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About Goodedulla National Park

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Getting there and getting around

Goodedulla National Park is accessible by four-wheel drive only. Turn off the Capricorn Highway at Gogango and follow the signs north to Rookwood Station. Do not turn towards the house but follow the park signs and keep heading north. The track is rough, unsealed and traverses private property. It can take more than 45 minutes to traverse the final 10km to the park. Leave all gates as you find them.

Take care as the park's road networks can be confusing—see Goodedulla National Park map (PDF, 309K). You must be self-sufficient. Heavy rain can flood the seasonal creek, potentially stranding visitors, so be well prepared.

Park features

Covering 26,025ha, Goodedulla National Park conserves the only land zone of granites, acid volcanics and Permian sediments within the central Brigalow Belt. Park vegetation is diverse and includes rosewood and vine forest.

Formerly the area was held under two pastoral leases, Rookwood and Boomer.

Goodedulla National Park is centred on the Melaleuca Creek catchment of the Boomer Range.

This remote park of picturesque meandering semi-permanent creeks within hilly to mountainous areas is ideal for birdwatching.

Camping and accommodation


Goodedulla National Park has camping areas at Wadlow Yards, Kings Dam and The Palms. There are no facilities at these camping areas. Camping permits are required and must be obtained prior to arrival, and fees apply.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in Rockhampton.

For more information see tourism information links below.

Things to do


There are no formal walking tracks—however there are numerous tracks within the park for drivers and walkers.


Please keep to designated marked tracks—see Goodedulla National Park map (PDF, 309K). Please drive carefully as the terrain is steep and often slippery and help may be many hours away.

Viewing wildlife

Goodedulla offers excellent opportunities for birdwatching including regular sightings of various raptors. Visitors have spotted emus, echidnas and grey kangaroos. The reserve provides valuable habitat for native animals as the area is relatively undisturbed in comparison to the heavily cleared areas to the north.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

Goodedulla National Park is very remote and you need to be self-sufficient. The nearest shop and fuel supplies are at Westwood or Duaringa.

Make sure you have:

  • a first-aid kit
  • sufficient fuel
  • drinking water, as untreated creek water is not suitable for drinking
  • recovery gear and a satellite phone in case you get bogged
  • a sealable container to take your rubbish home as bins are not provided
  • insect repellent, sunhat and sunscreen
  • a fuel stove and fuel.

Opening hours

This park is open 24 hours a day, all year round. The park may be closed in times of fire or flooding.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.


Domestic animals are not permitted in Goodedulla National Park.

Climate and weather

The area has a tropical climate, with an average summer temperature of about 32ºC. However summer daytime temperatures can exceed 40ºC. Winters are mild and often dry, with an average temperature of about 20ºC. Total annual rainfall averages 700mm with most rain falling during the summer months.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and supplies are located at Westwood or Duaringa.

Staying safe

Drive with care

  • Watch for wildlife and cattle on roads.
  • After heavy rain unsealed roads may become impassable.
  • Stay with your vehicle if it breaks down. A vehicle is much easier to find than a person.

Walk with care

  • Never walk alone. Tell family or friends where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Carry a first-aid kit and drinking water. When walking, carry extra supplies in case your walk takes longer than expected.
  • Bury your toilet waste (and paper) 15cm deep and at least 100m from creeks. There are no toilets in this park.
  • Do not rely on mobile phones. Particularly in low-lying areas, mobile coverage is unavailable.
  • Pack appropriate clothing. Wear a shirt, hat and sunscreen during the day. Bring sturdy footwear and insect repellent.
  • Be prepared to encounter wildlife. Snakes, spiders and stinging insects are common so know how to respond.
  • Beware of falling branches during severe storms and strong winds.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Please follow these guidelines to help us protect these natural areas.

  • Use a portable stove to reduce fire danger and eliminate the need for firewood.
  • Avoid contaminating water with detergents, soaps or shampoos. Wash yourself and your cooking utensils at least 50m away from waterways.
  • Take it in, take it out. Bag all your rubbish and take it home for recycling or disposal.
  • Keep wildlife wild. Avoid feeding native animals—you might be bitten or scratched. Let animals find their own food. Our foods can be harmful to them.
  • Take care not to bring weed seeds into the park on shoes, tyres or tents.
  • Keep your camp area tidy at all times and leave your site as you found it.

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

Park management

Goodedulla National Park is managed in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Tourism information links

Capricorn Tourism Information Centre

Tropic of Capricorn Spire, Gladstone Road

Rockhampton QLD 4700

ph (07) 4927 2055 or 1800 676 701

fax (07) 4922 2605


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

Further information

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Last updated
28 April 2014