Sundown National Park Southern Queensland Country

Oonline Creek sneaks down a side gorge off the Severn River in Sundown National Park. Photo credit: Brett Roberts © Queensland Government

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

Ooline Creek track

Trace your fingers across steep rock faces, through a sheltered gorge with rock pools and vine scrub where vulnerable ooline trees grow.

Journey type
4km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 3–4hrs walking time.
Grade 5 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Venture along this picturesque creek-side trail and encounter figs, pittosporums and ooline, a medium to large tree with bright green leaves and rough, tile-patterned bark.

Imagine a time dating back 1.6 million years, when this now-vulnerable tree flourished in rainforests found across a much wetter Australia than today.

Watch for skinks and lizards scurrying into cracks and crevices in the rocks as you walk along Ooline Creek. Catch your breath at the cool rock pool before scrambling around the waterhole to explore more of the gorge.

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The track begins at The Broadwater camping area at the southern end of the park.
  • Access to The Broadwater camping area is suitable for conventional vehicles.
  • From Stanthorpe drive along 76km of bitumen road via Texas Road (62km) and Glenlyon Dam Road (14km), followed by 4km of good gravel road (Permanents Road) to the park entrance.
  • From Tenterfield in New South Wales, travel north 5km along the New England Highway then west along the Bruxner Highway 52km to Mingoola. Turn right and travel 12km to the park turn-off.
  • From the park entrance, drive about 1.5km to The Broadwater camping area.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Ooline Creek 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.