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West Branch walkers' camp (Great Walk)

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West Branch walkers' camp (Great Walk)

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


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 in this shady camping area with endless views of the surrounding landscape and refresh after a long day’s hike.

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Pitch your tent in the open and grassy area of West Branch walkers' camp.
Pitch your tent in the open and grassy area of West Branch walkers' camp (Great Walk). © Andrew Bartlett
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Park Carnarvon
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Park Ranger Park Ranger

Set up camp in open grassy woodland, about half way along the Carnarvon Great Walk. You can also start the walk from here—this walkers' camp is a secondary entry point for the Carnarvon Great Walk.

Revel in the stunning landscape, so typical of this section of the park, that encircles the camping area and provides amazing views in all directions. After a peaceful night recuperating (or preparing to hike), cross the suspension bridge over the Maranoa River and spend the next day hiking among towering sandstone structures, sweeping tableland views and amazing plant and animal life.

At a glance

Camping layout: Open area without defined sites
Site surface: Grass
Camp sites are suitable for: Short walk to tent; Long hike to site
Permits and fees: camping permits

Getting there and getting around

West Branch walkers' camp is in Carnarvon National Park, in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, about 720km north-west of Brisbane and 400km west of Gladstone.

  • One of five walkers' camps along the Carnarvon Great Walk, West Branch walkers' camp is 15.8km from Gadd's walkers' camp (Great Walk), and 40.6km from the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area, in the Carnarvon Gorge section of the park, half way between Emerald and Roma. This walkers' camp is near (250m) the West Branch camping area, a secondary entrance to the Great Walk.
  • You can access the Carnarvon Great Walk from the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area, 5.9km by unsealed road from the park entrance in the Carnarvon Gorge section, or the West Branch camping area, 25km from the park entrance in the Mount Moffatt section of the park.
  • To reach Carnarvon Gorge from Roma, drive 90km north to Injune then a further 160km along the Carnarvon Highway to the Carnarvon Gorge turn-off. If you are travelling from Emerald, drive 65km south to Springsure then 70km east to Rolleston, and a further 61km along the Carnarvon Highway to the Carnarvon Gorge turn-off.  From here, the 45km road to the park entrance is mostly sealed.

  • 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

Carnarvon Gorge

The 45km road to the park is mostly sealed. This road can become impassable after rain as Carnarvon Creek rises rapidly cutting road access.

Mount Moffatt

  • 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.


If starting your Great Walk adventure from West Branch, you can park your vehicle near the West Branch camping area.

Fuel and supplies

Carnarvon Gorge

  • The nearest fuel and supplies is available from Rolleston (106km north) or Injune (111km south). LPG fuel is only available from Emerald (196km north-west) or Roma (201km south).
  • The nearest vehicle and tyre repair facilities are at Injune and Rolleston.

Mount Moffatt

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 walkers' camp (Great Walk) 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.

Seasonal closures

The Carnarvon Great Walk is closed from the start of November to the end of February—the hottest time of the year. The track may also be closed at other times during fires or adverse weather conditions, for essential track maintenance or for safety reasons.

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

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.


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, 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.
  • This camping area is remote and isolated. Accidents have happened, even to experienced bushwalkers.
  • See the Bureau of Meteorology for weather conditions and forecasts.
  • Rangers carry out planned hazard-reduction burning in the area, so check for updates on fire danger and scheduled burns before you go.
  • Purchase a Carnarvon Great Walk Topographic Map to help you plan your walk.
  • When planning your walk, think about the abilities and limits of the walkers in your group. Bushwalking experience, fitness levels and track conditions are important factors. Bad weather (such as periods of high rainfall or very hot conditions) can make walking more difficult and challenging. Know how much food and water you can carry and match this with the trip's length. Carry extra food and water in case of emergency.
  • If you are walking the Great Walk, complete this bushwalking advice form (PDF, 66.5KB) . Give a copy of this form to a responsible person and make sure that they know your exact route and when you expect to return. Contact them when you return. If you change your plans, tell them. Have an emergency plan in place if you fail to contact them by an agreed time. If you are overdue or potentially lost, your nominated contact should report this to the Queensland Police Service (phone Triple Zero 000). The police will organise rescue procedures.
  • We recommend that you contact the Park Rangers at Carnarvon Gorge or Mount Moffatt at least 10 days before your walk to let them know your plans and to find out about current conditions.
  • 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.


  • Watch your head. High winds cause branches to fall. Walkers' camps may be closed temporarily in very windy conditions.
  • 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. Keep waterways free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, sunscreens and food scraps.
  • Do not feed wildlife as some animals can quickly become reliant on human food and become aggressive. Keep food hidden in your pack or tent.
  • Use the toilet provided. To assist the treatment process, do not throw rubbish or sanitary items into toilets and please close the lid after use.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Open fires

  • Open fires are not allowed. We recommend gas or fuel stoves for cooking.

Drinking water

  • Water is provided but supplies are limited and should be used for drinking and cooking (once treated) only.
  • Treat all water before use.


  • 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.


  • Take the Carnarvon Great Walk Topographic Map, a compass and a GPS. Stay on marked tracks and trails. Check your map regularly to mark your progress against features. Do not push too hard—stop to make camp well before dark or before bad weather and keep your group together, especially towards the end of the day.
  • If someone becomes ill or if difficult weather sets in, make camp and wait for conditions to improve or for help to arrive. Know your group and its limitations and change your plans as necessary.
  • If you think you are lost, sit down and stay calm. Use the map and compass or GPS. Do not continue travelling until you know where you are. If you are lost, stay in one place and wait for help to arrive.
  • Water levels in the area's creeks can rise very quickly during rain. Do not cross creeks during floods or after heavy rain. If caught during a flash flood, stay on high ground and wait until the waters have receded. Continue your walk only when you can safely cross the creeks.
  • You may encounter wild dogs, dingoes or horses. Do not encourage, excite or coax them in any way. Occasionally, stallions can be threatened by people and may become aggressive. In such situations stay calm and move away.
  • If you encounter a snake, calmly walk away without disturbing it. Some snakes are more active at night, so always use a torch, wear shoes and watch where you walk. Ensure that you are familiar with first aid for snake bite.
  • Read be wildlife aware for important information about dangerous animals and plants.

  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.


  • Have an emergency plan and be prepared with a first aid kit and a practical working knowledge of basic first aid. The nearest hospitals are at Roma, Injune and Mitchell.
  • There is no mobile phone coverage along the Carnarvon Great Walk however satellite phones can be used.
  • If you have an Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), it should only be activated in a serious emergency situation, when there is no alternative way to raise assistance.
  • Bushfires can occur without warning. Be aware of, and prepared for, the dangers.
  • 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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