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 some caves is 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 trail 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. It is a steep drop into the cave, please remain behind the installed safety chain.
- Avoid exploring old mine workings. These sites can have hidden dangers.
- Stay on the track, you may get lost otherwise. Follow the trail markers and signs carefully. Let someone responsible know your plans and when you expect to return.
- 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.
In an emergency
For all emergencies call Triple Zero (000).
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.
Essentials to bring
Enjoy your visit to Mount Etna by remembering to bring:
- a first-aid kit and communication equipment
- insect repellent and sun protection
- binoculars for wildlife watching
- drinking water, enough for your visit.
If you are participating in the Bat Cleft guided tour, remember to bring the right equipment.
Mount Etna Caves National Park is open 24 hours a day, year round. 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.
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 and The Caves township. For more information see the tourism information links.
- Temporary Full Park Closure- Mount Etna Caves National Park 10–14 October 2022
- Johannsen’s Cave is seasonally closed 23 June 2022 to 1 February 2023