Visiting Lochern safely
Lochern National Park is part of the Cooper Creek catchment. To help you plan your visit to this remote area, download the Central West Queensland National Parks visitor guide .
From Longreach, take the Thomson Development Road south to the Tarcombe Tonkoro Road turnoff (103km), turn right and travel 33km to the park boundary.
From Jundah, travel north on the Thomson Development Road via Stonehenge to Tarcombe Tonkoro Road turnoff (110km), turn left and travel 33km to the park boundary.
The road from Winton (330km) via Lark Quarry can be rough and takes 4-5 hours. Watch the road for patches of bulldust (very fine dust) and road trains.
Even small amounts of rain can make roads impassable, always be prepared and have at least a week’s worth of extra supplies in case of stranding. Check Queensland Traffic or local council offices for current road conditions before your trip.
Access roads are unsealed and a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.
The information centre at Lochern National Park is wheelchair accessible.
This park is remote and rangers may not be on park to help you. You must be self-sufficient and prepared for emergencies.
It is vitally important that you read staying safe in Parks of Central West Queensland.
In an emergency, phone Triple Zero (000). You could also try to make contact with other people on UHF radio (try channel 2 simplex for other local radio traffic).
We recommend you visit the Triple Zero website before visiting the national park. You can also download the free emergency + app before you leave home, the GPS functionality can provide critical location details to emergency services.
Lochern National Park is 150km from Longreach, and you must be self-sufficient and prepared for emergencies.
Essentials to bring
- Adequate water, food and emergency supplies. Carry at least seven litres of water per person per day and enough emergency food and water for at least seven days in case of stranding.
- Fuel stoves are recommended.
- Complete first-aid kit. Include sun and insect protection in your kit.
- UHF, satellite phone and/ or a personal locator beacons (PLB).
- Extra fuel and vehicle repairs. Frequent low gear and four-wheel-drive travel will use fuel more quickly on park drives. You should also bring a vehicle repair tool kit, extra spare tyres, oil and engine coolant.
Lochern National Park is open 24 hours a day. The park may be closed at times due to extreme weather or management operations. Check park alerts for the latest information on national park access, closures and conditions.
Permits and fees
Camping permits are required and fees apply.
- Book your camp site online.
- If you cannot book online, learn about our camping booking options or book at the camping registration stand upon arrival.
Commercial photography permits may be required if you intend to sell any photographs taken of Queensland’s parks and forests.
Organised event permits may be required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use. Contact us for further information.
Domestic animals are not permitted in Lochern National Park.
Climate and weather
Visiting is recommended from April to September as summer temperatures reach over 40°C during the day, and summer rains often cause flooding. Rain can fall at any time of year and flooding can occur up to two weeks after rain elsewhere in the catchment, resulting in unexpected creek rises and road closures.
Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meterology.
Fuel and supplies
The nearest fuel and supplies are at Longreach (150km) or Stonehenge (45km).