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High Country drive

Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

High Country drive

Walking No Walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (natural) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping

Legend

Walking No walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (natural) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Tackle a 4WD adventure to the 'Rooftop of Queensland' and discover a rugged terrain steeped in bushranging history and rich cultural stories.

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The Rotary Shelter Shed camping area is a great place to stay along this drive through the 'high country'.
The Rotary Shelter Shed camping area is a great place to stay along this drive through the 'high country'. Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government
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Park Carnarvon
Traditional Owners Traditional Owners
Park Ranger Park Ranger

Explore the 'high country' of the Consuelo Tableland, following in the footsteps of Australia’s last known bushrangers, the Kenniff Brothers.

Drop into the Mount Moffatt visitor information hut for tips on tackling your 4WD adventure. Along the way, take a break at the Top Shelter Shed, with its spectacular views to the cliffs of Buckland Tablelands. Travel through the rich mahogany forest, home of giant stringybarks. Your journey ends at the head of Carnarvon Creek. Spend the night at the Rotary Shelter Shed camping area before the return trip.

At a glance

Distance: 32km return from the Mount Moffatt circuit drive turn-off. return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 2 days driving time.
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Journey type: 4WD

Getting there and getting around

The High Country drive is in the Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, about 220km north of Mitchell.

  • The High Country drive turn-off is 22km from the park entrance.
  • To reach Mount Moffatt from Mitchell, drive 220km north on an unsealed road via Womblebank Station. If you are travelling from Injune, drive 160km north-west via Womblebank Station or Westgrove Station. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended and are essential to get around the park. There are no roads from Mount Moffatt direct to the other sections of the park.

  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Road conditions

  • The access road via Womblebank Station is unsealed and can become impassable after rain.
  • Note that some roads may be closed without prior notice during wet conditions, in the event of wildfires or when rangers are carrying out other management duties.

Parking

You can park at features along the way.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available in Mitchell (220km) and Injune (160km) from the park. Allow extra fuel for driving the 100km of park roads as well as the trip back to town.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

  • Sections of the park are occasionally closed for management activities such as planned burns and controlling pest animals. Notification of closures is posted on signs at the park's entrances and on the website.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

The best time to visit Carnarvon National Park is between April and September. Temperatures in this region vary widely. Summer days can exceed 35°C. In winter, heavy frosts can be expected as temperatures sometimes fall below freezing. Rain mostly falls between December and March. However, storms can occur throughout the year. Many roads are unsealed and impassable after even a small amount of rain and flooding can occur suddenly.

Permits and fees

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

None. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Drinking water

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Do not bury or leave rubbish. This includes cigarette butts, which do not decompose.

Dump Point

  • If you have a portable toilet, the nearest dump points are at caravan parks at Emerald, Roma, Rolleston and Mitchell.
  • Use toilets if provided.
  • In areas where toilets are not provided, bury faecal matter and toilet paper 15cm deep, 150m away from tracks, camp sites, watercourses and drainage channels. Take disposable nappies and sanitary products out of the park and dispose of them appropriately.

Driving

  • Drive carefully at all times. Dirt roads may have gutters, washouts or loose edges (especially after heavy rain). Check local road conditions before visiting the park.
  • If your vehicle breaks down while within the national park, stay with it—a vehicle is much easier to find than a person.
  • Ensure you bring adequate supplies of water, food, fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies. Roads may become impassable after rain, so ensure you take extra supplies.
  • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans inform them.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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