Ooline Creek track
Trace your fingers across steep rock faces, through a sheltered gorge with rock pools and vine scrub where vulnerable ooline trees grow.
Venture along this picturesque creek-side trail and encounter figs, pittosporums and ooline, a medium to large tree with bright green leaves and rough, tile-patterned bark.
Imagine a time dating back 1.6 million years, when this now-vulnerable tree flourished in rainforests found across a much wetter Australia than today.
Watch for skinks and lizards scurrying into cracks and crevices in the rocks as you walk along Ooline Creek. Catch your breath at the cool rock pool before scrambling around the waterhole to explore more of the gorge.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
Ooline Creek track is in Sundown National Park, 250km (3–4hrs drive) south-west of Brisbane via Stanthorpe, and 70km north-west of Tenterfield.
- The track begins at The Broadwater camping area at the southern end of the park.
- Access to The Broadwater camping area is suitable for conventional vehicles.
- From Stanthorpe drive along 76km of bitumen road via Texas Road (62km) and Glenlyon Dam Road (14km), followed by 4km of good gravel road (Permanents Road) to the park entrance.
- From Tenterfield in New South Wales, travel north 5km along the New England Highway then west along the Bruxner Highway 52km to Mingoola. Turn right and travel 12km to the park turn-off.
- From the park entrance, drive about 1.5km to The Broadwater camping area.
Park near the information hut at the eastern end of The Broadwater camping area.
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.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
When to visit
Ooline Creek 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
- 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 and forests.
- Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.
- There is no drinking water along this track.
- Drinking water is available from a tap near the park headquarters, near The Broadwater at the park's southern end. You will need to bring a container to carry it in.
- 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.
- There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Secure supplies and rubbish from goannas and currawongs.
- 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.
- There may be leeches in the rock pools of Ooline Creek.
- 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.