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Visiting Forest Den safely
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 100km north of Aramac. Take the Corinda turn-off on Torrens Creek Road and travel east. Turn left after 5km and head north for a further 4.5km 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 Traffic or local council offices for current road conditions before your trip.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities at Forest Den 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) 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).
Forest Den National Park is 100km 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.
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.
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 (100km).