Wiliyan-ngurru National Park Outback Queensland

Photo credit: © Queensland Government

Things to do

    Walking track

    Enjoy the short walk to the caves.

    Photo credit: Gary Featonby, Queensland Government.

    Water monitor

    Look for water monitors around Nowranie Waterhole.

    Photo credit: Tamara Vallance

    Picnic table and chairs

    Relax beside Nowranie Waterhole.

    Photo credit: Jason Vaughan, Queensland Government.

    Camping and accommodation


    Camping is not permitted at Wiliyan-ngurru National Park.

    Other accommodation

    The township of Camooweal has a caravan park and a hotel. Holiday accommodation in Mount Isa includes a selection of tourist parks, hotels and motels. For more information see the tourism information links.


    There are two short walks in Wiliyan-ngurru National Park.

    Little Nowranie Cave walking track (Grade: easy)

    Distance: 70m return
    Time: allow about 10mins walking time
    Details: from the southern end of the Nowranie Caves car park, take this short track to the Little Nowranie Cave entrance. Access inside the cave is not allowed. Take care on the unstable rocks around the sinkhole entrance.

    Great Nowranie Cave walking track (Grade: easy)

    Distance: 220m return
    Time: allow about 30mins walking time
    Details: walk to Great Nowranie Cave from the eastern end of the car park. Access inside the cave is not allowed. The sinkhole entrance is unstable and has steep cliff edges—stay behind the safety rails of the viewing area.


    Cycle through Wiliyan-ngurru National Park on the internal roads and firebreaks. The roads are rough and the surfaces uneven and covered with rocks. Expect to share the roads with pedestrians, motorbikes, vehicles and other cyclists.

    Bicycles are not permitted on the walking tracks nor the boardwalks.

    For more information, see cycling.

    Trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving

    Trail-bikes and four-wheel-drives can be driven on the internal roads and firebreaks in Wiliyan-ngurru National Park. The roads are rough and the surfaces uneven and covered with rocks. Riders and drivers must be licensed and trail-bikes and vehicles must be fully registered. Expect to share the roads with pedestrians, motorbikes, cyclists and other vehicles.

    Stay on formed roads—trail-bikes and vehicles are not permitted off-road, including on walking tracks.

    For more information, see trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving.

    Picnic and day use areas

    Picnic tables are provided at Nowranie Waterhole day-use area.

    Viewing wildlife

    Most animals in the park rest during the day to avoid the heat, making dawn and dusk the best times to look for wildlife. Ridge-tailed monitors can be seen amongst the rocky outcrops where they feed on insects and small lizards.

    The seasonal waterhole attracts waterbirds including spoonbills, cormorants, herons and ducks. Look for water monitors basking on logs beside the water. A variety of woodland bird species can also be spotted.

    Other animals are nocturnal. Within the protection of the caves, ghost bats and other insect-eating bats roost, emerging after dark. Owls also roost in these caves, feeding on small nocturnal mammals like long-haired rats.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.