Top Shelter Shed
Perfectly perched at the level of the old surface of the Buckland Volcano, you can relax and recharge after your 4WD adventure on the High Country drive. Sip a soothing cuppa as you soak up spectacular views in the far distance of the vertical cliffs of Tyson's Nugget—a plug of rhyolite that penetrated the surrounding basalt towards the end of the volcano’s life.
This range country collects water through a network of creeks and feeds it into the Comet and Maranoa rivers. Not far from here, and in stark contrast to the bushland in the rest of the park, you’ll see tall mahogany forests dotted with ancient cycads.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
Top Shelter Shed is in the Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, about 220km north of Mitchell.
- Top Shelter Shed is 12km along the Consuelo Tablelands Drive, which starts 22km from the park entrance on the Mount Moffatt circuit drive.
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.
- 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.
You can park at the day-use area.
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.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
When to visit
Top Shelter Shed 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
- 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.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
None. Check with your service provider for more information.
- 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 are not allowed.. Bring a gas or fuel stove for cooking.
- Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.
- Drinking water is not provided. You need to be self-sufficient and bring your own drinking water.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.g.