Kroombit Tops National Park Bundaberg | Gladstone | Outback Queensland

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Visiting Kroombit Tops safely

    Getting there and getting around

    Access

    Major access routes are from Gladstone, Biloela, Monto or Ubobo.

    Most access routes require a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Your type of vehicle and the weather affects which access route you choose to get to Kroombit Tops.

    Conventional vehicle access—in dry conditions only—is possible from Gladstone and Ubobo. Within the park conventional vehicles can only access Griffith Creek camping area, the Lookout and associated walking tracks.

    Access from Gladstone (approximately 85km):

    Driving conditions: Access roads suitable for conventional vehicles in dry conditions only.
    Access route: Travel south-west to Calliope, then follow the Dawson Highway south-west towards Biloela for 4km and turn left into Gladstone-Monto Road. Follow this road for 500m then turn right into Tableland Road. This road is suitable for 2WD vehicles in dry weather only. From here, it is a further 68km along Tableland Road to the park boundary.

    Access from Biloela (approximately 40km):

    Driving conditions: you need a high clearance four-wheel-drive. There is no trailer access from this route because the road has long, steep and narrow sections. This is a dry weather access only route because there are numerous creek crossings and very steep gradients, which are very hazardous in wet conditions.
    Access route: Near the Biloela Information Centre turn off the Dawson Highway onto Callide Street, which becomes Valentine Plains Road. Follow this road for approximately 37km to the national park boundary and continue through the park for 27km on the Razorback Track.

    Access from Monto (approximately 66km):

    Driving conditions: You need a four-wheel-drive vehicle. This is a dry weather access only route because there are numerous creek crossings and black soil that becomes very hazardous in wet conditions.
    Access route: Travel 12km north along the Burnett Highway. Turn right into Cania Road and pass through Moonford. Turn right onto Wongalee Road and drive until you reach Clonmel Road. Follow Clonmel Road for about 20km and continue along Mahoon Creek Road for a further 20km before turning left into the park access road.

    Access from Ubobo (approximately 70km):

    Driving conditions: Access roads suitable for conventional vehicles.
    Access route: take the unsealed Cedarvale Road west for 20km to Clifton Road. Head north for 25km (via Clifton Road and Diglum Road) to Tableland Road. Turn left and drive a further 25km to the park boundary.

    Roads within the park

    Tableland Road is accessible by conventional vehicles in dry conditions.

    Razorback track is accessible only by high clearance four-wheel-drives in dry conditions. This route is unsuitable for trailers, camper trailers or caravans because the road has long, steep and narrow sections.

    Bomber site car park access is suitable for four-wheel-drives only.

    Scenic 4WD Loop road is suitable for high clearance four-wheel-drives only. It is unsuitable for lower clearance all-wheel-drives—there is a very high risk of vehicle damage when traversing the rocky terrain. Be aware that a section of this road is one-way traffic only. Refer to park map (PDF, 1.1MB) .

    Drive with caution!

    • Horses, cattle and wildlife may run on to the road anywhere in this country area. Be alert and drive with caution.
    • 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.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    The only wheelchair-accessible facilities in Kroombit Tops National Park are the lookout and the toilets at this site. The lookout access is over a hard dirt surface with only slight incline. Toilet access is at ground level.

    Staying safe

    Whether you go for a short stroll or stay overnight, be self-sufficient and take care of yourself.

    • Watch for wildlife and cattle on the roads, particularly around Kroombit Creek.
    • In wet weather unsealed roads become impassable.
    • Stay with your vehicle if it breaks down. A vehicle is much easier to find than a person.
    • Only attempt the scenic 4WD loop road in a high-clearance 4WD vehicle.
    • Never walk alone and tell family or friends where you are going and when you expect to return.
    • Always carry a first-aid kit and extra drinking water in case you take longer than expected.
    • Keep clear of cliff edges. Keep to marked tracks and make sure children do not run ahead.
    • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear to protect you against the sun, cold and venomous bites.
    • Never leave a campfire unattended. Stay with children and don't let them sit too close. Don't let a campfire turn into a wildfire—keep campfires small. Put fires out with water, not sand or dirt.
    • Beware of falling branches during severe storms and strong winds.
    • Carry suitable emergency communication equipment.

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

    In an emergency

    Emergencies do happen—be prepared. While out in the park, know your location at all times.

    • Call Triple Zero (000)
    • Call 106 for a text-only message for deaf or speech or hearing impaired callers.
    • Advise emergency services the nature of your emergency, your location and, stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

    Mobile phone reception is not available in many areas of the park. Several areas where phone reception is possible are marked with telephone signal totem signs. There is mobile phone reception at the Lookout; at the Bomber crash site, near The Barracks, and 600m north of The Barracks at the end of the bitumen on Tableland Road.

    For good communication in emergency situations it is recommended that you have alternative emergency communication devices—a UHF radio or an emergency beacon device.

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    There are few facilities available at the park, so you must be self-sufficient. Plan ahead to ensure you bring enough fuel, food and drinking water.

    • Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking or bring your own clean, milled timber for firewood.
    • Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit and mobile phone.
    • Bring sufficient drinking water.
    • Pack strong rubbish bags, so you can take your rubbish with you when you leave. Rubbish bins are not provided.
    • Pack appropriate clothing. Wear sturdy footwear. Be prepared for cool nights, especially in winter.
    • Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.
    • The only toilet on the park is at the lookout. Please bring a shovel or handtrowel for burying toilet waste.
    • Bring your camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife. Torches—preferably with a red filter to reduce light intensity—are useful for spotlighting at night.

    Mobile phone reception

    Mobile phone reception is not available in many areas of the park. Several areas where phone reception is possible are marked with telephone signal totem signs. There is mobile phone reception at the Lookout; at the Bomber crash site, near The Barracks, and 600m north of The Barracks at the end of the bitumen on Tableland Road.

    Emergency communication devices are recommended

    For good communication in emergency situations, it is recommended that you have alternative emergency communication devices—a UHF radio or an emergency beacon device.

    A hand-held EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) or PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is recommended however coverage may be variable.

    Opening hours

    Kroombit Tops National Park is open 24 hours a day.

    Permits and fees

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

    Be aware you must book your camping permit before you arrive. You cannot make a camping booking at the camping area—phone reception is very poor. Penalties apply for camping without a permit.

    Other permits

    Permits are required for all commercial activities or organised events within the park.

    Pets

    Domestic animals are not permitted in Kroombit Tops National Park, with the exception of horses along the Bicentennial National Trail.

    Climate and weather

    Temperatures at Kroombit Tops are generally 5 to 10ºC cooler than surrounding lowlands and can be quite cold in winter, especially at night.

    Rainfall is higher than surrounding areas with most rain falling during summer. After heavy rainfall: check park alerts before visiting and Queensland Traffic—traffic and travel information (13 19 40) for road conditions.

    Fuel and supplies

    Fuel and supplies are available at Monto, Calliope, Biloela and Ubobo. For more information see the tourism information links.