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More park information is available in our trial Salvator Rosa Carnarvon National Park page.

Getting there and getting around

Access to Salvator Rosa is via unsealed roads, which become impassable in wet weather. Access is by 4WD vehicle only.

From Springsure, head 144 km west along the Dawson Developmental Road to the park turnoff. From Tambo there are two routes that use the loop road 'Wilderness Way'. To take route one, head 42 km north on the Dawson Developmental Road then turn east towards Springsure and drive 102 km to the Salvator Rosa turnoff. At the turnoff, drive south for 50 km via 'Cungelella' to the park boundary and a further 4 km to the camping area.

Route two is for high clearance 4WD vehicles only. Drive 8 km south of Tambo, on the Landsborough Highway, turn east onto Mt Playfair Road ('Wilderness Way'). After approximately 90 km this road intersects the Cungelella Road. Turn south and travel 30 km via 'Cungelella', to the park boundary. The access roads become impassable after rain. Please respect the rights of property owners and leave all gates as you find them. Watch for wildlife and livestock on roads.

Warning: Travel can be unexpectedly slow due to predominantly unsealed roads. Be aware of bull dust, sand and other changing conditions.

Maps

Park features

Nogoa River Salvator Rosa section Carnarvon National Park. Photo: Brendon Moodie, Qld Govt.

Nogoa River Salvator Rosa section Carnarvon National Park. Photo: Brendon Moodie, Qld Govt.

Crystal clear springs add more than ten million litres of water a day to peaceful Louisa Creek and the Nogoa River as they meander beneath a backdrop of rocky sandstone crags and spires. Named by explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846, Salvator Rosa is at the western edge of the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt. The course-grained sandstones of Salvator Rosa are very crumbly. Erosion of the sandstone has left behind many interesting features that dominate the skyline, including Spyglass Peak and the Sentinel.

Wildflowers add colour to the landscape in spring. Large white flannel flowers and cream sprays of narrow-leaved logania contrasts with the pink flowers hanging from the shrubby Homoranthus. Of the more than 300 plant species recorded in the park, at least ten are considered rare or threatened.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

A bush camping area is situated on the broad sand bank of the Nogoa River, 2.4 km from the park entrance.

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

Bookings

Book online, over-the-counter or by phone.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Tambo, Springsure and Rolleston.

For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Spyglass Peak, Salvator Rosa. Photo: Qld Govt.

Spyglass Peak, Salvator Rosa. Photo: Qld Govt.

Shrubby Homoranthus Homoranthus zeteticorum. Photo: © M. Fagg, Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Shrubby Homoranthus Homoranthus zeteticorum. Photo: © M. Fagg, Australian National Botanic Gardens.

A self-guided drive directs you to the park's most outstanding features, including flowing springs and towering sandstone formations. There are plenty of opportunities for birdwatching, photography and bushwalks.

Care should be taken when crossing the Nogoa River just south of the camping area. The crossing has a soft sandy bottom and the river often rises quickly due to heavy storms upstream.

Walking

There is one formed walking track on park. If bushwalking on the park plan your walk carefully and take a topographic map and GPS.

Key to track standards

Grade 4 walking track
  • Distinct track usually with steep exposed inclines or many steps.
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces, cliff edges and exposed natural lookouts.
  • Moderate level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.

Spyglass Peak (Grade 4)

Distance: 1 km return

Time: 20 minutes

Details: A 500 m track leads from the road to the base of impressive Spyglass Peak, so named because of the 10 m diameter hole near its summit. The sandstones of Salvator Rosa crumble easily so please take care when walking around sandstone outcrops.

Picnic and day-use areas

Louisa Creek Junction

This small day-use area has a shelter shed and picnic table. The waterflow from Louisa Creek into the Nogoa River has been measured at approximately ten million litres a day!

Viewing wildlife

Belinda Spring

The soft murmur of water running over the rocks can be heard at Belinda Spring. Cool, clear water is sheltered by clumps of ferns—a contrast to the surrounding dry, sandy countryside. Permanent water and denser vegetation provide a haven for frogs and fish as well as the molluscs, freshwater shrimp, aquatic insect larvae and other aquatic invertebrates on which they feed. Larger animals, including egrets and herons, visit the spring. Red-backed fairy-wrens and plum-headed finches hide among the foliage.

Other things to do

Homoranthus Hill

From the carpark, walk a short distance to a lookout with a 360-degree view of the park taking in all of the bluffs and spires and other spectacular rock formations. This hill is named after Homoranthus zeteticorum, a rare shrub with dainty pink flowers found around the hill and at several other locations in the park.

Major Mitchell Springs

On 5 July 1864, Mitchell and his party camped near here, at what they called the 'Pyramids Camp'. Returning on 5 September, they took up a 'snug position' in the foothills above the springs, making this a base camp where the bullock teams and party would rest after exploring the wild country to the north and north-east.

Yard site

Climb through the locked gate near Major Mitchell Springs and follow the escarpment a short distance to a set of old stockyards built in the 1940s.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

Visitors to this remote area must be self-sufficient.

  • Bring a first-aid kit and first-aid book.
  • The Nogoa River has permanent water. You should boil or treat water before drinking.
  • Carry adequate supplies of food, water, fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies.
  • Prepare for an extra four or five days in case you become stranded due to wet weather.
  • Bring warm clothing and camping gear as winter nights can be cool.
  • Bring a sealable container for rubbish and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave. Rubbish bins are not provided.
  • Bring a fuel or gas stove—open fires are not permitted.
  • Bring a torch, camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.
  • Bring a topographic map and compas if you plan to do any off-track bushwalking. A GPS is also a valuable aid.

Opening hours

Salvator Rosa is open 24 hours a day. Sections of the park are occasionally closed for management activities such as planned burns and controlling pest animals. Notification of closures are posted on the website and on signs at the park entrance.

Between April and September is the best time to visit this section as summers can be very hot.

Permits and fees

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

Bookings

Book online, over-the-counter or by phone.

Pets

Domestic pets are not permitted in the national park.

Climate and weather

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.

For more information see the tourism information links.

Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and food supplies are at Springsure 169 km and Tambo 198 km or 135 km via Mt playfair Road. Bring drinking water, sufficient food and fuel for the return trip.

Staying safe

Erosion of the sandstone has left behind many interesting features in Salvator Rosa. Photo: Brendon Moodie, Qld Govt.

Erosion of the sandstone has left behind many interesting features in Salvator Rosa. Photo: Brendon Moodie, Qld Govt.

Be aware of potential danger and take care of yourself while exploring parks and forests. By following a few simple steps you can make your visit a safe and enjoyable one.

  • 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.
  • If your vehicle breaks down while within the national park, stay with it—a vehicle is much easier to find than a person.
  • Always take care near cliff edges—sandstone can crumble.
  • Never walk alone, and stay on the tracks unless you are a very experienced and well-equipped bushwalker.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Carry an adequate first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Plan your trip carefully and ensure you bring adequate supplies of water, food, fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies. Roads may become impassable after rain, so ensure you take extra supplies.
  • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans inform them.
  • Creek water is often not suitable for drinking, so take water with you when walking in the park. Treat water obtained from all sources including taps, creeks and lakes. Boil water for ten minutes or use sterilisation tablets.
  • There is no mobile phone coverage in much of the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt.
  • Wear sensible footwear—boots or strong shoes.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and long-sleeve shirt, even on cloudy days. Start longer walks at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot days. Plan to complete your walk before dark. 

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

Looking after the park

By following these guidelines you can help to protect the natural environment for the future enjoyment of others, and help ensure the survival of native plants and animals living here.

  • Do not take any 'sourenirs' or interfere with plants or animals—everything within national parks is protected.
  • Do not bring firearms or other weapons into the park.
  • Use a fuel stove—collecting firewood is not permitted on parks. Fallen timber provides homes to insects and small animals and returns nutrients to the soil.
  • Leave your pets at home. Pets frighten wildlife, annoy other visitors and may become lost. Domestic animals are not allowed onto national parks or conservations parks.
  • Never feed or leave food for wildlife—human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Stay on track—do not cut corners or create new tracks.
  • Use toilet facilities where provided. Where toilet facilities are not provided bury toilet waste 15 cm deep and at least 150 m from watercourses.
  • Do not use generators, engine-driven compressors or chainsaws.
  • Do not use soap or shampoo in water holes or creeks.
  • Take rubbish home with you.

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

Park management

The park is managed under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to conserve its natural, cultural and historic values.

The Carnarvon National Park Management Plan: Southern Brigalow Belt Biogeographic Region (PDF, 1.7M), details how the park is managed.

Tourism information links

Tambo Information Centre
Arthur Street, Tambo Qld 4478
ph 07 4654 6408
email

Injune Information Centre
www.mymaranoa.org.au
32 Hutton Street, Injune Qld 4454
ph 07 4626 1053
email

Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre
www.centralhighlands.com.au
3 Clermont Street, Emerald Qld 4720
ph 07 4982 4142
email

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

Last updated
27 October 2017