Sundown National Park Southern Queensland Country

Camp on a broad, grassy bank beside the Severn River at Burrows Waterhole camping area. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

Sundown National Park is a rugged and remote wilderness on the Queensland–New South Wales border. Photo credit: Brett Roberts © Queensland Government

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A half day’s drive from Brisbane, there’s an outback adventure just waiting to happen. At Sundown National Park, you and your kids can unplug from your ‘everyday’ (no mobile connection here!) and reconnect face to face (not phone to phone) in the vastness of a breathtaking landscape. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

Burrows Waterhole camping area

Take a journey to this large, open grassy camping area on the Severn River for a true escape to the country.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD
  • Bicycle

Camping area facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Toilets (non-flush)
  • Tent camping
  • Tent camping beside car
  • Walking
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

Surrounded by rugged mountain ranges and woodlands, Burrows Waterhole camping area is set on a broad, grassy riverbank deep in the Sundown bushland.

Pitch your tent and then get out on the water—you can canoe or kayak the larger waterholes along the Severn River or go for a tranquil swim.

Stroll along the riverbank and keep an eye out for honeyeaters and other nectar-feeding birds feasting on colourful bottlebrush flowers. Walk downstream on the Burrows Waterhole to Rats Castle track to the Rats Castle granite outcrop.

Enjoy the day’s end beside a crackling camp fire with only the sounds of nature breaking the silence.

Getting there and getting around

Burrows Waterhole camping area is in Sundown National Park, 250km (3–4hrs drive) south-west of Brisbane via Stanthorpe, and 70km north-west of Tenterfield.

  • This camping area is accessed via the north-eastern entrance to the park. A high-clearance 4WD is required.
  • From Ballandean, drive 16km via unsealed Curr Road and Sundown Road to the park's north-eastern entrance
  • Drive 20km west along the narrow, rough 4WD track through the park to the camping area. The drive takes around 2hrs.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Burrows Waterhole camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Features: A large, open grassy area on the Severn River surrounded by woodland. Undeveloped and accessible only by 4WD. The river water is not suitable for drinking without purification.

Location: About 20km from the north-eastern entrance of the park. It takes 2 hours to drive to the camping area along a rough 4WD track.

Access: The camping area can be reached by 4WD vehicle only.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites. This area has a maximum capacity of 60 people. The maximum group size is six people.

Suitable for: Tent camping beside your vehicle; walk-in camping; large groups.

Surface: Earth/grass.

Facilities: Pit toilets.

Open fires: Fuel or gas stoves recommended.

Generators: Not permitted.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove, warm clothing and warm bedding, firewood. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: Book online. Book up to 12 months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Sundown safely and camp with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.