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Visiting Goodedulla National Park safely
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 . You must be self-sufficient. Heavy rain can flood the seasonal creek, potentially stranding visitors, so be well prepared.
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.
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.
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.