Sundown National Park Southern Queensland Country

Rats Castle—a distinctive granite outcrop—is a feature of the Burrows Waterhole to Rats Castle track. 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

Burrows Waterhole to Rats Castle track

Embark on a memorable riverside walk, through beautiful woodlands to magnificent valley views from the rocky outcrop of Rats Castle.

Journey type
6km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 3hrs walking time.
Grade 5 walking track

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Venture through stands of silver-leaved ironbark and white cypress pine on this scenic walk starting at Burrows Waterhole camping area.

Meander downstream along the Severn River to Sundown Creek then climb the steep, rocky track up the distinctive granite outcrop known as Rats Castle. Marvel at spectacular views of the river valley from this vantage point.

Don't rush—take some time at the picturesque Severn River and its creeks. Bring your bathers and take a refreshing dip in some of the waterholes. If you've brought your rod along, why not have a go at catching yourself some dinner!

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The track is in the remote north-eastern section of the park, accessible via rough unsealed roads from Ballandean.
  • A high-clearance 4WD is required.
  • Travel 16km from Ballandean, 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 hills to Burrows Waterhole camping area and the start of the track.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Burrows Waterhole to Rats Castle track is open 24 hours a day.

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

Visiting safely

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