Idalia National Park Outback Queensland

Photo credit: John Augusteyn © Queensland Government

About Idalia

    Image of breathtaking views from Emmet Pocket.

    Breathtaking views from Emmet Pocket.

    Photo credit: John Augusteyn © Queensland Government

    Park features

    This 144,000 hectare park protects extensive mulga woodlands, the headwaters of the Bulloo River and threatened wildlife.

    Explore the gorges and rock formations of Idalia’s Gowan Range tablelands. Emerge from the dense mulga to catch surprise views of rugged escarpments, home to yellow-footed rock-wallabies. You may also see other macropods grazing along the creek flats.

    Visit innovative stake stockyards built from the 1920s to 1950s to hold up to 300 cattle during muster. Wander among the rusty iron and splintered bush timber relics, imagining the stories behind them.

    Looking after the park

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

    • Keep food away from wildlife. Accidental or intentional feeding upsets the balance of nature and can make animals sick and/or aggressive.
    • Manage your waste. Take rubbish with you as no bins are provided. Pack food away immediately after meals and secure rubbish in strong sealed containers to avoid attracting insects and larger animals. Do not bury rubbish. Dingoes or other animals will dig it up.
    • Use toilets where provided. Do not throw rubbish or contents of chemical toilet tanks into pit toilets. Where toilets are not available—bury toilet waste (and paper) at least 15cm deep and 100m away from camp sites, tracks and watercourses.
    • Stop the spread of weeds and pathogens. New introductions can spread and displace resident species and alter the local ecology. Soil from your camping gear and boots can contain weed seeds and foreign plant pathogens. Before you arrive clean all vehicles (especially the tyres and undercarriage), all camping equipment and walking gear. If available, use a washdown facility provided in a local town.
    • Domestic animals are not permitted in the parks. Please observe the before you visit guidelines for dog and pets.

    Please read looking after parks in Central West Queensland.

    Park management

    Each park in Central West Queensland has unique attributes. Idalia is managed to conserve the natural condition and protect the cultural resources and values of the park.

    The national park is managed in accordance with the Idalia National Park Management Plan (PDF, 7.4MB) .

    Tourism information links

    Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
    www.btrc.qld.gov.au
    6 Coronation Drive, Blackall
    ph (07) 4621 6600
    email admin@blackall.qld.gov.au

    Blackall Visitor Information Centre
    www.blackalltambotourism.com.au
    108A Shamrock Street, Blackall
    ph (07) 4657 4637
    email binfo@btrc.qld.gov.au

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

    Longreach Visitor Information Centre
    www.experiencelongreach.com.au
    99a Eagle Street, Longreach
    ph (07) 4658 4141
    email experience@longreach.qld.gov.au

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    Phone 13 19 40 for 24-hour road reports.

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