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Mount Moffatt circuit drive

Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Mount Moffatt circuit 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
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
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Discover the park’s most fascinating features on this scenic drive, stretching your legs on short walks to truly experience this special landscape.

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The Marlong Plain is one of the features of the Mount Moffatt circuit drive.
The Marlong Plain is one of the features of the Mount Moffatt circuit drive. Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government
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Park Carnarvon
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Park Ranger Park Ranger

Spend an adventurous day on this 4WD circuit. From the Mail boxes, drive north to the amazing sandstone Marlong Arch. Continue onto Kookaburra Cave to admire Aboriginal stencil art. Catch a glimpse of Lots Wife—a remarkable sandstone pillar—from the road. Take a short detour to the natural grassland of Marlong Plain and walk down to the edge of the plain for views of distant sandstone cliffs and ridges, especially lovely as the sun sets. Turn south towards the ranger station and call into the Information Hut for stories about the area’s colourful history. Return to the Mail boxes to complete your day's exploration.

At a glance

Distance: 32km circuit (the same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 1 day driving time.
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Journey type: 4WD

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The Mount Moffatt circuit drive starts and ends at the Mail boxes, which are 7km 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 each of the features along the circuit drive.

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

  • Drinking water is not provided, 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.
  • 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.

Restricted access

Kenniff Cave restricted access area   (PDF, 82.7KB)

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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