White Mountains National Park Outback Queensland | Townsville

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Visiting White Mountains safely

    Views of the park from the Burra Range lookout. Photo: Queensland Government

    Views of the park from the Burra Range lookout. Photo: Queensland Government

    Sunsets can fill the sky with a myriad of colours. Photo: Eleanor Collins, Queensland Government

    Sunsets can fill the sky with a myriad of colours. Photo: Eleanor Collins, Queensland Government

    Getting there and getting around

    Maps

    White Mountains National Park is about 80 km north-east of Hughenden and 140 km south-west of Charters Towers on the Flinders Highway.

    Burra Range lookout is on the highway and is accessible to conventional vehicles.

    The access road to Canns Camp Creek camping area, when dry, is accessible to all high clearance vehicle types with care. It is accessible for camper trailers but not caravans or buses. During the wet season, between November and April, and occasionally at other times, the road may be boggy and inaccessible. Check with the Department of Transport and Main Roads for road conditions and the Bureau of Meteorology for updated weather reports.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    There are no wheelchair accessible tracks or facilities at White Mountains National Park.

    Staying safe

    • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
    • Set up camp well before dark.
    • Wear insect repellent, clothing and shoes to protect yourself from stings, scratches and bites.
    • Ride and drive to the 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.

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    To ensure an enjoyable visit bring:

    • A first-aid kit.
    • Fresh water, as water is not provided as the creek rarely flows.
    • A fuel stove and fuel, as fires are not allowed.
    • A sealable container for rubbish—bins are not provided. Take your rubbish when you leave.

    Opening hours

    White Mountains National Park is open 24 hours a day and is generally accessible from May to September. During the wet season, between November and April, the road to Canns Camp Creek camping area may be boggy and inaccessible. Visitors should check with the Department of Transport and Main Roads for road conditions.

    Permits and fees

    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.

    Pets

    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 23 km west at Torrens Creek and 27 km east at Pentland. Hughenden (80 km south-west) and Charters Towers (140 km north-east) have a wider range of supplies. For more information see the tourism information links.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.