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West Branch camping area

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West Branch 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

Get away from it all and spend a night under the stars in this peaceful riverside camping area.

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Look for wildlife, like these emus, at your West Branch  camp site.
Look for wildlife, like these emus, at your West Branch camp site. Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government
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Park Carnarvon
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Popular thanks to its central location, this shady woodland camping area is nestled beside the west branch of the Maranoa River.

Spend a night here on your 4WD exploration through the park on the Mount Moffatt circuit drive, or use the camping area as your jump off point for the Carnarvon Great Walk. After setting up camp sit back and watch the wildlife as it passes through on the way to the river. More than 170 bird species have been recorded in this section of the park—how many can you spot from your camp chair?

At a glance

Camping layout: Open area without defined sites
Site surface: Dirt
Camp sites are suitable for: Tent camping beside car; Short walk to tent; camper trailer; caravan
Facilities: camp fires allowed
Permits and fees: camping permits

Getting there and getting around

West Branch camping area is in the Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, about 220km north of Mitchell.

  • West Branch Camp area is 9km north-east of the QPWS park office.
  • 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 beside your camp site.

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

West Branch 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 obtained (and 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.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
  • 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.

Camping

  • Its best to book camp sites well in advance during school holidays.
  • 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

  • Open fires are permitted in fire rings only, except when fire bans or prohibitions apply.
  • Bring your own clean-milled firewood. Do not bring in or collect bush wood.
  • Fuel stoves are recommended for cooking.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Drinking water

  • Limited water is provided.
  • Treat all water before use.

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.

Walking

  • Carry plenty of water with you on walks—at least 2L per person.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

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.
  • Roads can become impassable after heavy rains. You should ensure that you have extra supplies for four or five days if you are camping in the park.
  • If your vehicle breaks down, stay with it—a vehicle is much easier to find than a person.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Emergencies

  • There is no mobile phone coverage in the area. In an emergency, contact the ranger on UHF Channel 8 duplex.
  • Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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