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Visiting Welford safely
Welford National Park is part of the Cooper Creek catchment. To help you plan your visit to this remote area, go to the Parks of Central West Queensland web page.
Welford National Park's northern boundary is 30km south-east of Jundah and the park has a northern and southern entrance. Lying on the Barcoo River, this 124,000ha park can be accessed from either Jundah, Windorah, Blackall or Quilpie.
Access roads are unsealed and a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.
Even small amounts of rain can make roads impassable so always be prepared and have at least a week’s worth of extra supplies in case of stranding. Check Queensland Traffic or local council offices for current road conditions before your trip.
Southern entrance—accessible via Blackall, Quilpie or Windorah
From Blackall, travel south-west on the Yaraka-Retreat Road for 255km to the Jundah-Quilpie Road, turn right and travel 3km to the park's entrance.
From Quilpie, travel north-west for 195km along the Diamantina Developmental Road towards Windorah. Turn right onto the Jundah-Quilpie Road, and travel 60km to the park entrance.
From Windorah, head south-east towards Quilpie for 50km, then turn left onto the Jundah-Quilpie Road and head north-east for 60km, to the park's entrance.
Once you've reached the park's southern boundary, travel 500m north and turn right to the park office, Trafalgar Waterhole and the Mulga Drive, or travel a further 500m north and turn left to access Little Boomerang Waterhole, the River Drive and the Desert Drive.
Northern entrance—accessible via Longreach or Jundah
If departing from Longreach, travel south 210km to Jundah. From Jundah, follow the Jundah-Quilpie Road for about 30km to the park's northern boundary. Travel a further 20km south for the right turn to Little Boomerang Waterhole, the River Drive and the Desert Drive. Continue south for 500m and turn left to reach the park office, Trafalgar Waterhole and the Mulga Drive.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities at Welford National Park.
This park is remote and rangers may not be on park to help you. You must be self-sufficient and prepared for emergencies.
It is vitally important that you read staying safe in Parks of Central West Queensland.
In an emergency
In an emergency, phone Triple Zero (000) and if this fails try 112. You could also contact the Jundah Police Station on (07) 4658 6300, or try to make contact with people on local UHF radio (try channel 3 duplex and scan for other local radio traffic). Please note that this channel is the Barcoo Shire UHF Channel and is only to be used in an emergency.
Welford National Park is remote and you must be self-sufficient and prepared for emergencies.
Essentials to bring
- Adequate water, food and emergency supplies. Carry at least seven litres of water per person per day and enough emergency food and water for at least seven days in case of stranding.
- Fuel stove. No fires are permitted in Welford National Park.
- Complete first-aid kit. Include sun and insect protection in your kit.
- UHF, satellite phone and/ or an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). Mobile phone coverage is not available at Welford National Park.
- Extra fuel and vehicle repairs. Frequent low gear and four-wheel-drive travel will use fuel more quickly on park drives. You should also bring vehicle repair tools, spare tyres, oil and engine coolant.
Welford National Park is open all year, however wet weather may cause temporary closures, especially during the wet season from December to March. Check park alerts or contact us for information on park conditions and closures.
Permits and fees
Camping permits are required and fees apply.
- Book your camp site online.
- If you cannot book online, you can purchase camping permits at an over-the-counter booking office, or learn about our camping booking options or at the camping registration stand upon arrival.
Commercial photography permits may be required if you intend to sell any photographs taken of Queensland’s parks and forests.
Organised event permits may be required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use.
Contact us for further information.
Domestic animals are not permitted in Welford National Park.
Climate and weather
Visiting is recommended from April to September as summer temperatures reach over 40°C during the day, and summer rains often cause flooding. Rain can fall at any time of year and flooding can occur up to two weeks after rain elsewhere in the catchment, resulting in unexpected creek rises and road closures.
Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meterology.
Fuel and supplies
The nearest fuel and supplies are at Jundah (55km) and Windorah (110km).