Visiting White Mountains safely
White Mountains National Park is approximately 80km north-east of Hughenden and 140km south-west of Charters Towers on the Flinders Highway.
Burra Range lookout is located on the Flinders Highway and is accessible to conventional vehicles.
Access to Canns Camp Creek camping area is via Poison Valley Road and suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles only. From the Burra Range lookout travel approximately 11km west on the Flinders Highway to the Flinders Shire Council truck and rest stop. The signed entrance to the national park and access to Poison Valley Road (look for the Telstra tower) is located on the western end of the rest stop.
During the wet season (usually November to April), and occasionally at other times, Poison Valley Road may be boggy and inaccessible.
There are no wheelchair accessible tracks or facilities at White Mountains National Park.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days. Recreate in the cooler part of the day.
- Wear insect repellent, clothing and shoes to protect yourself from stings, scratches and bites.
- Carry at least one form of communication equipment. Satellite phones and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are the most effective in this area. Mobile phone coverage is unreliable in the national park.
- Set up camp well before dark. And carry adequate food, first-aid equipment, fuel and a basic vehicle repair kit in case of unexpected delays or breakdown.
- Dive to the road conditions.
- Beware of other road users—vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians use the access road in this park.
For more information, read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
In an emergency
For all emergencies call Triple Zero (000).
You can also download the free Emergency+smartphone app before you leave home, the GPS functionality can provide critical location details to emergency services.
Essentials to bring
To ensure an enjoyable visit bring:
- A first-aid kit.
- Enough potable drinking water for your stay.
- A fuel stove or gas stove for cooking.
- A sealable container for rubbish—bins are not provided. Take your rubbish when you leave.
White Mountains National Park is open 24 hours a day.
The park may be closed at times due to extreme weather or management operations, check park alerts for the latest information on national park access, closures and conditions.
Camping within the park must be pre-booked. A camping permit is required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
Permits are required for commercial or organised group activities. Contact us for further information.
Domestic animals are not permitted in White Mountains National Park.
Climate and weather
Days can be very hot between October and March, reaching an average temperature of 32–36 °C. Hot summer days at times exceed 40 °C. The best time to visit is in the cooler months, from April to September, when daily temperatures average a more pleasant 28 °C. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and basic supplies are available 23km west at Torrens Creek and 27km east at Pentland. Hughenden (80km south-west) and Charters Towers (140km north-east) have a wider range of supplies. For more information see the tourism information links.