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Louisa Creek Junction day-use area

Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Louisa Creek Junction day-use area

Picnic tables No picnic tables
Sheltered picnic tables No sheltered picnic tables
Toilets No toilets
No barbecues
No lookouts
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mooring points No mooring points
Anchoring allowed (conditions apply) No anchoring

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Picnic tables No picnic tables
Sheltered picnic tables No sheltered picnic tables
Toilets No toilets
No barbecues
No lookouts
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mooring points No mooring points
Anchoring allowed (conditions apply) No anchoring
World Heritage Area
Discover the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing family picnic in a peaceful setting on the banks of tranquil Louisa Creek.
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The small Louisa Creek Junction day-use area has a sheltered picnic table.
The small Louisa Creek Junction day-use area has a sheltered picnic table. Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government
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Park Carnarvon
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Spread out your picnic on the undercover table and enjoy the peaceful and shaded surrounds near the junction of Louisa Creek and the Nogoa River. Although Louisa Creek looks sedate here, at certain times of the year it contributes ten million litres of water to the Nogoa River every day!

Birdwatchers will love the diverse mix of birdlife that comes to the creek to drink, so make sure your binoculars, camera and field guide are handy. If you feel like stretching your legs, Spyglass Peak, Homoranthus Hill and Belinda Springs are not far away and are well worth the effort.

At a glance

Getting there and getting around

Louisa Creek day-use area is in the Salvator Rosa section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, between Tambo and Springsure and is accessible by 4WD only.

  • Louisa Creek Junction day-use area is 5.5km from the park entrance.
  • To reach Salvator Rosa from Springsure, drive 144km west along the Dawson Developmental Road to the Salvator Rosa turn-off and drive south 50km via Cungelella to the park entrance. From Tambo there are two routes into the park.

    • Drive 42km north of Tambo on the Dawson Developmental Road then turn east towards Springsure and drive 102km to the Salvator Rosa turn-off. Drive south 50km via Cungelella to the park entrance.
    • The second route is for high-clearance 4WDs via the ‘Wilderness Way’. From Tambo, drive 8km south on the Landsborough Highway, then turn east onto Mount Playfair Road (‘Wilderness Way’) and drive about 90km, then turn south at the intersection with Cungelella Road, and travel 30km via Cungelella, to the park entrance.

    Travel can be unexpectedly slow on these unsealed roads. Be aware of bull dust, sand and changing conditions—roads can become impassable after rain. Please respect the rights of property owners and leave all gates as you find them.

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

Road conditions

  • Access roads are unsealed and become impassable after rain. Travel on these roads can be unexpectedly slow. Be aware of bull dust, sand and other changing conditions.
  • Leave all gates as you find them and watch for wildlife and livestock on roads.

Parking

Park at the day-use area car park.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and food supplies are at Springsure (169km) and Tambo (198km or 135km via Mount Playfair Road from the park).

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

Louisa Creek Junction day-use area is open 24 hours a day.

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.

Open fires

  • Open fires are not allowed. Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking.

Drinking water

  • Drinking water is not provided. You need to be self-sufficient and bring your own 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.
  • 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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