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Burrows Waterhole to Rats Castle track

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Burrows Waterhole to Rats Castle track

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

Embark on a memorable riverside walk, through beautiful woodlands to magnificent valley views from the rocky outcrop of Rats Castle.

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Follow the scenic Severn River on the first part of the Burrows Waterhole to Rats Castle track.
Follow the scenic Severn River on the first part of the Burrows Waterhole to Rats Castle track. © Robert Ashdown
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Venture through stands of silver-leaved ironbark and white cypress pine on this scenic walk starting at Burrows Waterhole camping area.

Meander downstream along the Severn River to Sundown Creek then climb the steep, rocky track up the distinctive granite outcrop known as Rats Castle. Marvel at spectacular views of the river valley from this vantage point.

Don't rush—take some time at the picturesque Severn River and its creeks. Bring your bathers and take a refreshing dip in some of the waterholes. If you've brought your rod along, why not have a go at catching yourself some dinner!

At a glance

Distance: 6km return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 3hrs walking time.
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Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

Burrows Waterhole to Rats Castle track is in Sundown National Park, 250km (3–4hrs drive) south-west of Brisbane via Stanthorpe, and 70km north-west of Tenterfield.

  • The track is in the remote north-eastern section of the park, accessible via rough unsealed roads from Ballandean.
  • A high-clearance 4WD is required.
  • Travel 16km from Ballandean, via unsealed Curr Road and Sundown Road to the park's north-eastern entrance
  • Drive 20km west along the narrow, rough 4WD track through the hills to Burrows Waterhole camping area and the start of the track.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Road conditions

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Stanthorpe and Tenterfield. Limited fuel and supplies are available at Ballandean, Wallangarra and a small general store at Glenlyon Dam Tourist Park.

  • 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.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

Burrows Waterhole to Rats Castle track is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

Sundown National Park is cooler than other parts of the 'Sunshine State'. Summer can be humid with daytime temperatures occasionally reaching 40°C, but winter nights can be cold and even frosty. The cooler months, from April to September, are the best times to visit.

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.

  • Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.

Drinking water

  • Drinking water is not provided along this track. Bring your own drinking water.
  • Untreated water from creeks and waterholes is not suitable for drinking.
  • Avoid drinking water collected from creeks in the vicinity of the old mines.
  • Treat all water before use.

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Secure supplies and rubbish from goannas and currawongs.

Walking

  • Make sure you stay on the designated tracks; they lead you to some outstanding features without damaging the park.
  • Walking routes may be rough and traprock is extremely slippery when wet.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Driving

  • River levels can rise rapidly after heavy rain and leave you stranded. There is no mobile phone reception and no help close at hand. Check weather reports, water and river height information before heading to the park.
  • Road conditions can deteriorate quickly to become slippery, boggy or even too dusty. Take vehicle spares in case of flat tyres or breakdowns.
  • Stay well away from old mines sites. The Sundown Mines and treatment plant area are contaminated. Do not enter fenced-off areas and obey all signs. Public access is restricted to the 4WD track.
  • Be aware that there is no road or track through the park between Burrows Waterhole and The Broadwater.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Fishing

  • Fisheries regulations apply. You can obtain information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures from Fisheries Queensland.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Around water

  • Check weather reports, water and river height information before heading to the park. River levels can rise rapidly after heavy rain and leave you stranded. There is no mobile phone reception and no help close at hand.
  • Never jump or dive into the creek or waterhole as it can be shallow and have submerged hazards.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.

Restricted access

Motor vehicles are not permitted beyond the Severn River south-west of Rat's Castle.

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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