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Nogoa River camping area

Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Nogoa River camping area

Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (non-flush) No toilets
No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access

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Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (non-flush) No toilets
No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
World Heritage Area

Camp on the broad sandy bank of the Nogoa River, set in a rugged landscape of sandstone outcrops and open woodland.

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Set up camp in the Nogoa River camping area.
Set up camp in the Nogoa River camping area. Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government
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Relax in peaceful surrounds on the banks of the Nogoa River amongst river red gums, poplar box and rough-barked apple trees. Once you've set up camp, grab a cuppa and go for a stroll along the river. Look for the blue flash of a sacred kingfisher as it searches for food, and listen for the mournful call of a nearby pheasant coucal.

Feel a sense of history at this camping area. The park’s first known European explorer, Sir Thomas Mitchell, camped here in 1864, naming the site Pyramid’s Camp. His party and their bullocks rested here after exploring the wild and rugged country to the north.

At a glance

Camping layout: Open area without defined sites
Site surface: Grass
Camp sites are suitable for: Tent camping beside car; camper trailer; campervan
Facilities: picnic tables camp fires allowed
Permits and fees: camping permits

Getting there and getting around

Nogoa River camping area is in the Salvator Rosa section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, between Tambo and Springsure and is accessible for 4WD only.

  • Nogoa River camping area is 2.4km 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

  • The Nogoa River crossing just south of the camping area has a soft sandy bottom and the river often rises quickly due to heavy storms upstream.

  • 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

You can park beside your camp site.

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

Nogoa River camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

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

Camping permits

  • Camping permits can only be extended online so make sure you book enough nights before you leave areas that have internet and phone coverage (Roma, Injune, Mitchell, Springsure, Tambo and Emerald).
  • If you can’t book online, book over the counter or at a self-service kiosk.

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.

Camping

  • Camp only in cleared camping areas defined by wooden bollards and at least 50m away from the river. Heavy rain in the upper castchment can cause flooding, may make the river crossing impassable and could wash away your camp.
  • Camping is not permitted at any other site along the Nogoa River or Louisa Creek.
  • Bring warm clothing and camping gear as winter nights can fall below 0°C.
  • When washing cooking equipment, always wash at least 100m from streams.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Keep food hidden in your pack or tent.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Open fires

  • Camp fires are allowed in the fireplaces provided. Bring your own firewood from outside the park.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

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.
  • Toilets are provided. To assist the treatment process, do not throw rubbish or sanitary items into toilets and please close the lid after use.

Driving

  • Take care when crossing the Nogoa River just south of the camping area. The crossing has a soft sandy bottom and the river often rises quickly due to heavy storms upstream.
  • 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.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Around water

  • Care should be taken when crossing the Nogoa River just south of the camping area. The crossing has a soft sandy bottom and the river often rises quickly due to heavy storms upstream.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.

Emergencies

  • If your vehicle breaks down, stay with it—a vehicle is much easier to find than a person.
  • There is no mobile phone coverage in the area. In an emergency, contact the Park Ranger on UHF Channel 8 duplex.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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