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Visiting Lochern safely
Lochern National Park is part of the Cooper Creek catchment. To help you plan your visit to this remote area, go to the Parks of Central West Queensland web page.
Lochern National Park is 45km north of Stonehenge. Turn off the Longreach–Jundah Road at the Lochern signpost 100km south of Longreach. Follow this unsealed road for about 40km to the park boundary at Thomson River.
If travelling from Winton via Lark Quarry, allow 4–5 hours for the 330km trip. Expect poor, rough road conditions and watch for bulldust and road trains.
Even small amounts of rain can make roads impassable so 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) and if this fails try 112. You could also contact the Longreach Police Station on (07) 4652 5200, or try to make contact with people on UHF radio (try channel 2 simplex and scan for other local radio traffic).
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 stove. No fires are permitted in Lochern National Park.
- Complete first-aid kit. Include sun and insect protection in your kit.
- UHF, satellite phone and/ or an Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). Mobile phone coverage is poor or not available in most areas of Lochern National Park.
- 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 vehicle repair tools, spare tyres, oil and engine coolant.
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).