Waterhole camping area. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.

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 with Queensland Transport or local council offices for current road conditions before your trip.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities at Forest Den National Park.

Park features

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

This 5890 ha park conserves a wide diversity of plants, some unique to this reserve within the region—the park was established to conserve black gidgee at its western limit. 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.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is permitted beside Four Mile Waterhole. No facilities are provided.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Other accommodation

There is a range of accommodation available in and around Longreach and Aramac. See tourism information links for further information.

Things to do

Walking

The park has no formed walking tracks but you can wander around the creeks and waterholes. As Forest Den is relatively quiet and the terrain is gentle, the road is also suitable for walking.

  • When walking, wear sun protection and sturdy shoes, carry plenty of water, and follow other safety advice.

Driving

Follow the winding channels of Torrens and Paradise creeks on the track to Four Mile Waterhole, occasionally looking out across Mitchell grass plains. For your best chance to see Forest Den’s wildlife, drive slowly and go in either the early morning or evening.

Forest Den's Four Mile Waterhole is the only site accessible by car (four-wheel-drive vehicles only). All other tracks within the park are closed to public access.

Viewing wildlife

Animals

The cooler hours of dusk and dawn are the best times to observe birds and other wildlife as they come to drink at the waterholes. Whistling kites, brown falcons, and waterbirds including white ibis, royal spoonbills, darters, Pacific herons, egrets, blue-winged kookaburras and rufous-throated honeyeaters nest by the waterholes. You may also see squatter pigeons hiding in the grass. At night watch for sugar gliders and brushtail possums in the trees, or Beccari's freetail bats skimming over water.

Plants

River red gums and coolibahs line the river channels and floodplains, while river teatrees flourish beside deeper waterholes. Other woodland species such as Reid River box, ironwood, beefwood and bauhinia occur on the sandy 'patchy plains' in the park's western sections. These trees create habitat for a range of fascinating wildlife.

Things to know before you go

Forest Den National Park is 100 km from Aramac, 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. No fires are permitted in Forest Den National Park.
  • Complete first-aid kit. Include sun and insect protection in your kit.
  • UHF, satellite phone and/or an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). Mobile phone coverage is poor or not available in most areas of Forest Den 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.

Opening hours

Forest Den National Park is open all year, however wet weather may cause temporary closures. Check park alerts or contact us for information on park conditions and closures.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Commercial photography permits may be required if you intend to sell any photographs taken of Queensland’s parks and forests.

Organised event permits may be required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use.

Contact us for further information.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Forest Den National Park.

Climate and weather

Visiting is recommended from April to September as summer temperatures reach over 40 °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 Aramac (100 km).

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) and if this fails try 112. You could also contact the Aramac Police Station on (07) 4651 3120, or try to make contact with people on UHF radio (try channel 29 and scan for other local radio traffic).

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.

Please read looking after parks in Central West Queensland.

Park management

Each park in the Longreach district has unique attributes. They are managed to conserve their natural condition and protect their cultural resources and values. A management plan for Forest Den National Park (PDF, 1.5M) has been prepared.

Tourism information links

Longreach Regional Council
www.longreach.qld.gov.au
96a Eagle Street, Longreach
ph (07) 4658 4111
fax (07) 4658 4116
email

For information on road conditions contact:

Queensland Transport
www.131940.qld.gov.au
Phone 13 19 40 for 24-hour road reports.

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

Further information

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Last updated
24 January 2018