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About Bulburin

Getting there and getting around

Four-wheel-drive loop road. Photo: Lisa Emmert, Queensland Government.

Four-wheel-drive loop road. Photo: Lisa Emmert, Queensland Government.

Bulburin National Park is approximately 120km south of Gladstone and approximately 75km north-east of Monto. Two-wheel-drive access is not recommended and only possible from Builyan on the Gladstone-Monto Road in dry road conditions. Check Park alerts for any road closures before visiting.

To get to Builyan from the Bruce Highway, turn west into Blackmans Gap Road, 98km north of Gin Gin, or 1.7km south of Miriam Vale. This is a two-wheel-drive access road. Travel approximately 28km to the Gladstone-Monto Road, turn left and continue approximately 8km to Builyan.

At Builyan, turn into Dalga Road and continue 16km along the Bulburin Forest Road to the site of the old forestry barracks. Take extra care on Bulburin Forest Drive as logging trucks and heavy vehicles use this access through the national park. A four-wheel-drive through route leads 33km to the Bruce Highway.

To get to Bulburin National Park from the Bruce Highway turn west into Granite Creek Forestry Road near the Granite Creek rest area, 64km north of Gin Gin or 38km south of Miriam Vale. This access road is four-wheel drive only and there is currently a 2 tonne load limit on the Gladstone Reginal Council bridge along this access.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair accessible facilities in Bulburin National Park.

Park features

Blue quandong. Photo: Tim Connolly, Queensland Government.

Blue quandong. Photo: Tim Connolly, Queensland Government.

Bulburin National Park encompasses the catchments for the Boyne and Kolan rivers and Baffle and Granite creeks. Subtropical rainforest and dense stands of dry rainforest with emerging hoop pines cover half of Bulburin—together, they form the largest rainforest remnant in central Queensland.

The rest of Bulburin contains open eucalypt forest, woodland and tall open forest with a rainforest understorey. Dry open forests with New England blackbutt, spotted gum and white mahogany grow on the more exposed western ridges and foothills. Mature hoop pine plantations in the adjoining State forest areas are being harvested for timber.

A variety of wildlife lives in the forest including wompoo pigeons, regent bowerbirds, red-necked and red-legged pademelons and red-eyed tree frogs. Rare and threatened species like the long-nosed potoroo have also been reported. Bulburin National Park protects the only known population of the endangered Bulburin nut tree, (Macadamia jansenii), which is so rare, less than 40 individuals exist.

Camping and accommodation

Old Forestry camping area. Photo: Lisa Emmert, Queensland Government.

Old Forestry camping area. Photo: Lisa Emmert, Queensland Government.

Camping

There are three basic camping areas provided in Bulburin National Park for bush camping. One camping area is provided at the site of the former forestry barracks on Bulburin Forest Road. Two other camping areas are found along the four-wheel-drive loop road.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Other accommodation

Hotels, motels and other holiday accommodation is available in and around Gladstone. See the tourism information links for more details.

Things to do

Misty valley in Bulburin National Park. Photo: Tim Connolly, Queensland Government.

Misty valley in Bulburin National Park. Photo: Tim Connolly, Queensland Government.

Look out for lace monitors. Photo: Lisa Emmert, Queensland Government.

Look out for lace monitors. Photo: Lisa Emmert, Queensland Government.

Walking

There are no formed walking tracks in Bulburin National Park, however you can explore the forest on foot along vehicle tracks. When walking along forest roads always walk facing the oncoming traffic and look out for other road users. Please take water, sunscreen and insect repellent with you.

Driving

The road from the site of the old forestry camp to the Bruce Highway and the four-wheel-drive Loop Road past Scotts Bridge provides a rocky touring experience with picturesque views of rainforests and scenic landscapes. Make sure you have four-wheel-driving experience and recovery gear. Do not attempt these roads in wet weather or with a two-wheel-drive vehicle.

Viewing wildlife

Stop, look and listen for rose-crowned fruit-doves, noisy pitas, regent and satin bowerbirds, and paradise riflebirds in the rainforest.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

There are no facilities available at the park, so you must be self-sufficient. Plan ahead and ensure you bring enough fuel, food and drinking water.

  • Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking (test before you leave) or bring your own clean, milled timber for firewood.
  • Carry a well-equipped, remote-area first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Pack an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and UHF radio or satellite phone. There is poor mobile reception in the park.
  • All vehicles should include vehicle recovery equipment for boggy sections.
  • Pack strong rubbish bags, so you can take your rubbish with you when you leave. Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not place rubbish in campfires.
  • Pack appropriate clothing. Wear sturdy footwear. Be prepared for cool nights, especially in winter.
  • Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.
  • Please bring a shovel for burying toilet waste. There are no toilets in the park.
  • Bring your camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife. Torches—preferably with a red filter to reduce light intensity—are useful for spotlighting at night.
  • Picnic tables are provided at some locations.

Opening hours

Bulburin National Park is open 24 hours a day.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Bulburin National Park.

Climate and weather

The climate at Bulburin is generally the same as the surrounding area (Miriam Vale). However it is generally 3-5ºC cooler than surrounding lowlands depending on the time of year. Rainfall is higher than surrounding areas with most rain falling during summer. After heavy rainfall, contact us to check park conditions.

Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

The closest fuel and supplies are available at Miriam Vale, Ubobo, Monto or Gin Gin. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Rock pools can be found in many of the creeks in Bulburin National Park. Photo: Mike Taylor, Queensland Government.

Rock pools can be found in many of the creeks in Bulburin National Park. Photo: Mike Taylor, Queensland Government.

Four-wheel-drive road. Photo: Mike Taylor, Queensland Government.

Four-wheel-drive road. Photo: Mike Taylor, Queensland Government.

Whether you go for a short stroll or stay overnight, be self-sufficient and take care of yourself.

  • Watch for wildlife and cattle on roads, particularly around creek and river crossings.
  • In wet weather unsealed roads become slippery and may become impassable—check weather forecasts before you arrive and do not attempt the tracks when wet.
  • Stay with your vehicle if it breaks down. A vehicle is much easier to find than a person.
  • Only attempt the scenic four-wheel-drive Loop Road and the Dawes Range Road south to the Bruce Highway from the camping area in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
  • Never walk alone. Tell family or friends where you are going and when you expect to return. Ensure you notify your contact person when you return.
  • Always carry a first-aid kit and extra drinking water in case your journey takes longer than expected.
  • Keep clear of cliff edges. Keep to marked tracks and make sure children do not run ahead.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for protection from the sun, cold and venomous bites.
  • Beware of falling trees and branches during severe storms and strong winds.
  • Carry communication equipment—a satellite phone, UHF radio and/or EPIRB is recommended as mobile reception is poor.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

In an emergency

In case of accident or other emergency:

  • Call Triple Zero (000).
  • Advise the location and nature of emergency.
  • Stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

The nearest hospitals are located at Gladstone and Monto.

Mobile reception is poor—a satellite phone is recommended.

Call for assistance on UHF emergency channel 5, which is monitored by emergency authorities.

Looking after the park

Please help protect Bulburin National Park:

  • Use a portable stove to reduce fire danger and eliminate the need for firewood.
  • Bring your own clean, milled timber for firewood. Collecting wood in national parks is prohibited.
  • Keep your campfire at least 2m clear of surrounding vegetation.
  • Do not place inflammable materials in fires— penalties apply. These items can pose serious safety risks to subsequent campers.
  • Avoid contaminating water. Wash yourself and your cooking utensils at least 50m away from waterways.
  • Bury all toilet waste (and paper) 15cm deep at least 100m from waterways, tracks and camp sites.
  • Take all rubbish home. There are no rubbish bins in the park. Never burn or bury it.
  • Do not feed native animals. Never bury scraps as animals may dig them up.
  • Check and clean mud and seeds from your shoes, tyres and tents before and after entering parks to help prevent the spread of weeds and the deadly chytrid fungus that kills frogs.
  • Leave Bulburin National Park as you found it. All plants and animals are protected.

See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management


Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Bulburin National Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present its remarkable natural and cultural values in perpetuity. View the park’s management strategy (PDF, 138K).

Tourism information links

Gladstone Visitor Information Centre
www.gladstoneregion.info

Marina Ferry Terminal
Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone QLD 4680
Phone: (07) 4972 9000
Fax: (07) 4972 5006
Email:

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
1 March 2018