Kroombit Tops National Park Bundaberg | Gladstone | Outback Queensland

Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland

Things to do

    Plan your park adventures well by choosing destinations that suit your vehicle type and your driving and bushwalking experience.

    Read more about park access roads, visiting safely, before you visit and four-wheel-driving  safety.

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    • Two camping areas are provided with limited facilities for self-sufficient campers at: Griffith Creek camping area, accessible by conventional vehicle in dry conditions only via Tableland Road from the park's northern entrance.
    • Razorback camping area accessible by high clearance four-wheel-drive in dry conditions only. Unsuitable for trailers, camper trailers or caravans.

    Read detailed information about camping in Kroombit Tops National Park before booking your campsite to ensure you book a site suitable for your vehicle and camping type.

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Gladstone, Calliope, Monto, Biloela and Ubobo. See the tourism information links for more details.

    The Kroombit Tops lookout provides scenic views to the north-east.

    The Kroombit Tops lookout provides scenic views to the north-east.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    The Marble waterhole is a feature on the Razorback track—accessible by high clearance 4WD vehicle in dry conditions only.

    The Marble waterhole is a feature on the Razorback track—accessible by high clearance 4WD vehicle in dry conditions only.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Griffith Creek runs beside the Griffith Creek camping area. It is a great place to camp.

    Griffith Creek runs beside the Griffith Creek camping area. It is a great place to camp.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Landscape view from the Ridge track, a high clearance 4WD track that is accessible in dry conditions only.

    Landscape view from the Ridge track, a high clearance 4WD track that is accessible in dry conditions only.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Day-use areas

    Plan your park adventures well—choose destinations that suit your vehicle type and your driving experience. Read more about park access roads and four-wheel-driving safety.

    There are three places to picnic at Kroombit Tops—one has toilet facilities, and the others are for self-sufficient visitors.

    When visiting areas away from toilet facilities, please minimise pollution by preferably bringing a portable toilet. Otherwise, bring a toilet trowel/spade and bury all toilet waste at least 15cm deep and 100m from creeks, day-use areas and walking tracks.

    Griffiths Creek day-use area

    Accessible by conventional vehicles in dry conditions only via Tableland Road from the park’s northern entrance.

    A great place to stop for a picnic beside Griffiths Creek—picnic tables provided in a cleared grassy area.

    Kroombit Tops lookout

    Accessible by conventional vehicles in dry conditions only via Tableland Road from the park’s northern entrance.

    Picnic tables and a toilet are located beside the car park and the Lookout walk begins here.

    The Wall day-use area

    Accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles in dry conditions only.

    Drive through wet blackbutt dominated forest and dry open forest to The Wall day-use area on the south bank of Annie Creek. Picnic beside a rocky landscape feature and take a walk to the Beautiful Betsy bomber crash site. Visitors must be self-sufficient as there are no facilities here.

    Walking

    Three short walking tracks and a longer hike give you a closer look at Kroombit Tops’ many natural and cultural attractions.

    Lookout walk

    Grade 2

    Distance: 140m return
    Allow: 10min
    Access: Walk begins at Kroombit Tops lookout; location accessible by conventional vehicle in dry conditions only via Tableland Road from the park’s northern entrance.
    Details: This natural viewpoint has spectacular views from the eastern escarpment looking over the Boyne Valley—look for ribbons of dark green rainforest among the paler eucalyptus woodlands in the valley below.

    Rainforest walk

    Grade 3

    Distance: 300m return
    Allow: 10min
    Access: Walk begins beside Tableland Road; park beside Tableland Road near the walking track entrance; location accessible by conventional vehicle in dry conditions and only from the northern park access on Tableland Road (the road south of the Rainforest walk is unsuitable for conventional vehicles).
    Details: Discover Kroombit Tops’ subtropical rainforest along this easy circuit track through palms, vines and tall trees near Munholme Creek.

    Beautiful Betsy bomber crash site

    Grade 3

    Distance: 3.2km return
    Allow: 2hr
    Access: Walk begins at The Wall day-use area; accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicle in dry conditions only.
    Details: This walk takes you to the final resting place of Beautiful Betsy a WWII Liberator bomber that crashed on the western side of the plateau in 1945. Wayside signs at the crash site provide information about this war grave. Please treat this site with respect and leave it as you found it.

    Escarpment track

    Grade 3

    Distance: 13km one-way
    Time: 5hr

    Caution:

    • Keep to the walking track and away from the cliff edge.
    • This is not a circuit track, so arrange a support vehicle to drop you off and pick you up (return walk is 26km).

    Access: from either Kroombit Tops lookout or the track entrance opposite The Barracks; accessible by conventional vehicle in dry conditions only via Tableland Road from the park’s northern entrance.
    Details: hike this track along the eastern escarpment through open blackbutt forest with glimpses of the Boyne Valley to the north-east. Watch for peregrine falcons soaring around rocky cliff tops. Note: camping is not permitted along the escarpment.

    Four-wheel-drive tracks

    You can take an adventurous drive along 4WD-only tracks in the park’s drier rocky west.

    Plan your park four-wheel-drive experiences well—see detailed road descriptions for the Bomber track, Ridge track and Razorback track. Choose routes that suit your type of 4WD vehicle and your driving experience for the conditions listed.

    4WD tracks are unsuitable for towing trailers, campervans and caravans.

    In dry conditions the 4WD tracks can become powdery, with sections of bulldust.

    Drive cautiously!

    • Be alert for other vehicles, especially on narrower and winding track sections.
    • Approach corners cautiously and stay on your side of the road. Avoid sudden slowing as the vehicle may slide.
    • Slow down—allow time to react to unexpected situations and changed conditions. Watch out for horses, cattle and wildlife close to or on the road.
    • The Bicentennial National Trail shares some roads within the park—as you drive look out for horse riders, mountain-bike riders and walkers.
    • Many roads are unsealed and impassable when wet. See Queensland Traffic—traffic and travel information (phone 13 19 40) to enquire about local road conditions.

    Read more about park access roads and four-wheel-driving safety.

    Bomber track (two-way traffic)

    Distance: 20km each way
    Time: allow 1hr each way

    • Dry weather only track.
    • Four-wheel-drive vehicle required.
    • The track is formed, undulating and hilly.
    • As you approach The Wall day-use area there are some short, steep descents with rough, rocky sections and loose surfaces.
    • Driving conditions vary with weather and vehicle traffic impacts.
    • In dry conditions the road can become powdery, with sections of bulldust.
    • Some four-wheel-driving experience required.

    Details: Drive through wet blackbutt dominated forest and dry open forest to The Wall day-use area for a picnic beside a rocky landscape feature. The walk to the Beautiful Betsy bomber crash site begins here.

    Ridge track (one-way traffic)

    Distance: 15km from The Wall day-use area to Bomber track junction
    Time: allow 1hr

    • Dry weather only track.
    • High clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle required.
    • Unsuitable for trailers, camper trailers or caravans.
    • Narrow, steep track with highly variable surface and eroded areas to navigate.
    • Caution is needed to avoid vehicle damage.
    • Driving conditions vary with weather and traffic impacts.
    • In dry conditions the road can become powdery, with sections of bulldust.
    • Experience driving in these conditions is essential.

    Details: Travel north from The Wall day-use area on this narrow, one-way traffic track. As you drive, notice the vegetation change from dry open forest to wetter blackbutt dominated forest. Enjoy stunning vistas over gorges and valleys from two natural lookouts.

    Razorback track (two-way traffic)

    Distance: 27km between Valentine Plains Road (western park entry) and Tableland Road
    Time: allow 2hr

    • Dry weather only track.
    • High clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles required.
    • Unsuitable for trailers, camper trailers or caravans.
    • Narrow track with blind spots, rocky creek crossings, extended steep ascents/descents, highly variable loose rocky surfaces and eroded areas to navigate.
    • Caution is needed to avoid vehicle damage.
    • Driving conditions vary with weather and vehicle traffic impacts.
    • In dry conditions the road can become powdery, with sections of bulldust.
    • Experience in driving in these conditions is essential.
    • This is the park's most isolated 4WD track.

    Details: The Razorback track takes visitors from Kroombit Tops’ western boundary up through rugged terrain in panoramic scenery atop twisting ridges and into the core of the park. The track is also accessible at its eastern end via Tableland Road as a challenging and rewarding scenic drive.

    Viewing wildlife

    Wildlife is best spotted early in the morning or in the evening.

    By day, rock-wallabies bound across rocky outcrops near Kroombit Creek. At night, micro-bats hunt for insects in the dry rainforest and yellow-bellied gliders scurry through the tree tops while powerful owls hunt for prey.

    You may see flashes of colour as flocks of scaly-breasted, rainbow and little lorikeets screech through open woodlands. Wedge-tailed eagles soar above and peregrine falcons nest on escarpment cliffs. Listen for green catbirds and paradise riflebirds—their distinctive calls fill the rainforest with sound.

    Encounter eastern water dragons, lace monitors and red-bellied black snakes sunning themselves by creeks. Look for small darting lizards on rocky ledges.

    Only at Kroombit Tops can you hear the unusual call of the endangered Kroombit tinkerfrog—listen for a series of sharp, metallic 'tinks'. This elusive frog lives in small patches of rainforest where it is believed to spend much of its time hiding between large rocks.

    Bicentennial National Trail

    The trail traverses Kroombit Tops National Park in an east–west direction, with designated camps along the way. A large section of the trail is open only to hikers, non-motorised vehicles and horses. Visit the National Trail website for maps and further information.

    Read about the horseriding trail networks in parks and forests.