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About Culgoa Floodplain

Getting there and getting around

Water across the road near Bollon. Photo: Qld Govt.

Water across the road near Bollon. Photo: Qld Govt.

From St George, travel 160 km south to Hebel on a sealed road then 45 km south to Goodooga along an unsealed road which becomes impassable after rain. From Goodooga, turn right into Brenda Road then take the left fork after the cattle grid and follow the 'Byra 7 km' sign. A 4WD is essential.

From Cunnamulla, travel east 3 km along the Balonne Highway and turn right onto the Mitchell Highway. Travel 29 km and turn left onto Jobs Gate Road and travel 90 km to the park. A 4WD is essential and roads become impassable after rain.

Maps:

Park features

Wetlands, Culgoa Floodplain National Park. Photo: Craig Eddie, Qld Govt.

Wetlands, Culgoa Floodplain National Park. Photo: Craig Eddie, Qld Govt.

Coolibahs, black box and grasses flourish on the floodplains, brigalow and gidgee are found on the flat plains, and mulga and western bloodwood grow on red earth and stony ridges. The park is a birdwatcher's haven with more than 150 species including 10 honeyeaters, Australia's six species of woodswallow and beautiful parrots.

Stone tool scatters and cooking sites remind visitors that Aboriginal people have had a long association with this place. Relics of the pastoral and grazing industries are found throughout the park, which was formally Byra Station.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Bush camping is allowed at Culgoa Floodplain National Park. There are no facilities. Visitors must be self-sufficient.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation around the Balonne Shire.

Things to do

White-necked heron chicks Ardea pacifica. Photo: Qld Govt.

White-necked heron chicks Ardea pacifica. Photo: Qld Govt.

Bearded dragon Pogona barbata. Photo: Qld Govt.

Bearded dragon Pogona barbata. Photo: Qld Govt.

Go birdwatching early in the morning at creeks and waterholes. The park is also good for wildlife watching. Take your camera and try to capture the subtle shades of green reflected in the many different plants that grow in the park.

Walking

There are no walking tracks in the park. Ask the ranger for a detailed park map before exploring.

Viewing wildlife

Culgoa Floodplain National Park is a birdwatcher's haven and is home to at least 150 different bird species, including some of Australia's most beautiful parrots. These include red-winged, red-rumped and mulga parrots as well as Major Mitchell cockatoos. All six species of Australia's woodswallows occur on the park, along with more than 10 species of honeyeater, including the rare painted honeyeater.

Look for emus on open plains, brown falcons overhead or crested pigeons, galahs and apostlebirds searching the ground for seeds and other food. See kangaroos, sand goannas, shingleback lizards and bearded dragons.

Early morning visits to creeks and waterholes, such as Byra Lagoon, can be very rewarding for waterbird lovers—when they contain water. After rain the elusive water-holding and burrowing frogs can be seen and heard.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Bring at least seven litres of water per person a day for drinking, cooking and washing. Local water is not suitable for drinking.
  • Carry adequate supplies of food, water, fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies.
  • Perpare for an extra four or five days in case you become stranded due to flooding. It is possible to become stranded away from your campsite.
  • Bring warm clothing and camping gear as winter nights can be cool.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Please bring rubbish bags, and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking.

Opening hours

Culgoa Floodplain 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 campsite.

Pets

Domestic pets are not permitted in the national park.

Climate and weather

In summer, daytime temperatures can exceed 35°C. The cooler months of the year, from April to September, are the best times to visit.

During July, the average maximum temperature is 19°C, while overnight temperatures can fall to a frosty 5°C. Clear winter nights ensure magnificent starry skies.

More than half the average annual rainfall of 450 mm falls during summer.

After good rains (whether in the local area or far upstream), flooding isolates the park from nearby townships for long periods.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Dirranbandi 130 km from the park.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Plan for the unexpected when travelling through remote parks. Photo: Qld Govt.

Plan for the unexpected when travelling through remote parks. Photo: Qld Govt.

Warning! Culgoa Floodplain is remote.

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

  • Plan your trip carefully—this is essential!
  • Roads may become impassable during and after rain so ensure you take extra supplies for at least an extra four or five days.
  • Drive carefully at all times. Dirt roads may have gutters, washouts or loose edges (especially after heavy rain). Bull dust on some roads may seriously decrease visibility. Check local road conditions before visiting particular parks.
  • Never walk alone and stay on the tracks unless you are a very experienced and well-equipped bushwalker.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Start longer walks at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot days. Plan to complete your walk before dark. Visiting in the cooler months is recommended.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt even on cloudy days.
  • Carry a first-aid kit—packed with remote area first aid in mind and know how to use the items in it.
  • Local water is often not suitable for drinking, so take water with you when walking in parks.

Please take care. It is very easy to get lost. If your vehicle breaks down, stay with it! A vehicle is much easier to find than people.

Before you leave

  • Thoroughly check the condition of your vehicle and pack vehicle spares and equipment, including two spare tyres, engine coolant and oil.
  • Check with Queensland Government traffic and travel information (13 19 40) for current road conditions.
  • Check the Park Alerts section of this website for current information on tracks and conditions.
  • Leave an itinerary with a friend or relative. Include travel routes and/or check-in points.
  • Pack reliable communication equipment.
  • Pack for hot and cold conditions. Outback Queensland can be very hot during the day, and very cold (to below freezing point) overnight.
  • Contact us or relevant tourist information centres to help you plan your trip.

In an emergency

In an emergency dial Triple Zero (000).

Mobile phone coverage is not available. Satellite phones can be used at Culgoa Floodplain national park. Consider taking an Emergency Locator Beacon (ELB). If you have an ELB, it should only be activated in serious emergency situations, when there is no alternative way to raise assistance.

The nearest hospital is located at Dirranbandi, 130 km away. The Royal Flying Doctor Service operates in this area.

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

Looking after the park

Shingleback Tiliqua rugosa. Photo: Qld Govt.

Shingleback Tiliqua rugosa. Photo: Qld Govt.

Help preserve this park's exceptional natural and cultural values by following these few common-sense rules:

  • Leave everything as you find it. This includes plants, animals, rocks, ruins and artefacts.
  • Leave your pets at home. Pets frighten wildlife, annoy other visitors, can become lost and are prohibited in the park.
  • Take care with fire. Clear away any flammable material for a metre around campfires and ensure your fire is out before you leave.
  • Bury toilet waste at least 15 cm deep and 150 m from any watercourse, bore or lake. Toilet paper is slow to break down in arid areas, so please burn toilet paper if it is safe to do so.
  • Use fuel stoves to reduce the need for firewood. Wood provides homes for wildlife and nutirents for the soil.
  • Please remove your rubbish from the park and leave campsites clean and tidy.
  • Do not contaminate lakes and rivers with detergents, soap, shampoos or human waste.
  • Drive only on declared roads indicated on the map and always wear seatbelts.

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

Park management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Serivce, Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing manages this park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Tourism information links

Balonne Shire Visitor Informaiton Centre
www.balonne.qld.gov.au
114 The Terrace, St George Qld 4487
ph (07) 4620 8877
fax (07) 4625 4998
email

Hebel General Store and Caravan Park
William Street, Hebel Qld 4486
ph (07) 4625 0920
Open Mon–Sun 6.30am–8.30pm

Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centre
www.paroo.info
Centenary Park Jane Street, Cunnamulla Qld 4490
ph (07) 4655 2481
fax (07) 4655 1120
email

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

Further information

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Last updated
7 June 2017