Visiting Mount Archer safely
Mount Archer National Park lies on Rockhampton's north-eastern outskirts. It has two entrances and both are accessible via sealed roads suitable for conventional vehicles.
- Follow Dean Street north and turn right at the roundabout into Frenchville Road. Follow this road for 3km and turn right into Pilbeam Drive, a steep 5km drive featuring lookouts with easy roadside access. This road will lead you to Mount Archer's summit.
- The park's lower entrance is off Old Norman Road and German Street and not easily seen. There is no designated car park and you are advised not to commence the steep Zamia Walk from this entrance. See things to do for more information on walking in Mount Archer National Park.
Rockhampton Regional Council manages Fraser Park, on Mount Archer's summit. It has a 500m wheelchair-accessible circuit past two lookouts. Wheelchair-accessible toilets and picnic tables are also provided.
Mount Archer National Park provides an opportunity for you to encounter the Rockhampton region's wildlife. However, the park also has some harmful species and can present some danger to the unwary visitor.
When bushwalking please:
- wear sturdy footwear and carry plenty of water
- tell someone responsible your plans, and advise them of your safe return
- be prepared to encounter wildlife such as snakes and know how to respond
- ensure you have enough daylight as light levels fade rapidly before sunset and you could get disorientated
- do not rely on mobile phones. There is occasional mobile phone coverage from the ridge lines only.
Cyclones are common along Queensland's tropical coastline. Never go bushwalking if a cyclone is imminent and be prepared for an emergency.
In an emergency
In an emergency dial Triple Zero (000) (if this fails dial 112).
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Essentials to bring
Enjoy your visit to Mount Archer by remembering to bring:
- first-aid kit
- insect repellent
- sun protection.
Mount Archer National Park is open 24 hours a day, year round; however, extreme conditions may cause temporary closures.
Permits and fees
Commercial photography permits may be required if you intend to sell any photographs taken in Mount Archer National Park. Organised event permits may be required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use. Contact us for further information.
Rockhampton Regional Council permits dogs in Fraser Park, but they should remain on a leash at all times. Pets are not permitted in the adjacent Mount Archer National Park.
Climate and weather
The Rockhampton region has a tropical climate, with average summer temperatures about 32°C. However summer daytime temperatures can exceed 40°C. Rockhampton winters are mild and often dry, with average temperatures around 20°C. The cooler months are the best time to visit.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available at Rockhampton. For more information see the tourism information links.