Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park Tropical North Queensland

About Koombooloomba

    Park features

    Endangered wet schlerophyll forests, dry forests and upland rainforest surrounding Koombooloomba Dam are protected in this national park and conservation park. The two parks are home to many unique animals and plants and are in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

    Enjoy driving, picnicking, bicycling and camping in the parks or fish and waterski on Koombooloomba Dam.

    Read more about the nature, culture and history of Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park.

    Looking after the park

    • Firearms and chainsaws must not be used in the national park or conservation park.
    • Everything in the parks is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
    • Small camp fires are allowed within camp sites in the Koombooloomba Conservation Park camping area and the Koombooloomba National Park bush camping area at the dam. Firewood must not be collected from the national park or the conservation park. In the Koombooloomba Conservation Park camping area, fires are only permitted on the pads provided. In the Koombooloomba National Park bush camping area at the dam, small fires with a 2m buffer are allowed at individual camp sites. Fires are not permitted when bush camping along Nitchaga Creek and Wall Creek roads.
    • Please use toilet facilities provided. At locations where toilet facilities are not provided, use a trowel to bury waste and paper. Dig a hole at least 15cm deep and 50m from camp sites, roads, watercourses and the dam.
    • In the Koombooloomba Conservation Park camping area and the Koombooloomba National Park bush camping area at the dam, the use of generators is not permitted except between 8.00am and 7.00pm and only if the noise level is less than 65dB(A) at a distance of 7m. The use of generators is not permitted when bush camping along Nitchaga Creek and Wall Creek roads.
    • Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave.
    • Leave domestic animals at home. They are prohibited in national and conservation parks.
    • Avoid driving on unsealed roads during and after heavy rain. Driving on wet roads causes damage to the road surface.
    • Stay on the existing roads. If an obstruction blocks your path, don’t drive into the roadside drain to pass it. Remove the obstruction, if possible and safe to do so, or return from the direction you came. Ensure that obstructions do not block roadside drains.

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

    Park management

    Koomboolomba State Forest was converted from timber reserve on 16 March 1967. Over time more parcels were added and it was included within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in 1988. On 14 September 2001 29,281 hectares were converted to forest reserve with the remaining 3019 hectares following on 18 July 2008.

    On 19 November 2010 the forest reserve was converted to national park. A small area of electricity reserve near the dam wall was converted to conservation park at the same time.

    Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park are managed on a day-to-day basis by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Management of the World Heritage Area is coordinated through a partnership between the Commonwealth and Queensland governments, the Jirrbal people and the wider community.

    The national park is managed in accordance with the Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park Management Statement (PDF, 163.1KB) .

    Tourism information links

    Atherton Visitor Information Centre
    Corner Silo Road and Main Street, Atherton QLD 4883
    ph 1300 366 361
    email athinfocentre@trc.qld.gov.au

    Ravenshoe Visitor Centre
    www.trc.qld.gov.au
    24 Moore Street, Ravenshoe QLD 4888
    ph (07) 4089 2243
    email info@ravenshoevisitorcentre.com.au

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

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