Welford National Park Outback Queensland

Photo credit: John Augusteyn © Queensland Government

About Welford

    Image of Welford National Park's popular Desert Drive.

    Welford National Park's popular Desert Drive.

    Photo credit: John Augusteyn © Queensland Government

    Park features

    Welford is a land of contrasts—wide coolibah-lined waters and grey alluvial channels of the Barcoo River slice a brown and green swathe through Mitchell grass plains and arid mulga woodlands. Golden-green spinifex and white-barked ghost gums grow atop a vivid backdrop of red sand dunes.

    Majestic river red gums line the Barcoo River, the southern boundary of the 124,000ha park. Varied habitats create vital refuges for wildlife, including rare yellow-footed rock-wallabies and mulga parrots.

    Remnants of Aboriginal heritage and use, including water wells and stone arrangements, are found throughout the park. You can see a rare (rammed earth) homestead built on this former grazing property in 1882. Listed by the National Trust, the homestead is one of only two pisé constructions still occupied in Queensland. The homestead is now staff quarters and is not open to the public.

    Read more about the nature, culture and history of the parks of Central West Queensland

    Looking after the park

    Everything in Welford National Park is protected, including plants, animals and heritage sites and artefacts. Please appreciate, respect and help care for Welford’s outstanding natural and cultural values by leaving things as you find them, and encouraging others to do the same.

    Please read looking after parks in Central West Queensland.

    Park management

    Each park in Central West Queensland has unique attributes. They are managed to conserve their natural condition and protect their cultural resources and values. See the Welford National Park Management Plan 2011 (PDF, 708.8KB) for more details about the national park's management.

    Tourism information links

    Longreach Regional Council
    96a Eagle Street, Longreach
    ph (07) 4658 4111
    fax (07) 4658 4116
    email assist@longreach.qld.gov.au

    Barcoo Shire Council
    6 Perkins Street, Jundah
    ph (07) 4658 6900
    fax (07) 4658 6137
    email shire@barcoo.qld.gov.au

    For information on road conditions see Queensland Traffic
    Phone 13 19 40 for 24-hour road reports.

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

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