Visiting Mariala safely
Mariala can be reached by heading 128km west from Charleville on the road to Adavale. This road dissects the park and entry points are well signposted from the Charleville side. Access roads within the park follow old seismic lines and boundary fences.
All roads are unsealed and may become impassable when wet. A 4WD vehicle is recommended. Please leave gates as you find them.
Warning! Mariala National Park is remote and rangers may not be onsite to help you. You must be self-sufficient, responsible for your own safety, and prepared for emergencies.
Be sure to bring all essential items and follow the guidelines below to help make sure your visit is a safe and enjoyable one.
Before you leave
- Thoroughly check the condition of your vehicle and pack vehicle spares and equipment, including two spare tyres, engine coolant and oil.
- Check with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (13 19 40) for current road conditions.
- Check the Park Alerts section of this website for current information on tracks and conditions.
- Leave an itinerary with a friend or relative. Include travel routes and/or check-in points.
- Pack reliable communication equipment.
- Pack for hot and cold conditions. Outback Queensland can be very hot during the day, and very cold (to below freezing point) overnight.
- Contact us or relevant tourist information centres to help you plan your trip.
In an emergency
In case of accident or other emergency call Triple Zero (000).
Mobile phone coverage is not available in Mariala National Park.
Satellite phones can be used at Mariala National Park. Consider taking a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). If you have a PLB, it should only be activated in a serious emergency situation, when there is no alternative way to raise assistance.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Essentials to bring
- Wear sturdy shoes, a hat, protective clothing and sunscreen.
- Carry adequate supplies of food, water, fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies.
- Bring at least 7 litres of water per person per day for cooking, drinking and washing.
- Prepare for an extra four or five days in case you become stranded due to wet weather. Bring warm clothing and camping gear as winter nights can fall below zero.
- Rubbish bins are not provided. Please bring rubbish bags and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.
- Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking.
- Bring your camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.
Mariala National Park is open 24 hours a day.
Permits and fees
Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
- Find out more about camping in Mariala National Park.
- Book your camp site online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
Domestic pets are not permitted in Mariala National Park.
Climate and weather
Be prepared for extreme temperatures at Mariala. In winter temperatures may fall well below zero while in summer they may reach more than 40°C. Storms are frequent in summer. For more information see the tourism information links.
Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available at Charleville, 128km from the park.