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Visiting Mount Etna Caves safely
Mount Etna Caves National Park is 25km north of Rockhampton and about three hours south of Mackay. Turn off the Bruce Highway 24km north of Rockhampton, or 11km south of Yaamba, to The Caves township. Mount Etna Caves National Park has two sections. Both sections are accessible with conventional vehicles.
To access the Cammoo section, at the Caves township turn right onto Barmoya Road, then travel 1.3km, turn left onto Cammoo Caves Road and travel 1.1km to the Cammoo car park.
To access the Mount Etna section, travel 2.2km along Rossmoya Road from The Caves township and turn left onto the gravel road and travel 200m to Mount Etna car park.
Mount Etna Caves National Park protects important roosting caves for some of our significant bats which are easily disturbed by humans. Access to the caves is restricted, and in some caves prohibited, to protect these special bats particularly during their breeding season.
Guided evening tours of Mount Etna's Bat Cleft operate every summer, from December to mid-February, when you can see the spectacular nightly emergence of thousands of little bent-wing bats in their search for food. See guided tours for more information.
The Cammoo picnic area has toilets, picnic tables, barbecues and an information shelter which are all suitable for wheelchair access. The first section of the Cammoo picnic area's self-guided walk is wheelchair accessible, although some assistance may be required.
The Mount Etna walking track is not suitable for wheelchairs.
- Never go caving alone. Always go in groups of three or more, with at least one experienced caver, and ensure each member of your group has a reliable torch.
- Take care at the Bat Cleft cave entrance. The track is steep and can be slippery when wet. The tour group congregates at the entrance and each person in turn is safely harnessed to view the emerging bats more closely. Your cooperation and care is important.
- Avoid exploring old mine workings. These sites can have hidden dangers.
- Stay on the track, you may get lost otherwise. Take a map if possible and follow markers and signs carefully. Let someone responsible know your plans in case you do get lost.
- Be sun-smart. Wear a hat, shirt and sunscreen, even on overcast days, to avoid sunburn. Drink frequently to avoid dehydration.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Essentials to bring
If you are participating in the Bat Cleft guided tour, remember to bring the right equipment.
The Cammoo section of Mount Etna Caves National Park is open 24 hours a day, year round.
The Mount Etna walk is open to visitors from 1 March to 31 October. Access outside these dates is by guided tour only. The restricted access period gives the little bent-wing bats more protection during their breeding season.
Fees are charged for the ranger-guided Bat Cleft tour.
Domestic animals are not permitted in Mount Etna Caves National Park.
Climate and weather
Rockhampton lies on the Tropic of Capricorn and can be hot and humid, particularly during the summer months. Summer daytime temperatures are generally around 32°C but can exceed 35°C.
Winter daytime temperatures are significantly cooler and drier, with temperatures averaging 23°C.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available at Rockhampton. For more information see the tourism information links.